Originally Posted by camplight
It is a 30QBSS LE. I believe it is 33' but not clear on the empty weight. Would this be 1/2 ton towable by a 2005 dodge ram hemi, 4x4 quad cab?
Here are the current specs for that camper:
Salem Travel Trailer by Forest River
The camper that you're looking at may deviate from this somewhat, but this gives you a ballpark for estimating. It looks like you're going to be looking at a full 15% of the camper's weight in tongue weight (dry hitch weight divided by unloaded vehicle weight). My guess, with a dry weight of 6,500 pounds- after options, necessities (propane, battery), and your stuff in a 33' camper, you're going to be looking at adding 1,000 - 1,500 pounds of stuff.
8,000 pounds of camper at 15% tongue weight gives you 1,200 pounds of tongue weight.
Given that it's a camper with bunks tells me that you have kidlets along for the ride. 1,200 pounds of tongue weight is a heck of a lot to ask of a 1/2-ton, especially when you add in the spouse, kids and a bit of junk in the trunk. My best guess, that's too much camper for the truck.
More specifically, what is the hitch itself rated at?