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Old 08-06-2015, 10:09 AM   #11
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You will be disappointed towing with a 2500 series truck. Get a 3500 series instead.
At over 14000 GVWR your pin weight will overload any 2500 and a lot of 3500 STW trucks.
Cedar Creeks can be very pin heavy, so expect a real world pin over 3000 pounds.
Why? I tow my CC34RL with a 2008 MEGA CAB RAM 2500 6.7L Cummins 68RFE auto, 4X4 with 3:73 gears. The EGT's are between 850 to 1100F, Boost pressure is around 10 PSI and the transmission temps stay under 180F when towing. I have had this out several times with no issues and plan on a trip to UT,AZ and NM this fall. I have towed the camper mainly in the Chicago/Gary-Hammond area this summer which as everyone knows can be very stressful with a lot of stop and go traffic.

I did do a few things to address the king pin weight before towing and that is mainly install Nitto Dural Grappler LT285/70R 17 126R 10 PLY tires; these have weight rating of 3750 LBS each at 80 PSI. The tires are run at 50 PSI front and 70 PSI rear when towing; normal day to day driving the rear are run at 50 PSI. I also changed my air bag pressure to 70 PSI to level truck with the CC 34RL attached. I have weighed this on a Cat scale and the rear axle is 6100 LBS, front was 4700 LBS and the trailer was 10,500 LBS.
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Old 08-06-2015, 10:15 AM   #12
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Why? I tow my CC34RL with a 2008 MEGA CAB RAM 2500 6.7L Cummins 68RFE auto, 4X4 with 3:73 gears. The EGT's are between 850 to 1100F, Boost pressure is around 10 PSI and the transmission temps stay under 180F when towing. I have had this out several times with no issues and plan on a trip to UT,AZ and NM this fall. I have towed the camper mainly in the Chicago/Gary-Hammond area this summer which as everyone knows can be very stressful with a lot of stop and go traffic.

I did do a few things to address the king pin weight before towing and that is mainly install Nitto Dural Grappler LT285/70R 17 126R 10 PLY tires; these have weight rating of 3750 LBS each at 80 PSI. The tires are run at 50 PSI front and 70 PSI rear when towing; normal day to day driving the rear are run at 50 PSI. I also changed my air bag pressure to 70 PSI to level truck with the CC 34RL attached. I have weighed this on a Cat scale and the rear axle is 6100 LBS, front was 4700 LBS and the trailer was 10,500 LBS.
BT,DT got the t shirt to prove it! Towed my 34CKTS for three years with a 2500HD. Pulling was no problem. 1500 pounds over the GVWR was! Once you load family and stuff on board and drive across the scales you will have your answer. No matter what add ons or modifications you have done, one thing you cannot alter. That is the MFG GVWR sticker on the drivers door post.
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Old 08-06-2015, 10:32 AM   #13
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I've owned several fivers and am a recreational RV'er not a long timer or full timer. I've never come close to the maximum loaded weight of any of them. You need to analize your usage or just go to the scales and weigh. Belting out you're going to be way heavy doesn't cover everyone. BT DT as well.
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:50 AM   #14
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Always a big concern on weight. I will be taking the F-250 to the scales on the way to pick up the trailer before any added hitch or trailer and then weight on my way home. The 5th won't be loaded but I will know where I stand on cargo capacity.

It is just me and my DW. No pets, no kids and we don't tend to take a bunch of extras but I have to laugh about that as I can't believe the amount of junk I took out of my old unit.

I'll keep everyone posted as to how that comes out.

Thank you everyone for the info...
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:54 AM   #15
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I've owned several fivers and am a recreational RV'er not a long timer or full timer. I've never come close to the maximum loaded weight of any of them. You need to analize your usage or just go to the scales and weigh. Belting out you're going to be way heavy doesn't cover everyone. BT DT as well.
DG, what do you tow with?
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Old 08-06-2015, 12:57 PM   #16
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dalford ... I'm a farm kid and use a F350. When we RV ... I use the same.
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Old 08-08-2015, 04:01 PM   #17
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BT,DT got the t shirt to prove it! Towed my 34CKTS for three years with a 2500HD. Pulling was no problem. 1500 pounds over the GVWR was! Once you load family and stuff on board and drive across the scales you will have your answer. No matter what add ons or modifications you have done, one thing you cannot alter. That is the MFG GVWR sticker on the drivers door post.
And your point is!

I know how these are figured and have been involved in providing these stickers on off-highway vehicles.
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Old 08-08-2015, 05:07 PM   #18
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Same problem as elrand.
Wire tie around fresh water vent tube .Tank blew up like a balloon.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:44 AM   #19
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I have weighed my 36CKTS with 2011 F250. Trailer empty had 300 lbs to spare on Rear truck axle. When loaded I was 800 lbs over.


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Old 08-12-2015, 06:10 PM   #20
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Currently pull our 33IK with F250 with air bags. No problems at all. Loaded my truck sits level with only 5 psi in the air bags. I add 40 more psi to smooth out the ride. When weighed was a little over on cargo capacity but not on axle.
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