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Trailer too long for truck?

Back again. We went to the RV Supershow in Tampa yesterday and found a trailer that checks most of our boxes. Trailer specs: GVW is #7995, #UVW is #6327, dry hitch weight is #658. total length 32'9". 2019 Ram 1500 3.92 axle ratio #1780 rear axle payload #11,400 max towing capacity; all per Ram website after entering VIN#. I think the weights are OK but how about the overall length? Anyone towing a trailer this long with a Ram 1500? By the way, if you are in Florida it's worth a couple hour drive to experience the show.
mr61impala 01/14/21 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Looked up sales numbers (these are overall for RVs. I couldn't find travel trailer specific): Thor owns Keystone & Jayco and with other brands about 50% of the market Forest River owns Forest River and Coachmen and with other brands about 33% of the market Winnebago is about 8% of the market. REV owns Fleetwood and about 3% of the market with other brands. Gulf Stream is independent and under 1%. Add in a bit of buyers bias (people who spend far more for a supposed better brand are less likely to slam that brand), and what you basically have is a survey that largely mimics sales. I'm betting if you found the actual travel trailer sales, it would match even closer (ie: Winnebago is primarily a MH shop that does a few travel trailers. Keystone & Thor are primarily trailer shops that do a few MHs). Without compensating for sales numbers and where they are drawing the survey population from, these numbers mean a whole lot of nothing. I agree it's not scientific, it's a just poll of 3,000 RV'ers. I also believe that those with complaints are far more likely to participate. I am currently shopping and my this was my take away: Forest River represents 33% of the market and garnered fully 50% of the complaints. Thor represents a much larger market segment than Forest River but had considerably fewer complaints. Not sure if it will impact my decision but I believe the poll has value.
mr61impala 11/05/20 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

I found this on another RV website, don't know how to share the link but you could google 8 worst travel trailers. I know Forest River is not one brand, and that Coachmen is now a Forest River brand, but this is how it appeared. Note: Since there are a lot of different options related to the question: “Which are travel trailer brands to avoid?”, to provide a fair answer, we conducted a survey to Camping is our life – a favorite Facebook group of many RVers with more than 100,000 members. With appropriately 3,000 answers, here is what we got: What travel trailers brands to avoid in 2020: Forest River travel trailer brand: 45% Keystone travel trailer brand: 26% Jayco travel trailer brand: 15% Coachmen travel trailer brand: 5% Winnebago travel trailer brand: 3% Fleetwood travel trailer brand: 2% Gulf Stream travel trailer brand: 1% The rest 3% came to some other brands: Coleman, Thor,…
mr61impala 11/05/20 06:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Checked out a Vibe 26RK, Mallard M25,Grand Design Imagine

Jayco under Thor's ownership has fallen quite a bit. We owned three of them, and you couldn't have paid me to take one off the lot when we were looking back in July. Exactly. The first trailer we went to see last fall was a Jay Feather simply because of Jayco's past reputation. The more I looked and the more I read, the more apparent it became that Jayco has lost it's edge. This will be our 5th TT so I know a few things to look for, but it sure is nice to have access to so much feedback these days. Maybe when the covid induced trailer shortage works itself out we will get back to shopping!
mr61impala 11/01/20 11:10am Travel Trailers
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

Let me preface this by saying this is NOT a recommendation. I recently retired from UPS in the Automotive department, 9 years as a diesel mechanic and the rest of my career managing the shops. UPS has the largest privately owned fleet of vehicles in the world so cost is a huge factor, I am going to tell you something you will not believe but trust me, it's true. Around 20010, in an effort to reduce costs and after discussions with the various suppliers, UPS decided to use 10w30 exclusively in all delivery vehicles. Cummins was one of our suppliers who signed off on this decision. We have been running 10w30 in all 5.9 and 6.7L Cummins, with a 15,000 oil drain interval since that time with no ill effects. Read that again. Most 6.7L engines exceed 500K miles with only water pump, turbo, injector, EGR valve and maybe EGR cooler replacement. I know of one in particular with over 600k miles that still only consumes 2 qts of 10w30 between those 15,000 mile oil changes. The primary cause of CTD failure is injector failure, stripping the cylinder walls of lubricant. If it starts missing or smoking SHUT IT OFF until the cause is corrected. Again this is not a recommendation, just interesting results of a huge real world reality.
mr61impala 11/01/20 05:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Checked out a Vibe 26RK, Mallard M25,Grand Design Imagine

