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Old 09-18-2010, 09:45 AM   #1
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We just purchased a 2011 Heartland North Country 26rbs. We plan to tow with our Ram 1500 shortbed. Any thoughts or tip?
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:06 AM   #2
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dont know mush about your setup so cant help
but will say congratz and being a dodge its gotta be a good looking rig
(and no i dont own a dodge)
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Old 09-18-2010, 03:08 PM   #3
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Load it up like you will be using it camping including the family and go to the sales for some accurate weight numbers. You will thank yourself in the end by knowing just how much you really weigh.
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Before I off congratulations on the new trailer...that thing is 20' long and has a GVWR of 10,400#. You need to load up the family and normal cargo andhead down tot he scales and see how much your truck weighs. Now the GVWR from the door jamb and the GCWR for you cab, engine and axle from the owners manual.

GCWR - loaded truck = max loaded trailer weight.(not dry weight)

GVWR - loaded truck = Max loaded trailer tongue weight.

Your tongue weight will probably be around 1000# or more when loaded.

That is going to be an awful lot of load for a 1/2 ton truck

I know the sales man said you could tow it and never it notice it back there....salesmen rarely tell the truth....they just sell.

Use a Reese Dual Cam hitch as a minimum load light, do not carry any fresh water to speak of and take it easy on the road.

I don't want to rain on your parade, but you need to be careful.

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Old 09-19-2010, 07:50 AM   #5
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Quote: "20' long and has a GVWR of 10,400#" ...
Geeze Louise !! I thought my 20' Jayco was heavy at 3500#! Towing with my Silverado 6 cyl. I have to turn off the AC on hills or it will significantly slow down .. Can't even imagine towing 10K # ...

RV salesmen do LIE ... a LOT !!! Guessing many of them are retired military recruiters and are just used to it ...
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:47 AM   #6
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It is almost 30' long....mistyped and could not correct it.

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Old 09-19-2010, 09:29 AM   #7
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Hope your Dodge has the Hemi........

If after towing it a couple times, you feel it might be a lot of length for your truck--consider getting a ProPride hitch.

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At 30' long, your truck should have a wheelbase of at least 140".
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Don't know his model year, but both 2011 Crew Cab and Quad Cab are on 140.5" WB.....
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the wb is 140. but i'm thinking we shopped with our eyes and left our brains at home. DH doesn't agree and insists our 99 Dodge 1500 V8 4X4 will tow it just fine. I however, after reading the various posts, will be cringing all the way home after we pick it up this week. Fortunately we don't have far to go and pretty flat but it should give us some idea how well it will work even though it won't be loaded. I have a feeling it's going to be like painting a room only to realize the carpet needs replacing only to realize the furniture looks old ............. but a WHOLE LOT MORE EXPENSIVE!!!!
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Maybe he just wants to get a new truck!
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As soon as he pulls it on a long trip, there will be a new Dodge Cummins in his future.

Knowing now it is a '99, he may not have enough truck OR engine.
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It will pull it for a short trip, flat ground, but it will get to be a lot of work. Try it and see how you do, just take it slow and easy.

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Old 09-22-2010, 03:47 PM   #14
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got it home!!!!!

Well we did manage to get our TT home. Like some of your comments it did put quite a load on the engine of our 1500, good thing we didn't have any real hills to deal with. Looks like we will be looking at a new truck.
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