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Old 06-13-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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320BHDS Towing

Bought a new 320BHDS in April. Had it out several times towing with my 2011 Ram 1500. It did OKish. Memorial day weekend headed out 20-25 MPH winds and was never more white knuckle in my life. Could not muster more than 30-35 MPH on our 55 mile one way trip. I read reviews before I bought and would like to thank Jeeplj8. He recommended not towing this with a 1/2 ton. I believed my RV dealer and bought it anyways. After Memorial Day weekend I parked the camper and decided I would never tow with that truck again. Pulled the trigger a week ago on a 2500 Ram 2500 CTD and could not be happier. I sit hear at the camp ground tonight with the kids after the easiest tow of my life. We had similar if not stronger winds and never even knew it was back there. If you own one or are thinking of owning one make sure you have at the very least a 3/4 ton. My wife even commented after I got set up how much better a mood I was in. I will add we looked at a few 5'ers OK with stepping up to a bigger TV and loved this floor plan. We still love it and would not have bought another TT but it was to much for our 1500. Sorry to ramble on but felt like if our experience could help someone else out it should be shared.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:28 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new TV and the improved towing experience.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
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Good stuff. Congrats on the new truck!
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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Been there and done that! Since we upgraded the TV, we're much more refreshed when we arrive and actually enjoy towing vs. the white knuckle 1/2 ton towing experience...

Congratulations on a wise, safe decision for you and the family... Now enjoy!!!
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:32 AM   #5
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Good choice for something that big. My personal opinion I would never tow anything much longer than 26 feet with a half ton. Even if it is a light weight longer TT. The wind turns a half ton into a whip.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:13 AM   #6
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Bought a new 320BHDS in April. Had it out several times towing with my 2011 Ram 1500. It did OKish. Memorial day weekend headed out 20-25 MPH winds and was never more white knuckle in my life. Could not muster more than 30-35 MPH on our 55 mile one way trip. I read reviews before I bought and would like to thank Jeeplj8. He recommended not towing this with a 1/2 ton. I believed my RV dealer and bought it anyways. After Memorial Day weekend I parked the camper and decided I would never tow with that truck again. Pulled the trigger a week ago on a 2500 Ram 2500 CTD and could not be happier. I sit hear at the camp ground tonight with the kids after the easiest tow of my life. We had similar if not stronger winds and never even knew it was back there. If you own one or are thinking of owning one make sure you have at the very least a 3/4 ton. My wife even commented after I got set up how much better a mood I was in. I will add we looked at a few 5'ers OK with stepping up to a bigger TV and loved this floor plan. We still love it and would not have bought another TT but it was to much for our 1500. Sorry to ramble on but felt like if our experience could help someone else out it should be shared.
Great move...I don't know why anyone wants to pair up the longest TT you can buy & tow it with a half ton! (Shame on the RV Salesman for swaying you that way during purchase)
I never owned a TT shorter than 32' & always used a 3/4 ton truck to haul it, I knew better by observation of others trying it
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Well I guess I'm in the minority since we have a flagstaff v-lite 30 wfkss (34' 4") and I prefer to tow it with my 2006 Chevy Silvlerado 1500 shortbox rather than my husbands 2002 2500hd. It just seems to handle better for me. We do have left and right sway control and yes I have towed in 20 to 25 mph winds on 2 lane roads with no shoulder and plenty of semi truck traffic since we live in oil country in western North Dakota.
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I also tow our windjammer 3008w all but 35 foot with our Toyota tundra 1/2 ton. I have no issues with towing that size camper with the truck.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:19 PM   #9
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Bought a new 320BHDS in April. Had it out several times towing with my 2011 Ram 1500. It did OKish. Memorial day weekend headed out 20-25 MPH winds and was never more white knuckle in my life. Could not muster more than 30-35 MPH on our 55 mile one way trip. I read reviews before I bought and would like to thank Jeeplj8. He recommended not towing this with a 1/2 ton. I believed my RV dealer and bought it anyways. After Memorial Day weekend I parked the camper and decided I would never tow with that truck again. Pulled the trigger a week ago on a 2500 Ram 2500 CTD and could not be happier. I sit hear at the camp ground tonight with the kids after the easiest tow of my life. We had similar if not stronger winds and never even knew it was back there. If you own one or are thinking of owning one make sure you have at the very least a 3/4 ton. My wife even commented after I got set up how much better a mood I was in. I will add we looked at a few 5'ers OK with stepping up to a bigger TV and loved this floor plan. We still love it and would not have bought another TT but it was to much for our 1500. Sorry to ramble on but felt like if our experience could help someone else out it should be shared.
Glad you stepped up, and great choice on the truck!!

I made the decision years ago to go from a 1/2 ton based SUV to a 3/4 ton and my wife was vehemently against it at the time. But after a few 8 hour trips in the new truck she was completely sold.

Pulled ours this weekend for our first family float trip. Had some pretty intense storms coming home. When I look in the back seat at my son asleep (that diesel engine just puts him out) running down the road in 30-35 mph wind gusts, I would not trade my truck for anything.
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That's awesome, congrats on the new truck! Glad to see another one fall to the 3/4 - 1 ton side! I am willing to bet like the majority of us on this side of the fence wouldn't ever pull a single trailer without the 3/4 ton every again! Just makes sense... Stiffer suspension, tires, stronger tranny, higher capacity axles and coolers... only makes sense! Congrats again... What year is the new one? diesel or gas?
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