We have been searching for a new TT for over a year and at first we were overwhelmed with the diversity of questions we had about trailers and tow vehicles, and while you will get some fan boys, this is truly a great forum to answer your questions. You tow vehicle probably has a #1820 payload, the dry hitch weight and hitch itself will probably consume half of that. Add in your passenger's weight and you will see that you need to load the trailer with an eye towards weight in the front of the trailer. Does your truck have the 3.92 gears, if so it will tow it comfortably but if you have the 3.21 it will shift gears much more. The average 3.21 equipped Ram 1500 has a towing capacity of around #8,500 whereas the 3.92 jumps to around #11,400. I would never put a #10,000 trailer behind a half ton truck, it just means you will have a more relaxing trip towing a trailer of this weight with the deeper reduction. At first we were drawn in by the Grand Design advertising, and they do use some nicer looking materials inside. But their fit and finish was about on par with the others, and if you check you will find they have about as many dissatisfied customers as any other brand, primarily water leaks and poor dealer support as I recall. The best thing you can have is a good dealer, for example not Camping World. We have done quite a bit of research and looked at quite a few trailers. To us, some of the Forest River products look to be better thought out than many of the others and their build quality is at least comparable to as well. That may be why one of their brands finally unseated Jayco as the largest selling brand last year. Americans talk to each other and word of mouth is good advertising. In my opinion none of the trailers in this price range are significantly better than the others and a good dealer would be a primary concern.
mr61impala 11/01/20 04:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for info on terry package details

Fleetwood shut down in early 2009 as a result of the economy at that time. The motorized division was bought by Winnebago, the towables division just went away. I had a 2008 Terry and have tried to find anything I could but apparently all the drawings, plans, details and whatever else went into a dumpster never to be seen again. It's kind of a shame that they shut down, we bought a brand new Fleetwood Mallard 27X in 1998 and it was probably the most trouble free RV we have had to date.
mr61impala 10/30/20 03:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Schwintek slide system.

We have this slide system on our Outdoor RV. The slide is about 6.5 feet wide. Two years of use and no issues. A neighbor up the street has a motorhome (I won't give the name, but it rhymes with "Roachman") and he's had fits with the slide. The slide is a biggie, and I don't think there is enough mechanical advantage to move the slide safely. Just so I'm clear, the biggie slide in the roachmen motorhome you mention is equipped with the Schwintek system? Thanks all!
mr61impala 10/30/20 03:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

They are out there! We found a new body style Ram Bighorn Crew Cab 4x4 in stock with 3.92 axles, 5.7L V-8, class 4 hitch, integrated brake controller, flip up towing mirrors, etc. The price for all this equipment is insignificant. The 3.92 gearing is an amazing towing improvement over the 3.21 axles in our previous truck. If your choice is to replace, keep looking until you find the right axle ratios. The truck retailed for $49K and we paid $37K PLUS TAX on the $14.5K difference in value between this truck and our trade in. One surprise was the empty (non towing) MPG, with the 3.92 gears it stays in 4 cylinder mode much longer. When I am running the backroads at around 65 mph for a 75 mile trip I regularly make, the VIC will climb up to 26-27 mpg and the fuel needle barely moves. I have not hand calculated it but it's impressive. Good luck with whatever you choose.
mr61impala 10/29/20 06:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Schwintek slide system.

Beyond that, I don't know what your definition of a superslide is, but my TT has a schwintek slide in it that has worked flawlessly for 6 years, and it's a pretty big slide carrying a lot of weight. The slide in question has a 7' u-dinette and a sofa, probably 12 at least feet long with a lot of storage space. This brand also offers a heavier trailer of the same floor plan, it's also taller to accommodate the conventional rack and pinion slide mechanism. There is very little difference in the price. We plan own using this trailer extensively and will go with the more heavily constructed slide system if the Schwintek would be problematic.
mr61impala 10/28/20 12:36pm Travel Trailers
Schwintek slide system.

