Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-06-2010, 01:18 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 32
Sv-305?

Hi all!

Just found this forum as I sit up late waiting for tomorrow afternoon when I hopefully will take delivery of a 2011 SV-305. I am new to TTs and my camping experience has always been in tents at best (sometimes not that nice). Before I sign on the dotted line, I am hoping for comments, suggestions, etc... My concern so far (other than the financing term ) is Do I have enough truck for pulling it? I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 5.9L, 4x4 w/ tow package. The dealer (who by the way is celebrating their 51st year in business) is installing what is supposed to be a really nice equalizer hitch, sway control, and brake controller (I know nothing about these other than they are needed). The dealer (owner's son) claims that I will not have any towing issues, but I am hoping for some opinions. I tried the changing gears calculator, but I don't think I put the numbers in the right places (acronyms get confusing), but it looks like I will be maxed out or close to it. What do you all think? I haven't payed for anything yet other than the hitch package and not signed anything yet. I really like the camper, but I don't want to get anything unsafe w/ my tow set up.

Thanks.
__________________

__________________
Pilotdaddy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 06:48 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
milzat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Prairieville, Louisiana
Posts: 1,927
Welcome to FRF.




Quote:
Originally Posted by Pilotdaddy1 View Post
Do I have enough truck for pulling it? I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 5.9L, 4x4 w/ tow package.
Your truck will be fine.

Quote:
The dealer (who by the way is celebrating their 51st year in business) is installing what is supposed to be a really nice equalizer hitch, sway control, and brake controller (I know nothing about these other than they are needed). The dealer (owner's son) claims that I will not have any towing issues.
He's right. The Equal-i-zer Hitch is a very good choise for your set-up.

Quote:
I haven't payed for anything yet other than the hitch package and not signed anything yet. I really like the camper, but I don't want to get anything unsafe w/ my tow set up.

Thanks.
You'll be fine.


__________________

__________________
milzat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 08:15 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 32
Thanks

That's reassuring. Thanks for the reply.
__________________
Pilotdaddy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 09:44 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
MtnGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 9,274
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pilotdaddy1 View Post
Do I have enough truck for pulling it? I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 5.9L, 4x4 w/ tow package.
See if you can find the towing stats for your truck. The older models didn't have the high towing weight capacities as the newer models. And you didn't mention the final drive ratio, which would affect the towing. Also, check your hitch stats....there should be a sticker somewhere on the hitch with those maximums. That 705 lb. tongue weight could increase signficantly when loaded for camping.

You can plug your truck engine, transmission, and final drive stats to come up the maximum towing, but this webpage only goes back to 2002....you might be safe with those figures: http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/vehicl...&engine_trans=.

Even with the best case scenario (3.92 final drive), I am coming up with a 7100 lb. maximum towing weight. The listed 6522 weight of the SV 305 will probably be close to thatwhen you add the most popular options, and that will just be the dry weight.....then you gotta load for camping.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pilotdaddy1 View Post
The dealer (who by the way is celebrating their 51st year in business) is installing what is supposed to be a really nice equalizer hitch, sway control, and brake controller (I know nothing about these other than they are needed).
Get specifics on what hitch he going to use. An "equalizer hitch" is a generic term for a weight distributing hitch, and the sway control could me a friction type system.....definitely a no-no for the longest trailer that Surveyor makes. Make sure that when the dealer says "equalizer hitch" that he is referring to the Equal-i-zer brand, or another brand with integrated sway control.

You failed to mention what bed setup you have on your Dodge. The quad-cab puts the wheelbase up in the 140s with the short bed, but in the case of that of that long of a trailer an 8' foot bed would be better......that is a really long trailer.
__________________

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2017 F350 Lariat CCSB, SRW, 4x4, 6.7 PS
2017 Grand Design Reflection 337RLS
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 10:13 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 32
Thanks MTNGUY for the dodge link. It was way easier to use than the other formula I was attempting.

The dealer said it was more than just a friction controller, but I still am illiterate with that stuff...hopefully, I will not learn it all the hard way I will probably drive him nuts this afternoon with questions at the shop.

