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Old 06-19-2014, 07:01 AM   #15
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Thank you again for all of the suggestions. The Airstream community is one of the things that made our decision to purchase easier. I have two questions:

The towing help/practice ideas is much appreciated. I look at the numbers for towing capacity, but want to throw it out to the community.

I currently own a 2013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab, Rambox, and 3.92 Gear Ratio. The Towing Guide states I should be able to tow a total of 9,950 lbs. The 30FB w/ Bunk has a total loaded weight of 8,800 lbs. Would there be any reason for me to bump of to a 2500?

There is a Airstream only park south of Atlantic City called Jersey Shore Haven Airstream Park. Would it be worth the extra 20 min drive to atlantic city to be around other airstream owners? Any reviews for the park?

Thanks for the help
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:56 AM   #16
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BMonty25, well now you've opened up a whole new can of worms! the perennial 1/2 ton vs. 3/4 ton debate! I'm sure the diesel vs. gas debate will work its way into subsequent comments before too long as well.

There is no doubt that your 1/2 ton is more than sufficient to pull your trailer. Some people successfully pull their contemporary 30 foot long trailers with much less beefy vehicles including SUV's, full size passenger cars and even minivans!

#1 - Just make sure that your weight distributing/sway control hitch is properly set up (your dealer should have done this for you and you can search other threads for tips on fine tuning this if you want.)

#2 - make sure that you do not overload the tow vehicle. Check the payload capacity of your 1/2 ton and figure out how much you are carrying (passengers, fuel, gear, cap or tonneau cover AND hitch weight of your trailer) and just don't exceed that figure. Make sure your tow vehicle tire pressures are set for the load you are actually carrying. You can weigh your loaded truck and trailer at a CAT scale at nearly any truck stop if you are unsure of the total weight of everything that you are carrying. You'll find many threads on this forum that cover the weighing process. You may find that the payload capacity is the limiting factor to your using the 1/2 ton.

The 3/4 ton truck gives you two basic upgrade opportunities from the 1/2 ton: 1) a higher payload figure, and 2) the opportunity to get a diesel engine (although Chrysler has recently announced the availability of a diesel in it's 1/2 ton.) There are other advantages with the 3/4 ton such as beefier brakes, larger passenger area, possibly longer bed, etc... but they tend to come with the disadvantages of higher up front cost, lower fuel mileage when not towing, harder to park and maneuver in tight spots, stiffer suspension, etc...

My suggestion is to verify the weight/payload issue and then head out with your current 1/2 pickup. If after several trips (especially mountainous ones) you are not happy with the 1/2 ton, then you can think about another tow vehicle.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:33 PM   #17
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Payload is not very controversial - attempt to estimate your payload - think of an "error bar" or a range of estimate of payload given your hitch - weight of gas - weigh of passengers - gear - tongue weight - etc....

Do not exceed payload

This for many for a 30 footer means 3/4 may be needed

Some will get by with a half ton

Do the math - good luck

Towing capacity is controversial it seems
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:50 PM   #18
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PharmGeek, do you mind if I ask what you are using to tow your airstream?
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:30 PM   #19
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I like to carry a lot of crap so I blew over payload figures in my estimations and my real life use has proven to be the case

We have two mountain bikes- kids crap - extra propane tank for our fire pit and portable grill - kid tow behind trailer - and some other stuff is fairly minimum and we plan on generator later too

But if half ton numbers can work for you - the ride I suspect will be smoother and nicer
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:33 PM   #20
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Thank you for the reply. I am new to this towing stuff. I am trying to figure payload impact on towing ability. The impact of tongue weight, etc.

I think I am closer than I initially thought to maxing it out. I also live in areas with tons of hills.

I know that I won't max the trailer weight, but also know I pal. To load up the truck.

How does your family like the bunks?
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:58 PM   #21
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Weight distribution hitches can move some payload off he truck and back to trailer axels - that can I think help you in crunching figures
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:13 PM   #22
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Found a 2013 Ram 2500 with only 2,000 miles. Picked it up this weekend, and pick the AS up on Wednesday. Can't wait!
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