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Old 12-17-2017, 07:50 AM   #1
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Tow truck for 8289ws

Just ordered the above in UK now looking for a tow truck suitable so anyone having the Rockwood 8289 WS what do you pull it with?
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Old 12-17-2017, 08:01 AM   #2
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Congratulations. That's a great trailer. New GMC/Chevy HD pickups are too high and that trailer can't be raised with the Dexter kit. Ended up using drop shackles on the rear of our 2016 GMC 3500HD dually to get it almost level. The single rear wheel 3500s are even 1 inch higher than the dually.
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Old 12-17-2017, 08:16 AM   #3
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Just ordered the above in UK now looking for a tow truck suitable so anyone having the Rockwood 8289 WS what do you pull it with?
I am towing one with a 2017 gmc 2500 Denali duramax diesel. Had to add a lift kit from Forest River. They have made one this year for their fivers,due to the higher truck beds of all trucks. I tow level now. Also added a set of Timbren SES rear suspension rubber springs. Works great miminizes sag and gives me more stability.

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Old 12-17-2017, 09:52 AM   #4
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Towed my 8289WS with a pin weight of 1700# with a 2008 Tundra for two years, Tundra had air bags and did a great job. Prior to the 8289 we pulled a Cougar 291 with a GVWR 10K for several years with the same Tundra. We have changed trucks almost two years ago, bought a 2014 Ram 2500 Diesel. Had to raise the Rockwood with a kit from Dexter because the RV was close to 5" nose high on the Ram. Raising the RV almost 3" and the 1700# pin leveled it out when hooked to the Ram.
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Old 12-17-2017, 10:50 AM   #5
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Youíll get all sorts of answers. The F150 fanboys will say their truck is the best. The weight police will say youíll need a freightliner ďfor safety of everyone around youĒ

You need to do a lot of research to find really what youíre comfortable with paying for a truck and what you want out of a truck.

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We use an '04 GMC Sierra 2500. The trailer sits perfectly level without any lifting/lowering of anything. In my opinion, a 3/4 ton truck and a (so called) 1/2 ton towable 5th wheel is a perfect match.
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Not sure what a 3/4 ton 1/2 ton truck are what is yours?
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Sorry...I assumed you knew what I was referring to. With GMC/Chevy, the 1500's are 1/2 tons, 2500's are 3/4 tons, and the 3500's are 1 tons. Ford uses the numbers 150, 250, and 350 respectively. The higher numbers designating higher weight capacities. I'm not sure how these numbers came to be used. I believe the Toyota Tundra mentioned above is equal to a 1/2 ton.
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Sorry...I assumed you knew what I was referring to. With GMC/Chevy, the 1500's are 1/2 tons, 2500's are 3/4 tons, and the 3500's are 1 tons. Ford uses the numbers 150, 250, and 350 respectively. The higher numbers designating higher weight capacities. I'm not sure how these numbers came to be used. I believe the Toyota Tundra mentioned above is equal to a 1/2 ton.
Dodge numbers them the same as GMC/Chevy.

Toyota only makes 1/2 ton (Tundra) that I'm aware of. I think the Tacoma is more like a "1/4 ton" - LOL.
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Congrats on the new 8289. I have a 2017 GM 2500HD. Because my 8289 is a 2013, I had to lift it 3.5". The new Rockwoods are built higher providing more clearance for your tow vehicle. I don't think I would have any trouble hooking on to a new 8289 without doing any mods. Towed with both a gas 2500HD and now a diesel. Diesel doesn't know the trailer is there except when it comes to fuel and even then it's not too bad.
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