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Old 06-17-2010, 08:49 AM
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Does anybody here tow a 5th wheel with a Hemi 1500 QC 4X4?
what are your experiences?
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I do not. I looked into buying a 2010 3500 Cummins DRW to tow a 19-20k lb camping trailer. I can tell you that the most 5th wheel towing a Ram has at this time is about 17k lbs. I am not sure what the 1500 is but I am guesing it is far less than its bigger brother. Also, I would be cautious as 5th wheel towing is not a friendly activity for most V-8 gas motors (including the Hemi). It is not that the Hemi itself does not have the torque but it is more so about the gear ratios on the 1500 (and some 2500s); I would imagine the 1500 ratio will drop its capability down a fair amount. Also, with a 5th wheel, you need to be concerned about payload. With the 1500 coil rear springs (you have a 2010?), I would not think that is the best set-up for a 5th wheel, even a lighter one. I bought the 2011 GMC Sierra DRW, which has about 20k lb 5th wheel towing and about 6k payload rating. It climbs NH nd ME hills nicely but even still has some issues in the White Mountains (slow and sluggish - granted it is a lot of weight). My 2008 2500 SLT Hemi can bearly move it (I have moved it to different sites on my campground), hence the change to a diesel for trips.
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I pull a 3 horse 5th wheel trailer and a flat deck up to 14000 lbs. with my '07 2500 hemi. It does the job just fine... maybe not as easily as a diesel but for $9000 less. I agree with Snowchief that gear ratios could be an issue on the 1500 though.
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