I'm towing with a 2010 Ram 1500 Crew Cab TRX-4 (off-road package). Purchased it "used" in March of 2014, with 36,000 miles. Engine is the 5.7L Hemi, 3.92 rear axle ratio, a 5-speed automatic transmission with the tow/haul function, and 17" tires (yes, tire size can affect towing and handling). Sales staff "assured" me it was rated to tow 10,250#, but Dodge/Ram websites rate it a bit lower. Our TT is a White Hawk Ultra Lite 27DSRB by Jayco, 31' long, with a dry weight listed at 6,080#. Never have put it on the scales, but I'm guessing we're well over 8,000#.
Had to replace the truck's transmission, torque converter and tranny cooler in July of this year, after the transmission overheated and shut down while backing the camper up our driveway. Dodge mechanics found metal shavings in the transmission fluid. My personal opinion is that, while Ram trucks have a reputation for transmission/drive train failures, this damage was probably done prior to my taking ownership, based on clues found by the technicians doing the inspection and work. This replacement drive train has performed well for the rest of the summer and fall. The transmission specialists advised me to always use the tow/haul switch while towing, and not to be shy on the gas pedal, pushing the tachometer into the 3,000 and 4,000 rpm ranges to maintain speed and power torque on the hills. Towing at lower rpms and speeds does not allow the transmission fluid to circulate through the auxiliary cooler enough to adequately protect the system, leading to overheating, shut-down, and/or permanent damage.
We just spent the Labor Day weekend at Hersheypark Camping Resort. Made reservations about one month before, don't know what they might have available for your trip. Nice shuttle is free from the CG to the Amusement Park. Water park features closed after Labor Day, but the other rides might be worth your visit, if that's your cup of tea.
We had a good time at Hersheypark Camping Resort. Made reservations a few weeks ahead, checked in late Thursday afternoon. Son and DIL arrived just a couple hours later. Any empty sites were filled by Friday evening. We spent two exhausting, but enjoyable days in Hershey Park. We checked out Sunday because our DIL was scheduled to be "on call" with her hospital OR job on Monday. Some loud music and noisy, screaming kids, but again, we were exhausted. We had a great time as a family, helped a less-experienced neighbor back in and set up, and perhaps learned to tolerate the "different" life/camping practices of others.
I suggest a drive just a little south to Chincoteague Island in VA. We've stayed several times at Tom's Cove CG on Chincoteague, with a short 7 mile drive across the channel bridge to Assateague National Seashore every day for the beach experience. Tom's Cove has plenty of sites for the vacation crowds, many with FHU.
Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman. In ancient England, a "chapman" was a peddler, traveling from town to town, selling pots and pans. Fast forward to the Disney cartoons with Johnny Appleseed's character shown wearing;) an upturned sauce pan as his hat. . . ;)
In watching the Ford demonstration video, the truck-mounted rear-view camera allows for a view along the sides of the boat trailer and launch ramp. I can't imagine being able to see what's going on with a full-sized TT. I have an after-market camera on my TV. It's a great help when hitching up, but of no use when backing the camper. The only things visible are the hitch, power-jack, and propane tanks. I have sometimes wondered about a camera system mounted on the back of my camper. Might be worth it?
Surely my 2nd favorite holiday...
Be careful what you post....Hallmark will have a card for it next year....:B:B:B....Dennis
Now if we can just get it declared as a Federal Holiday, complete with Monday(s) off...:@