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Old 09-21-2009, 08:55 PM   #11
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:55 PM   #12
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I think the biggest factor in weight difference is the Ultra lites have an aluminum frame (sidewalls,roof and floor) as compared to standard 2X3 studs which will add a considerable amont of weight. Next time out to your Home Depot, pick up a wooden 2X3X8, then find some aluminum stud and compare the difference in weight. You will be suprised...then add the difference in weight by 50 or 60 times, depending on the size of you TT.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:09 PM   #13
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Hi fire4034. I also have a Ram 1500 Quad cab hemi, with the 545RFE Automatic overdrive transmission. The dealer told me (as well as the owner's manual) to use the tow/haul button located on the shifter end. It also has the option O/D off. If vyou tow for any distance with O/D on, you stand a very good chance of burning up the lock up torque converter. Use the tow/haul setting for that heavy of a trailer. Mine is around the same weight pulling it. Randy
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:35 PM   #14
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Hey guys, I noticed that you guys are mentioning driving without using O/D. I have just picked up our first TT. I have the Flagstaff 831KRSS dry weight is 6205 or so. I am pulling with a 1500 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 4x4, with the Hemi. I am supposed to be able to pull 8900lb minus the 4x4 weight which I was told takes off 500lb. This leaves me tow rating at 8400.

So, I was told that I am to have O/D on ALL the time when I am pulling the trailer? Could you guys expand on how you use O/D when towing?

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Ditto to what Randy said.

I tow my 8319SS with a 08 Dodge Ram 1500 with the Hemi and use the TOW-HAUL mode. I was told to always push that button when towing to take advantage of the tow features. It needs to be pressed every time you restart your engine, easy to forget if you stop for a gas, and then drive away again.

My trailer, loaded does come within a hundred kilos of the max CGVWR, but we live on the prairie and although there are river valleys and rolling hills, no extreme climbs like you get in the Rocky mountains, so it is OK.

It will keep the speed up the hill, but the RPM's climb and I swear I can see the gas gauge dropping as that Hemi roars and gulps the gas.

But the truck is leased, next year I'm seriously looking at upgrading to a three quarter, or even one ton, and perhaps a diesel. We'll have to see what kind of truck deals are to be had in 2010.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:32 PM   #15
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Hi Fort Kent Dad. AMEN on the gas sucking hemi! I get 7 to 8 mpg's at best pulling my rig. The V front doesn't really help much. I have the 3:54 rear, with 275 70 17's all around, stock. I feel so underpowered, even at 380 HP! I have heard that a rear gear swap to 3:73's or 3:92 would help me pull much better, but I'm afraid the gas mileage would drop even more! My father in law has an 06 QC Ram 2500HD 4x4 diesel, and pulls a medium Coleman pop up. He gets 23-24 mpg hi way! I wish he and I could swap trucks! Randy
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Good luck, I think your truck will do just fine. I have the Rockwood 2604S and pull with my 1500 Silverado (w/towing pkg) and have absolutely NO prob. Check the truck manual to determine the towing capacity if you have doubts. My TT weights out at 6500GVWR and truck states 6600. Good combo.
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Old 11-15-2009, 12:26 PM   #17
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We tow the 2604S (09) and have towed over 4000 miles this year without a hitch (figure of speech guys). It tows so well we have to check the rearview to make sure it mis still there.

Seems very well made, have had it since May 08. use an equalizer hitch (see guys, I told you) w/reese sway control.

We really like our 2604S.
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Hi Fort Kent Dad. AMEN on the gas sucking hemi! I get 7 to 8 mpg's at best pulling my rig. The V front doesn't really help much. I have the 3:54 rear, with 275 70 17's all around, stock. I feel so underpowered, even at 380 HP! I have heard that a rear gear swap to 3:73's or 3:92 would help me pull much better, but I'm afraid the gas mileage would drop even more! My father in law has an 06 QC Ram 2500HD 4x4 diesel, and pulls a medium Coleman pop up. He gets 23-24 mpg hi way! I wish he and I could swap trucks! Randy

Ihave the 8280ws and I am pulling it with a '04 hemi 1500 with 3.92 rear end. I pull that trailer with ease and I am getting 10-11 mpg which I think is really good. And this is driving in the rocky mountains of Canada. I still get 21 mpg empty.
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more composites, more plastic, less headroom, shorter/shallower sides, smaller tires, thinner walls etc, it all adds up.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:57 PM   #20
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I posted last year that we were considering a diesel, 3/4 ton and that is what we did. Upgraded the TV to a Dodge Ram 2500 CTD. With all of 2000 km on the truck so far I've not had much of a chance to see how it will do. I leave soon for a 10,000 km RV trip, will let you know how it works out. The diesel got 9.5 on the one short trip that I measured, but that is before it is broken in. Hope to get better than that. We'll see.
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