Originally Posted by Gadgetech
So basically the vehicle manufacturers rate their vehicles higher than they should and the trailer manufacturers say their product is lighter than it is. Seems like a lot of liability between the two. What all goes into getting ready to camp that weights 3000 lbs? I sound frustrated and I am. I've never been an overly cautious person but I'm not an adrenaline junky and it seems as though folks only deem a heavy duty diesel vehicle as a suitable tow vehicle. I may not even purchase as it seems as though I will have to make a compromise one way or the other but I do plan on taking the dealer up on the option to tow the trailer before I buy. I appreciate your advice and sorry for the tone of frustration.
It's good that you are asking this now vs. after you made a purchase only to find out you do not like the setup, as others on here have done. There is a difference between being cautious and being safe and understanding the risks before hand.
As for the 3,000lbs. That is the difference between the Dry weight and what the camper frame was built to handle. When you get a new camper it will have a sticker of the actual weight, that number will be more than the published dry weight depending on options, which will lower the 3000lbs available, then you will add propane tanks, propane gas, drinking water - 36 gallons at 8.4lbs per gal, battery, ect before you even add personal items to the unit. If you are thinking load for camping as clothes and food your right in that 3000lbs will not be added. You'll be surprised how fast it adds up but it can be controlled.
I am not in the school that you need some HD Diesel to pull a camper either, but you need to have the appropriate TV to TT and l leave it to the MFG who publish the specs to determine what that is. We just need to understand how to apply them to make the match set work to be safe.