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car421 02-02-2010 07:55 PM

What do I need to know about towing a travel trailer
 
Hey all, thinking of getting a travel trailer and would like to know what if anything I would need for my truck prior to making the plunge. Current set-up is a 2006 5.7 quadcab with the tow package. Have a class IV factory hitch on the back. Acording to the manual it states a max of 10,000 lbs towing. I have a round connector on the bumper and the manual shows one of the prongs is for break assist?



What could I realistically expect to tow with this truck and would I need anything else to tow a trailer? The truck has 20's on it and I thought that I read somewhere that with the 20's the actual tow weight goes down. Is this correct?

Thanks.

GTyankee 02-02-2010 08:01 PM

2006 Dodge Ram towing capacities
Ram's maximum towing capacity is 3750 lb with V6, 7650 with 4.7 V8, 9100 with 5.7. Most likely your tow package is a Class III hitch which limits you 5,000 lbs gross trailer weight and 500 lbs of tongue weight. If you have a Class IV hitch, the hitch can handle up to 12,000 lbs of gross trailer weight and 1,200 lbs of tongue weight.

CdnoilRAM 02-02-2010 08:53 PM

Electric brake controller... seriously, if you don't have one buy one, if you can't afford one, break into your neighbour's and steal his. :LOL: For your 20" tire question, your towing capacity will only be affected by how much weight you put on the tires and what their max pressure is. If you have Load range E tires, you can put 80psi of pressure in them from weight but by then your suspension should be sagging like an old granny's .... so if you have issues with sagging, then you can get a helper bag kit.

My parents had a 27' 5th wheel trailer that their 5.9L gas pulled alright, but was still slow on hills. Anything heavier you'd want to look at a diesel for sure.

Almond 04 02-02-2010 09:52 PM

Is your truck 1/2 or 3/4 ton that makes a difference. How big is the trailer and what does it weigh? We need more info before we go here.

I tow a car and trailer with my 2500. Trailer weighs 1400 all steel, car is 3800. So 5200lbs. I tow with a weight distrbuting hitch and anti sway bar. I would recomend the same.

erm 02-02-2010 10:02 PM

Anti-Sway and load equalizer hitches are necessary. A brake controller is necessary. Make sure your tire load rating is sufficient to meet your GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating).

Look at your manual for your GVWR which is your truck and trailer in combination. That means the weight of the truck and trailer with your passengers, clothes, fuel, water, etc...that you will be packing with you. Don't fixate on towing capacity, be aware of your GVWR so as to avoid damage to the hitch and the truck.

To save some towing weight, unless you are going to a location with no water, don't fill up your fresh water tank until you get to your destination. And also drain it and your black water/grey water tanks before you hit the road home.

wermbang 02-02-2010 11:13 PM

I pull a 26ft travel trailer. A brake controller, anti-sway, and load equalizers are a must. Since my camper is mid 90s it doesn't sit has high as the new ones. So I had to buy a larger drop hitch. How big of trailer are you looking at getting?
I agree also on the water and draining afterwards.

nhegel 02-02-2010 11:47 PM

I pulled mine home 200 miles without swaybar. As soon as I got home I ordered one up. It is night and day. I went to the Black Hills of SD this past summer and averaged 5mpg. My trailer is 28, and it might weigh 5500 with gear and no water.

Incognito 02-03-2010 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by CdnoilRAM (Post 150634)
Electric brake controller... seriously, if you don't have one buy one, if you can't afford one, break into your neighbour's and steal his. :LOL: For your 20" tire question, your towing capacity will only be affected by how much weight you put on the tires and what their max pressure is. If you have Load range E tires, you can put 80psi of pressure in them from weight but by then your suspension should be sagging like an old granny's .... so if you have issues with sagging, then you can get a helper bag kit.

My parents had a 27' 5th wheel trailer that their 5.9L gas pulled alright, but was still slow on hills. Anything heavier you'd want to look at a diesel for sure.

Yup, trailer brakes for sure. Gotta be crazy like me to go without one. :) Hauling a 5th wheel with the old 5.9L Magnum is crazy. I know that was a hell of a powerful engine but I wouldn't do something like that. Not even with a 6.0L Vortec. Any serious towing requires diesel.

car421 02-03-2010 10:48 AM

Thanks for all the reply's. Don't have a size in mind yet, I only want to look at what I can haul so doing my homework now.
Also the truck is a 1500.

americon 02-03-2010 06:54 PM

I have a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi. I'm looking at buying a 29ft pull behind trailer that weighs 6200lbs dry and 8100 GVWR and my truck is good for 8350. I only plan on packing 1000lbs of camping gear in the trailer. I will also have a 600lbs quad in the box of the truck, and the truck/trailer will be equipt with break controller and stablizer hitch. I plan on driving in the mountains from time to time.
Will my truck be able to handle the load? If not what kind of weight should I look at as far as a trailers dry weight?
oh and my payload rating for the truck is 1150lbs and the trailers hitch weight is 912lbs.
Thanks


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