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Old 01-03-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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We have a 2006 Dodge 2500 with the 5.9 Cummings Diesel, and we are considering purchasing a Redwood 31SL. Our current RV's dry weight is around 2,000 lbs less than the Redwood and the Dodge has no problem pulling it. Does anyone have experience with the Redwood/Dodge combo and can you tell me how the Dodge does - especially on grades. Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 01-04-2012, 07:16 AM   #2
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We are waiting on delivery of our 36RE. I traded my Ford F250 6 ltr diesel SW for an F350 6.7 ltr diesel DRW for my tow vehicle. My research on towing units led me to making the trade. While the 250 had plenty of power It was marginal on towing capacity overall. I would recommend that you check the manufacturers stated towing capacity and tongue weights of your Dodge against your new fifth wheel GVW and tongue weight to make sure you can safely tow the new coach.
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ambrownstein, I know the payload for your Dodge will be overloaded and I'm almost certain the towing capacity will be exceeded. The 31SL has a GVWR of 16,000 lbs, that's more than your truck is rated to tow. We have a 2009 Dodge 3500 SRW and are going to buy a 36RL. The 36RL has the same 16,000GVWR as the 31SL. Even on our 3500 SRW, the payload and tow ratingwill be over the published numbers. I have 3.73 gears in my truck and it's rated to tow a FW up to 13,500 lbs. If I change the gears to 4.10, the rating goes up to 16,500 but does not increase the payload which is only 3,100 lbs. I spent all yesterday afternoon looking at the numbers. If we want to stay within the manufacturers numbers, We will have to get a Ram 3500 dually or we can buy a Ford or GM in a SRW or dually. The Ford and GM have significantly higher payloads than the Ram. Not trying to start a truck war here about what a certain truck can do or not. I'm only going off the numbers each of the manufacturers post for their product. I hope this helps some.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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We have a 2006 Dodge 2500 with the 5.9 Cummings Diesel, and we are considering purchasing a Redwood 31SL. Our current RV's dry weight is around 2,000 lbs less than the Redwood and the Dodge has no problem pulling it. Does anyone have experience with the Redwood/Dodge combo and can you tell me how the Dodge does - especially on grades. Any info would be appreciated.








Hello ambrownstein,



Just wondering if you made a decision to go with the 31SL? I tried to find an update on the forum but I am not sure if I am looking in the wrong spot but I can't find anything indicating that you placed your order.

We are going to the factory tomorrow in hopes to make a decision between this unit and the 36RE.We shall see!
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #5
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I, too, have 2006 Dodge diesel and am pulling the 36RE. I had in the Hill COuntry of south Texas over the weekend. The Dodge pulled up some nice grades from a start without issue. I do have the 10K airbag system on the trucks rear axles which is a definite help. You can adjust the ride from the driver's seat if the road becomes bumpy or level. I have been pulling popups, travel trailers and fifth wheels for several years now and the airbags was the best investment for a smooth ride even when not pulling a trailer. Good luck in your decision. We are really enjoying the 36RE.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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We have a 2006 Dodge 2500 with the 5.9 Cummings Diesel, and we are considering purchasing a Redwood 31SL. Our current RV's dry weight is around 2,000 lbs less than the Redwood and the Dodge has no problem pulling it. Does anyone have experience with the Redwood/Dodge combo and can you tell me how the Dodge does - especially on grades. Any info would be appreciated.


As you can see in my signature, I am towing a Redwood 36RL, so far only here in the mid-west flat lands. If you go by the published specifications that Dodge puts out, even my 3500, SRW is marginal at best at 2700 lbs payload rating and maximum trailer weight of 13,600 lbs.Our coach weight as measured at the factory was 13,416 lbs. So, far my unit tows very nicely...........you hardly know it is behind you. I have thought after I try towing in the mountains, that if the truck seems stressed, I might have the rear end differential ratio changed to the 4.10 to 1. That is supposed to increas the maximum trailer weight to 16,800 lbs.



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On a 4x4. If you change the rear differentialratio. you have to change the front ratio to match. if not, all hell willbrakeloose, when you put it in four wheel drive.



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You are absolutely correct. This is not a modification that I would try to do myself. That is why I have a very good relationship with my Dodge dealer's service department.



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I, too, have 2006 Dodge diesel and am pulling the 36RE. I had in the Hill COuntry of south Texas over the weekend. The Dodge pulled up some nice grades from a start without issue. I do have the 10K airbag system on the trucks rear axles which is a definite help. You can adjust the ride from the driver's seat if the road becomes bumpy or level. I have been pulling popups, travel trailers and fifth wheels for several years now and the airbags was the best investment for a smooth ride even when not pulling a trailer. Good luck in your decision. We are really enjoying the 36RE.








Thanks for the feed back Happy Camper!

We are going to the factory today to check things out and we are trying to decide between the 31SL and the 36RE only because we are not sure we will need the extra length. I feel confident that the 3500 can pull and mainly stop the 36 however not sure we will need the extra space. I love the 36 and really would like the front load washer and dryer and I am not sure the 31 can handle the front load stackable. These are questions I hope the folks at the factory will be able to help with today.

Glad to hear that your 36 performed up to your expectations and many more safe, happy trails!
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We went with the disk brake option as all indications point to safer stopping ability. as most trucks will towabout anything, untill you need to stop quickly. then your in trouble.



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