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Old 04-22-2013, 12:14 PM
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I have a 5.7l hemi 4x4 with a 4 inch lift on 35x12.5x17inch tires with air bag system in the back I was wondering if anyone hade similar set up and could tell me a range that I would be okay to pull? Looking at getting a couple trailers but I am unsure on what my truck can pull
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The heavier your Ram is, the less you can haul or tow

a stock 2009 4x4 weighs Curb weight: 6,300 - 6,800 lb depending on the model, bed length, & engine size

the best way to figure out your Rams tow capacity is to type this into your browsers search engine

base weights/gcw/payload/trailer tow 2009 dodge ram 1500


a stock 2009 2 wheel drive quad cab weighs 5300 lbs
I went to a Mayflower Movers public scale & asked if i could get an UN-official weight, the scale master had me drive onto the scale & told me the weight with all my tools & myself in my Ram. The weight was 6,300 lbs.
( if the scale master PRINTS out the weight, you will have to pay a FEE )
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That's the biggest promblem I can't find anyone with the same truck and gears I have a 2009 ram 1500 5.7l 4x4 with 3.92 gears in the back crew cab and I am going to be pulling a 32 foot camper that's 6200pounds unloaded just wanted to no if anyone nows were I could fine the tow capacity on my truck or if anyone nows what it is thanks.
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going by what you posted
2009 ram crew cab 1500 5.7l 4x4 with 3.92 gears

ST with 17" 265 tire
payload 1430 lbs
GCWR 14,000 lbs
Max Trailer weight 8,450 lbs

SLT with 17" 265 tire
payload 1420 lbs
GCWR 14,000
Max Trailer 8,450

SLT with 20" 275 tire
payload 1,380
GCWR 13,000
Max Trailer 7,400

Laramie w/ 17" 265 tire
payload 1,230
GCWR 14,000
Max Trailer 8,250

Laramie w/ 20" 275 tire
payload 1,160
GCWR 13,000
Max Trailer 7,200

*** note the tire size changes
if you look at the tag when you open the drivers door, you should see the GCWR ( gross combined weight rating )

Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) - The maximum weight of the towing vehicle and the loaded trailer - including cargo and passengers
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I had these same questions and a visit to the chat room on this forum told me a lot. I was told with the gear ratio and my camper weighing 6300lbs, I was taking my Ram to the max. Another "expert" in chat informed me I was making things up as I went along. I still was not convinced but after a 200 mile trip with the camper I found my gas mileage was a nice even 7mpg. All kinds of power with the hemi but with it giving that kind of mileage and taxing the tranny I now have the problem fixed. We plan a trip this summer, 1400 miles each way and though I had extended warranty on the Ram I decided I didn't want to take that hit on mileage and spending a week waiting for repairs somewhere. I now have a 2012 F250 with a Powerstroke 6.7 diesel and a HD 6 spd that is giving me 14 mpg. Though the Ram would handle the task I was put in doubt in the chat room. Thanks guys! BTW, I am a retired ASE certified Master Mechanic so when someone online shovels it to me I know just how to take it. And my local Dodge dealer is exactly like any Chrysler dealer I have ever encountered or worked for. Your problem is your problem and you are gonna pay for it, that is the message I got. The local Ford dealer has been most helpful.
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