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Old 06-02-2018, 09:16 PM   #1
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Dutch Star Toad Weight?

Buying a 2018+ 37’ - 40’ Dutch Star.

Will plan to tow a vehicle behind the coach, primarily Western US. Debating adding a 2 or 4 door Jeep at around 5,000# to the stable for the sole purpose of a Toad or selling my big GM diesel truck and replacing it with Ford Raptor at around 6,600# and it’ll probably be heavier since I’ll be able to take a little more stuff with the truck so figure 7,000# or 2,000# heavier than the Jeep. The truck would also be my full time personal vehicle when not RV’ing.

Would I notice any difference when towing 2,000# more with the Dutch Star? Any advantage or disadvantage with the coach when Toad A is a couple of feet longer than Toad B ?

I tow a boat or a trailer with my truck, they’re 8,000# apart and I definitely feel the difference with these. The 10’ longer trailer tracks more inline with the truck and is less responsive when backing up so I get that with longer vs shorter tow vehicles, at least when driving a pickup truck.

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Old 06-03-2018, 12:23 AM   #2
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Unless the total weight of the coach and toad , puts you way over 100 lbs per engine HP , you probably won't notice the toad is back there. No matter which of them you choose to tow.

I roll at 107 lb to 1 hp, and have to keep the back up camera on to make sure the toad is still behind.

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Old 06-03-2018, 01:44 AM   #3
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We tow a Suburban. Never can tell any difference between when it is there and when we leave it home. I’d select the vehicle that best suits your needs.
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Old 06-03-2018, 11:14 AM   #4
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Like others have said. Buy the one that best suits your needs. From the drivers seat of the DS you won't be able to tell the difference between the two options.

There's a big difference between the pickup pulling a bigger boat trailer and the DS pulling a toad.
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My toad is a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, been out west in a few mountains no problems
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If your planning on towing 4 down then don’t plan on backing up the connected toad.
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:37 PM   #7
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Go with the Raptor!!! You will not be disappointed.

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When we changed toads in 2007, the difference in weight was 1100 lbs. I couldn't tell any difference even though we typically spend time in the west with many grades to climb and descend.


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