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Old 08-28-2014, 07:27 AM   #1
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New Member and nervous after reading some of these threads

Just bought a 30fs and pick it up sat am. Will be pulling with a 2014 crew-cab Ram 1500 (5.7 Hemi with optional tow package) Will be loaded with two Harley dressers most of the time.
Very concerned with stability now after reading threads here, but will adress those concerns in those threads.
Looking forward to sharing anything of help I May and appreciate any that i receive in these forums.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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You are biting off a pretty big chunk of RV there. You might want to go to the Dodge truck site and double check your towing capabilities...

From what I can see, if you open the towing calculator at the side of every model, most crewcab short bed pickups with a 5.7L Hemi and two passengers have a max trailer limit of 8200-8700 pounds. That will put you at the maximum with an empty trailer, add 2000 lbs for two motorcycles and you're pushing way past your limit.

Check it out here: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/towing_guide/
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:30 AM   #3
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already checked

With its optional towing package, Mine has a tow limit of 10100lbs and tongue weight limit of 1469 lbs so it will be ok at 8216 empty and a lil over when loaded to its 12500 capacity.....I hope it will be ok since i also have no desire to do any high speed travel but i will agree that i am a bit concerned......will post further info in a more appropriate thread after i have a bit of time towing it.
thanks for your concern
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:55 AM   #4
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You will have no concerns if you want to go fast, the hemi will have all the power in the world and based on the tow numbers you listed your truck has a 3.93 rear, getting it moving will not be a problem. You may notice some drop in the back but that can be made to look better with airbags and WD.

Your main concern area will be emergency or high speed stopping and maneuvers.

Did you add any sway control to the setup?

Welcome to the site and love the camper, two Harley's makes me jealous lol.
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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I agree, stopping will be your concern. Most yahoo drivers like to cut us off short at lights. I've practically stood up on the brake at times. So, trailer brakes, and there correct adjustments, are a big plus. And welcome to the happiest forum on the web. Happy Pulling!
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:37 PM   #6
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It's great that your concerns are resolved. Enjoy your new trailer and happy camping.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:55 PM   #7
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Good luck, that's some rig.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:47 PM   #8
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Check, then double check, then check a third time all of your weight distribution/sway control/etc. When the tech at the dealership was helping me set mine up, I didn't pay close enough attention to what he was doing (we each worked one side). It made my first trip down I-5 literally hell. When I got to the camp site for that night, I ripped everything completely apart and started over, and my next trip (which was back up I-5 to the dealership no less) was a breeze compared to the trip down...

Good luck with the new trailer...
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i agree, stopping will be your concern. Most yahoo drivers like to cut us off!
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It's great that your concerns are resolved. Enjoy your new trailer and happy camping.
My concerns will not be resolved until i get a few miles on the road to see for myself. My dealer has recommended and is including a Blue Ox WDH but i am still very concerned with sway when loaded.
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You will have no concerns if you want to go fast, the hemi will have all the power in the world and based on the tow numbers you listed your truck has a 3.93 rear, getting it moving will not be a problem. You may notice some drop in the back but that can be made to look better with airbags and WD.

Your main concern area will be emergency or high speed stopping and maneuvers.

Did you add any sway control to the setup?

Welcome to the site and love the camper, two Harley's makes me jealous lol.
Blue OX WDH was included for sway control but unsure of how well it will perform when bikes loaded. Guess there is always the Hensley Arrow as a last resort.
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Let me know if you move up from the blue ox wdh, I'm in the market for one, if I can find one for a good price. Sucks being on a budget lol.

My current setup works fine but I'd like to try something a little different and see how it does before just going all in on a hensley or something.
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You are biting off a pretty big chunk of RV there. You might want to go to the Dodge truck site and double check your towing capabilities...

From what I can see, if you open the towing calculator at the side of every model, most crewcab short bed pickups with a 5.7L Hemi and two passengers have a max trailer limit of 8200-8700 pounds. That will put you at the maximum with an empty trailer, add 2000 lbs for two motorcycles and you're pushing way past your limit.

Check it out here: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/towing_guide/
towed home great with no bikes in garage, going to load them up and head out somewhere, will update further after weekend
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I would be worried about the emergency stopping and sway at highway speeds with your bikes loaded and the trailer weight just my 2 cents.Anyway to the forum
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This thread is no longer a "new member" thread. It has become a thread reporting towing results of a specific rig. As such, it should be resumed in the "towing" section of the forum.

Thread is being closed for this reason.
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