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Old 08-27-2018, 07:28 PM   #11
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"We will take note of everything and then decide which way to go". Ya mean after all that, there is still a decision to be made ? It's either going to be safe or it's going to be unsafe.....that's the real decision. If you like the trailer, get a bigger truck.....don't want a bigger truck, then get something suited to the truck you have....


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Old 09-03-2018, 05:12 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by 5WRV View Post
Thank you all for your helpful input. We will take note of everything and then decide which way to go.
Try to not have a wreck because if you are overloaded, you may not have insurance coverage. This would not be a problem unless you have any net worth you are interested in protecting.

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Old 09-03-2018, 06:44 PM   #13
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Goober, where did you read that if you are overweight your insurance company will bail on you? You have not looked into this. I guess if you are speeding and have a wreck then you have no coverage?
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Old 09-03-2018, 07:37 PM   #14
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Have yet to see a verified lawsuit due to an overweight RV being involved in a wreck.
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Old 06-01-2019, 04:33 PM   #15
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Gentlemen: I post this update not to start a verbal joust, but for the value to any others in the same quandary as I.

Notanlines - thanks for the lead to RVUSA. They had exactly the information I needed.

Porkchop - When I finally identified the unit to purchase, the original owner claimed not to know the pin weight. I found, trying to get the info from a dealer was an exercise in futility (not just for pin weight - for anything).

Wingnut - You were right. The tires were the weak link, and easily corrected. I run 20" tires and got two new ones for the rear, rated for 4050 per tire. Loaded and weighed at the scale, with wife, dog and me, we're at 8200 lbs. I'm comfortable with that.

Here are the specifics
Rated for Actual weight
Truck front axle 5600 5300
Truck rear axle 7000 8200
Towing 14,800 18,000 (this is with 2,000 lbs
on the hitch. Parked, trailer
weighs 20,000
Tires (2) on rear 8100 8200
Tires (2) on front 7500 5300
GVWR 11,500 13,500
GCVWR 26,300 31,500

OCB - I've read elsewhere (and can't remember where) that 3 axle trailers have a lower pin weight than 2 axle trailers of the same approximate lengths. Pin weight on my trailer is 3600 lbs.

My Redwood was a 2 axle with drum brakes. That was an obscenity on the road. It shows just how little the NHTSA does to protect our safety. Whatever stopping I did was thanks to the great brakes on the F-350. (And yes, I tried new trailer brakes and had the brakes checked by two knowledgeable and proven shops.) The 43' DRV, with 3 axles and disc brakes are f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c in comparison. When those brakes begin to clamp onto the disc, the driver knows it.

Handling - I drive at 55. When the wind is blowing, I drop my speed.
The truck has a 3.74 rear end. Lowest ratio on a DWR Ford is 4.10. I get 12 MPG on flat land (Louisiana), no wind. Typical driving is 9.6 MPG (Virginia to northern Maine, driving through mountains of Pennsylvania on 81, 84, and 95. I also have Timbrins, which keeps the bed level with the trailer, and the trailer pulls level.

Would I like DRW ? yes. But that's a big bullet to bite at the same time as a trailer. We all make our own cost/benefit calculations. We all choose to save someplace. I like the SRW we've got, and I'm comfortable with how it handles the 5th wheel. When it's time to replace the truck, if we still have the trailer, we'll decide then, what to do.
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:14 PM   #16
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My 2011 36RSSB3 has generator & Canadian package extra heater up front. Pin comes in at 4025lbs. That's also with full water & propane.

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