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Old 10-13-2014, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hey guys...got a 2012 Hemi express with 3.55 axles. Been looking at the flight 29QBS and the 28BHHS. Also got a good quote on a '13 whitehawk 31DSLB. The truck is rated at 8500 towing and I've read a few posts on towing. Just wondering if the payload rating would be dangerous with a larger camper? But I've got a family of 4 and don't really want a 26BH or BHS. The 'Hawk is prob my best bet at 6200 lbs. Thanks Brian
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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Hey Brian,
I get kinda preachy about weights, so I'll apologize first.
If the advertised weight of the TT is 6200# then that's "roughly" what it will weigh from the factory. That's an EMPTY weight, no batt, propane, water. We found on our 1st TT (X23B) we weighed about 1000# more than the yellow sticker after we put all our "stuff" in it. So you could estimate 7200# in trailer. The "ideal" tongue will be 13% of that, so about 936#. Add 75-100# for a WDH and you can expect the tongue weight will be 1036# (I try to estimate on the high side).
Next, load up the tribe, fuel up your truck and head for the CAT Scale (the CAT Scale is your friend). For about $10 it will tell you what the front and rear axles weigh. The difference between the drive (rear) axle weight and the Rear GAWR is how much additional weight you can add to the rear. If that's more than the 1036# (say 1500#) then you are good to go.

This a link to a sticky that will help you understand the Weighing process
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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The only downfall of half ton trucks is low payload. The Ram is a nice truck, but they generally have the lowest payload of half tons. Make sure you know you much available payload you will have after loading up passengers and gear. Once you know your available payload, you can start narrowing down a camper.

The 26BHS is a great trailer, I really like that floor plan, except it only has a 76" queen bed. I need a fullsize queen.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help. Thinking the same thing. Looked at the Ram website and with 3 passengers, I'm looking at 1200 payload and 7300 towing so I should be ok. The wife and I have discussed it and we'll try to keep the weight down with paper plates and plastic forks and getting groceries at site.
Yeah I drive a truck and the current CAT scale is 10.50, so backing won't be an issue.
Not crazy about the 31DSLB bunkhouse but the quote was a good one and with the fiberglass body, it's probably too good to pass up. Just hope it's there in the spring when we plan to purchase. Thanks again, Brian
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:20 PM   #5
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Forgot too, lol, the 17 year old wants to go to Disney after graduationso we may be planning a trip to Ft Wilderness. Live in NC so it gets flat in GA. We love Gettysburg and stayed in a cabin at Gettysburg campground, but it's 7 hrs uphill to pull up there though. Bet I won't get 20 mph lol.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:33 PM   #6
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Yeah Spoon know what ya mean. Had a '08 Tundra with 10500 towing that would be paid off but got a wild hair and got a Mazdaspeed3 (face palm).After a year and a half, you start missing having a truck. The Ram was a cheaper way to get back to a truck.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:39 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum! Best of luck on the trailer quest.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:41 PM   #8
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At least load up the family and weigh the truck to see how much cargo capacity you really have available.

I have the 29QBH and my tongue weight is over 1000lbs. By the time I add a lite firewood, bikes and the dog w/ crate in the truck I have well exceeded 1200#.
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Appreciate it, thanks. VA eastern shore is a great location. Drive up to Temperanceville a lot.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:51 PM   #10
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We'll do it. There's a truck stop with a CAT scale about 5 miles way. Thanks
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