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Old 06-09-2014, 07:22 AM   #1
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looking to buy 24 or 27 need advice

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We just sold our older 21 foot toy hauler and are looking to get into something a little roomier. I have a 03 ram 1500 that's rated to pull 7500 lbs. we have two kids 8 and 11 and will be hauling mostly the kids quads and dirtbikes to the races. I really like the 27 hfs but am concerned about the weight after I add the two bed option in rear, water, propane, etc etc. We do not need a on board gen set as I have one. My other option is the 24 hfs which isn't much lighter but tongue weight is 400 plus lbs less. but you give up a lot with no slide and separate garage. Does anyone pull a 27hfs with a older half ton like this? Are there any issues I should look for on any of these. Any advice/info would be great. thanks and this looks like a great chat forum.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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I faced the exact same decision with my ecoboost. There are several on here that tow the 27 with a half-ton successfully. There are others that did for a while and ultimately upgraded their truck.

I could never get comfortable with the weight...the difference is pretty substantial. I went with the 24. I really like the 24 as it is a pretty easy tow and with my single bed up it's pretty roomy. It also lets me carry canoes and kayaks. I will say with the kids with me and the bed down it is very claustrophobic and I get out of there pretty quick when I wake up before everyone else. The slide and separate rooms would really be nice. At the end of the day I have no regrets because of my truck but I do have visions of upgrading the truck in a few years so I can get a larger camper.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:03 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I think I will propably go with the 24 as I really don't want to purchase a new truck as mine is like new. Do you have any pics of your setup?
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:23 AM   #4
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Have you seen the Grey Wolf 27rr? It is about 100lbs. heavier but lots more room. They sell for under $20,000!

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Old 06-09-2014, 12:05 PM   #5
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I prefer to have the smooth side, I am also looking at an Outback 230 rs which is very nicely built.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:20 PM   #6
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Have you seen the Grey Wolf 27rr? It is about 100lbs. heavier but lots more room. They sell for under $20,000!

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I prefer to have the smooth side, I am also looking at an Outback 230 rs which is very nicely built.
One of the options is Gel Coat Sides the smooth one.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:28 PM   #7
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With the ram, you'll also have to keep an eye on your payload. Myself, Wife, Kids and Dogs burns about 1/2 of my Ram's payload, which effectively cuts my tow rating in 1/2 as well. While not a toy hauler, my bunkhouse is in the same general dry weights as the 27 and it can get a little squirrelly when towing when I have the family with me. Adding quads and dirtbikes I think you'll really be taxing the Ram.

Not to say it can't do it, after all I pull mine like this, but there are places where I'm slowing it down to 90 or so (Kms) to keep it steady. With speed limits of 100 and average speeds of 120, it's a significant change in driving habits.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:50 PM   #8
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Welcome, I think the 27hfs once loaded, is to much for most 1/2 ton trucks. I pulled mine with a Toyota Tundra for about a year and it did a good job.

My yellow sticker shows 6,554 dry from the factory. I do have the generator option.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:46 PM   #9
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I think my 24 is 5500 yellow sticker but I have the arctic package with dual pane windows, beefy frame, etc.

The bigger thing is just as the previous poster said...payload. 4 or 500 less hitch weight is huge.
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As much as I would like to tell you to get the 27HFS, with your truck you'll need to get the 24HFS. I pull my 27HFS with a Silverado 1500, which is rated at 9500lbs, and 15000 GCVWR. I am still slightly over my limits when loaded up with golf cart, and camping gear. I still manage to keep the axle weights under what they are supposed to be, but my gross is slightly over. Ours set on a seasonal site most of the year, we only pull it off once or twice a year for a road trip.
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