Originally Posted by Overstock07
I have an 07 DC with TRD and Tow package with AT. I want to look at getting a top-of-the line Pop-up "Fleetwood Niagra". It has a ~3900 lb dry weight. Without getting a physics degree. Can my Pickup tow it in the real world? Like a trip to Yellowstone to Wash. DC?
From a fellow camper.
Your dry weight is not as much of what you should be concerned with as is your wet weight (ie: fresh water tank as well as you propane capacity) and that compared added to your cargo carrying capacity is what you really need to look at.
Example: My camper, (2006 Jayco Jayfeather 197), a compact hardside has a dry weight of 3004 lbs, with a max weight of 3750. Wet weight is 3284. That is figuring in 30 gallons of fresh water (24 in the tank and 6 in the hot water heater) @ 8.33 lbs/gal. and 7.08 gallons of propane @ 4.24 lbs/gal (30 lbs tank). That leaves the cargo carrying capacity of my trailer at 466lbs.
All this information can be found on the inside door of one of the cabinates (sp?) in the actual unit you are looking at. (each trailer, even the same make and model will be different)
Point remains that as you add things like your camp chairs, your food, your clothing, your fishing rods and tackle box, and your beer you can eat up the cargo carrying capacity very quickly, so the weight you want to look at is the GVWR or your max weight.
That was a long winded way of saying that you are looking at the wrong number. Long story short... I'd guess that the GVWR on the Niagra based on 3900lbs dry would be around 4600lbs. With that said, yes a V6 Taco can pull 4600lbs where ever you want to take it without a problem. Particularly considering that you are looking at a pop-up and therefor will present much less frontal area to the wind than I do for example, and what really hampers towing is drag more than weight within reason.
PROVIDED THAT YOU EQUIP YOUR TRUCK AND CAMPER CORRECTLY
You need a brake controller, weight distribution hitch, sway controll, and extended towing mirrors. To get more into that would be off-topic, but I'll reference a couple of previous threads where I have detailed some of what you'll need to know, and if you have any other questions feel free to message me directly about it.
Towing and braking while towing