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Posted: 02/09/19 07:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, I am new to this forum and I would appreciate the views of all you Travel Trailer experienced hands on this question.
I am looking to buy a custom built 36' Travel Trailer made by Recreation by Design that will weigh approx. 8000 LBS. I intend to use a Reese or similar hitch and sway/weight distribution set up on a Ram 1500 with a 3.92 differential, 5.7 Hemi 8 cylinder and a factory rated towing capacity of 10440 LBS. I intend to keep my total vehicle weight below 10440 LBS including passengers and cargo. I will be installing a back up camera with wide angle on the trailer.
I have been told by an experienced RV guy that the trailer is too much for my truck and that the length will cause me all kinds of problems, regardless of what Ram says the tow rating is and what kind of sway/distribution hitch system I put on it.

Any Thoughts from your RV Trailer Trailer pros on this or anything else I am thinking about and trying to do here?
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What is the trailer capacity? 8k dry is going to get up there wet.

Without any trailer towing experience, I wouldn't want to be that close to the capacity. Are you planning any hill/mountain travels?

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I don't intent to travel with tanks full. Not planning to boondock. May have a couple of 5 Gallon containers of water in case a bathroom trip is needed. Intending to stay around 9000 loaded.

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Not planning any hill country travel until I get more experienced.

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Do not base anything on dry weight. What is the ready to camp weight?
What is the payload capacity of your Dodge.
An 8K trailer is a lot for your typical 1/2 ton truck.
On the surface I agree with your friend it appears to be too much trailer for your truck.


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Welcome to the Forum...from experience I can tell you that it's going to be hard to keep an 8K, 36 footer under your payload rating..

Start with a couple of batteries and 2 full propane tanks, then there is the weight of the hitch equipment, then this and than and before you know it you are crushing the bump stops on your truck's suspension..

Give it a shot, we did and soon were truck shopping. Good luck with it.


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A 36 ft travel trailer? Who needs all that room?
And, my 27 foot TT weighs 7500 lbs loaded. The walls of the 36 footer must be stuffed with helium to weigh only 8000 lbs or there is no strength left in the components.


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You will be surprised by the time you add the bare essentials you will add 1000-2000lbs. Everything from from your cloths,groceries,sleepingbags/blankets, cooking and eating utensils,bbq, any thing you put in the storage compartments it adds up faster then you realize

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Thanks I appreciate all the comments, keep them coming. I need to check the payload of my Ram but it sounds like this idea is going down like the Titanic. Sounds like I need a lot less TT or a lot more truck.

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MarkRBD2019 wrote:

Thanks I appreciate all the comments, keep them coming. I need to check the payload of my Ram but it sounds like this idea is going down like the Titanic. Sounds like I need a lot less TT or a lot more truck.

questions?
1. how many people will be in the trailer when you are traveling
2. how many beds do you need 90 % of the time when RVing. the more people traveling with you most of the time, the bigger trailer you. 2 people can be real comfortable in a 24 to 30 ft. trailer. 36 ft. is a really long to be towing and backing up into RV parks.
3. 5th. wheels are more stable when towing, easy to hook up and generally about 5 to 6 of the trailer are inside the truck bed.
4. Look at the Reese Dual Cam hitch makes towing a trailer much more stable.

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