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tcarlton0516 12-07-2010 12:30 AM

How well does it tow?
I am looking to replace a 2003 Ram with a 5.9 Cumins Diesel with 102K miles with a 2009 Ram with a 5.7 Hemi with 11K miles.

I pull a 27 foot travel trailer in Eastern Nebraska less than 2,000 miles a year average. The trailer weighs around 7,000 lbs., 500 lb tongue weight. I used to tow it with a 99 GMC Suburban with the 350 and it did pretty good. Pulled about 10K miles over 8 years until the rear end started causing problems and that's when I switched to the Diesel.

My question is will the 2009 Ram with a 5.7 Hemi do the job? Will I destroy the rear end?

Thanks for all the past and future help.


sobercrew 12-07-2010 12:52 PM

the hemi will work might be a little under powered you cant beat a cummins for towing power

Rogue 12-07-2010 01:58 PM

You can see what truck I have, I tow a 20 ft boat without any problems. I also tow a car trailer, same--no problem. Recently I had a job where I had to haul a Genie Man lift around and that weighed about 7000 lbs, I had no problems. Thats a big load but the truck was great, punch the tow button when driving short distances and when on the highway take the tow off--no problem handling or passing or braking. It's a great truck.
Enjoy your new truck, they have impressed a lot of us.

Enjoy the Ride!

dafoot 12-08-2010 07:30 PM

If the Ram has 3:92 gears, go for the switch. If it has 3:55s RUN. I pull 4k with 3:55 gears. I am really unhappy how my Ram pulls.

SoDakMac 12-08-2010 09:18 PM

Well you can bet it will not tow like the diesel. I purchased mine off the lot when the fire sale was on otherwise I would have looked for a truck with lower gears. The 3.55 gear ratio is OK for my use, which is towing a 20 boat but not sure how well it will tow a heaver load. My previous trucks were F250diesels, which were towing machines but I did not really need that much truck any longer. I really like the Ram with the Hemi no complaints here.

Bearwhiz 12-08-2010 10:09 PM

I traded in my Ram 2500 5.9 diesel for the 2009 Hemi. Its a nice truck but I want my diesel back. Everyday use you will love the hemi. As soon as you hook up your trailer you will find out that you can kick yourself in the butt.

CHVYKLR 12-08-2010 11:15 PM

I swapped my 3.55s out to 4.10s and a True Trac. Haven't done any towing yet but daily driving is a little more fun.

PITA 12-10-2010 11:43 PM


Originally Posted by dafoot (Post 377221)
If the Ram has 3:92 gears, go for the switch. If it has 3:55s RUN. I pull 4k with 3:55 gears. I am really unhappy how my Ram pulls.


What do you experience?

My Hemi with a 3:55 and 20's pulls my 5300 pound 27 footer EASY! Plus I usually have a 800 pound Harley in the side garage with about 800 pnds. in tongue weight (it's a toy hauler travel trailer). With a proper hitch and stabilizer, it's really effortless.

Compared to your '99 Sub, you won't believe the diff!

For most of the driving I do which does not involve towing, the Hemi with the 3:55 makes most sense - engine is worthy of a sportscar with decent economy.

CHVYKLR 12-11-2010 12:06 AM

I pulled a double axle car hauler from FL to VA with my 3.55s and averaged 13-14 mpgs. It was about 6000 lbs and pulled fine on the hwy.

I went with the 4.10s b/c I wanted a little get-up.

GTyankee 12-11-2010 02:15 AM

towing 7,000 pounds, get the 3.92 rear end, mileage between 3.55 & 3.92 is not much difference running without towing is close to the same, but, the 3.55 can't pull a hill like the 3.92 when weight is involved

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