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Old 02-18-2018, 07:12 PM   #1
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24RBS Owners - tow question

I'm picking up my 2018 24RBS next weekend. I'm towing it with a 2012 Ram Outdoorsman 4x4, 5.7 Hemi, 3.92 rear, and an Equalizer WD hitch. I'm wondering what it will feel like when towing. I routinely pull a 26' cuddy cabin boat that's probably similar in weight with no wd hitch and no issues - but I know it's back there. Any thoughhts?

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Old 02-18-2018, 07:19 PM   #2
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Your Ram will tow your 24RBS just fine. The biggest difference you will experience towing a TT (in lieu of a boat) is that due to the added surface area the effect of wind can influence TV handling at times, but is manageable. This is where a properly rated and adjusted WDH becomes your friend.

The published Jayco "dry" TT hitch weight is 625lbs, but depending on your personal loading habits expect a "loaded" TT hitch weight in the 800lb to 1,100lb range.

IMO a 1,000lb rated WDH would be a minimum...., a 1,200lb rated WDH would be ideal.

The best way to optimize a TV/TT combination when using a WDH is to visit your local CAT scale under "loaded" TV/TT conditions.

CAT scale how to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...v-tt-3871.html

Note: A dealership can only adjust a WDH under "unloaded" TV/TT conditions when you first tow it off the lot, so it will require re-adjustment under loaded conditions. Also, insure that your dealership provides you with all the WDH documentation for future reference (installation, adjustment, etc.).

The 24RBS is a great floorplan, I enjoy mine.

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My hitch is 1000/10,000 so we'll be careful to pack light. We don't have kids and typically travel pretty light until we've reached our destination.
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With the 1,000/10,000 WDH you should be good for light to moderate loading. If you regularly towed with a full fresh water tank then a 1,200lb WDH would be ideal because the tank is located at the front of the TT.

My 24RBS loaded tongue weight is approx. 1,100lbs, but I tend to load on the heavy side due to my extended travels and normally travel with about 10 gallons fresh water.

When I boondock I try a fill my fresh tank at/or close to my destination.

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I tow mine with a 4x4, 5.7 3.92 ram as well. The published tongue on mine is 645, all loaded up, my tongue weight is at 900. I will tell you that you will indeed know that it is back there, but if the hitch is setup correctly, you will be comfortable pulling it. It will get the job done. Please note that I do not travel with full tanks. Also, check your tv tire pressure. If you have p-rated tires, you will need to adjust the pressure. I run 44psi rear and 40psi front. My truck is new so I am not ready to replace them yet. Listen to rustic eagle. He knows his stuff and helped me immensely when I was setting up my new hitch.

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My Ram only has 45k on it and still has the factory Wranglers on it. I usually have 44psi in them.
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Old 02-20-2018, 04:54 AM   #7
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I have the 1200lb Equal-i-zer hitch for mine. I actually contacted the manufacturer with the info on my TT and TV to be sure and they confirmed my thoughts and said use the 1200 lb unit. My truck had P rated tires on it and to be quite honest they were scary to tow with. I replaced them with load range D tires with past summer and it made a big difference.
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I have the 1200lb Equal-i-zer hitch for mine. I actually contacted the manufacturer with the info on my TT and TV to be sure and they confirmed my thoughts and said use the 1200 lb unit. My truck had P rated tires on it and to be quite honest they were scary to tow with. I replaced them with load range D tires with past summer and it made a big difference.
When you say scary, what we're you experiencing?

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When you say scary, what we're you experiencing?

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The tires felt "squishy" and it just felt unstable. Completely different compared to towing the much lighter Trail Cruiser we owned previously.
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The tires felt "squishy" and it just felt unstable. Completely different compared to towing the much lighter Trail Cruiser we owned previously.
We drove from Northen Michigan to Chicago yesterday to pick it up. Stopped at Discount Tire on the way down and bought 4 new E rated tires. We picked it up this morning and went all through the PDI and got home an hour ago. It was really windy and got about 9 mpg but it pulled just fine. Might tweak the hitch a bit though.

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