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Old 05-05-2014, 02:01 PM   #1
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Finally decided what I'm getting, any thoughts?

Hey all,

Well I have my RAM 2014 5.7 Hemi, with the 3.92 gear ratio. I can haul 10,150 TC.

However I realize not to go that big. As things stand now, I am ready to buy the following:

2014 Rockwood Windjammer 300GW. It is 6900 DW, Hitch weight is 877.

What I was wondering is if anyone has any opinions on this brand trailer? Since this will be my first purchase, I dont want to get a camper with known issues. I would love for anyone who has one of these or knows about them to give me some advice.

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Hi Mez,
Please read some of the other threads currently discussing TTs for half tons, specifically there are several for the Ram 1500.

You need to cut about 5-7 feet off that trailer and you'll be fine.

Good luck and happy camping... When you get one.
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:37 PM   #3
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Ive got a buddy who pulls a similar unit with a F150 econoboost and seems to do ok. My experience with my 7,100 dry weight is by the time I got it loaded I'm well over 9k without me, wife and dogs. I have a 2500hd duramax so its no problem.
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Hey all,

Well I have my RAM 2014 5.7 Hemi, with the 3.92 gear ratio. I can haul 10,150 TC.

However I realize not to go that big. As things stand now, I am ready to buy the following:

2014 Rockwood Windjammer 300GW. It is 6900 DW, Hitch weight is 877.
I'm looking at the 2014 1500 specs at this Dodge page, and don't see anything with that much tow capacity-? Closest thing seems to be the Bighorn, with 9600 pounds trailer tow cap; and only 1500 pounds of payload. That 877-pound-dry tongue is apt to be a thousand by the time you hitch up- only leaves you 500 pounds of payload in the truck for passengers, fuel, gear etc.

Or am I missing a bigger, brawnier pickup model?
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:59 PM   #5
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Francesca, not sure where your looking but Ram has a calculator on their page that shows it. However, when I purchased my Ram, I verified it all on paper before buying. So unless RAM is lying, it is what the manufacturer is posting to the public when they buy the trucks.

As far as the other posts. I will look for something similar that is a bit shorter and lighter. Bummer, I really liked that one.

Worse yet, I almost bought a Sprinter WB316BIK in January, but something didnt feel right when I woke up the next day and was to sign the papers. Salesmen want to sell, they tell you, you can haul it, but dont care as long as that all mighty check comes in. Understand, I dont mean all salesmen.
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Try on the RAM page 4x4 and Quad Cab 6.4, you will get the right selection that way. Also Express.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:13 PM   #7
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Mez is your truck a 1500 or 2500 and what does the tire sticker say for payload in your door jamb?
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Any 34' to 36' tt is a bit much for a 1500 series truck to handle in my opinion. I do like that floorplan if you have a bunch of kids. How many are you planning to sleep?
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Love the trailer, rockwood is quality, agree with the others in the weight. my guess is that the truck and the trailer would be constantly arguing about who was in control. Fyi, my trailer is similar condfig and its 7k dry, gvwr is 9950. At the scale it is 1200lb tongue and 9.2k on the scale. I pull it with a 3500 diesel dually.
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I got a 2010 Ram 1500 and there is no way it's rated that high! Mine is rated to tow 7250 lbs, so my 22 ft Radiance loaded with Gennie and stuff in the box is almost maxed out. The truck will pull no problem, but it's just not rated that high. You can't trust trailer dealers cause they want to sell sell sell!
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Try on the RAM page 4x4 and Quad Cab 6.4, you will get the right selection that way. Also Express.
Take a look at your door sticker to see what the payload rating is on your truck. I recently traded up to a Ram 2500 because my 1500 with a tow rating of 10,200 pounds only had a payload of 1270. By the time we load the trailer and the truck we are close to 2,000 pounds payload, way over the truck rating. You will likely find out the trailer axle and tongue weights are more than advertized too when you weigh it.
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Sorry but I have to echo what others are saying. My rig is 29' including the tongue and bumper, and weighs 6,200# loaded. I am comfortable pulling... but just barely. I am looking at larger trailers but I know I will be getting a Ram 2500 or an F-250 prior to doing that. My F-150 is a good truck, as is your Ram 1500... but overloaded is overloaded. I'm not there, and don't want to be.
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My feeling is that it's best to have a truck that is too large rather than too small. Half tons are comfortable around 7500lb total weight in my opinion. Get a smaller trailer or trade up to a 2500.
I don't understand why people choose a half ton when the 3/4 costs the same. I am looking for a new Ford in the fall. I can get a 5 liter 150 for about 35 or 36. I can get a 6.2 250 Super Duty for 36 or 37. Both are Crew Cabs. Will I get less mileage? Yes. Will I be safer and have a more durable tow vehicle? Absolutely!
The other point to remember is that when purchasing your 2nd trailer it is usually larger and heavier. Why limit yourself with the half ton.
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My feeling is that it's best to have a truck that is too large rather than too small. Half tons are comfortable around 7500lb total weight in my opinion. Get a smaller trailer or trade up to a 2500.
I don't understand why people choose a half ton when the 3/4 costs the same. I am looking for a new Ford in the fall. I can get a 5 liter 150 for about 35 or 36. I can get a 6.2 250 Super Duty for 36 or 37. Both are Crew Cabs. Will I get less mileage? Yes. Will I be safer and have a more durable tow vehicle? Absolutely!
The other point to remember is that when purchasing your 2nd trailer it is usually larger and heavier. Why limit yourself with the half ton.
Agreed on the truck upgrade, but buy a slightly used diesel and get minimal depreciation and better mpg. My 2012 Ram 2500 Mega Cab Cummins was in the very low 30s with less than 30k miles on it. I get over 23mpg on the highway and 15mpg towing.
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