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Old 06-16-2018, 05:59 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Suggestions

We have a Ď17 Rockwood Signature travel trailer, 8328BS. Itís in a park this year but intend to travel with it next year.
Iíve done a bit of research on the Ď19 RAM 1500 with the 5.7 and available tow pkgs.
It looks like it will work as it will also be my daily driver for my 90 min commute each way to my office.
Iím trying not to go HD if I donít have to.
Trailer dry weight is 8500 lbs
Tongue weight is 1100 lbs
Your thoughts and recommendations are always appreciated.
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:07 PM   #2
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I think u may need a 2500. 8500 lbs for a 1/2 ton seems like a bit of a stretch.
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Old 06-16-2018, 06:19 PM   #3
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Buy a 2500 gas motor and a cheap commuter and go. 1500s are really limited to aroind 7500 loaded or GVWR. Your looking at over 8000 dry. Adding your stuff and passangers tou will be way overloaded.
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:10 PM   #4
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Take your time find a half ton that can tow it I towed a similar weight weight trailer with a 2014 Tundra and a 2014 F 150 eco boost yes payload wise I was over I needed a W/D hitch and installed airless airbags on both but I had W/D with my 2500 Ram just for the sway I towed with my Tundra from West Texas to southern Oregon on I 40 thru the Grand Canyon Vegas Reno came back thru Lake Tahoe and around that area no problems. The tongue weight might push you to 3/4 ton if you donít want to be overweight. My 350 power stroke gets about 15 mpg on highway even got 20 for a 180 mile trip but usually in 15 range
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First you need to find the numbers for the particular tow vehicle you are looking at, this varies based on the vehicles weight, the more options, the heavier the less towing capacity. I was always told add a thousand pounds to dry weight for all of your stuff you will be putting in the trailer so that brings you to 9500lbs.
As an example, my 2016 F150 has a GCWR of 15,200lbs, my truck loaded weighs about 6000lbs. 15,200-6000=9200lbs, the max weight I can tow. Of course you also need to check tongue weight capacity of the particular tow vehicle, mine is 1200lbs. the hitch tongue weight limit is the weight the hitch structurally can support.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:12 AM   #6
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Thanks all, yep Iíve got some homework to do!
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I will keep it simple. Regardless of what brand truck go 3/4 ton.
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I will keep it simple. Regardless of what brand truck go 3/4 ton.
Amen, and go diesel as well. You don't have to worry about finding RV friendly gas pumps to get in and out of, just get in line with the big boys at truck stops.
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I think you'd be better off looking at the max weight for your trailer. None of them ever weight the dry weight. People will swear they travel light, I will at times as well... But it is a amazing how much stuff adds up. Whether it is fresh water, tanks with fluids in them or just your pots and pans. I pulled a 30ft 9k lbs or so camper with a Chevy 1500 5.3 v8. It did well and was a nice ride as my daily driver. It would not struggle on hills but did need to be run at a higher rpm. It also would not do well using cruise control because of the hills.

Not everyone needs an HD truck. We towed almost every weekend and for several long trips a season. I did move to an HD truck with the same camper and it was night and day. But I am also fine with my 60 mile highway drive to work each day.

What is your camping style? A few trips a year or all the time?
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Forget that dry weight number; it's just a marketing ploy. Your TT never really weighed that number.

Your TT's GVWR is 11,136 lbs. You're most likely to be closer to that number than any dry weight number. In addition, the "dry hitch weight" they quote is about 13% of the dry weight.

Looking at your floor plan, I'd guess most of what you'll load (clothes, etc) is going to be at or in front of the axles. So I'm guessing your tongue weight is going to be a lot closer to 13% of the GVWR, or 1437 lbs.

Personally, I'd ditch the 1/2 ton pickup plan. 3/4 ton minimum.
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