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Old 04-08-2016, 09:13 AM   #1
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New TT/Tow Vehicle questions

Hi all,
We are going to be going full-time in Florida/south east US.
We bought and are equipping an SLX 264BHW; if there's something anyone thinks is a must-have, please let me know.
Trailer mods so far:
On board EMS
Bed lifts
Counter extension
Compartment LEDs
Shore Power plug mod
TVs and removable mounts
Sewer hoses/Carrier tube
Furnace screen
Propane tanks cover
Back up camera in tow vehicle (for hitch, using head unit screen)
Rear view camera for trailer with separate 7" monitor in Tow Vehicle
We want to add some shelving and such and 12v fans.
Plus all the "other" stuff, LOL, it never seems to end!

Tow vehicle question:
I'm wondering if our 2008 Ram SXT 1500 (4.7 Litre, tow packages) is enough vehicle?? It's set up properly with a WDH and brake controller; it didn't feel squirrelly when I brought it home. I've towed before (22 ft. Grady White, about 4.5K in weight for that rig).
By the numbers, I'm told we should be ok if we don't load it up too much, but we're a little nervous of this. A TV change could be made to happen, but I LIKE the one I have... I really appreciate input from y'all.
Thanks for reading.
I'm sure I'll be asking more.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:35 AM   #2
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Take a look at the towing guide for your truck. Several other factors besides 1500 and 4.7 liter with towing package will tell you your gross towing capacity.
http://dcd96xmek71bc.cloudfront.net/...wGuide0801.pdf
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:58 AM   #3
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Thanks, I got a figure previously from the local Dodge stealer, which is in agreement with the guide; 6,050 lbs. towing capacity. This Ram model and package was apparently designed to tow!
SLX 264BHW is 4,550 lbs. dry. That leaves 1500 lbs. for 2 people, 2 pugs, and stuff. Lots of stuff.
This is why I posted my setup and question... I'm not experienced at this yet AT ALL, and would like it to go well.

Thanks for the link, and the help!
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And the trailer battery, propane, water, gear, supplies, etc. I suspect you may be borderline. You also need to see what your maximum tongue weight is and see if that is an issue as well.
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You're pushing the limits of the TV at best. I like at least a ten percent cushion, which I don't think you will have. I had your WDH and it's a good one. But 1500# bars? I'm seeing a dry tongue weight of under 500#, so even with a load you may want to get lighter bars. Maybe someone who knows about the stresses involved will comment. I could be wrong.
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Thanks, I got a figure previously from the local Dodge stealer, which is in agreement with the guide; 6,050 lbs. towing capacity. This Ram model and package was apparently designed to tow!
SLX 264BHW is 4,550 lbs. dry. That leaves 1500 lbs. for 2 people, 2 pugs, and stuff. Lots of stuff.
This is why I posted my setup and question... I'm not experienced at this yet AT ALL, and would like it to go well.

Thanks for the link, and the help!
6050 lbs. towing capacity is actually pretty low. I suspect your actual TT weight ready to go will tax that (probably somewhere around 6,000). In all likelihood, your tongue weight +hitch head weight will be pretty close to the payload rating of your truck.

Folks will do what they want but I think you have too light of a truck. But then that's kind of a broken record on most travel trailer forums.
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Thanks, I got a figure previously from the local Dodge stealer, which is in agreement with the guide; 6,050 lbs. towing capacity. This Ram model and package was apparently designed to tow!
SLX 264BHW is 4,550 lbs. dry. That leaves 1500 lbs. for 2 people, 2 pugs, and stuff. Lots of stuff.
This is why I posted my setup and question... I'm not experienced at this yet AT ALL, and would like it to go well.

Thanks for the link, and the help!
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You're pushing the limits of the TV at best. I like at least a ten percent cushion, which I don't think you will have. I had your WDH and it's a good one. But 1500# bars? I'm seeing a dry tongue weight of under 500#, so even with a load you may want to get lighter bars. Maybe someone who knows about the stresses involved will comment. I could be wrong.
@ Bonedaddio: What is your payload and rear axle gross weight rating? I didn't see those figures in your posts. Have you looked at those? What a truck can tow is not the same as the load it can carry in the cab, in the bed, trailer tongue weight.

@cekkk: I beleive he was talking towing capacity, not weight bars for the WDH.
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@cekkk: I beleive he was talking towing capacity, not weight bars for the WDH.
I drew that 1500# from his signature, Blue Ox 1500. Could be wrong. Been happening lately! My Sway Pro 1500 had to handle the roughly 1400# TW of my TT. So that was my thinking. My Eagle specs showed 1200 # for the 8000# trailer. It's the only TT I've run across with 15% TW from the get-go.
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A visit to the CAT Scale will give you the definitive answer. IMHO your limiting number will be the Rear GAWR. Your max trailer weight (from the owners manual) I would expect to be in the 9k-10k range but I expect you would Max the rear axle around 5k-6k.
You mention furnace screens, the fridge and water heater can also use them.
The CAT Scale is your friend.
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I drew that 1500# from his signature, Blue Ox 1500. Could be wrong. Been happening lately! My Sway Pro 1500 had to handle the roughly 1400# TW of my TT. So that was my thinking. My Eagle specs showed 1200 # for the 8000# trailer. It's the only TT I've run across with 15% TW from the get-go.
Now that you mention it, I don't actually have a sig, I should make one!
I really do appreciate, and HEAR the advice I'm being given. I'll look up the rear axle rating, and it sounds like I might want to look at a different TV. Sigh... I like this one. I may do a local "shakedown" trip loaded up to see how she does.
Duly noted about the screens!
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