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Old 11-11-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Just picked up our first toy hauler last week. We have a Grey Wolf 25 RR. We were told by the dealership that our 2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4X4 Laramie would have no problems towing the hauler. Did I already mention we are new to towing? The dealership installed a E2 distribution hitch and the TH towed OK during our three hour drive home. But I could feel the engine and transmission strain at times. I have not towed it with my HD loaded yet but I'm very concerned about adding a 1000 lb bike and gear inside the TH and tow it with our current vehicle....Towing capacity for my truck is 6800. So I figure I have about a 800 lb buffer with everything loaded.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:58 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new camper...once you load a motorcycle & gear, afraid you won't like the driving experience with your current TV.

Give it a try on one small trip to see the difference then decide if you want to upsize your truck...let us know how it works out.

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Old 11-13-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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Welcome to FRF, congratulations on the new TH.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:25 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new trailer.
"No problem..." Those are a salesman's words. Just kick back on the hills and take your time. It's a lot of trailer for that truck.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:35 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by miatalou99 View Post
Towing capacity for my truck is 6800. So I figure I have about a 800 lb buffer with everything loaded.
In addition to towing capacity you need to look at payload and axle ratings (GAWR). Those are normally going to be the more critical numbers.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:14 AM   #6
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Congrats but good luck on the TV. There is nothing worse towing with a TV that is struggling. We have had two TH's.

I have two suggestions. If you just can't get a new tow vehicle AT LEAST get air bags in the rear for your current TV. This will keep the weight up front on the vehicle so it is not an absolute bitch to drive.

Other suggestion is a new tow vehicle. If you do this don't just get one that is good for now. Go bigger than you need. I promise you that you will get a bigger TH within 3 years. Just get the truck now to tow it. Trust me. I speak from experience. I was in your exact same shoes 10 yrs ago. Towing a WEekend warrior with our Tahoe. Now we are in a 35 ft. RV Ha ha. It is a sickness.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:28 AM   #7
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At least consider a transmission cooler if one is not factory installed. A Scangauge II which monitors A LOT of vital engine\transmission functions and more, is a terrific investment ad can be found at Camping World, AutoZone and others. (Around $160.00). This way you can keep an eye on your vital readings and not have to rely on crappy factory gauges. The ScanGauge is also portable and can be moved vehicle-to-vehice. As others have mentioned, your probably right on the edge of towing safely and comfortably with the Dakota. Good luck and have fun! I wish I could bring my Hog along on some of our longer trips. Without a toy hauler it's perty tough. Ride On Bro!
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welcome you have just made a lot of new friends who also think that camping is the best . Check out the page FROG - Forest River Owners Group for a list of upcoming rallys and such. But just remember not all are posted yet.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the feedback! I really appreciate it. I will probably breakdown and buy a 2500 with a diesel...
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:39 PM   #10
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Congrats & Welcome to the Toyhauler world Love ours.... you never can have too much truck but I suggest that you go to a CAT or other scale & weigh your set up loaded it may very well weigh more than you think.........

My first truck was a Ranchero then moved up to a 1/2 ton then 3/4 now have a 1 ton Cummins duelly ........... 22 ft camper at first now a 36 ft TH they just seem to grow



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