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Old 09-14-2013, 10:27 PM
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I JUST PURCHASED A 2013 1500 LARAMIE QUAD CAB WITH THE 57 BED. IT HAS THE 5.7 V8 HEMI MDSVVT ENGINE WITH THE 6SP AUTO TRANSMISSION AND 3.55 AXLE RATING.
IM LOOKING TO TOW A FITH WHEEL WITH A DRY WEIGHT OF 7800 lbs./9350 lbs. LOADED. IS THIS TOO MUCH FOR THIS TRUCK? WOULD I BE BETTER OFF WITH A TRAVEL TRAILER?
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Per the specs on the Ram website, the max towing capacity of your truck is 8,450 lbs. So, yes at 9,300 you would be well over that, particularly considering the 8,450 is based on the only payload being the driver. With a 1,150 max payload, the max towing drops to 7,200. While the truck would probably be able to actually pull the load, a greater concern to me would be the pin weight, which must be calculated as payload. In addition, the shorter bed will not accommodate all fifth wheels. So, in my opinion, I think you'd be much wiser looking at a lighter travel trailer.

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Trade it in and get a 2500. 1/2 tons weren't meant to tow goosenecks or 5th wheels. If you have to do it with a 1/2 ton, get a F150 with the payload package...
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Trade it in and get a 2500. 1/2 tons weren't meant to tow goosenecks or 5th wheels. If you have to do it with a 1/2 ton, get a F150 with the payload package...
I agree with this, and only because the F150 with the max package isn't a true 1/2 ton.
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Per the specs on the Ram website, the max towing capacity of your truck is 8,450 lbs. So, yes at 9,300 you would be well over that, particularly considering the 8,450 is based on the only payload being the driver. With a 1,150 max payload, the max towing drops to 7,200. While the truck would probably be able to actually pull the load, a greater concern to me would be the pin weight, which must be calculated as payload. In addition, the shorter bed will not accommodate all fifth wheels. So, in my opinion, I think you'd be much wiser looking at a lighter travel trailer.

That number is for conventional towing, should be higher for a fifth wheel. That said, the bed is too short and the pin weight is surely too high. Towing that kind of weight is no joke and would be dangerous with the suspension and brakes found in your truck.
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I'm pulling a fifth wheel in my 2011 1500 sport. The truck box is perfect for the pin hitch with no issues, I would highly suggest getting a slider hitch this will allow you to gain an extra 1ft when slid back to give you extra turning radius.

Now with your size of trailer, I say you are a tad bit high on the weight side, however, members on here have to keep in mind any good trailer owner never travels loaded, meaning how many of us travel with a full tank of water every trip?. Most parks and campgrounds have fill and dump sites on site.

My trailer is 6380lbs empty, I have it modestly stocked with gear we use. Plus a full tank of fuel and about 485lbs of passengers and I have run a scale and I'm under my max weight. I would say do 2 things:

1: only pack what you must have, chairs, tarps excetera. No need for extra crap you will never use.
2: I would highly suggest a rear airbag kit to help take sag out of the back end so as not stress the truck.

Pm me if you have further questions, I did a lot of homework before I bought my trailer.
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That number is for conventional towing, should be higher for a fifth wheel. That said, the bed is too short and the pin weight is surely too high. Towing that kind of weight is no joke and would be dangerous with the suspension and brakes found in your truck.
That number is for any towing. If you exceed the combined GVWR which is truck + trailer/payload/cargo then you can run into trouble if you get into an accident.

That being said, I would go with a 2500 for any type of 5th wheel as that is what they are designed for.
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Most people are going to do what they want anyway, I would take a serious look at your particular payload capacity of your truck, that will be your deciding factor for a fifth wheel trailer since about 20 to 25 percent of the trailer weight is on the pin, your probably going to be at or over your payload of your truck before you have anybody in it. Most often its the pin weight that kills the idea of a fifth wheel behind a 1/2 ton.
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There are fifth wheel travel trailers designed to be towed with a 1500. However, they won't be nearly as roomy as the one you mentioned.
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