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Old 10-06-2016, 09:30 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone, I REALLY appreciate the input. I was a little concerned we were starting out with a lot of weight with the passengers, dogs and bikes before we ever loaded anything into to the trailer. We would probably travel with full propane tanks and some water in the other tanks. I will check into a weight distribution hitch as well. So much to learn. I found a Ram 1500 with max payload 1479 and max towing at 8250 here in town. It is a 5.7 Liter V8 with axle ratio of 3.21. I think it would work, but will have to watch what we load. I may look at a 3/4 ton so I don't have to worry and have peace of mind. You guys have been great!!
That sounds like a very close margin -- given that the X213 tongue can weigh in anywhere from 750-1000lbs (especially with four bikes in it) you would have room for four 119lbs adults and no dogs.

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I forgot to include the weight of any weight distribution hitch here as well so the numbers for adult weights would be even lower.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:40 AM   #12
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Thanks mitchmitchell, you are right. I think I will turn my attention to a bigger vehicle for towing. I do not want to have to worry about the weight when we are going out having a good time.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:50 AM   #13
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If you plan on loading things close to your limits I'd recommend investing in one of these small tongue weight scales:


https://www.amazon.com/Sherline-LM-2...e+weight+scale


There is nothing better than knowing your numbers for certain -- after that its simple math to stay safe!
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I will add this to my list of items to buy mitchmitchell. I see you have an X213 and pull with an Ford F450. You never have to worry about weight I'm sure. Thanks for all your help!
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I will add this to my list of items to buy mitchmitchell. I see you have an X213 and pull with an Ford F450. You never have to worry about weight I'm sure. Thanks for all your help!
LOL, no I don't -- and contrary to what's often said, your TV does not explode just because you exceed a limit on a sticker. BUT if you are just starting out its not something I would recommend. It can add wear and tear to your TV that it wasn't designed for and make driving an unpleasant experience.

However, the X213 is a very stable tow, in part due to its tongue heavy design. I'd still recommend a weight distribution hitch with sway control though.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of travel trailering. I own a Jayco X2 13 and I love it. I tow with a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with absolutely no problems at all. The secret is to make sure that you have a good Weight distribution hitch with sway control. Happy trails. Mark
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We started towing our 213 with a GMC 1500 with a full tow package and a 4:10 rear end. I was always maxed out for weight and although the truck pulled the trailer "okay" and since the majority of our towing was in the mountains, I was never fully comfortable with that setup. Since we switched to a 2500, even fully loaded with 4 adults, camping gear, fishing equipment and an inflatable boat I have never come close to exceeding GVWR. The ride is "solid" and for me much more relaxing with the 2500.
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Greenman, is your GMC Sierra a 2WD or 4WD? Been looking at some 2500 Sierra's today.
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jmarkhenn, is your Chevy 1500 a 2WD or 4WD? Thank you!!
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My 2500 is a 4X4 crew cab, 6.0 l litre gas with 3:73 rear end and tow pkg.
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