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Old 06-27-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Anyone Pulling 8244WS with Ram 1500

I just purchased a Rockwood 8244WS and will be pulling it with a 2014 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab 5.7L Hemi. It has the 6-speed transmission, 3.92 rear end. Was wondering if anyone has this same setup? What is your experience? Can you give any advice or recommendations?
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:43 AM   #2
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Sure hope someone will respond. I have already purchased the trailer - Rockwood 8244WS - and will pick it up on Tuesday. The door sticker reads UVW 6517, Max Cargo 2269, GVWR 8836, and FGAWR 4000 RGAWR 4000. Hopefully I will be able to pull it satisfactory without sagging the truck down.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:17 AM   #3
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Not familiar with that RV, what's the specs on it? Sounds like that truck would be a good TV, as long as that trailer is not to big.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:21 AM   #4
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Here are specs for people who wants to comment:

8244WS - Signature Ultra Lite Fifth Wheels

Dry Hitch Weight 1,181 lbs. (536 kg)
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 6,592 lbs. (2,990 kg)
GVWR TBA (TBA)
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1,458 lbs. (661 kg)
Exterior Length 26' 9" (8.2 m)
Exterior Height 12' 5" (3.8 m)
Exterior Width 96" (2.4 m)
Fresh Water Capacity 43 gal. (163 L)
Gray Water Capacity 38 gal. (144 L)
Black Water Capacity 38 gal. (144 L)
Awning Size 17 ft
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:52 AM   #5
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There will probably be people that are gonna come on here and tell you that you will be over weight and all that. Which you might. But from what I can see you will be fine. Take it easy towing and enjoy the journey.


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Old 06-28-2014, 02:14 PM   #6
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I'm sorry to rain on your parade, but I would never pull that trailer with any 1/2 ton truck. I've been in the auto industry as a tech and now a self employed inspector for 25 years. That is too much tongue weight and gvw for that chassis. The motor will handle it, but the suspension, transmission, and rear end will won't take the abuse in the long run, IMHO, that is a 3/4 ton tralier. I own the same truck except it is a 2012, while looking for a new trailer I was adamant that dry weight be under 5k. No matter what my gross towing capacity is. But I may be gun shy with all the experience I have will failed Tow Vehicles over the years.
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With a 1/2 ton suspension and tires, I worry about the high tongue weight and greater than 7k lb loaded weight. I agree, a 3/4 ton suspension may be a better match for this RV.
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My brother pulls a very similar camper with that truck. unloaded is 6500 and gvwr is 8600. He says has no issues towing even on some steep grades and using an equalizer wdh. If you loaded it to the max gvwr thats a whole lot of camping gear and you would probably stress your truck. I agree that kinda weight should be pulled by a 3/4 ton but if your towing occasional not across country and conservative not loading 2,000 lb of gear your truck should be fine. He only gets 8-10mpg when towing though
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A 3/4 ton pickup is a completely different animal. If I had a 3/4 ton pickup any manufacturer, with a manual transmission. Motor doesn't matter, wear and tear is all on the rear end, and transmission. I wouldn't be afraid to go up to and slightly over the weight limit with a 3/4 ton truck because they are made for pulling and work.
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My brother pulls a very similar camper with that truck. unloaded is 6500 and gvwr is 8600. He says has no issues towing even on some steep grades and using an equalizer wdh. If you loaded it to the max gvwr thats a whole lot of camping gear and you would probably stress your truck. I agree that kinda weight should be pulled by a 3/4 ton but if your towing occasional not across country and conservative not loading 2,000 lb of gear your truck should be fine. He only gets 8-10mpg when towing though
the trailer the OP is looking at, is a 5th wheel, not a TT like your brother's.
totally different animal when it comes to pin weight vs. tongue weight.
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