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Just a note. Airstream is also Thor, as well as Jayco.Talk to these people about what Class IV you need, and which WDH is best for your set-up.
Airstream is a very good TT manufacturer. They are, however, very expensive and really not worth the extra cost IMO. Look into Forest River, Coachmen (made by Forest River), Keystone (Thor Industries), and Dutchmen (also Thor Industries). Don't let yourself get overwhelmed. There are a lot of models to choose from just from those couple of manufacturers. Decide on whether you want one that is 4-season, or if you will only be using it in the summer, and whether you want 30A or 50A service (50A would be for a second A/C unit). There are a number of other factors you will need to decide on.
Dutchmen RV is an industry-leading RV manufacturer with some of the best brands for short- and long-term adventures, including Aerolite, Aspen Trail, Coleman, Kodiak, and Voltagewww.dutchmen.com
So, do this:Hey guys, long time listener, first time caller . I know this has been posted before and I'm sorry, I'm still confused. I have a new 2023 Ram 1500 Laramie, Crew Cab, 4x4, 5.7L v8 eTorque, short bed, and the 3.21 gear ratio. This is my first truck ever and have only driven RV's recreationally but hoping to get a travel trailer (likely an Airstream) in the next year. The RAM vin lookup tool (which sometimes seems to disappear off the site?) is showing:
I know I need to look into weight distribution and adhere to the 80% rule, but other than the advice of 'should have got a 2500 or gone with 3.92' can anyone explain it to me like I'm 5 what I can comfortably and safely tow? I'm looking to get an Airstream (25ft or less) in the future but now feeling like I need to set my sites smaller/lighter. Would be a family of four with two dogs. I feel like a heal for falling for the RAM marketing on 12k towing* (when properly equipped) and for not doing my research further. I love my truck but now need to come to terms with what I can safely tow.
- Max Towing (according to Ram VIN lookup): 8,108lbs
- According to my sticker in the door, GVWR is 7,100lbs
- For s**ts, my payload is 1,620lbs
Any and all advice welcome.
Let the preaching commence, I know I deserve it.
Any help appreciated, and any resources you'd recommend.
TLDR, which one of these Airstreams could my 3.21 1500 v8 Hemi eTorque haul SAFELY with 4 people and 2 dogs: AIRMKT-2023-Towing-Guide-WEB.pdf (airstream.com)