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Old 03-19-2015, 08:30 PM
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Howdy folks,

Allpar's website says I can tow 5000 pounds with a tongue weight of 500 pounds.

Realistically, what size trailer can I tow? I'm looking for an older Airstream. I'll probably fill the truck's bed with supplies and other stuff too.

My truck is a 1999 with a 318, a 5 speed manual trans and a 3.21 differential. It's a 2 wheel drive. It runs well, but I'm a pretty conservative driver.

I do not have a receiver hitch, but Allpar's figures are for the factory bumper with a standard ball mounted. (I think.)

I'm more interested in an easy, comfortable and low stress tow than testing the truck's limits. Also, there may be some hills in my future.

Any thoughts on length of trailer and weight would be appreciated.

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First unless I was towing a tent trailer, I wouldn't consider pulling off of the bumper. get a class III or Class IV hitch... they are cheap, universal, and worth 100x their weight in gold. much heavier than that and you start putting a lot of stress on your bumper.
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Thanks,

I'll look into an appropriate receiver hitch.

I bet I'd be able to find one at a wreaking yard.

Thanks again,

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Hello, As mentioned above you need a class three or better hitch. Your bumper is strong but wont allow you adjust a drop or raise if need be to level your haul.

Next most travel trailers or TT as we can short cut with will be equipped with a set of electric actuated brakes. you will need a trailer brake controller.

I have a factory trailer brake controller harness that plugs in to the plug under your dash right behind your ebrake pedal. I also have a factory heavy duty flasher to install to manage the extra lights. You can have this kit free of charge to me. I just need some shipping. I don't mind getting this sent out and have you only give back exact shipping. I wouldn't expect it to be much if we ground it USPS unless you want it faster we can talk.

You will need to ebay or new a controller to mount in your truck. You can pick up a 4 and 7 pole receptacle at Walmart for about 20 -25 bucks. It will mount in the back of the truck for the trailer..

I bet your towing rating goes up quite a bit once you mount a correct hitch.
I Had an 86 with a 318 and it could pull all day around 7500lbs. It was an automatic. Your 5 speed should help a lot.

My Harness for you is bran new never been installed. Please just let me know. And don't worry about turning to this forum for all of your questions. Better safe than sorry.
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Get a weight distributing hitch and learn how to set it up correctly with an anti sway bar. It's the only way to tow big stuff or even smaller cargo trailers. Well worth it, I'd never tow with a bumper mounted tow ball, ever BTW.
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Get a weight distributing hitch and learn how to set it up correctly with an anti sway bar. It's the only way to tow big stuff or even smaller cargo trailers. Well worth it, I'd never tow with a bumper mounted tow ball, ever BTW.
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Check out the Etrailer website for answers to many of your questions
http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-1999_Dodge_Ram+Pickup.htm

Class 3 Hitch Receivers depend on the rear bumper & the frame for support
Class 4 Hitch Receiver is completely a Frame mount, so you can pull more

brake controllers
http://www.etrailer.com/bc-1999_Dodge_Ram+Pickup.htm

1999 Dodge Ram 1500 w/ 318 cu in 8,000 pounds tow capacity with 3.55 or 3.92 axle ratio
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http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...Guide-1999.pdf
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earlzach, Thanks for your very generous offer, but I'm embarrassed to admit I don't know what your harness is for. Does it connect one's brake wiring to a hand controller?

And, thanks to all who offered advice. I'm going to search the wreaking yards for a class 4 receiver hitch. I would think they would be readily available and reasonably priced. My understanding is that a class 4 hitch bolts directly to the frame and does not depend on the bumper for any support.

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That is correct. The receiver hitches bolt to the frame so be sure and get one that fits your truck. You don't want to be drilling any extra holes in your truck.

The harness kit mentioned above plugs into the factory wiring and the back of the brake controller for your trailer brakes. The HD flasher allows for a normal turn signal blink rate despite the added load on the trailer wiring circuit. All good stuff for towing.

How much you can tow can be determined by doing a bit of math. You need some data on weight and load capacity of your truck, payload information, etc...

There are a lot of good sites out there that will walk you through the match. There are also some online calculators you can use to determine how heavy of a trailer you can tow.

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Stay away from the wrecking yards unless you can find one that isn't rusty. They aren't that expensive brand new and it will be a hassle to get the old one off.
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