Has anyone had experience with the Schwintek slide system on a superslide. I always heard and believed that they were designed for smaller, lighter slides but now I'm seeing them on larger slides. I'm just wondering if anyone has them, and if they've had any major issues.
mr61impala 10/28/20 04:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Azdel or not?

Which brings you full circle...if you have to seal the trailer anyway, luan and wood framing is every bit as good as azdel and aluminum if they stay dry.... Hang on, this sounds too much like common sense.
mr61impala 10/25/20 07:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Azdel or not?

I was initially convinced that the Azdel was the only way to go until I learned it was almost exclusively used only on sidewalls. Since delam on a back wall is as bad as delam on a side wall I decided to disregard the presence or absence of Azdel as a deciding factor. Just my 2 cents.
mr61impala 10/25/20 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Springdale vs. Gulf Stream Ameri Lite?

Interesting, as we have had both brands in the past. We originally bought the Ameri-Lite but traded it back in to the same dealer after the one year warranty was up, it literally required a trip to the dealer for repairs after every outing. Flimsily built with undersized materials and insufficient fasteners. Hopefully they are better now. I would not consider buying another one. We bought our Springdale in 2007, it initially had a couple issues which I fixed as they were not worth the 30 mile trip back to the dealer, one was a drip under the sink that just needed snugged up, then a couple of pieces of trim popped loose and needed a couple more brads. A couple of years later the bathroom GFI outlet failed. Other than those minor issues it was trouble free. Not a great trailer but a good value and put together as well as could be expected at that price point. I would consider buying another one. These experiences are from several years ago and may not apply to today's products, but you asked and I felt compelled to respond. Good luck in whatever you choose.
mr61impala 10/25/20 07:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum towing

Hello. It's been awhile since I've been here and I had forgotten how much fun this forum can be. Awhile back we decided to buy another travel trailer and we picked out one that weighed #5700 with a tongue weight of just under #800. We purchased a new half ton Hemi crew cab with every available towing option including 3.92 gears, Ram rates it to tow #11,400 with a bed capacity of almost #1800. Since we got this truck we started thinking maybe we could tow a little bigger camper and are wondering what would be a comfortable match to this particular vehicle. If you are towing with a 3.92 Hemi truck I would love to hear your story. I am not into anything approaching it's maximum values as I don't want to hear the engine screaming up every hill, just wondering if #7000 or even #8000 trailer was a reasonable option. I will say when I'm towing my small tractor and bush hog on a #1550 tandem trailer (total weight of about #4500) you can barely tell it's back there. Thanks in advance for your help. We traded our Coleman bumper pull camper last spring. I hooked it up to our Ram Hemi half ton to haul it to the dealership about 2 miles away. It was unloaded, but still at least 900# on the WD hitch and close to 7000# gross. No way I would be happy towing that rig with the half ton. Behind my Ram 2500 Cummins... no worries. The Hemi does very nicely towing the flatbed, loaded with the CanAm, total weight about 3300#. Well under limits, FWIW. Have fun and, as always, YMMV! PS. The only way to know what you are really towing is to load it all up and weigh it. Published numbers are... just that. Thanks for the input! Not sure what gearing your Hemi truck has but, FWIW, I traded a 2016 with 3.21 for the 2019 with 3.92. There is absolutely no comparison between how it hauls my farm equipment or Rinker. Where I live in Ky. it's rolling hills and the 3.21 truck was constantly shifting whereas I can haul my tractor and bush hog 88 miles to my lake house and it down shifts once, that's crossing the Ky River bridge. It's like a completely different truck, and both have the 8 speed automatic which came out around 2014? maybe? Again, thanks for the response.
mr61impala 10/24/20 05:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram TRX

Here's a video of the Ram TRX vs the Ford Raptor. Not a fan of the full time 4 wheel drive and the large plastic shroud that hides the Hemi engine otherwise it's a impressive truck for the gear heads that is advertised to pull a 4.5 sec 0-60. Link Car and Driver just drove it, 0-60 in 3.7, quarter mile in 12.3 @ 110 mph. That's one quick (but thirsty) truck.
mr61impala 10/23/20 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Maximum towing

