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Old 11-01-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Just purchased a new RW34SK. I have a 2010 Ford F250 diesel to pull the rig. All the weights including the 3300 lb hitch weight seem to be in line with Ford specs. The Redwood deaer says I am OK to go.I am wondering if anyone out there has had any issues with the setup I have, and could reply with their comments.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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BTW the Ford F250 is a crew cab sith a short bed. Max towing capacity is 15300 and Ford says the king pin weight should be 15 to 25% of the trailer weight.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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We need to know what your combined gross is (probably not a problem), the TVs gross, the cargo capacity, and the Rear axle ratings. The TV gross, cargo cap and rear axle are where 250s/2500s generally fall short. There is plenty of pulling power with any of the newer Diesels and everyone just looks at tow capacity and never look to see if they can carry the pin weight. I know for a fact that right now we're pushing the limit of our 1 ton dually factory gross spec of 13000 because we're carrying 4000 lbs pin on top of a 9000 lb TV, we're well under on cargo and rear axle, but right at the limit of the trucks gross.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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The GVWR of the F250 is 10,000 lbs. The rear GAWR is 6100 lbs. The hitch weight is 2800 lbs per Redwood's website. The truck generally will have 2 passengers at a total weight of 350 lbs and maybe 100 lbs of misc cargo. The RW34SK enpty weight is 12800 lbs and we will carry about 1500 lbs of supplies etc. Hope this helps you in advising me.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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The best way to answer your question is to have the truck weighed with it loaded like it will be when you tow the trailer. (full tank of fuel, all passangers, etc). This will let you know how much weight you can add before you hit the gross weight. I also suggest weighing the entire rig when you are loaded to hit the road. Many of your truck stops have the certified scales and it costs around $10.00. You get a printout that shows you the weight on your front and rear axle, and when the trailer is on it will also give you the trailer axle weight. This way I know that I am within the limits of the truck and trailer, and also I have the printouts if there ever is a question of whether I am overloaded or not.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:29 PM   #6
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Now this is only a guess, but if the brochure pin weight is listed as 2800 lbs, then more than likely the real world pin weight will be on the plus side of 3000 lbs, with a gross of 10000 lbs, that means your TV fully loaded to tow (you, any other passengers, human or otherwise, full tank of fuel, 5er hitch, and anything else you might carry in the cab or bed) can not weigh more than 7000 lbs give or take a little. So my best guess is that you'll more than likely be a little over, but as said the only true way is to hit the Scales. Do it now with the TV ready to tow and again with the RW in tow once you get it loaded up and ready to go.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:31 AM   #7
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Thanks to all who have ventured into my question. Below is the reply I received from Paul Craven Product Manager at Redwood:
Thank you for your purchase of a Redwood. To answer a couple o your questions.
1. Yes, the true goth weight is 2800# dry. It was a misprint at 3300#.
2. I see NO problems with your truck handling that coach. Airbags would only be an added benefit if you start to really load up the coach, but even in that case, not necessary.
I hope this helps. Great Travels.
I will definitely get the weights both loaded and unloaded. I guess the decisions will be obvious once I have that information.
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