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Old 08-01-2012, 10:21 AM
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So yesterday I towed a friends boat from Sturgeon Falls to Parry Sound Ontario, about 200km distance over somewhat hilly roads. I thought I'd give a small review of the experience. The boat was a 27.5 bayliner on a tandem trailer. Overall weight was 6,000lbs with approx 600-800 on the tongue. My RAM pulled this load like a champ with hardly any sway. It definitely affected my mileage and it seemed that I was always on the throttle to keep the load moving. I figure my mileage while towing was down around the 10mpg range. Average speed was between 80 and 90 km/hr while towing. The temperatures while towing were as follows, 69C trans, 99C oil and 97C coolant. Outside air temp was between 22 and 25C. I am very pleased with how these RAMs perform under load. I know I know, pics or it didn't happen so here are a couple of cool shots from yesterday,





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That is crazy!
Crazy in a good way.

Yea, when I towed 4000lbs for the first time...I did notice a drop in MPG and not that the engine struggled, but it seemed to.
But I did not have it tow/haul and was in 2WD

If we both had different gears...3.92, 4.10 or 4.56, Im sure the towing experience would be different.

For me....my first tow at 4ooolbs +, I did not experience what I have been reading...

But its probably like watching a movie that everyone talks so highly about and when you watch it, it isn't as good.

Either way, great tow.
I want to tow something like that
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Ya it was a big friggin boat coming at me in the rear view mirror Like I said, I had the feeling that perhaps the trailer brakes were on and holding me back the whole time I was towing it. I checked the trailer wheels when I got to our destination and they were all cool to the touch. Also, the engine and trans temps were not all that bad so perhaps a different gearing would make a difference, I wanted the 3:92's grrrrrr. Anyway it's nice to know it can handle the task when called on.
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Ya it was a big friggin boat coming at me in the rear view mirror Like I said, I had the feeling that perhaps the trailer brakes were on and holding me back the whole time I was towing it. I checked the trailer wheels when I got to our destination and they were all cool to the touch. Also, the engine and trans temps were not all that bad so perhaps a different gearing would make a difference, I wanted the 3:92's grrrrrr. Anyway it's nice to know it can handle the task when called on.
It is good to know our trucks can pull that size and weight
And its a fraction of what our trucks can tow
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And its a fraction of what our trucks can tow
I would not say it's a fraction, according to the specs I was almost at the upper limit for my build at 7450 lbs if I read this correctly.
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Looks like I am over mine then. I have a 26.5' Bayliner (same model as yours--ciera--just a 2001 LOL). Mine is 6350 empty, about 7k loaded with fuel and gear.
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I would not say it's a fraction, according to the specs I was almost at the upper limit for my build at 7450 lbs if I read this correctly.
Thought we can tow close to/ if not 10K lbs?
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Thought we can tow close to/ if not 10K lbs?
Looks like a 4x2 with the HEMI and 3:92 gears can tow 10,200 lbs. It all depends on how your RAM is configured. I do know that when I ordered mine the salesman recommended the 3:55 if I wasn't intending to tow all the time. I regret that decision now.
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