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petcutz

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2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« on: May 30, 2010, 07:15:22 PM »
I am looking into buying a 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL travel trailer and I wanted to see if anyone had any info on this trailer...It is very hard to find any info online. I will be towing it with a 2005 Toyota Tundra so I don't think it will be a problem. If anyone has any info or pics of their Aplenlite trailer please let me know. This will be my 1st travel trailer and we are just looking for more input. Thanks!

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Re: 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010, 10:31:41 AM »
That's a rather hefty trailer for a Tundra, which is a half ton truck. You need to get the true numbers first and do the arithmetic BEFORE buying the trailer.

A Tundra with the stock 4.0L engine can only tow about 4800-5000 lbs tops and that's assuming an empty truck (driver and fuel only). With the 4.7L V8 it gets you to somewhere between 6500 and 7200 lbs, depending on the cab type (the Access and Double Cab models tow less than a regular cab).  I think you will find the Alpenlite exceeds 5000 lbs, even when empty, and probaly goes 6500-7000 lbs loaded for travel. That's just a guesstimate, though. There should be a sticker on the trailer near the left front side that gives the trailer GVWR - that's the number you should plan for.
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petcutz

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Re: 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010, 11:24:40 PM »
I have a Tundra double cab 4.7 V8. I am planning on putting Air Lift in the rear to help with the load. I also have a trailer brake and a load distribution hitch. This should all help right?

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Re: 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2010, 11:27:00 PM »
The trailer GVWR on the trailer is 7000.

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Re: 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010, 04:15:31 PM »
Air lift doesn't change the load on the rear axle  or the GVWR - it just prevents the suspension from bottoming out and may make the ride smoother. And it doesn't change the GCWR and the tow rating either. The Double cab 4.7L is rated for 6500 lbs of trailer IF there is only a 154 lb driver in  the truck.
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Re: 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 04:33:12 PM »
My owners manual state'says that a double cab 2wd with towing pkg can handle 7000lbs. (trailer weight + cargo) That is the weight GVWR of the trailer I want to get. I have a class 4 hitch on my truck and the TRD limited slip dif. Not sure if that makes a difference but figured I would mention it. I really want to get this trailer and I do not want to get a different truck.

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Re: 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2010, 09:12:20 PM »
The 6500 lb rating I found is the 4WD version, so 7000 sounds about right for 2WD. You can do the arithmetic as well as I can - keep the trailer lightly loaded and carry no more than one passengers and you should stay marginally within the truck's 7000 lb capability. Can it handle more than the rated load? Your guess is as good as any.
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Re: 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2010, 11:42:57 AM »
We are new to towing but from my few trips(maybe around 1000kms so far), I have gained a little knowledge. I am glad we don't have a trailer that pushes our 6000# limit. We are probably running 1500# under that when we're loaded up. So we are pulling about 4500# with our 4.0v6 that is rated at 265hp 290ft/lbs Tq. Another thing is that our nissan is a high revving engine that likes the upper rpm's. It's peak numbers come out around 4-5k rpm. Nice thing about a diesel is that you get gobs and gobs of power at low rpm's. At highway speeds going uphill our truck is humming around 4k rpms.
Just wanted you to realize if you had not already, is that going up steep grades you will be dogging it. If your tow limit was 7k, I would get a trailer that has a gvwr of no more than 6k.

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Re: 2003 Alpenlite Aspen 28RL
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2010, 05:38:49 PM »
Yeah, that is what I am thinking now. I want to keep my family safe. Thanks for all you help!

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