The numbers look like I will be just under the max, and I don't plan on keeping the water tanks full, so that should help even more (I was adding about 300 pounds for water weight, and 500 pounds for "junk").

Oh, the hitch on my truck says load carrying of 500 pounds and load distributing of 1000 pounds.

Thanks for the help.
__________________
Pilotdaddy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 06:57 PM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
MtnGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 9,274
Pilotdaddy1, I see in another thread that you picked up your SV 305 today. What weight distributing hitch did the dealer set you up with ?? How did your Dodge tow ?? Inquiring minds want to know.
__________________

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2017 F350 Lariat CCSB, SRW, 4x4, 6.7 PS
2017 Grand Design Reflection 337RLS
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 11:33 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 32
SVT-305 towing (for those inquiring minds)

Well, the dealer set me up with a chain type WD hitch, adjustable friction sway bar, and a digitally adjustable brake control. Strapped a few elephants to the back of my truck, and up the road I went. I did not exceed 60,kept the OD turned off, and it felt ok to me pulling it.Knew it was back there, but OK. I towed it about 15 miles from the dealer to my house. About 12 miles of that was Interstate 75. Had 3 or 4 big rigs pass with no swaying that I noticed. It will take some time to get used to the extra mirrors on the truck and the extra length behind me. I did manage to back it up my driveway with a little effort and a spotter (that was a big concern for me). It wasn't easy, but I got it on the 3rd attempt. This thing is HUGE, and I must admit, I am a little intimidated...I think it grew on the way home, too!
__________________
Pilotdaddy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2010, 08:07 AM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
 
MtnGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 9,274
I know the feeling.....my SV 263 grew longer from the time we looked at it on the lot, until I hooked it up the my truck for the 1st time......and hasn't shrunk back to it's original size yet.

That pull home can be the longest trip you ever do. The 1st 10 miles on my trip home was through heavy city traffic in the rain, then another 50 on interstate with rain and wind, then another 20 miles on back roads with wet limbs hanging down on the side just waiting to get me. That trip was much longer than the 500 milers I have done.

I hope your friction style sway bar works for you. Maybe the dealer knows that that system works good with your trailer. I always understood that an integrated sway system seemed to work better for long trailers.

Keep us posted.
__________________

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2017 F350 Lariat CCSB, SRW, 4x4, 6.7 PS
2017 Grand Design Reflection 337RLS
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2010, 12:16 PM   #9
Site Team
 
acadianbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Posts: 2,915
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pilotdaddy1 View Post
I did manage to back it up my driveway with a little effort and a spotter (that was a big concern for me). It wasn't easy, but I got it on the 3rd attempt. This thing is HUGE, and I must admit, I am a little intimidated...I think it grew on the way home, too!
I would recommend a set of 2-way radios. You can get a nice set with NOA weather alert for about $40. That way you and your spotter will communicate better. Your spotter is often out of sight and may also be hard to hear. You are often going to be turning significantly when backing into a site. You need your spotter on the side that you can't see when turned.
__________________
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp297/acadianbob/IMG_2757.jpg
2012 F150 FX4 Ecoboost, 2016 Surveyor 274BHS
2003 Yamaha FJR1300, Demco Premiere Slider
1969 John Deere 1020, 1940 Ford 9N, 1948 Ford 8N
Jonsered 535, Can of WD-40, Duct Tape
Red Green coffee mugs
acadianbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2010, 09:56 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 32
That's a good idea for the 2 way radios with the spotter. Thanks for the tip.

As far as the "integrated" sway control system vs. the friction control arm, I was, at the time, relying on the dealer to get me properly set up. I don't have any experience with either one, but it seemed fine on the ride home, and I do like being able to unhook the sway control for backing it up my sorta steep driveway. Oh, the brand was a Reese digital brake controller...is that a good one? Seems good so far.

Wow! That trip you had home with the traffice, rain and limbs and all sounds like it would have been a white knuckler all the way!!!
__________________

__________________
Pilotdaddy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
305, surveyor

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:46 PM.