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Old 06-05-2012, 12:02 PM   #101
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Take a look at your max axle weights. Im not saying to do this or not but if you are under that, then mechanically the truck will probably be able to handle it. Payload is at a specific rate for some reason though. A couple other things is that base weight includes the driver normally. Also, my trailer fully load for camping has 800lbs tongue weight and is at 7200ibs for trailer weight.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:06 PM   #102
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Any update on the owners that had issues with their coach?
I had to take my TT back to the dealer. The main door was wider at the bottom then at the top. It didn't leak but the screen door would not fit the opening. It rubbed at the top of the frame and there was a gap at the bottom.

At first General RV said there was nothing thy could do, but after I contacted Coachmen about the problem, Coachmen call General and told them they should be able to pull the entire door frame, re-shim it, and re-install the door.

After General started to remove the door they decided that it would cause to much damage to the frame. They contacted Coachmen and the manufacture said they would send an entire new door to be installed.

Also, the "slam" latches for the front cargo doors would not open without a little coxing. General RV told me there wasn't much they could do, but lube the locks and see if that loosened them any. It did! Now they open even when they are locked. I talked to General again about it and they said they would go ahead and replace the locks. (I wish they had just done that to begin with).

I'm new to the whole RV camping thing, so I never know what problems are things that I should take care of on my own or have the dealer look at. I guess I will learn as I go along.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:34 PM   #103
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After doing some additional research, I realized that my trucks payload will be just about maxed out so I'll have to put any additional cargo in the trailer. However, I am adding load range e tires to the truck so that will help a little handling the payload.

My payload is only 1266, With the hitch weight at over 700 ibs , that don't leave any room for much else with the 4 of us in the truck.

Would air bags help with my payload?

Air bags won't increase your payload. They will only help with handling the load as the cargo weight creeps up to the limit. You can also use helper springs instead of air bags. Not that my handling is bad but I'm going to be installing the Roadmaster Active Suspension to my F150 plus a new set of Bilstein shocks to assist in handling my load for added piece of mind.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #104
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Take a look at your max axle weights. Im not saying to do this or not but if you are under that, then mechanically the truck will probably be able to handle it. Payload is at a specific rate for some reason though. A couple other things is that base weight includes the driver normally. Also, my trailer fully load for camping has 800lbs tongue weight and is at 7200ibs for trailer weight.
My axle weight for the rear is 4100ibs. The payload accounts for a 150ibs driver.

I will be getting a Silverado 2500HD with a 4.10 next time.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:31 PM   #105
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My axle weight for the rear is 4100ibs. The payload accounts for a 150ibs driver.

I will be getting a Silverado 2500HD with a 4.10 next time.
4100 for the rear and how much for the front? How much does the entire truck way? The difference between the total axle weight limits (both front and back) minus the truck weight gives what is left that the axles can support.
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Curb weight is 5900ibs
Front axle 3800 ibs
Rear axle 4100ibs

Curb weight numbers seem to vary between 5600-5900ibs.
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Yeah, I see it is the gross and combined gross weight that will be close. The axles can definitley handle it. I have seen many people go over these weights with zero issues. The weight police on the forums would say no go but you can do it if you feel fine with it. I am not saying to do it one way or the other though for my disclaimer.
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Yeah, I see it is the gross and combined gross weight that will be close. The axles can definitley handle it. I have seen many people go over these weights with zero issues. The weight police on the forums would say no go but you can do it if you feel fine with it. I am not saying to do it one way or the other though for my disclaimer.
Based on the weights of our family with two small kids I will be within range but close to maxed out. This is based on the sticker on the B pillar of the truck.

The only thing is that when I start adding cargo to the trailer my hitch weight will increase.

It's too bad that calculating capacity is so complicated to a newb. When I read that my max trailer load was 8000ibs, I expected that a 5500 ibs trailer was a conservative weight. I knew I had to consider payload but I didn't think about hitch weight.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:30 PM   #109
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Based on the weights of our family with two small kids I will be within range but close to maxed out. This is based on the sticker on the B pillar of the truck.

The only thing is that when I start adding cargo to the trailer my hitch weight will increase.

It's too bad that calculating capacity is so complicated to a newb. When I read that my max trailer load was 8000ibs, I expected that a 5500 ibs trailer was a conservative weight. I knew I had to consider payload but I didn't think about hitch weight.
Yes I understand that. Just take an easy when pulling with the truck, you should be fine. Save up for another TV. I love my Armada with over 1700lbs payload.
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Based on the weights of our family with two small kids I will be within range but close to maxed out. This is based on the sticker on the B pillar of the truck.

The only thing is that when I start adding cargo to the trailer my hitch weight will increase.

It's too bad that calculating capacity is so complicated to a newb. When I read that my max trailer load was 8000ibs, I expected that a 5500 ibs trailer was a conservative weight. I knew I had to consider payload but I didn't think about hitch weight.
Yeah I too just about if not do have my TV maxed out. Just gotta take it easy and know that you are not gonna win any races. And if you hit steep inclines just know that you may piss some folks off behind you! lol I lost 10-15 mph going up grades with my pick up. Only thing that mattered, we made it to our destination safe and sound. Never felt that truck was unsafe pulling the TT, just more power would be nice.
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