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RE: 1/2 ton towing

It may be do-able within the numbers but it won’t be a fun or comfortable experience. That size and weight would be much better suited to a 3/4 ton truck. Our current trailer is of similar size but significantly lighter. At just under 8k fully loaded it was borderline for most half ton trucks. They could pull it but would usually exceed payload, axle, or receiver ratings even though nowhere near the fictional tow rating. You’ll be much more comfortable with a trailer under 30’ and 6k dry weight with your Ram.
camp-n-family 11/23/20 09:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Interesting project

Erwin Hymer Group was famous for their RoadTrek Class B vans on a Benz platform, not so much for their TTs. Interesting story, embezzlement from management took them under. That's the name. Couldn't find it before. Didn't know the story behind it. Thanks
camp-n-family 11/17/20 11:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Interesting project

No wonder they went bankrupt, trying to sell black trailers. A black trailer with some stripes would be cool mom ;) I've seen some pictures of shells in primer grey as well. Pick whatever color you want.
camp-n-family 11/17/20 11:45am Travel Trailers
Interesting project

*not mine* There is an rv company here in Ontario that went bankrupt some time ago that made fibreglass shell trailers similar to Bigfoots. Inventory is being sold off on Facebook marketplace. Looks like a fun project to build your own from scratch. They have the shells, frames, axles, windows etc. Seems like everything but the interiors. Price seems cheap too. Facebook link. https://i.imgur.com/M4JI9qWl.jpg
camp-n-family 11/16/20 05:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

Your 1500 Ram can tow a 5th wheel trailer but it would be a small one. Those that say a 1/2 ton truck can't/shouldn't tow a 5th wheel trailer. They are not all the same size. GVWR can go up to 8600 gvwr but more importantly RAWR up to 6000 lbs depending on truck brands/year models. You have the truck so like all truckers you need front and rear axle weights, after loading hitch/folks/junk, to know how much capacity you have to work with which I would bet is going to be close to that 1612 lb payload numbers. I would stay under 8000 lbs max "gross" TT weight for a more relaxing operation on long day trips. The 5.7 Hemi at 395 hp/410 torque coupled with the 3.90 rear axle ratio sure won't have any issues pulling a 8k trailer. You mention a 5.8 etorque engine. Is that a typo ?? Thanks for the info... and yes... it's a 5.8L Hemi with the eTorque. Still a typo. There is no 5.8l hemi. It’s a 5.7l in the Ram 1500.
camp-n-family 11/16/20 05:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

Even if you ignored the low payload number you would still exceed the rawr with just about any fifth wheel. Half ton trucks are not designed to tow fivers, regardless of its tow rating. This is a perfect case of how ridiculous manufacturers tow ratings have become. A 12k rating is useless when you only have 1100lbs of payload. You'll be pushing the ratings with the tongue weight of a similar sized (25’) bumper pull trailer too.
camp-n-family 11/15/20 04:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

I had a 2017 Ram 3500 although it had the 6.4 Hemi. Expect a ton of brake dust from the front brakes and inspect the calipers. Mine started sticking at 9K miles and replacements started sticking at 15,000 miles. Other than that, it was a great truck! My ‘14 had a rear brake caliper seize at 45k Kms. Required a tow and full rear brake replacement. Was also a $1200 job like everything on this truck. I now have the brakes serviced every 30k as recommended.
camp-n-family 11/11/20 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

Definitely ask to see the service records if it’s from a Ram dealership or take the Vin# to one to get it. My ‘17 has been much better than my ‘14 but has still had 2 expensive repairs just out of warranty. First was an O2 sensor ($1200) and last week another $1200 for an ABS hydraulic actuator and module. The last one seems to be a common problem that Ram won’t admit.
camp-n-family 11/10/20 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

Seems in the right ballpark. Our 2017 Ram 2500 Cummins Laramie with added on running boards, solid fold tonneau cover and 35” tires is around 8200lbs empty.
camp-n-family 10/29/20 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Max Trailering Package

If you’re looking at towing anywhere near 9k or more you should be looking at 3/4 ton trucks minimum. You’ll far exceed payload, axle, tire, hitch receiver ratings etc well before reaching any tow rating above 9k with a half ton truck. Those 9k+ ratings are not realistic in real world towing.
camp-n-family 10/25/20 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

Go to a heavy truck shop where they service big rigs etc.
camp-n-family 10/24/20 11:55am Towing
RE: Camping World Myrtle Beach

Would be curious to hear another review after a year. Especially if you have to go back for any warranty work. Most issues seam to occur after they have your money.
camp-n-family 10/22/20 11:01am Camping World Accessories
RE: Received new vehicle with nail implanted in tire-maybe.

