Originally Posted by bryanne 7
great information, the rockwood we are looking at has the same window coverings, I love the tests you did. What can you tell me about the towing qualities of rockwood. The trailer is high compared to the surveyor which has a low center of gravity, both have torsion suspension. Any thoughts
To answer your question on towing qualities of a Rockwood will be based on my own experience as an 8314ss owner 2006 model year.
#1. Have the tires balanced on your camper, i have found on my rig with the tires that came on it were not the best tires to have and i had experienced vibration during tow at high speeds, once the tires were balanced the tow became noticeably smoother.
#2. The tow vehicle, this one thing that is very important it must be adequate to handle the load of the camper and I base this on the full load capacity of the camper max load rating, the other thing to look at is the wheel base of the tow vehicle, the long the better for more stability.
#3. The hitch work, the correct hitch must be installed and most importantly installed correctly. I had a very bad experience with poor hitch work by the dealer, i all most lost my tow vehicle, my new rockwood and my family on interstate 76 the PA turnpike due to out of control sway. The camper was set too low behind the truck and the set-up was not square to the truck.
I do not fool around when it comes to safety, when the wrong equipment is used and not installed correctly this can affect other components which could fail and could take another's life.
At this time I tow an 8314ss Rockwood with a max weight rating or full capacity of 7,910 lbs, and it is approx 34' long, my tow vehicle is an 2008 Chevy heavy duty 1/2 ton and set up for towing by GM with a max tow capacity of 10,500lbs. With everything i mention above in place the Rockwood tows great.
I posted a pic of how my hitch set up, notice how high the tongue is compared to the bumper, this is what's needed to be done in order for the camper to ride on a level position, it is the difference between the receiver's location and the height of the camper tongue when level.
I will say' there is a lot to know and you will learn as you go and this forum is a great place to get the info.
One other thing, plan for the future as far as your tow vehicle, remember the tow vehicle you have can not tow everything.