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Old 11-23-2011, 01:06 AM   #15
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When I go camping by myself I will carry a motorcycle in the bed of my truck (420 lbs). The scale readings reflect the following weights:

front axle- 3,000 lb actual versus 3,900 lb rating

rear axle- 3,640 lb actual versus 4,100 lb rating

f&r total- 6,640 lb actual versus 6,900 lb gvwr

Trailer (Tradewind) weighs 4,420 lb. I don't know the gross weight rating.

truck & trailer combo- 11,060 lb actual versus 16,000 lb gross combo rating.

I also own a 1984 Airstream 31 ft that weighs about 2,000-2,500 lb more than my Tradewind. I would not hesitate to tow it with my Tundra. I would probably be real close on the weight limits (I would not carry the mc) and may possibly be over a bit, but I would still tow with it. It works well for me both towing and driving by itself. I drive the truck probably 75% of the time solo, and I think that it drives by itself just about better than any 3/4 truck with a diesel. I would rate it at 10/10 solo and 8/10 towing the 31 ft. I would take the big Tundra (25k new out the door) over any 3/4 ton diesel (40-50k).

The big Tundra will out tow any normally aspirated V8 with its 6 speed tranny, 4.3 rear end and 401 ft-lb of torque. I also get 20 mpg highway solo and 13-14 mpg towing the Tradewind.

Good luck in your search for a tv.


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Old 11-24-2011, 11:53 AM   #16
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Thank you everyone for you advice. My wife and I got a 2007 dodge 2500 slt with the tow package. It's towing capacity came out at 12600. Very nice for what we are doing. Now I am going to test it out saturday by picking it up. Not a true test since it will be just the trailer dry, but it will do. Still have to wait some time for the true heavy weight test.

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Old 11-25-2011, 03:44 AM   #17
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It's towing capacity came out at 12600.

How that is determined needs to be broken out.

Glad you found a truck you like. Your eventual hitch rigging formula work will require a truck "empty" weight as a baseline: Full fuel, driver and anything permanently kept in the TV. A certified printout from a CAT Scale out on IH-25 will suffice, showing Steer Axle & Drive Axle weights.

The Dodge Towing Guide will show the "factory" empty weight total and per axle division, that, along with your new scale reading will show how much weight needs to be "replaced" on the Steer Axle once the TT is hooked up. The difference between published and actual is generally hundreds of pounds. About $10 per reading, with a $2 re-weigh fee as necessary. I usually fill the fuel tank at the truckstop, and then proceed to the scale.

Show us the Dodge figures for your truck spec, and the actual "empty" axle weights, and we can zero in on payload capacity. Proper hitch rigging will maximize payload available. The goal is fingertip control once hitch adjustments are made, which can only be analyzed and dialled in with weigh scale numbers.


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