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Old 03-25-2014, 03:34 PM   #31
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My suggestion to potential buyers is to always consult the spec sheets from specific tow vehicle manufacturers. Whether "½ ton" or "¾ ton," there's always more to it than simply the class.

Here's a nice collection of the data from Trailer Life magazine:
Trailer Towing Guides | Trailer Life Magazine
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:03 PM   #32
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Pulled my 2008 Cougar 291RLS 10.3K GVW for two years and now my Rockwood 8289WS 9.3K GVW with my 2008 Tundra. The Tundra does a great job.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:23 PM   #33
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I have towed both a 2014 282rkx and recently traded for a 2014 295rsx.

Tow Vehicle = 2013 F150 Ecoboost, Supercrew 6.5ft bed, 3.73 elec locker, Max Tow Pkg, Door jam payload rating is 1535lbs, GVWR is 7700lbs.

I am definitely over the payload capacities of my truck from a legal standpoint, but I am under my GCWR of 17,100lbs and I am also under my tow rating of 11,200lbs. Through research I found that the only difference between a max tow and HD payload truck is the rear leaf springs and 7 lug wheel assemblies. The axles/shocks are identical to a max tow truck. Many people don't read the fine print in the technical specifications. I have added load range E tires, and upgraded to the HD payload rear leaf springs.

MAKE no mistake the 5.5ft bed max tow truck is NOT the same and does not have the same axles or upgraded frame strength.

I also test extensively how the truck stops, accelerates, handles wind(very windy west texas here). I travel at 60 mph regardless of where I'm going.

We decided to go with a trailer we will keep for years, and will likely upgrade to a 3/4 ton when the time comes.

Here are two videos and a picture of the 282rkx on stock springs, I'll get some posted later of the 295rsx.





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Old 03-30-2014, 06:25 PM   #34
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Here is my Wildcat 295rsx standing still, and also video of towing as well. Winds during the video was a crosswind of 30 mph. Yes you can tow safely with a half ton truck, but it depends entirely on the truck and driver. As always safety is my highest concern and I do multiple test drives to make sure the truck can handle the weight before I purchase any trailer. All I can say is, do in depth research on the truck.

Here is a good link to show in depth ratings for everything on the F150 trucks.
https://www.fleet.ford.com/TRUCKBBAS...0Raptor_SB.pdf




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Old 03-31-2014, 04:27 PM   #35
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I have towed both a 2014 282rkx and recently traded for a 2014 295rsx.
Out of curiosity, and if you don't mind me asking, what made you trade so soon after getting the 282RKX?
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:21 PM   #36
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The 282rkx is a great camper, we had no issues with it at all. After camping in it several times we decided the living area was a bit cozy, and opted for the dual slides on the living/kitchen area that the 295 rsx has. Ironically the 295 has more counter space than the 282rkx, and was only 900lbs heavier.

The dealer we have treated us well, and we also got back more than we owed on our 282rkx.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:04 PM   #37
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How do you like your new 295 trailer?
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:15 PM   #38
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How do you like your new 295 trailer?

So far we love it, haven't had it but a week now so haven't camped in it yet. Bedroom/bathroom is identical to the 282 with the exception of the bedroom slide being slightly bigger. Living area and kitchen wise we love it already just due to the roominess of it.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:21 PM   #39
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But say something happens when you are on a trip, even if it wasn't your fault and a good lawyer finds out that you are over loaded on any of the weight ratings. It could be east to sway a jury in their favor.
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But say something happens when you are on a trip, even if it wasn't your fault and a good lawyer finds out that you are over loaded on any of the weight ratings. It could be east to sway a jury in their favor.
Pretty hard to prove you were overloaded especially if your trailer was destroyed.
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