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Old 06-28-2019, 07:59 AM   #1
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Hello, We are looking to buy our first Rockwood (coming from a Winnebago 30RESS). We have a 2019 Silverado 2500HD with a hitch capacity of 1500 lbs. Slightly concerned because the hitch weight is 1200 on this model. I do not want to rely on our sales person for this concern so that's why I am here to get your opinion.

Am I over-thinking this and what are others towing with this model. What have you done to reduce the weight up front if anything? Thank you.
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Old 06-28-2019, 08:06 AM   #2
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A 1200 Lb. hitch weight isn't a tremendous amount.

If that is the published hitch weight you have to add for full propane tanks, battery and cargo so that 1200 could easily be 1500+.

With that said, please post your Silverado's payload rating (door sticker) and lets see what that is first.

You 'should' have no issues with a 2500 and a good WDH.
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If I recall correctly that is the same model as my Flagstaff version and i pull it with a 2014 Silverado 2500 and a blue ox sway pro hitch and it works great.

I wouldn't be concerned.
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Payload for my Silverado is 2640 lbs.
The trailer I am looking at is not a 5th wheel. Most likely I would exceed the trucks 1500 hitch weight. So not sure. Its mainly the tongue weight of this Rockwood travel trailer.
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Payload for my Silverado is 2640 lbs.
The trailer I am looking at is not a 5th wheel. Most likely I would exceed the trucks 1500 hitch weight. So not sure. Its mainly the tongue weight of this Rockwood travel trailer.
The 1500 Lb. capacity may be for use without a WDH.
I bet it is more than that using a WDH.
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The 1500 Lb. capacity may be for use without a WDH.
I bet it is more than that using a WDH.
My Silverado 2500HD manual states "Weight-Carrying or Weight Distributing."

So 1500 lbs either way.

FR site says dry weight is 8140 lbs, so a 1200 lb dry TW means 14.7% TW. So already tongue heavy.

GVWR is 10,000. So I'd bet just under 1500 lb loaded. It's close. Remember to add WDH weight. Also remember the total then is subtracted from the 2640 payload.
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My 2000 Ford F250 had a 1000# capacity hitch. Checking the specs I notice it was increased in 2003 with a higher rated class 5 hitch even though it was basically the same truck. I bought a Curt hitch that was higher rated and had it installed. My 2015 Flagstaff had a loaded tongue weight of about 1200#. Maybe you could just change out for a higher capacity hitch.
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I don't for see an issue with the hitch weight. You should be good to go. Later RJD
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My 2000 Ford F250 had a 1000# capacity hitch. Checking the specs I notice it was increased in 2003 with a higher rated class 5 hitch even though it was basically the same truck. I bought a Curt hitch that was higher rated and had it installed. My 2015 Flagstaff had a loaded tongue weight of about 1200#. Maybe you could just change out for a higher capacity hitch.
Having a slightly higher rated hitch is a good idea, but that alone doesn't do anything to lessen the load on the truck or change what the truck can handle.
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My truck is rated for a 13,000 trailer, and my truck axle is rated for 6200, so truck is fine, looks like I should change out the hitch for a larger rated one. Also, with some of the the replies to this I realized that the same floor plan is also in the Flagstaff series so I am getting a price on that one also. Will be interesting to see the numbers from two different dealers to choose from. Big thanks...
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Update: Went to my dealer service dept. yesterday and they said when using a weight distribution system the hitch on the truck will be perfectly fine to handle that weight fully loaded. Happy Camping.
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My Silverado 2500HD manual states "Weight-Carrying or Weight Distributing."

So 1500 lbs either way.

Never heard of 1500 lbs hitch. Class 4 are (carrying/distributing) 1000/1400 and class 5 are 1200/1700 lbs.


If your receiver has the 2" opening, then it's class 4.


Either way, you should be OK with a WDH, but I personally would feel better with class 5.
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My Silverado 2500HD manual states "Weight-Carrying or Weight Distributing."

So 1500 lbs either way.
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Never heard of 1500 lbs hitch. Class 4 are (carrying/distributing) 1000/1400 and class 5 are 1200/1700 lbs.


If your receiver has the 2" opening, then it's class 4.


Either way, you should be OK with a WDH, but I personally would feel better with class 5.
It's a 2-1/2" receiver.

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The 1500 Lb. capacity may be for use without a WDH.
I bet it is more than that using a WDH.
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It's a 2-1/2" receiver.

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Note that I was simply replying to Post #5, which was questioning if there was a different number for WDH or no WDH. There's not.

Ah, I see. Probably somewhere in the manual they tell you to use WDH for any trailer over 5,000 lbs, which makes their table (kind of) true. I would definitely not use weight-carrying hitch for a tongue over 1,200 lbs, but then, who would?
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Ah, I see. Probably somewhere in the manual they tell you to use WDH for any trailer over 5,000 lbs, which makes their table (kind of) true. I would definitely not use weight-carrying hitch for a tongue over 1,200 lbs, but then, who would?
Yes, for 1500's. 2500/3500 optional.

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Update: Went to my dealer service dept. yesterday and they said when using a weight distribution system the hitch on the truck will be perfectly fine to handle that weight fully loaded. Happy Camping.
FYI, never trust the dealer, but in this case I agree.

I doubt if there would be a Flagstaff/Rockwood price difference but could be between dealers.

We actually ordered the Rockwood but the factory kept delaying then I found a Flagstaff in stock so we bought that. Just color and pattern difference
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I have the 8324BS model. It is also very front heavy. It says 1290lbs on the site empty.


I run the largest 1400# class 4 Equalizer WDH. Works great with no problems.
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