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Old 08-26-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Possible setup...your thoughts?

I'm looking at my first Tt rockwood 2703ws.

Dry Hitch Weight 621 lbs. (282 kg)
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 6,145 lbs. (2,787 kg)
GVWR 7,621 lbs. (3,457 kg)
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1,438 lbs. (652 kg)
Exterior Length 31' 11" (9.7 m)
Exterior Height 9' 9" (3.0 m)
Exterior Width 96" (2.4 m)
Fresh Water Capacity 36 gal. (136 L)
Gray Water Capacity 37 gal. (140 L)
Black Water Capacity 37 gal. (140 L)
Awning Size 17 ft.

TV is a 2005 z71 hd tow gear 4.10 gearing. Per the owners manual it can handle 8700lbs.

Just curious on the thoughts of you that already tow Tt about this setup. I plan on a equal I zer hitch and prodigy brake controller.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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We bought that exact trailer about a month ago and love it. We have taken it out twice on weekend trips and will be taking it out again for the long Labor Day weekend.

We tow with a 2013 Silverado 1500 with 5.3, 3.42, 9,600 towing, and 1,552 payload. There are three of us in the family and our weight and our gear comes in at about 600 pounds. That leaves us with 952 available payload for the tongue weight, which is right about where we want to be with our GVWR of 7,500 pounds.

We have a 12,000 pound Reese Dual Cam hitch and a P3 brake controller.

Towing the trailer is a bit of a workout for the truck, but it isn't too bad. We know it is back there, but at no time do we feel unsafe towing it.

As for the trailer itself, it is fantastic. We have had no problems other than a couple of loose screws. The huge living area works well for us, as we like to lounge around and often have guests in our rig.

Good luck!
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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Might want to take another look at your TV's tow rating. A quick check on-line shows a 5700 - 6500 tow rating depending on 2 or 4 wheel drive
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:02 PM   #4
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Might want to take another look at your TV's tow rating. A quick check on-line shows a 5700 - 6500 tow rating depending on 2 or 4 wheel drive
I got that info out of the owner manual. It said 8700 at the bumper and 7700 goose neck or fifth wheel. But I'll check again. TV is a 2005 cheverolt 1500 z71. It has all hd towing gear.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #5
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I haven't figured my hitch weight yet. But majority of the time if not always I will be towing in the truck by myself and our stuff in the trailer. The wife and dog will be in her car following.
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I got that info out of the owner manual. It said 8700 at the bumper and 7700 goose neck or fifth wheel. But I'll check again. TV is a 2005 cheverolt 1500 z71. It has all hd towing gear.
The owners manual on my 2012 Nissan Armada says 9100# tow rating. It's not. After many hours of research, it actually has a 6500# rating. The manual wasnt changed for the three trim packages for the vehicle... All info was for the upper two trims at 9100#.
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How do I find a true rating then?
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How do I find a true rating then?
I called Nissan technical support with my vin (not customer support, which read me the user manual info).
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How do I find a true rating then?
IMO, it honestly doesn't matter. You'll never hit it before you run out of payload. It's a mythical figure that is around the assumption that you'll have a 150 pound driver and literally nothing else in the vehicle.

What really matters is the amount of payload capacity which is shown on a sticker on the door pillar in terms of "the maximum weight of occupants and cargo may not exceed X pounds".

That payload number has to include the remainder of the 150 pound driver (unless you're at or under that), any passengers, pets and anything that you carry in/on the tow vehicle. What's left over from that number is what you can carry in tongue weight.

The tongue weight is typically 10%-15% of the camper's total actual loaded weight. The dry weight is typically low anywhere from 500 pounds or 1,500 or more depending on the size of the unit and your packing habits. The most conservative go with the GVWR of the TT to figure tongue weight as that gives you a worst case scenario. Truth be told, most of the time no one ever hits the maximum weight for the TT. Pick a number in the middle of the two that makes sense for you and your family.

For me, I try not to exceed any of my ratings. Lots of others choose to exceed some by a little, but no one suggests exceeding them by a lot.
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