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Old 02-20-2014, 04:09 PM
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Hi all...new guy here just looking for a little advice.

I'm in the market for a RAM (most likely used but also considering new.) I have a 30' travel trailer (weighs in at around 8,000 loaded.) I was considering a RAM 1500 Hemi crewcab (with 3.92 gears) as the tow vehicle. Are these decent trucks to pull such a large/long trailer? If I jump up to a 2500 it would have to be used (with the 5.7 Hemi, crewcab & 4.10 gears). I'm also interested in the Power Wagon...but that might be overkill and not sure I need something like that since I'm not a serious off-roader. Any help would be appreciated.


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How often will you be towing the trailer?

I have a 29' Jayco trailer that I tow with my 1500 and it performs admirably. Towed the same trailer with my 2005 1500 as well without any difficulty. The '13 does a much better job though.
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A 1500 hemi with 3:92's will tow 8,000 lbs easily. How do I know? I tow a 32' fifth wheel Coachman that weighs around 11,000 lbs. I towed a 28' boat from Toronto to Maine in a blizzard once, that weighed 8,000 lbs. 4X4 all the way, pretty scary, but I'm not sure a 2500 could have done much better. If you tow for a living, get a Cummins, once in a while, either truck will tow that trailer with ease. Heck, the new Ecodiesel would probably surprise you.
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depends on the tongue weight and your passenger and cargo load. with 8000lbs you should be at min 800lb tw, but most likely about 1000lb, could be up to 1200lbs. add 100lb for wdh and you are left with between 300-500lbs of payload which needs to be able to accomodate the weight of driver over 150lbs, passengers, any cargo and junk that is permanently stashed in the truck. it would be tight with a 1500, but possible. if you are ordering new remember the more options the less payload you get.
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The new 1500's seem to have less payload than the old ones. My 10 has a few hundred pounds more than a 2012.

As stated above, I would buy based on how often I play to tow. You can get a Hemi 2500 pretty cheap, though the MPG is horrible. Your ride will also suffer. With that said, the 2500 will have a much better ride towing than the 1500.

My 2500 was a CTD, however the ride pulling a skid steer on a trailer rode much better than my 1500 pulling a tractor. I won't go into power.

You can find CTD 2500's for a very good rate, even more so if you can live without 4x4 (Don't.. though.. just don't..). 2006-2009 4x4 2500's with ~70-110k miles go from 18-22k here.

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Thanks for the info guys! I usually tow for a week long trip during the summer. The rest are local, semi-local weekend trips. I've been using my 98 Durango 5.2 which pulled and handled the trailer nicely. But due to age, mechanical issues and 130,000 miles it's time for something newer. I've read stats that say '12-'13 1500 crewcab hemi 4x4 can tow up to 10,500. This would also be my daily driver and I don't tow for a living. I also use a weight distribution hitch with the trailer. A local dealer told me they can install 4.10 gears in the 1500 if I wanted to increase the tow rating.
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