Newbie from a pop up - Dutchmen Owners

Go Back   Dutchmen Owners > Dutchmen RV Owner's Community Forums > New Member Introductions
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-25-2016, 07:48 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Turners falls
Posts: 13
Massachusetts
Newbie from a pop up

Hey there guys....my name is Jason and I have left the pop up world. My gf and I had made the jump from a 95 electric coleman Fleetwood pop up...to a 2006 dutchmen colorado 30 rl travel trailer i belive the model is. I am super pumped about it. I can't wait to use it..hopefully everything is pretty easy to use...happy camping guys!!
__________________

Oscrfsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2016, 08:07 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Kemptville
Posts: 128
Ontario
Welcome to the forum and enjoy the new hardwall TT.
__________________

__________________
"Never forget the trip is as important as the destination"
Derek Rogers
2014 Ram 3500 Laramie 4X4 CTD
2011 Dutchmen Denali 262 RLX
drogers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2016, 08:59 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
hddecker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: kamloops
Posts: 2,152
British Columbia
Welcome to the forum, Jason.

Our camper is an '07 Colorado 30RL, with the bedroom slide. You are going to find a bid difference in towing a brick vs a pop-up. It was culture shock when we retired our old Airstream and got the Colorado.

This is going to be our last camper, we got to the point where we either bite the bullet and buy a new camper or put some money into upgrades. We came to the conclusion that the upgrades were the better option than starting all over. When I read of the problems that the folks with the newer rigs with all of the electronics bugs and other assorted problems I figure we made the right decision.
__________________
Jim

When I was a kid I was going nowhere fast, now I'm an old man I'm going everywhere slow.
hddecker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2016, 11:40 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Turners falls
Posts: 13
Massachusetts
Quote:
Originally Posted by hddecker View Post
Welcome to the forum, Jason.

Our camper is an '07 Colorado 30RL, with the bedroom slide. You are going to find a bid difference in towing a brick vs a pop-up. It was culture shock when we retired our old Airstream and got the Colorado.

This is going to be our last camper, we got to the point where we either bite the bullet and buy a new camper or put some money into upgrades. We came to the conclusion that the upgrades were the better option than starting all over. When I read of the problems that the folks with the newer rigs with all of the electronics bugs and other assorted problems I figure we made the right decision.
Yea. Ours has the queen bed slide out also. I am pretty pumped. The people we are buying it from said we could take over there seasonal spot so hopefully I won't be pulling it much. I do have an 07 f150 with 4 full doors. With the proper hitch and brakes and sway bars it should be OK if I have to pull it......but 7400 is a little more then my 1800 lb pop up .
Oscrfsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 03:53 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
hddecker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: kamloops
Posts: 2,152
British Columbia
Jason,

Keep in mind that 7400# is the curb weight, by the time you add cargo, food and water, you are going to be getting up closer to 10K. We are running close to 11K.

Getting the camper rolling isn't the challenge, it's getting it stopped again. I used to have to adjust the trailer brakes every 3-5000 miles, on our high mile trips. I never did like towing with electric drum brakes. Last year when I broke a shackle on our way home from Alaska, that was all the excuse I needed, to upgrade the suspension and brakes to electric/hydraulic disk brakes.
__________________
Jim

When I was a kid I was going nowhere fast, now I'm an old man I'm going everywhere slow.
hddecker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 05:27 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
snakebitten's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Alvin
Posts: 702
Texas
Welcome!



Just to put into context what hddecker is saying, (one of the most helpful gentlemen you will find here) I have a new F150 with the latest power plant and my RV is only 5000lbs "curbweight". Well below the "towing capacity"



But that towing capacity isn't the actual capacity that comes into play. Nor is the motor-power.



Instead, it's the weight of the truck itself when hitched to the trailer.



Passengers + truck bed cargo + tongue weight often exceeds the trucks capacity well before towing capacity comes into play.



Put another way, I wish my Trailer weighed 4000lbs (or less) dry. Cuz it's about all the truck can safely handle.
__________________
2017 Aerolite 213 RBSL-ND
2018 Wolf Pup 17RP Limited (Tiny THauler)
2018 F150 King Ranch 3.5 Beast
2003 Ram 2500 Cummins (can't kill this beast)
snakebitten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 05:29 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Turners falls
Posts: 13
Massachusetts
I don't like the sounds of any of that....luckily it will be staying in its seasonal spot...unless necessary
Oscrfsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 05:35 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
snakebitten's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Alvin
Posts: 702
Texas
Oh don't let anything I say take one ounce of joy from your new tinyhouse mansion!



But also don't let towing it ruin it either. ☺
__________________
2017 Aerolite 213 RBSL-ND
2018 Wolf Pup 17RP Limited (Tiny THauler)
2018 F150 King Ranch 3.5 Beast
2003 Ram 2500 Cummins (can't kill this beast)
snakebitten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 06:49 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
hddecker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: kamloops
Posts: 2,152
British Columbia
The thing that concerns me more than overloading the truck, is the trailer brakes that should have gone the way of the dinosaur.

I tow with a Ram diesel, with an exhaust brake, I could still feel the brake fall off and the truck doing more of the braking as the trailer brakes became less effective.

You can play the numbers game and make just about anything fit, it's just not a game I like to play. If the numbers work you just need to ask yourself, if you are comfortable with it and is it safe.

I'm grateful that none of the boneheaded stuff I used to do when I was towing didn't do any damage.
__________________
Jim

When I was a kid I was going nowhere fast, now I'm an old man I'm going everywhere slow.
hddecker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2016, 01:28 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Ft. Pierce
Posts: 312
Florida
Welcome to the forum
__________________

Handyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


DutchmenOwners.com is not in any way associated with Dutchmen Manufacturing, or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.