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Looking at a 28-29' bunkhouse for next year around 5200lbs dry, 6800 lbs loaded, wondering what my towing experience will be like. I already know from some trial runs with borrowed trailers, albeit lighter, that I canexpect about 8-10mpg, but should i belooking for a lighter trailer considering my max trailer wieght is 8500lbs less any gear and passengers in the truck?

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I don't have any experience to share
i have read that using a Weight Distribution Hitch makes all the difference in the world
equalizes the weight on the towing vehicle

http://www.etrailer.com/faq-weightdistribution.aspx
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I assume that this is a Ram 1500 CC? You should be ok pulling the trailer. Just watch you do not exceed max truck payload as the loaded trailer tongue weight is usually 10-12% which should be around 650-700 lbs for your trailer.

On average with the 1500 CC, the payload is about 1600 lbs so this leaves about 800-900 lbs of payload. Factor in a full tank of gas, people, gear in the bed, spare tire, the actual trailer hitch weight itself, and deduct from available payload.

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Yes you should do just fine and as GTYankee indicates a weight distribution hitch is a worth having and I would get a WD & Anti Trailer Sway combo. It is best not to bump up against your max tow ratings, rather allow a margin and with the numbers you are reporting you have a nice margin.
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I have towed my 33' trailer over 25000 miles with my quadcab, hemi, and 3.55's. Trailer loaded weighs 7100#. No problems. a WDH is a must. Also be aware that if you tow a lot you should use air bags to better level the truck and trailer. I noticed cupping on all four tires. After replacing the tires I installed the bags and leveled the truck. No more cupping.
I live in Colorado so everything is either uphill or downhill and this truck pulls like a charm.
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I have towed my 33' trailer over 25000 miles with my quadcab, hemi, and 3.55's. Trailer loaded weighs 7100#. No problems. a WDH is a must. Also be aware that if you tow a lot you should use air bags to better level the truck and trailer. I noticed cupping on all four tires. After replacing the tires I installed the bags and leveled the truck. No more cupping.
I live in Colorado so everything is either uphill or downhill and this truck pulls like a charm.
Hope this helps.
Was planning on airlift 1000s as soon as the purse strings loosen up for trailer stuff. Seem to be the only ones that survive the winter other than the more expensive tlcs.
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Airlifts work great. You'll be fine with them.
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