Originally Posted by lotsip
Thinking of buying a bigger travel trailer, the pop up is too small. My question is, and i realize i have to keep the total under 6500, but, I also don't want to get run off the road doing 50mph on I-95 snowbirding in Florida from Mass. every year...........
How heavy of a travel trailer can i comfortably tow. I am looking at a couple Coleman 2014's, a 15footer weighing in at 2700 dry, and a 19footer, which i really like the most, weighing in at 4100 dry?
also, is a weight distributing hitch necessary ?
I've been hauling a Kodiak 166E for 1800 miles now from Colorado to Nevada, back and forth between Vegas and Mesquite, NV. Quite a bit of mild offroading. 3160 lbs dry, maybe 3900 with 52 gallons of fresh water, two 20lb propane tanks, two batteries, food, clothing, etc.
I can hold 50 mph on 6% grades in 3rd gear (about 3500 RPM). I can accelerate slightly on 6% grades from 45-55 mph in 2nd gear (about 5000 RPM).
7% grades, I have to put it into 2nd gear and run the motor at ~5000 RPM to hold 50 mph. The torque/HP curve on this V6 starts to hit max at about 3500 RPM so the best power you get is between 3500-5500 RPM.
The WDH? Get it if you have stock springs and stock suspension. Even with the WDH my rear end sags with the stock 4-leaf pack. The only reason I think I don't bottom out on dips is because I have the Bilstein 5160 shocks that come with the Baja suspension kit. I have two extra propane tanks and about 150 lbs of tools/gear in the bed of the truck.
I put the 4-way emergency blinkers on climbing hills because I'm at least 15 mph below the speed limit. On I-15 in Utah the speed limit is 80 mph, and I was 30 mph below that climbing grades.
If you like, get the supercharger kit for $4800 installed. You'll get a little less MPG, but a 30% boost in HP and torque is a big deal. Makes a big difference, IMO. I chose to not spend the $4800, but I sure wouldn't mind having that 30% boost. The truck goes from a meh tower to a hey this is pretty nice tower. You'll be able to keep it in at least one higher gear at all times. Even on flats I keep the truck in 5th gear, don't even bother to try overdrive.