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Old 12-08-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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lots of questions

I am new to camping and will have tons of questions. I have been retired for a while and currently work part time to help pay for my toys. I am about to pull the trigger on a 2012 windjammer 3065w, my tow vehicle is a 2001 F250 4x4 with a 5.4 and 373 gears. I purchased the truck new and its in great shape, however it has 140,000 miles on it , I have been told by the dealer (who will say anything to sell a unit ) that the windjamer is listed as a light weight and can be towed by a half ton pickup.The base dry weight is 7065, I have been told my 250 will tow it without any problems. I do plan to up date the truck probably in another year, but in the mean time I plan to travel the coast and maybe a trip out west. I have towed my 6000lb boat short distances without any problems. The truck is set up with the tow package, and of course the dealer was really glad to set me up with a great hitch with sway bars (included in the deal, yeh right) What do you all think ? enough truck thanks in advance..Chuck from Va
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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You should be ok pulling with that set up and welcome from California
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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Likely alright, but the numbers are easy enough to calculate.

You can use this page on my blog to get a feel for the numbers here:
http://www.learntorv.com/p/what-can-i-tow.html

And you can use this calculator to get an idea of what your tongue weight will be:
http://www.learntorv.com/2013/12/tow...alculator.html
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:05 PM   #4
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You should be fine with your truck but get a hitch with integrated sway control, not just sway bars, for that trailer. The Equal-i-zer E4 and Reese Dual Cam are popular and work well when set up correctly.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. The dealer has suggested a equalizer hitch manufactured by e2. This is supposed to handle weight distribution as well as sway. Its a rigid control system. The dealer appears to be safety conscious so I will stick with their package and hope for the best. The financing is done, we just have to get the paper work signed and then they have a instruction time and they go through the entire system with the owner. The weather here is lousy , cold ,wind, and rain ( at least no snow ), so it will be a while before she goes on her maiden voyage. I can't wait, this has been a dream of mine for 15 years and I am anxious to get started. I am sure the first trip will probably be frustrating , hopefully not. If it goes smooth I will be surprised. It will be somewhere close by so I can yell for help if need be. I am used to boats and their systems, they seem about the same, except you have to park it rather than dock it. Before long you will see another Windjammer 3065W on the road. Chuck in Virginia
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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Congrats Chuck! There is a list on the forum here somewhere (someone will be along shortly to tell you where it is) that goes through the entire PDI (pre-delivery inspection), and everything involved. It's quite handy.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses. The dealer has suggested a equalizer hitch manufactured by e2. This is supposed to handle weight distribution as well as sway. Its a rigid control system.
Don't get the E2 for a trailer as long as yours is.
you're going to need the 4-point Equal-i-zer for that big of a trailer.
IMHO, the E2 is fine for smaller trailers but yours will need all the help it can get.
my HTT is 10' shorter than yours and i went with the 4-point one. well worth the extra money.
plus it's made in the U.S., while the E2 is made in China.

please do some research on the differences between the two and read some RV forums discussions on them.
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We tow our 2014 Windjammer 3008 with a 3/4 ton Silverado with a gas engine and an Equal-I-zer 4-point hitch. We've put about 12,000 on this combination since last March and it does just fine.

When we got this trailer - trading up from a Rockwood 2604 - we had a 1/2 ton Silverado. It just wasn't quite enough of a horse for the Windjammer, but the 2500 Silverado does great.

Congratulations on the windjammer 3065.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:47 PM   #9
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I will be towing my windjammer 3065w with a gas F250, it should handle the TT. I probably won't break any land speed records, but I am hoping it will do the job. I am still learning this RV thing, I have gained a ton of information on this forum so far, and I haven't left the lot yet. I also know that RV dealers are like car dealers and will usually tell you anything to close the sale. This RV dealer does have a good reputation and has been around a while, so I am kinda at his mercy. I am hoping he has told me the straight scoop about the tow package, hitch and brake controller. Only time will tell. Lets hope it all works out. I can't wait to meet other campers and get their opinions on different items of interest, that is where one gains a lot of information, I am sure I am about to learn a lot in a short period of time. But that is the fun about being a senior citizen..Keep the opinions coming. Chuck in Virginia. Days camping in 2013..0, that will change in 2014.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:57 PM   #10
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By the way I thought of another question, this TT has a fireplace, does this thing put out any heat or is it just for looks ?
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