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Old 02-17-2015, 08:06 PM   #11
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:01 PM   #12
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I'm sure that if this formula is applied to the commercial 18 wheelers on the road, none of them would comply. You have got to be kidding! A 3/4 ton diesel can only muster an 8300 lb. trailer? You must not have a Ford.


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Im all about safety but am also a truck driver that grosses 100,000 lbs daily with a 15,000lb truck the person who came up with this calculator is the type of drivers that I deal with on a daily basis. If we are talking about safety to go from point a to point b then let's all give up our cars and walk with our family. That would be safest right. Towing capacities are just that in every aspect the manufacturer has deemed this weight safe for this truck (that means stopping and towing) but I agree if someone out there cannot drive a Prius then don't buy a camper. This calculator would have all of us driving a f450 to tow a pop up. My opinion "scared drivers will always be scared drivers no matter what they are in" these are the drivers that make it very dangerous to be out there on the road they flinch,swerve,slam on brakes at every little thing. Sorry my rant is over it's just this calculator makes no sense in my line of work. Have a blessed night to everyone
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:01 PM   #13
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I tried some of the forum listed calculators but just seemed not to be doing it right. I went to the web and found this one. It is easy for me to input correct numbers and I really like the green (for good) and red (means bad) results. No question there are others I just have real good luck with this one

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Old 05-23-2015, 05:05 PM   #14
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OOPS forgot I was on my apple. Here is the link for desktop:

RV Weight Calculator | 5th Wheel | Gooseneck | Safety Report
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Old 08-16-2015, 05:04 PM   #15
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In addition to the Changin' Gears calculator, here is a similar, but more simplified, mobile friendly pre-purchase calculator that provides realistic towing capacities for 5th Wheel and travel trailers simultaneously.

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Old 09-23-2015, 02:51 PM   #17
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For some reason the internet is failing today... I can't get all the figures needed to populate the calculator posted in the first post.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:41 AM   #18
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Im all about safety but am also a truck driver that grosses 100,000 lbs daily with a 15,000lb truck the person who came up with this calculator is the type of drivers that I deal with on a daily basis. If we are talking about safety to go from point a to point b then let's all give up our cars and walk with our family. That would be safest right. Towing capacities are just that in every aspect the manufacturer has deemed this weight safe for this truck (that means stopping and towing) but I agree if someone out there cannot drive a Prius then don't buy a camper. This calculator would have all of us driving a f450 to tow a pop up. My opinion "scared drivers will always be scared drivers no matter what they are in" these are the drivers that make it very dangerous to be out there on the road they flinch,swerve,slam on brakes at every little thing. Sorry my rant is over it's just this calculator makes no sense in my line of work. Have a blessed night to everyone

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Thank you for your professional opinion on this subject. I have always wondered how people tow anything according to some people on this issue. I have a 8500 gross weight travel trailer I tow with my 1/2 truck (15 Ram) it has a tow rating 10,500 (yes this is the rating after I take the weight of fuel, people, pets, tool box, tools, firewood, and my jumbo cup of coffee). While I do have to use a wdh I feel perfectly safe driving and stoping my tt. Now a dealer did try to steer me to buy a light weight fifth wheel to be towed with same truck, I just said no thank you because of the rear spring set up on Rams this not a good idea with out mods.
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I'm a little confused and here's why:

I just ordered a Shasta Phoenix 34RD which shows a GVW 14361 and pin wt 2361. I had one dealer tell me when I was looking at a FW with a pin wt of 2400, that I'd have to upgrade my truck. He calculated from GVWR of 9200, subtracted curb wt, pin wt, propane, fuel, passengers ect. He then deducted that I'd be over weight.

If I use the vin decoder attached to the RV tow check 2.0, it clearly shows in the technical specs, 15400 FW towing capacity and 3850 FW pin capacity. The towing calculator from changing gears shows that I'm fine on pin weight and overweight on total trailer weight.

I had planned on upgrading the truck based on what the first dealer told me, but it would be sweet if I could get by without it.

Is this stuff confusing or what?

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Bikeman, hard to find an RV salesman who tells the truth, but you found one. Your payload is probably around 2400 lbs, maybe less. This does not include you, passengers, fiver hitch or anything else you store in the truck. Only way to know for sure is to weigh your truck, subtract that from 9200, then subtract you, passengers, hitch and whatever else. This is the number available for pin weight according to your GVWR.


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