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Old 02-28-2013, 08:15 PM
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In less than a month I'll be trailering my 22-foot H&H enclosed car carrier (dual axle) from RI to AZ, about 2700 miles...

My truck's a Quad Cab Sport so it has the Hemi, 20s, 76-inch bed, and (unfortunately) 3.55s/open diff. I added the MOPAR rear view camera and trailer brake controller recently and have a set of Air Lift 1000 bags waiting to be installed.

I'm adding a BakFlip F1 with BakBox toolbox and a MOPAR bed extender for bed storage/security for the trip.

The max weight for the trailer should not exceed 8K pounds, and would more likely be closer to 7500. I also have a WD hitch...

I'm expecting HORRIFIC mileage. I barely squeak 15 MPG completely empty now driving like I have a bald eagle egg under the skinny pedal. I'm envisioning a max speed of 65 to keep my tank range in the 210 mile range (hopefully).

Am I missing anything? Any additional purchases I should consider? My relocation snuck up on me a bit, and I don't have the budget to do a gear swap or add a LSD right now...

What about tire pressure? I'm usually a stickler for the door sticker but thought that airing them up a bit would help. I'm planning on getting some quality A/Ts to replace the stockers that are on there shortly anyway.

Thanks in advance for the helpful replies!
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Firm truck tires help avoid sway. Check your trailer tires too. 65mph is the max for st tires. You are towing heavy, but should be ok.
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My previous ride was a '10 Ford F250 diesel (530 HP/1050 Torque) and pulled this trailer like it was a joke. I know I won't be as lucky with a 1/2 ton gasser, but it should be just fine. Stopping for gas every 3 hours (or sooner) and being on "E" isn't something I'm looking forward to either...wish I had the 32-gallon tank!
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You'll do great. Don't worry about the 3.55's. They're fine. I pull my TT through high mountain passes with no worries. Have a great trip.
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Thanks...I've pulled this same trailer with my diesel Excursion and F250 on some monster trips before, I'm just done with diesels after my last fiasco and I'll unlikely make another trip with it of similar length. I didn't think the bags and trailer brake controller were overdoing it (about $400 for the two), and the other stuff I'm buying will have everyday utility and not just when I'm towing. Hopefully 65 MPH-ish is in the RPM sweet spot for torque and mileage...
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By the sounds of it your having someone install the airlift. I wrote about it on here it is so easy. I would set aside 2 hours buy as long as you have the time its an easy diy. I did it in 2 hrs with pictures and interruptions. As far as tires go if you can get a set of or d range that will help a lot. My truck came stock with e range tires and have had about 1500lbs of firewood on the bed and they dont move at all. Also you can air them up to 80psi where. Usually with c range only go to 44. They are well worth the extra money in my opinion but if you dont have them by then your going to want to run at least 40 in stock tires
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I think you will be pleasantly surprised how easy the RAM tows; no worries man, enjoy the trip!!
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Thanks for the replies...

I'm mos def doing the air bags myself...they're so easy a caveman could do it so no worries there.

I'll air up the tires I have now, replacing them isn't an option and there's no way I'd want D never mind E rated tires on a 1/2 ton. That would knock the fillings right out of your teeth! I'm trying to keep the trip in perspective knowing I'm not gonna do one like it again, but also knowing there's so must-have's/do's that need to be covered (like the air bags and trailer brake controller)...
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Sounds good, i guess i need to ride in someone else truck bc i have e range tire aired up to 45 in the front and 43 in the rear and it still rides great, was a little stiff with 35 psi in the air bags while truck was empty, was like riding in a one ton
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In less than a month I'll be trailering my 22-foot H&H enclosed car carrier (dual axle) from RI to AZ, about 2700 miles...

My truck's a Quad Cab Sport so it has the Hemi, 20s, 76-inch bed, and (unfortunately) 3.55s/open diff. I added the MOPAR rear view camera and trailer brake controller recently and have a set of Air Lift 1000 bags waiting to be installed.

I'm adding a BakFlip F1 with BakBox toolbox and a MOPAR bed extender for bed storage/security for the trip.

The max weight for the trailer should not exceed 8K pounds, and would more likely be closer to 7500. I also have a WD hitch...

I'm expecting HORRIFIC mileage. I barely squeak 15 MPG completely empty now driving like I have a bald eagle egg under the skinny pedal. I'm envisioning a max speed of 65 to keep my tank range in the 210 mile range (hopefully).

Am I missing anything? Any additional purchases I should consider? My relocation snuck up on me a bit, and I don't have the budget to do a gear swap or add a LSD right now...

What about tire pressure? I'm usually a stickler for the door sticker but thought that airing them up a bit would help. I'm planning on getting some quality A/Ts to replace the stockers that are on there shortly anyway.

Thanks in advance for the helpful replies!
Just following up. Have you made the trip yet? If so, let us know how she towed!
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