Check your purchase paperwork. Most new vehicles have tire warranties from dealer as part of their mark up “fees”.
camp-n-family 10/21/20 08:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

A model like our Keystone Bullet 31bhpr would fit the bill. There are several brands that have the same floor plan but I found the Keystone to be the lightest by a large margin and the quality was better than most. It’s 34’ tongue to bumper and only 6400lbs dry. 8k gvwr. I wouldn’t tow it with less than a 3/4t truck or van. Not to trash your brand by any means, so please don't take it that way, but I would NOT recommend a "lightweight" trailer for longer trips. Lightweight trailers have smaller tanks and more fragile build. They are lighter because they have thinner cabinets, thinner seats, thinner supports on the beds, etc. That's fine for a weekend trip, but that stuff will wear out and break quickly on a longer trip. Small tanks can become a problem out West where you might be staying at a state or federal park with no hookups and less than ideal bath houses. Storage will be minimal and your cargo carrying capacity (including water) will be significantly smaller. Clothes, toys, bikes, food, computers, work stuff, chairs, etc all need to be stored someplace if you want to use them over a longer trip. A lightweight trailer likely won't have large storage areas and won't have a lot of available weight in the GVWR. On edit I see the OP has a 3/4 ton truck, so some of that weight can be put in the truck, but it would still requiring shuffling things around constantly and exposing things to the weather. I wondered about this with the lightweight trailers - I was told at camper world that they are just as sturdy, just made better/lighter/etc. But what you are saying makes sense. What travel trailers do you recommend? Lightweight doesn’t have to mean cheap and flimsy. I’m not sure where all the weight savings comes from but our trailer uses a lot of aluminum in its structure (including the framing under the bed) instead of heavier wood. The aluminum is stronger. Cabinetry is hardwood. The appliances are the same as every other trailer. Our trailer has the same layout as heavier brands so it has the same amount of storage. It may have smaller tanks (40gal fresh, 30 black and grey)but that’s only an issue if you boondock a lot. They are big enough for our family of 4 to last comfortably for 5 days. We have pulled this trailer over 40,000kms in 7 years. Halfway across Canada twice, rough interstates, mountains, dirt roads etc. We have friends that camp with us on occasion. He is 400+lbs. Never had anything fall apart or break.
camp-n-family 10/21/20 09:06am Travel Trailers
RE: How wide do mirrors need to be for a TT?

Buy yourself ***Link Removed*** Tundra and Sequoia mirrors fit the same. Super easy to install too. That model has blind spot warning which my vehicle doesn't have so the similar models in the $185 range are equivalent other than that feature. Thanks. I bought these mirrors for my Tundra when I had it. Dealer wanted $800+ for oem. I paid around $200 at the time and comparing them side by side you couldn’t tell the difference. Just get the ones that have the same features as your suv. Tried the CIPA ones before. They vibrate and one fell off.
camp-n-family 10/19/20 09:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: How wide do mirrors need to be for a TT?

Just wag the tail to look for cops behind you. If you very slightly turn while driving straight, the trailer will swerve side to side and you get a glimpse behind you. Ive heard it described as wagging the tail. My truck has extended mirrors and you still cant really see behind you without the wag. So you’re suggesting inducing sway instead of getting proper mirrors?? That sounds safe. :S I hope you’re being sarcastic. Hard to tell when reading something.
camp-n-family 10/19/20 12:07pm Beginning RVing
RE: How wide do mirrors need to be for a TT?

Buy yourself a set of these. Tundra and Sequoia mirrors fit the same. Super easy to install too.
camp-n-family 10/18/20 08:25pm Beginning RVing
RE: New to RV'ing, need a new vehicle

If you’re set on those vehicles loaded with people and gear you should stick with a pop up trailer
camp-n-family 10/18/20 03:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to RV'ing, need a new vehicle

Yup, tow vehicle payload is going to be the limiting factor. Midsize suv probably has a max payload around 1200 lbs. A tank of gas will take 150 lbs of that, five people at an average 150 lbs takes another 750 lbs. That only leaves 350 lbs for games and snacks and drinks and maps and books and “stuff,” never mind the trailer’s tongue weight of 400-600 lbs and oops, you are overloaded. Payload already accounts for full fluids, including fuel. No need to subtract for that.
camp-n-family 10/17/20 03:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's the longest/heaviest you would tow with a 1/2 ton?

We bought the Ram last night. They will have gears available in the near future, so if it feels like I need, I will pay to have them upgraded. It was for my wife, so the choice was ultimately hers. I will say after I drove it for the first time, I see why the Ram wins all the comparos. It is a truly fantastic vehicle to drive. The trailers we're looking at are 5500# UVW or less and we go tanks empty and use FHU wherever we go. We won't be over 6000# loaded, so I feel like this will serve us well. There was not another Ram comparably equipped with those 3.92 gears anywhere, or anywhere near the price of this Built to Serve package. It's truly a sweet looking truck in patriot blue. With the new 8sp transmissions the gearing isn’t as important. Should have no problem towing 6k.
camp-n-family 10/17/20 08:18am Tow Vehicles
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