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Old 07-24-2014, 12:36 AM
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I'm looking to get a Travel Trailer... Passport 32FB dry weight of 6400lbs. 8200 Max. with a tongue weight of 885lbs..
I have 2012 1500 SLT with the 4.7 V 8... I do not know what gear ratio I have. How do I find out what gears. and Is this too much trailer?
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Your gear ratio should be on the original window sticker, if you no longer have it, it will be on the build sheet for your truck. You can get a copy on the Ram website by submitting your vin#. It will have everything on your truck and is worthwhile having. I got my copy in a day. Without knowing the towing specs of your truck, my sense is it is too much trailer for your truck. Consider you are reporting the "dry" weight which really means little as it does not reflect water, propane and anything else you plan to carry in the trailer. You can typically add anywhere from 800 to 1200 pounds to the dry weight to get a more accurate weight. Even better use your GVWR of 8200 lbs. You also have to factor in the tow rating of the truck minus passengers, drivers weight over 150lbs.and cargo. You should be able to find the tow rating of your truck on the sticker on the door and/or on the ram website where you can input your vin #.
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I called the dealership and they were able to give me the specs. I have the 3.55.... Which confirms my thought that it is too much trailer.. max trailer weight is 5858lbs... not even close
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I had the same motor in my old 2008. I towed a 3500lb highwall pop up camper with it (460lb TW) and maybe another 300lbs in the bed. It towed it fine but I really had to lay into the gas on any kind of hill or expressway off ramp. It got the job done till I was able to trade it in on a hemi. Another thing to remember is the frontal area of a travel trailer will be like dragging a barn door behind your truck. I didn't have any wind resistance with the pop up. I've seen a few 4.7's at campgrounds with smaller travel trailers so it can be done but you will probably be into the gas pedal alot
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