Originally Posted by Trayeary
I'm currently looking at a 2363 but I love the extra bathroom space and tank size in the 2499.
We have a 2009 Ram 5.7 Hemi 1500 quad cab. What is the safest GVWR we should consider?
I will try and help. We need more info on your truck to better answer your question. This post can help. Yes there is a lot there and we are willing to take the time to explain it if you need that kind of help.
To answer your question based on the numbers, we need all the truck info especially the actual loaded weights of the truck by axle (front and rear) along with all mandated camping gear and people inside as a starting place. You can load up the truck and go to a truck scale for about $10 and get that info. Pickup trucks with large cabs use up available payload in the truck and then extra camping gear in the truck and people use up even more. What is left is the available payload to support the camper.
This much I can tell you quickly between the 2 models you picked. The T2363 is a much lighter camper. It maxes out at a 5,500# GVWR on the newer models. Some of the older ones were 5,000#. The T2499 is a much heavier camper as all of them had a 7,000# GVWR. And the T2499 is one of the heaviest loaded tongue weight campers Sunline made in the non slide campers between model years 2003 to 2007.
The loaded tongue weight is going to be your largest problem on the T2499 and your truck to work through. Loaded meaning when the truck and camper is fully loaded ready to go camping. Your truck may be able to pull both campers but holding up the loaded tongue weight of the T2499 will be an issue. Odds are high you will be over the truck rear axle rating, the truck receiver rating and the GVWR on the truck. The T2499 starts with an 800# totally empty tongue weight. When the camper is fully loaded that tongue weight can be 1,200# and up to 1,400# if you have to haul fresh water to camp in the camper.
We used to own a 2004 T2499 and it is great camper. We loved it. However after we bought it we realized our 1500 Tahoe was bing overloaded with the heavy tongue weight. After a lot of soul searching and trying to lower the weights, we traded it on a 2500 Suburban and all was well after that.
Some folks with the exact right pickup truck and towing packages can do the T2499 with a 1/2 ton beefed up truck or a almost non loaded T2499. But it will take time to sort all that out and your truck may not fit. The 1/2 ton Rams I have helped on so far, available payload was the problem to overcome.
Hope this helps and glad to help more as needed.
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