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Old 09-18-2013, 11:34 AM
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Greetings from south central Pennsylvania!
I've just bought a used 2006 Ram 1500 5.7 hemi quad cab, short bed with 60k, The truck is very smooth running, very comfortable and makes me wish I'd bought a Dodge a long time ago.
I'm in the market for a small fifth wheel, dry weight 7000lbs and need to verify my Ram's towing capability. The salesman at the dealership I bought the truck from said 9100lbs. How can that be confirmed? Anything in the vin # indicate a rear end final drive?
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I thought it's 9,700 lbs, but if you have the 3:92 gears it will tow very well. I tow a 10,000 lb 32' fifth wheel with my 05. I did add an extra leaf and lifted the front a bit (mine has torsion bars) The best thing that I did was Rancho 9000 shocks, cranked to maximum firm. I run a Sonnax line booster and MagHytec pan and diff cover. Unlike my nephew's GMC 3500, my Ram doesn't overheat.
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Hello and welcome to a great forum. In answer to your question first understand "dry" weight is meaningless, you need to know what the gross vehicle weight rating is. The GVWR is the weight of the trailer plus all fluids, gas, luggage, gear etc., in other words loaded and ready for camping. I'll assume the GVWR to be 9000 pounds and here is the problem you will run into with a 5th wheel and why most 5th wheels are not suitably towed by half ton pick-ups, the pin weight is typically 20% of the trailer weight. So in your case that may equal approximately 1800 pounds which will exceed the payload capacity of a half ton truck. So you will have to look at a much smaller 5th wheel (there are a few towable by 1/2 ton PU's) or consider a traditional bumper pull.
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