Forest River Forums
Sunline User Photos


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-13-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 29
V-Lite 28WRBS

Just when I thought we had decided on a TT, my wife saw this. So now we're back to discussing. My question is does anyone have this trailer and tow it with a 1/2 ton truck? Just wondering how it handles behind a 1/2 ton. This model is a heavier than the other one was looking at. I have a 2009 F-150 4x4 Lariat with trailer tow (not max tow). 5.4 with 3.73 rear axle.

Another question that I have is should I pay more attention to dry trailer weight or dry hitch weight? I know these weights will increase when you add options and "camping stuff" to the trailer. An example of two other trailers were are looking at:

Trailer 1 Dry Weight: 4807 Hitch Weight: 544

Trailer 2 Dry Weight: 6048 Hitch Weight: 474

As you see, T2 has considerable more dry weight but less hitch weight. Could this be a problem?

I would like to add that these forums have already been very helpful to me and "rookies" such as myself really appreciate the help from the contributors to this forum.
__________________

__________________
cdbus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Napa, California
Posts: 6,373
using fictional "dry" weights without posting the trailer's GVWR, is kinda useless, since no trailer weighs its "dry" weight.
so, it would help to post the trailer models you're comparing or post the GVWR.
if the specs don't post the GVWR, add the CCC to the "dry" weight.
__________________

__________________
Dan and Shawn and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 05:10 PM   #3
Member
 
donjuanss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Enterprise, Alabama
Posts: 60
I have had this TT for 4 years and tow it with a 2008 Silverado 5.3 1/2 ton w/3.43 gears and have not had any problems with it. Granted I haven't pulled any big hills or mountains but I get around 8-9 mpg and all I added was one sway bar on it to help with semis passing on the road. So far I love it.
__________________
U.S. Army Retired Desert Shield/Storm Vet
2008 Silverado Crew Cab
2009 28ft Flagstaff V-Lite
1996 Impala SS 1972 Chevelle SS

21 nights camped 2010
donjuanss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #4
Hob
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 279
Some of the hills in MO will make your half ton grunt with the V-Lite. You won't be as happy with it in the Sierras, Rockies, or trying to pull the Continental Divide with it. I am much happier pulling with my 3/4 ton Ford diesel than I was with a Chevy 5.7L. I even get 1.6 miles to the gallon better fuel mileage pulling mountains than I did with my Chevy on relatively flat ground. Keep it on flat ground and it will be okay. Hills will make it grunt and mountains will make it really strain. Good luck and happy camping with whatever you choose.

Best Regards,
__________________
Hob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 29
Sorry for not supplying all the needed info, I'm new at this

Trailer 1 is a Surveyor SV291 GVWR 7544.

Trailer 2 is a Flagstaff 27 RLSS GVWR 7474

I was just curious because one trailer's dry weight was more but had a lesser hitch weight. Didn't know if that mattered or not.



Quote:
Originally Posted by Hob View Post
Some of the hills in MO will make your half ton grunt with the V-Lite. You won't be as happy with it in the Sierras, Rockies, or trying to pull the Continental Divide with it. I am much happier pulling with my 3/4 ton Ford diesel than I was with a Chevy 5.7L. I even get 1.6 miles to the gallon better fuel mileage pulling mountains than I did with my Chevy on relatively flat ground. Keep it on flat ground and it will be okay. Hills will make it grunt and mountains will make it really strain. Good luck and happy camping with whatever you choose.

Best Regards,
Thanks for the info. I figured the V-Lite was a little too heavy and yes I will be pulling it over the Continental Divide in the Rockies. Too much trailer for my truck. Again Thanks!
__________________
cdbus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:59 AM.


Forest River RV News right to your Email!

Stay up-to-date with Forest River news to your inbox

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]