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Old 10-15-2011, 11:47 PM   #11
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I had to chuckle at azwade comparing his Tundra to Calgary's EcoBEAST.
That Ford should not be classified as a "half-ton", as it can pull as much as many 3/4 tons. One of my buddies has one and he says it is an awesome truck.
Just a note Calgary, have you seen the new coloured Rockwoods? I think it is called the 'Diamond Package'. Pretty sharp.
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:58 AM   #12
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crocas, I am sorry if you thought I was trying to "compare" my Tundra with the Ford "EcoBeast". I was not. I wanted everyone to do the math and I just used my situation as an example. With a cargo capacity of 1890 lbs and a pin weight (empty or loaded?) of 1595 lbs, what is left is 295 lbs. Some 5er hitches weigh that much by themselves without people, gas, cargo, etc. Most 1/2 tons have sufficient "towing" capacity but limited GCWR and axle weight ratings that come into play when you decide to go from a travel trailer to a 5th wheel trailer. This is just information based on years of experience. Hope this helps someone.
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:46 PM   #13
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az, you said "take a close look at your truck GCWR and axle weight ratings. You will probably be significantly over on both with this 5er".
Well, Calgary won't be over "significantly", and if he is careful, maybe not at all.
As for that 295 pound fifth wheel hitch you mention, I think you are stretching the truth just a tad.
Didn't mean to take a shot at your Tundra, but with the US economy in the state it is in, people should be buying vehicles produced by American companies, and not sending even more money overseas. JMO
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:37 PM   #14
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Crocus you have some good points. That's one of the best things about this forum is the exchange of ideas and information. I guess what I have been trying to say (and not doing a very good job of it) is that knowledge is power. Knowing your tow vehicle limitations is critical. Getting past the thrill of the purchase and being realistic is critical. As a former over-the-road truck driver I have seen many accidents, many states with ridiculous enforcement rules and insurance companies that are just looking for ways to weasel out of paying. Add the fact that you may have precious cargo (kids) onboard, it really pays to be conservative. Last word from me on this subject. Good luck Calgary on your purchase decision.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:03 PM   #15
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Just dropping into say "hi" before my wife and I go off to sign our lives away on a 2012 Rockwood 8288WS. This looks like one of the roomiest 5'ers we have seen and it should be fine to pull with our 2011 F150 ecoboost. Have really appreciated the information we have found on this forum and we look forward to being active members. Take care...
Hi Calgaryflames, hope you check back into this forum. We would LOVE to know how you've made out with your Ecoboost/Rockwood combination. We too have the 2011 Ecoboost and have been considering the Rockwood 8288 for almost a yr. We haven't pulled the trigger to "sign our lives away" because we're concerned about weight. Like you we have a 5K pound 5th now and the truck doesn't know it's there but going up 2500# is just that little bit that might make her work a little harder. How are you making out? We're in BC so a little more mountainous terrain than AB but your experience and insight would be of help to us if you could offer it!
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:36 PM   #16
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Smile Don't know yet captainmorgan!

Alas Captain, I can't help you yet! Even though we signed on the dotted line - we don't pick up the new unit until the 28th. I'm not at all concerned about the loaded weight of the unit, but we will have to be smart re. our total pin weight [1890#'s]. With just the two of us we feel that we can manage this o.k. Bought the unit for some long-term holidaying [retiring soon] so we wanted something we might be comfortable in for a month or so at a time. Will post as soon as we take a trip [might be in the Spring - its getting mighty cool here nowadays]. Regards...
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:18 PM   #17
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8285ws

we just purchased the 8285ws Rockwood ultra lite last week, we find the same thing, plenty of room and outstanding workmanship! The only problem we are having is in the genesis, we cannot get the USB port nor the SD card slot to work. These are nice features to have when you are travelling so you can put in your SD card from your camera and see the pictures on the TV set. Also we cannot hook up our blue ray to it. The dealer says they will not look at it for a few weeks which concerns us as it will be very cold by then and a little hard to turn on the tv set! Other than that, we are very pleased with the unit, however havent tried out all the other "bells and whistles" yet!




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Old 10-23-2011, 01:19 PM   #18
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Yuk!

we had a chance to buy the Diamond look package and declined, wasnt impressed with the colors at all!!!

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I had to chuckle at azwade comparing his Tundra to Calgary's EcoBEAST.
That Ford should not be classified as a "half-ton", as it can pull as much as many 3/4 tons. One of my buddies has one and he says it is an awesome truck.
Just a note Calgary, have you seen the new coloured Rockwoods? I think it is called the 'Diamond Package'. Pretty sharp.
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:39 PM   #19
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I'm sorry but what is the Diamond look package? Is it new for 2012? I haven't heard about it. Thanks...
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:54 PM   #20
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Calgary, the diamond package includes a coloured exterior, kindof a medium gray. I think there are a few other small differences.
Personally, I like the white exterior, but you might like the gray. But there is an additional cost as well, and I wonder how many will pay?
There are some pictures somewhere on the forums from a month or so ago. If you do a search for "diamond package" you might find it. I think it was on a Rockwood camper.
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