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Old 02-22-2014, 07:29 PM   #11
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pick any brand you want. All built with same components and average to poor workmanship. Just part of the industry unfortunately.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:37 PM   #12
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I'm sure somebody will disagree with me, but the Surveyor Cadet 321bhts with an empty weight of 7300lbs and dry hitch weight of 888 is too much for most any half ton. You would most likely be over payload capacity and be hard on the truck on hills.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:47 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forum phathead19.

We have a 2013 Surveyor SP296. It was a new floor plan in 2013. Very pleased with this TT so far. All the counter space with island due to the kitchen slide and jack & jack bunks (4 grandsons) are what sold us on it.

Our TV is a 2010 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 with a 5.7L.

It pulls the trailer fine, but we are experiencing sway issues with winds and in Saskatchewan it's windy just about all the time.

Have had lots of good suggestions on how to eliminate the sway and comes down to dialing in the WDH better and I'm changing the tires on the truck to a heavier sidewall.

Last year we camped for about 32 nights. Mostly 4 day weekends and trips to the campgrounds were about 100 to 150 KMS.

So far no major issues with the trailer. Any problems we had were cosmetic, such as hinges coming loose and the valance over the sofa fell down. All were easily fixed with different screws and some additional ones. I think our rough secondary highways are more to blame for shaking screws loose.

Hope this helps some.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:15 PM   #14
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Unless the numbers I'm getting for my truck are off it doesn't exceed any of the weight limits. Including my family dogs and canopy with dry hitch weight ill still be under. Pushing it but under. Also first test drive will be to scale, going to take my truck there first though to make sure given weights are correct in documentation I'm using for reference. And again almost all my camping will be within 50 km radius to 100km and mainly paved roads. But yeah if I had to travel very far more often than not it is getting to be too much trailer(even though no numbers are going ovver maxes why work it that hard) Gotta love vancouver island for all the beautiful spots so close
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:18 PM   #15
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you haven't given us the towing and payload capacity of your truck, so no way anyone can give you a good answer
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:21 PM   #16
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Gcvw is 17000 I should be at 13000ish. Tow is 11100 trailer is 7400 dry. Payload is 1960. Front axle is 3300 and rear axle is 2400 dry curb weights. Family and dogs 500, canopy 200 trailer hitch dry is 890. All pulled from spec docs from ford and forest river. Is that enough?
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:01 PM   #17
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help

I really don't care if you post three or thirty times. If you need help, that is the important thing. The Whiners drive me nuts. We have a Flagstaff 829fkss that weighs 6400 dry and empty. I am guessing about 7200 loaded. We have towed it all through Ontario, New Brunswick and most of the Maritime provinces with a 2008 F150 5/4l tow package. We also towed it thru ontario to Soo St Marie, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Back to Rochester, NY With 2011 Ford 150 5.0L tow package. No problems or issues on either trip. You can do the math all day long but how it tows is important.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:26 PM   #18
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Rlociero thanks for that. I'm really appreciating the members who are trying to help. Been having issues all day on my first day of school here with people chastizing me and picking apart my posts when I'm just asking for help. Appreciate the insight and happy trails
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:06 PM   #19
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To the people so concerned here is what I posted in my other thread Im monitoring:

I just read more on it and as far as I can tell its done by adding the two vehicles loaded weights together. Like I said before that means my 5700lbs truck, 500lbs of family and pets, 7400lbs of trailer and 2300lbs of gear(including my canopy) puts me under the MAX of 17100 lbs pulled from ford literature. Also the 7400lbs of trailer with 2300lbs of gear (9700lbs) is still under my tow rating of 11200lbs pulled again from fords literature. with proper weight distribution I should be able to add slightly to my tongue weight for smoother ride, without overloading. Again thanks for all the help with this stuff but please just posts on peoples experiences and opinions with regards to these two trailers and forest river as a manufacturer
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:25 PM   #20
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And I have to admit I earned all the tow vehicle talk because initial statements about how much I'd be away from weights was way off. Thanks for making me do math on papern not just in my head
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