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Old 05-10-2012, 09:46 AM
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Ok so I have a 2001 Ram 1500 Reg cab short bed with 5.2 engine. I'm going to be using a friends trailer that he says weighs about 2500lbs and tounge weight of 400ish and I'll be using it to pick up a 1991 s10 reg cab shortbed and the engine and trans for it that aren't in the truck. I was going to put the truck on the trailer and engine/trans in the bed of my truck, but the friend letting me use the trailer thinks that will be too much for my truck. I thought I would be fine since once I pick up the truck going back to my house is only 30 minutes and the speed limits never go over 45 the whole way. So the ultimate question, can my truck handle it like I think it can?
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So no worries? That's what I thought. I mean, if the truck can't pull a light car trailer and a little s10 then it shouldn't be a truck lol
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It will be fine. I tow a 5,000 tractor on a 1,500 lb trailer to the deer lease & back 90 miles round trip with overdrive off never had a problem.
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I picked up a 01 cavaler with a tandem car trailer for 45 miles not one issue
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Should tow easy. We tow 15000+lbs with our 1/2 ton, struggled a little on the hills, but then again had a few engine and transmission problems showing up.
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200 lb. trailor and a 76 cadilac or new yorker or gran fury.....plus cutting torches and spare tires up to 400 miles one way. your half ton will be fine
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400 miles one way over the mountains and back.....through the snow........from Denver Colorado to Moab Utah and back. No problem!

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Id say its fine, with a couple stipulations...
Is the transmission AND trans cooler in good shape, if not I wouldn't do it

Also, what condition are your brakes in? 1500 series brakes can be somewhat sub-par, typically rated for 7000# if memory serves. Add up the truck's weight, add the trailer, and the S-10 and you will be pretty close to that. If they are worn down, you may be asking too much from your brakes.
The pulling part of a tow is always the easy part.... its the ability to safely stop that gets us in trouble.
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I just pulled a 24ft RV fully loaded through Monarch with my 95 1500 , no issues. And I gurantee my RV is heavier than your Wrongler. do you have a hard time pulling up to Aspen? If not then you will be fine.
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