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Old 09-29-2018, 05:04 AM   #1
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Redwood 31'

Anyone pulling a 31' redwood with a 4 door short bed Ram 4x4 Turbo 2500 with air bags ? All the mechanics say it fine but I don't see anyone on the messages that tow a 31' RW with a Ram 2500. HELP Please.
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Old 09-29-2018, 04:17 PM   #2
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First off, there is no Redwood that's 31 feet, if your're talking about a 31SL it's approx 35 feet and unless you tow it completely empty will overload your 2500. It's not about pulling, it's all about carrying the pin weight.
Have a friend that has the 31SL and was using a 2500 Chevy, finally ran the complete setup over the scales and traded for a 3500 SRW Chevy to get in spec.
Only you can make the final decision on what to do.
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:42 PM   #3
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I have a 3901 WB and I'm towing it with a 2500 HD durramax with airbags.
The air bags don't increase the weight you can handle, but it allows you to adjust your stance.
I've scale my unit every time I haul it. I have to be very careful if my pin weight. I'm usually about #25,000 GCVW and my drive axle weight is 6,200(max according to the door tag).. if I have not dumped there could be more on the drive axle as it seems the 2 grey and 1 black tank are forward of the potable water and as you use it, it changes the weight distribution.
So, I'm totally at the max weight for this truck.. there are a few times I might be over the drive axle rating by 400 lbs..
You have to be careful and hope you don't blow out a tire..
I'm happy with what I have, but if i doing this over, I think I'd get a 3500 HD..
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:00 PM   #4
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I tow my 16 38 RL with a 15 F-350 SRW.. We are weekend warriors and have more empty drawers than full. We always use full hookups, and never travel with water or any fluids.

I am at my max, and could never imagine using anything smaller, in fact as soon as we hit that moment that we are going longer, a DRW will be in my driveway.

As of now, I am thrilled about the way my truck handles the RW, I hacve added bags that are kept at 30#, and a HD Helwig rear sway bar. The truck runs like a champ, but am at MAX.

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Yes, ours is at the max 18,000 pounds for towing, I have 14,500 on the coach's axles and I'm under my steer axle ratings and just at, or once over by 200 lbs on my drive axle rating.
So, this 2500 HD is right at it's rated max, both on the axles and towing capacity.
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:34 AM   #6
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They must have really lightened up the MBs, ours left the Factory at just shy of 16K empty.
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Remember the bags do not increase your weight capacity.


I towed with a 6.5 foot bed 2500 chevy Duramax. I added bags for stability. I have the 31 SL and do not tow with water and have plastic plates and a few pots and pans. I ran it across the scales and had just a little room to load the fridge and fill the fuel tanks.


I now have upgraded to the 1ton single axle. I still put bags on to stabilize things.


I think you know the answer because you had to ask. Run it over the CAT Scales at a truck stop...

Also check the tire rating for weight. That is where you will be surprised.
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First off, there is no Redwood that's 31 feet, if your're talking about a 31SL it's approx 35 feet and unless you tow it completely empty will overload your 2500. It's not about pulling, it's all about carrying the pin weight.
Have a friend that has the 31SL and was using a 2500 Chevy, finally ran the complete setup over the scales and traded for a 3500 SRW Chevy to get in spec.
Only you can make the final decision on what to do.
Excuse me girls but my Redwood is sold as a 31' It is no longer made. I realize it is longer but officially it is a 31'.
Thank you for your opinion.
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Excuse me girls but my Redwood is sold as a 31' It is no longer made. I realize it is longer but officially it is a 31'.
Thank you for your opinion.
The "model number" is a 31 SL, not the length, if you actually measure it you'll find it's at or near 35'. Those model numbers are NOT the actual length, mine is a 36FB & measures 38'11".
As they said RW DOES NOT build a 5er that's actually 31' long, regardless of what your salesman may have told you.
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Old 10-01-2018, 06:54 PM   #10
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The "model number" is a 31 SL, not the length, if you actually measure it you'll find it's at or near 35'. Those model numbers are NOT the actual length, mine is a 36FB & measures 38'11".
As they said RW DOES NOT build a 5er that's actually 31' long, regardless of what your salesman may have told you.
yes I realize that . Was trying to describe the model.
it is called a 31 foot but is actually 35'
I am asking if my 2005 Dadge turbo diesel has the power to pull my rv. The dealership says yes the mechanics say yes. I wanted the opinion of Redwood owners.
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