Forest River Rockwood Windjammer 35' TT...Base/Dry Unit Weight 7,263; Base a dry Hitch Weight 918; Base Dry Axel Weight 6,345
What type and size TV to SAFELY pull this please?
Interesting numbers, but almost useless in matching TT to tow vehicle (TV). Begin your calculations with the GVWR of the trailer.
Those numbers are for a Windjammer model 3029W, which has GVWR of 8,850. Assume you will load it up to near the GVWR by the third long camping trip, and tongue weight will
be up to 15% of wet and loaded gross trailer weight.
So you need a TV with enough GVWR to handle the wet and loaded weight of the TV plus up to 1,328 pounds of hitch weight. That sounds like at least a three-quarter ton
pickup. I know of only one half-ton pickup that could tow that trailer without being overloaded, and those are rare indeed. Dealers don't stock them. They are F-150s
with the heavy duty payload package.
So, count on an F-250 or Ram/GM 2500 pickup at least. If a CrewCab pickup doesn't have enough room inside for your crew, then next choice is a full-size GM 3500 van,
preferably with the diesel engine. No, Ford and Ram do not make vans with enough drivetrain to tow that trailer without being overloaded.
The "tow ratings" you may see are misleading. No, you cannot tow a TT that weighs the tow rating without oveloading your TV. The first limiter you'll bump into is the
payload capacity, which is the GVWR of the TV minus the weight of the wet and loaded TV. Next is propably the rear GAWR. And rarely will the GCWR be the limiter. The tow
rating is GCWR minus the weight of the wet and loaded TV.
Most folks underestimate the weight of the wet and loaded TV. You must include a full tank of gas, all the people, pets and stuff that will be in the TV when towing
- tools, bedrug, bed cover or cap, receiver hitch, and the head and shank from your weight-distribiting hitch. Lots of RVers also haul campfire wood, toys such as a
dirt bike(s) or quad(s), and other weight. It all adds up and makes it very easy to overload your TV if you don't plan way head.