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Old 05-12-2016, 05:36 PM   #1
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Purchasing truck to tow 2016 Rockwood 2504s

We purchased a 2016 Rockwood mini lite 2504S last year and are dieing to get it out this summer. We have to purchase a newer truck to tow it because our Chevy 1500 is on it's last leg. Is there anyone out there who is towing this trailor or one in similar weight, I believe loaded it's 6,500 lbs, with a Dodge Ram 1500? The Dodge maximum tow weight is 10,050 and I'd just like some validation from someone out there that this truck can handle this camper, or is anyone using this truck to pull approximately the same amount of weight on another trailor. We live in Colorado and do have to go up into the mountains so that's an issue as well. Any input is appreciated!
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:42 PM   #2
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Get the RAM 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi and 8spd trans. Depending on trim level you want the GCVW can change but the Big Horn model should do it. Get the tow package with the big fold out mirrors and integrated brake control also.
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I live in Colorado and would not tow a camper without a turbo. All engines lose 3% in horsepower for every 1000 ft gain. I would hate to see you get passed by a Prius climbing a pass while towing a camper.

This leaves few options but I am comfortable recommending:

Either a Ford 150 ecoboost with max tow pacakge, possibly heavy duty paypload package, or 3/4 ton diesel of any brand. All modern diesels are turbocharged and most are rate for full HP up to 10,000 feet ASL.

I would not go with an aspirated gasoline engine if you live in Colorado. If you do get a non-turbo engine expect things to go VERY slow.

You can find a decent low mileage '13 or '14 F150 ecoboost for a reasonable price.

Good luck in your decision and let us know how it works out. I was in your shoes and 3 trucks later am in a F350. My first truck was an F150 XLT EB wioth 9800 lb tow rating, my second truck was a 6.5 foot bed F150 Platinum EB with 11,300 lb tow rating. My latest is a '15 F350 and I wish I had gotten it at first; it would have been cheaper.

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Old 05-12-2016, 06:01 PM   #4
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I pulled a similar sized/weight trailer with my Silverado 1500 LTZ 4X4. But it had the max towing package. Not all 1500's are created equal. The only way to tell what your new truck will pull ID to look at the sticker on the driver's side door post.

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Old 05-12-2016, 06:02 PM   #5
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I just traded a 2503s for a Surveyor 285 IKDS and my 2014 5.3L Silverado pulled the Rockwood with ease. The Surveyor is 2000lbs heavier and it still tows just fine behind the Chevy.


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I tow a 7500 lb (empty) 33' Wildcat MAX TT with my Ram Laramie 1500. Get the 5.7 Hemi, 8 speed tranny, 392 gears in rear end, and the self leveling 4 corner air suspension. You will luv this truck and it will ride & tow your RV like a dream!!!
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We purchased a 2016 Rockwood mini lite 2504S last year and are dieing to get it out this summer. We have to purchase a newer truck to tow it because our Chevy 1500 is on it's last leg. Is there anyone out there who is towing this trailor or one in similar weight, I believe loaded it's 6,500 lbs, with a Dodge Ram 1500? The Dodge maximum tow weight is 10,050 and I'd just like some validation from someone out there that this truck can handle this camper, or is anyone using this truck to pull approximately the same amount of weight on another trailor. We live in Colorado and do have to go up into the mountains so that's an issue as well. Any input is appreciated!

Best advice I can offer is, get as big a truck as possible such as as a 3500 dually (or bigger) because very soon you are more than likely going to want a bigger trailer or a 5th wheel. Save yourself all the hassle of continually upgrading vehicles.

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Most tow vehicles run out of Load Capacity ( found on the yellow door sticker) long before they run out of tow capacity. Add all the weight in the truck ( passengers, fuel, cargo+ 100 lbs for WDH) subtract this from the load capacity of the TV. This is the max tongue weight you should have. Note; airbags, stiffer springs etc can not change this number.
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I agree with TonyD that you should be looking at a F150 Ecco Boost minimum or F250/2500HD or larger diesel for mountains. I would look at the yellow sticker on the door of the truck and get one with minimum payload of 1800lbs or higher since you will run out payload long before you run out of towing capacity. Those turbos will out preform the Hemi 1500 by huge margin in the mountains.
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X2 what flybob said
Been there done that now have Ram 3500 Dually and just love it
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Remember 10,050 lbs trow rating may not be for your truck

Remember that the max tow capacity for the any truck is based on an optium configuration..Ie V8, 8speed, 2wd, big pumpkin, reg cab long box no comfort options with towing extras..IF you have any thing different iE 4wd, crew cab etc. there can be a trowing penalty. Always check the rating of your configuration
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I towed my Cherokee with my F150 with Ecoboost and it did an amazing job. I think the rv was about 7500lbs or so. By the way my F150 is for sale because I upgraded rv to 5th wheel. See classifieds on this forum for the pics and description.
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Best advice I can offer is, get as big a truck as possible such as as a 3500 dually (or bigger) because very soon you are more than likely going to want a bigger trailer or a 5th wheel. Save yourself all the hassle of continually upgrading vehicles.

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Having a V8 going down the mountain is much more important to me than getting passed by a Prius going up. Many people have traded their Ecoboosts because of the lack of engine braking when compared to larger displacement engines.


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Old 05-13-2016, 11:51 AM   #16
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RAM 1500

We just purchased a 2504S, I have a 2012 RAM 1500 5.7l with factory tow package and trailer break controllor. The tow rating is 10,500lbs with a WDH, This truck pulled the camper home without any issues up step hill in Northern VT and NH. I did have the dealer install a Husky WDH.
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Lots of good advise, I wish I had gone after a better equipped truck because it has limited me on moving into a dream trailer and settling for one that is close! Good luck!
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I live in Colorado and would not tow a camper without a turbo. All engines lose 3% in horsepower for every 1000 ft gain. I would hate to see you get passed by a Prius climbing a pass while towing a camper.

This leaves few options but I am comfortable recommending:

Either a Ford 150 ecoboost with max tow pacakge, possibly heavy duty paypload package, or 3/4 ton diesel of any brand. All modern diesels are turbocharged and most are rate for full HP up to 10,000 feet ASL.

I would not go with an aspirated gasoline engine if you live in Colorado. If you do get a non-turbo engine expect things to go VERY slow.

You can find a decent low mileage '13 or '14 F150 ecoboost for a reasonable price.
Agree completely. Although now living in Missouri, my home was Laramie and my RV-ing was mostly in the northern Rockies. It still is, today.

Without a turbo, you are asking for stress and strain......and some bad words going up Independence Pass.

My '12 F-150 ecoboost pulls our 7500 (or so...loaded) very efficiently, and its tow mode, with auto downshift gives us the added safety we like.

Friend swears by his RAM ecodiesel, also. It makes its torque at lower rpm's.
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My daughter and son-inlaw just purchased a 30 ft Surveyor this spring and he tows it with a 2015 Ram 1500 eco-diesel and they just returned from a week down in the outer banks and said he didn't even know the camper was there. Living in Northern NY he had to pull it thru the ADK mountains and through Penn. and he averaged 15 miles per gallon, you won't even come close to that with a F150 eco-boost. At best the fords are getting 8 or 9 mpg towing anything. When he's not towing he's averaging between 27 and 30 on the highway, far better than the Fords. Buy the Ram eco-diesel if you can find one you will be much happier.
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We bought the cheapest F150 we could find, with trailer tow package, to pull our 2604. No problem at all.
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