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Old 01-29-2018, 06:19 PM   #1
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Hi all: my son is looking at the rig in the header. He would tow it with a 2002 Dodge with a 360 V8, 4x4, with a gross tow capacity of 7400#.Looking for real world experience from owners of this camper, good and bad.
Anything to look out for, etc. Thank you.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:07 PM   #2
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Welcome from Southern Illinois. At first I thought you were asking about a 5th wheel trailers. Oops...
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:36 PM   #3
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Hi all: my son is looking at the rig in the header. He would tow it with a 2002 Dodge with a 360 V8, 4x4, with a gross tow capacity of 7400#.Looking for real world experience from owners of this camper, good and bad.
Anything to look out for, etc. Thank you.
Welcome to the forum.

I have this exact unit. It is heavy and you really need to look at your payload.

I tow with an F150 that can pull 10000lbs but I am out of payload. Granted I pack very heavy but the tongue weight on this trailer ready to camp is between 1000 and 1200 lbs depending on how it is loaded.

I will say that the first time I overloaded the truck and the WDH was not setup right and it was rough. I was able to dial it in but ended up getting timbrens to keep it level. Taking it to the scales I was over on payload and had to adjust my load and take some stuff home.

You should be able to pull it but you will not be able to fully load it without hitting CCC or payload on your truck.

I love the trailer so far and we have been very happy. Let me know if I can answer any additional questions.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:48 PM   #4
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Hello! We bought our Flagstaff 26RBWS last June, we tow with a Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (3.3L) 4x4. I'll have to let my DH field questions about towing but can confidently speak for us both when I say, "we love it!"

The layout is amazing and the finishes are lovely. The only real issue we've had is the aft door which your son's model doesn't have. I find the interior and exterior LED lights to be WAY too bright, I will (eventually) put them on a dimmer.

The best advice I can give someone considering a Flagstaff is get on this forum! The owners here are an amazing resource that have made such a positive impact on our first year as newbie RVers. I feel like there are more Rockwood owners active but I believe our rigs are made at the same plant.

Please feel free to ask questions here or PM me.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:15 PM   #5
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Look at a 2500 diesel. Anything over 6000 lbs a 2500 will be safer for long hauls and mountains.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:34 PM   #6
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I have a 26RLWS and I tow it with a Chevy 1500 with tow capacity of 9600 LBS. I've had no problems. I haven't been in mountains, but in the hills of Missouri Ozarks and hill country in Texas.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:58 PM   #7
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We are also looking at the Flagstaff 26RBWS. We have a towing concern also considering we have the 2017 F150 2.7 ecoboost, 3.55 gears, 4x4 supercab.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:16 PM   #8
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1500 trucks are basically cars. The 1500 Rams come with P tires. Load cap around 1500 lbs. can pull a mountain but can’t stop it on a dime. Put a thousand lbs. in your bed and drive around for a while see how it feels. Look under a 1500 then a 2500. Look at the structure and tires. See the difference.
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I confirmed what I suspected with my DH: we are just shy of our tow capacity limit. I'll ask him to respond to specific questions but I know he manages our speed and braking while monitoring the trucks oil/tire/engine performance when we cross or head up the Appalachians.

We can't trade the efficiency of the ecodiesel for everyday driving (work vehicle) but recognize the appeal and benefits of a beefier tow vehicle like higher speeds and more load flexibility.

This is our first TT so I only have visits inside other units while shopping/at RV shows or in friends' rigs but we think the extra weight is worth the extra work.

Happy to answer any other questions as best we can!
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ErictheRed,... We have a 2015 26rlws and towed with a '02 Ram 1500 LB Quad cab 360l the first year we bought it, (like your setup). We were over on payload 125 lbs when we fueled up. Pulling the TT wasn't a problem, until we hit the "big hills". Being a MOPAR fanatic (mopar or no car) I thought it would be fine .. then I found the 'big trucks' passed up going up hill.
I was surprised the mighty and time tested 360 only produced 245 HP, compared to the 350 HP of the Hemi.
Last year I ordered a 2017 Ram with the 6.4l and what a difference ... load capacity, towing and fuel economy improved.
I wouldn't recommend the 360 for any long trips especially into the mountains.
As far as weight, 7400 pounds sound good for a less then 7000 pound TT, until your on the road loaded.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:58 PM   #11
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Thank you to everyone for your replies. As this is HIS first camper, he’s just in the early stages of looking, so if this camper is too heavy, he will look at others. He won’t be changing trucks now either, as he’s got to get his feet wet first, then make any needed adjustments, but thanks again for the replies.
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The Flagstaff and Rockwood are both made out of the same materials. Learned that when I toured the Flagstaff plant. I also have seen a Rockwood with the same floor plan as my Flagstaff.
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We are also looking at the Flagstaff 26RBWS. We have a towing concern also considering we have the 2017 F150 2.7 ecoboost, 3.55 gears, 4x4 supercab.
This truck maxes out at 7500lbs tow capacity with that configuration and the trailer fully loaded is 7700lbs. You will be over on payload (check your door sticker) as well most likely.

You will have trouble pulling this and I would not reccamend it at all.

It sux but I suggest a smaller trailer or larger truck. There are lots of trailers the 2.7l can tow but this one is a bit beyond its weight class.
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We have a Flagstaff 829FKSS tt that weighs about 7700 pounds loaded. We Field in about 15,000 miles so far with no problems at all. We have an F1 3.5 eco-boost 373 gears , max tow, 10 play it rated tires. 1/2 ton Chevys and Dodges are just cars. If you want to Tow, Buy a Ford!
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