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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:57 pm 
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Hello everyone! This is my first post on this forum and I have many questions but I figured I'd start with the most important one first. Is it realistic of me to tow a Roamer 310bhs with my 04 Dodge 2500 2wd Hemi? I'm rated for 9500 I believe and the previous owner of my truck pulled a 10k 5th wheel. I do plan on installing 4.10s in the truck soon which brings the tow rating to 11.5k. I currently own a Jayco 28dsbh but we have outgrown it and Jayco just doesn't have antother floor plan that I'm in love with. We've been looking at many, many different brands for quite some time now and we keep coming back to the Open Range. Thanks in advance, Luke


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Luke the UVW on the 310BHS is 9265 and GVWR is 11,500; your TV can tow it but you are at your max weight empty and potentially over for sure when you start to load the RV plus you, passengers, fuel etc in your TV; allow yourself lots of braking room and don't expect good mileage. For safety I would normally like to leave a 20% cushion with my max tow weights. Thats a lot of trailer for your TV, not sure I would be comfortable regardless of what the previous owner pulled your TV with.

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I tow my 310 with a Ford Excursion and after load I am maxed. It's one heavy trailer, but it sure is awesome. I have a Propride hitch set-up, so it makes things a lot more comfortable, but next week I'm installing Timbrens to level out the truck; had a 3" drop to my back.

It does surprise me that your Dodge 2500 only has a 9,500 rating...figured it would be around 11k

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Unfortunately my Dodge was ordered with 373s. Like I mentioned before, I will have 410s installed before we purchase the 310bhs. So that being said my tow rating will officially be 11.5k. We never fill our tanks so that's not an issue. I'd say we might add another 500-700 total fully loaded. Obviously I will have the best weight distribution hitch with this trailer. Our grades here in KS aren't much either. So that being said do you guys think an a 11.5 towing capacity is adequate to pull the 310? I really don't wanna get a diesel.


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Try to look to the future, will you always be in Kansas? Colorado has some pretty scenery also and Missouri too with good sized hills and how many people will be in your truck with you because that adds up also. Some of it isn't just the engine power it is the brakes, transmission, and frame some of which is the same as a i ton truck some isn't.
I try to look at it as an airplane, would I want my family or myself to fly on a airplane knowing it was beyond the limits of what the engineers described as safe and from my readings changing the rear gear to 4:10 might put you in the same stance as having a greater tow capacity but the door placard on YOUR truck will indicate you are over limits if you are in a wreck and nay kind of liability that might cause.

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Ok I will look at lighter campers. Point taken


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Rigdon wrote:
Try to look to the future, will you always be in Kansas? Colorado has some pretty scenery also and Missouri too with good sized hills and how many people will be in your truck with you because that adds up also. Some of it isn't just the engine power it is the brakes, transmission, and frame some of which is the same as a i ton truck some isn't.
I try to look at it as an airplane, would I want my family or myself to fly on a airplane knowing it was beyond the limits of what the engineers described as safe and from my readings changing the rear gear to 4:10 might put you in the same stance as having a greater tow capacity but the door placard on YOUR truck will indicate you are over limits if you are in a wreck and nay kind of liability that might cause.

Looking at it like an airplane is a bit extreme. I have gambled pulling my TT more than once knowing a I could pull over if things went south.
I would never suggest gambling with an airplane however there is more wiggle room with a RV.
For the most part you are not going to immediately self destruct if you exceed your payload in a RV. However exceeding payload in an airplane can have fatal consequences.
By no means am I suggesting the OP ignore the ratings however approaching the scenario like an airplane is really an apples and oranges comparison.
If the OP is staying local and out of the mountains he may by some time with his current truck. Since he already owns it I suggest giving it a try. If the OP planning to criss cross the country or a regular basis than a new truck should be on the horizon.

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Get a diesel and get the trailer you want for the future.

I made a mistake and got what I could afford but ended up getting something way less quality than I wanted at any price. In no time I was upside down and wishing I would have opted for something better. I now have a 319 RLS. I’m sure happy with mine now. If you go up to a diesel your options are much more. The diesel will pay for itself in the long run with longevity and mileage. A gas truck is good for 150k miles. A diesel will be good for3-400k miles. Get what you want now and you’re going to be better off in the long run.

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Buying a used diesel is an option also. Bought mine a few years ago, with 33,000 mils on it (not even close to being broke in yet). Got it at a great price, pulls my 337RLS 5th with no problems at all. Just something to consider.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:39 pm 
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ok Im now looking at the open range light 321bhts which appears to be around 8500. i would think I could manage that with the 410s.


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Lsttype wrote:
Unfortunately my Dodge was ordered with 373s. Like I mentioned before, I will have 410s installed before we purchase the 310bhs. So that being said my tow rating will officially be 11.5k. We never fill our tanks so that's not an issue. I'd say we might add another 500-700 total fully loaded. Obviously I will have the best weight distribution hitch with this trailer. Our grades here in KS aren't much either. So that being said do you guys think an a 11.5 towing capacity is adequate to pull the 310? I really don't wanna get a diesel.


One other point on trailer weights. I think the unloaded weight is before any dealer options are added. Like A/C units, propane tanks, batteries, etc. So you actual weight might be significantly higher. And its amazing how much everything that gets packed in an RV actually weights. So even without filling the water/black/grey tanks - you will probably be really close to the 11.5k GVWR.

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2000 more lbs? How do you come up with that?


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I agree 2000 maybe a lot. However the actual dry weight could easily be 500 pounds more than the notoriously inaccurate brochure dry weight. 500-700# is a bit conservative for cargo for a bunkhouse trailer typically that figure is 1000 pounds or so.

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I am adding in everything that will be stuffed in the trailer. Everybody says they will only pack a "couple hundred" pounds of stuff. But then end up with everything but the kitchen sink from their house. The 310 is a long trailer - lots of room to pack stuff that weighs more than you think.

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My RT 310 BHS weighs 10,060 pounds loaded except water tank had about 15 gallons. Tongue weight is 1,320 pounds. Trailer wt includes tongue wt.

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I think are plan is to go for the 310bhs. It has everything we want and I will add 410 gears to my Dodge before hand. Then I will start working on trading into a diesel.


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