Originally Posted by Nighthawk 96
smurfs_of_war, I am curious what your TV and TT are. You can put them in your signature which would help forum members more fully answer your questions.
I'll adjust my sig when I get back to my laptop
TV 2013 Laramie 1500 CC 5.7, 3.92, 8 SPD. I made sure to get the OEM class IV, TBC, ETC
TT 2007 Jay Feather 254 EXP 26'. 5900lbs gross, 5400- 5600 per scale ready to camp depending on length of stay. Haven't got my Sherline yet to weigh the tongue.
Passenger weight for us is a killer. I'm 240, my 15 year old son- 6'2 240lbs, my daughters are 250 combined. My wife weighs "DON'T YOU DARE!"
Ram payload numbers and calculations are all over the map pre sales. I did my math to make sure if I did end up with an overage on payload it was negligable if any- and I am ok with overages to an extent because it's tough to police all the time. It happens when towing with a large family and a half ton. Since it's a daily driver and family commuter, it is well optioned and I put about 30k a year on non towing for work- 2500 or 3500 were out of the question for this very reason, and also why we wanted a few creature comforts. Plus, my 83 year old grand mother needs to be able to get in and out of it. Can't see that with a 3500
Right now as it stands, we are going to either run it over the TV GVWR (with better shocks, bags, LT Tires and shed some weight like the steps, spare, trifold, skid plates, either a Reese DCSC or equalizer hitch) or run with two vehicles. We are leaning towards two vehicles since our destinations are close by and with two teens with summer jobs, it will probably be necessary anyways. I went to inquire about going to a 6.4 2500, but it's an extra 21000 for an SLT. I have already added the tires and bags, waiting on shocks. I like to change those regardless because I think the OEM components are junk. I know it's not the "right" answer, but within the next 3 years, we'll be empty nesters. All the weight problems will be off to college or jobs.
I am on the fence since the trailer is such a light weight. In fact to have enough sleeping room for all of us, they don't get much lighter. I spent two and a half years looking for an ultralight with an acceptable tongue weight for a half ton. Even if empty, my truck out weighs it. The wheelbase is only 5" shorter than my F150 was. Truthfully by the time I added the skid plates and audio equipment, trifold etc to the F150, the payload was about the same as the Ram. For some odd reason now though, it's bugging me. I think the door placard has a placebo effect of some sort.
Anyways, I am babbling. That's my story.