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Old 06-27-2015, 08:09 PM   #11
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I agree with all the answers above, it's not about how much you can tow, it's about how much weight your vehicle can carry. Almost always you will run out of load capacity long before you run out of towing capacity.


You don't want to over load your vehicle and become unsafe. I see it almost daily here at the campground I'm at...amazing what some folks think they can tow, just because it will move it down the road. Rear bumper of the vehicle is almost on the ground, rear of trailer sticking way up in the air...scary to see let alone drive.


Good luck and safe RVing.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:17 PM   #12
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First of all welcome to the forum. The others are spot on with excellent advice. You are wise to seek advice from folks that have been there and done that BEFORE you buy your travel trailer. I'm speaking from experience, the sales people will tell you "oh sure your vehicle will tow this little ole travel trailer".....Visit the scales..Happy Camping
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:48 PM   #13
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Thanks that helps a lot shows 8650 so I will check out scales when I get to work and see what those numbers work out to
I see 4WD and 3.55 gears has a max tow of 7150. I would start thinking about a TT of about half of what the max tow # is. Knowing your realistic towing numbers can lead to some entertaining conversations when you start shopping.
"Durango? Man, that's the best! I'd suggest you take a look at the Road Dog Delux. It is only 10k# and your TV can pull that 'lil babe thru the Rockies without breaking a sweat."
A TT will have a sticker similar to the TV showing the "weight" of the trailer. That's EMPTY weight. The real weight will include your "stuff" which can be 200-800#. A smaller TT will have closer to the lower end of the "stuff". Don't forget that everything packed in the TV consumes some of the cargo allowance which reduces what remains for the TT tongue. Bicycles, pets, chairs, kids, adult bev's.....
We've owned 2 TT's (see my sig below) and love both.
Good luck and keep us updated! Keep asking questions, I lurked for a year before buying our first and can say (with confidence) you can't ask a bad or dumb question. I tried.
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Call me crazy but I thought the road dog delux was a motorcycle trailer if I'm wrong can you send me a link to the one you are referring to so we can check that one out please thank you for your responses all good helpful info
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Call me crazy but I thought the road dog delux was a motorcycle trailer if I'm wrong can you send me a link to the one you are referring to so we can check that one out please thank you for your responses all good helpful info
There may be a real RDD trailer, dunno jus made it up. My point was don't believe a sales person regarding towing.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:43 PM   #17
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There may be a real RDD trailer, dunno jus made it up. My point was don't believe a sales person regarding towing.

I can second the part about the sales person they will tell you what you want to hear! `sure your Durango will pull a 28 footer it has lots of power and the trailer has it`s own brakes`.
I purchased a 29.5HT 5er that I planned to pull with a DC Toyota Tundra 4x4. After I purchased the trailer I joined here and when peeps started talking about payload I found that I would be about 7-800lbs over on my payload. So after a trip to the Ford store and 50k later my problem was solved. But the salesman told me that my truck should handle the trailer no problem!
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Good advice my only real problem is temporary as i will be upgrading to a 3/4 ton diesel in the next year or so, now I can tell you that it will not be a Ford but to each his own and that is a whole other topic that will never be settled but as far as buying a 26' to 28' my only concern will be getting it home until I can replace my TV but for now it's kinda a catch 22 wait for the truck or wait for the trailer I do like all the information that has been passed down here and I got informed enough to understand a new dodge will be needed sooner rather than later so I guess my boy will have his first wheels of freedom quicker than he thought we is there any models 26' to 28' that you would recommend that are on the lower price point but functional enough for a family of 4 to not bang and bump into each other
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I`m not too familiar with the TT`s I was set on the 5er from the start. I didn`t like the thought of that much weight hanging out behind the bumper and I didn`t want to have to deal with a WDH every time I hook up. I like the weight right over my axle and as most will tell you they pull much better than the TT.
Sorry I`m no help with this question.
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Good advice my only real problem is temporary as i will be upgrading to a 3/4 ton diesel in the next year or so, now I can tell you that it will not be a Ford but to each his own and that is a whole other topic that will never be settled but as far as buying a 26' to 28' my only concern will be getting it home until I can replace my TV but for now it's kinda a catch 22 wait for the truck or wait for the trailer
So you will be upgrading to the 3/4 ton in the next year or so - is your intention to use the trailer with the Durango until the new vehicle comes along? If so then I'd say you probably want to size the trailer for the Durango. You will be putting your family into this combination and hitting the open road so you want to be within your limits - not only for your sake but for those around you as you are traveling.

I think get the Durango weighed and post those results back for folks to see what the payload for tongue weight will be. Then there will be some data that can be used to make some suggestions to look at.
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