The general feedback for people towing over 8000 pounds loaded with half tons is not positive. How much is your as equipped payload and receiver rating? 8000 pounds loaded means 1000-1200 pounds of tongue weight. How much stuff/people do you put in the vehicle when towing? That Tire and Loading sticker will likely be your limit well under 11,000 pounds for a TT. Just the two of us in the truck and we have always packed with weight in mind. This truck came from the factory with a class 4 hitch which I believe is rated up to #10,000. The larger trailers under consideration have the following specs: 1). UVW of #7050 and hitch weight of #710, 2), UVW of #6500 and hitch weight of #735. Once loaded those trailers are likely in the 8000-9000lb range with 1000-1200lb hitch weight. (hence the suggestion to look at GVWR rather than UVW as a first pass) So if your payload rating is 1800lb, that leaves you 600-800lb after hitching the trailer. You and the misses weight comes off that and then anything bolted onto the truck and any cargo...It can be done but if you want to stay within the payload rating, you need to be really firm about loading things in the truck. This is why I suggested 7000-7500lb (GVWR). That brings the hitch weight down and gives you some breathing room on truck payload. The pretty much all come with a class 4 hitch...it's rating rarely is a consideration. Thanks for all the great information! Just went to two trailer websites. The original trailer we bought the truck to pull was listed as #5700 last year, but is now listed as #6000 UVW; the #7000 GVRW, and #730 hitch weight are unchanged. The other trailer is still listed at #6100 with a GVWR of #7700, and a hitch weight of #715. The main difference I see is it has larger tires/wheels, 15" vs 14", and the trailer with larger tires is 3" taller. One can carry #1000 of gear, the other #1600. I like the reserve capacity even though we would never use it. Wouldn't these be very similar in the real world, assuming the same amount of gear loaded into each? Apples and oranges I know.
mr61impala 10/23/20 05:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Maximum towing

The general feedback for people towing over 8000 pounds loaded with half tons is not positive. How much is your as equipped payload and receiver rating? 8000 pounds loaded means 1000-1200 pounds of tongue weight. How much stuff/people do you put in the vehicle when towing? That Tire and Loading sticker will likely be your limit well under 11,000 pounds for a TT. Just the two of us in the truck and we have always packed with weight in mind. This truck came from the factory with a class 4 hitch which I believe is rated up to #10,000. The larger trailers under consideration have the following specs: 1). UVW of #7050 and hitch weight of #710, 2), UVW of #6500 and hitch weight of #735.
mr61impala 10/23/20 09:21am Tow Vehicles
Maximum towing

Hello. It's been awhile since I've been here and I had forgotten how much fun this forum can be. Awhile back we decided to buy another travel trailer and we picked out one that weighed #5700 with a tongue weight of just under #800. We purchased a new half ton Hemi crew cab with every available towing option including 3.92 gears, Ram rates it to tow #11,400 with a bed capacity of almost #1800. Since we got this truck we started thinking maybe we could tow a little bigger camper and are wondering what would be a comfortable match to this particular vehicle. If you are towing with a 3.92 Hemi truck I would love to hear your story. I am not into anything approaching it's maximum values as I don't want to hear the engine screaming up every hill, just wondering if #7000 or even #8000 trailer was a reasonable option. I will say when I'm towing my small tractor and bush hog on a #1550 tandem trailer (total weight of about #4500) you can barely tell it's back there. Thanks in advance for your help.
mr61impala 10/23/20 04:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Design vs Jay Feather

I know its been a while, but I was searching forums and found your post. We are in the process of shopping for a new travel trailer and are down to the same two trailers you mentioned. We really like both having the mid bath. We like to have guests camp with us and a mid bath is better during the night since each family has a bathroom door. We like the 2500RL for the kitchen and also the TV is closer to the rear recliners. We like the 27RL for the more room, the rear recliners and tri-fold sofa, it has more and larger storage areas inside, and is available with two ACs, which is important in Texas. Both are about the same weight, which is over 1000lbs less than our current Puma 30RKSS. Wondering which you decided to go with and also any advice on either or both would be welcome. Thanks, Larry, San Antonio, Texas. We actually didn't buy another trailer yet.
mr61impala 05/19/20 09:34am Travel Trailers
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