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Old 12-12-2013, 10:52 AM
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First time towing with the new truck and really impressed! The camper is a 30ft bunk house and weighs around 6500 lbs loaded. The truck has 3.92 gears and using a WD hitch towed this better than I expected. The OEM brake controller is really good and progressive. I am coming from a 08 tundra, which towed this same load just fine but the big difference is the brake controller. The tundra had a 2005 prodigy brake controller and the gain adjustment was horrible. It was almost all or nothing.

Do you guys leave the tranny in full auto or drop it down to 6th or 7th? Or does the tow/haul mode account for this? I left it full auto and never noticed it hunting for gears.

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Old 12-12-2013, 12:38 PM
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I was really impressed with the OEM brake controller as well on mine compared to my previous 2005 with aftermarket controller. I tow my 29BHS Jayco in full auto, using the tow/haul mode when bucking a wind or in hilly terrain.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:56 PM
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Nice rig. Tow/haul will keep you out of overdrive.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:41 PM
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We tow our 24-foot trailer (5,100 lbs loaded) with our 1500 Laramie with 6-speed & 3.92 rear. It's a vast improvement over the 2004 Dodge Dakota! The factory brake controller is much superior to the prodigy I had in the Dakota. Having the controller integrated through the EVIC is just sweet! This summer we took a trip from Albuquerque (home) to Portland, OR. Total was 5,000 miles, and covered some flat areas and lots of hills. I found it towed fine not in tow/haul mode in full auto & using cruise on the flats & using tow/haul helped alot in the hilly areas. In neither instance did it hunt for gears.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:53 PM
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I tow a 2012 28' Airstream with my 2014 2500 Laramie 4x4. It is just an awesome combo. Love the brake controller...and with the Cummins, I also have the awesome exhaust brake. "Ain't no mountain high enough..." not with this rig!
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What trim is that truck? Laramie? My phone has issues so I cant really see it too well. The reason I ask is because I have been wondering how it would sit with our TT on since it seems lower than some other trims. Mine is 26' 5900lbs- so close.

Looks good! Glad to hear it pulled well!
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What trim is that truck? Laramie? My phone has issues so I cant really see it too well. The reason I ask is because I have been wondering how it would sit with our TT on since it seems lower than some other trims. Mine is 26' 5900lbs- so close.

Looks good! Glad to hear it pulled well!
Sorry for such a delayed response, I should check back in here more often. Yes, it's a Laramie. Although I'm not sure that matters. What probably matters more is the WD hitch setup. I didn't mess with it at all from the setup I had for an 08 Tundra. The Ram sits a little lower so I need to take it somewhere and get it adjusted. I am guessing there is some unnecessary tongue weight. Still towed fine!
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What trim is that truck? Laramie? My phone has issues so I cant really see it too well. The reason I ask is because I have been wondering how it would sit with our TT on since it seems lower than some other trims. Mine is 26' 5900lbs- so close.

Looks good! Glad to hear it pulled well!
Sorry for such a delayed response, I should check back in here more often. Yes, it's a Laramie. Although I'm not sure that matters. What probably matters more is the WD hitch setup. I didn't mess with it at all from the setup I had for an 08 Tundra. The Ram sits a little lower so I need to take it somewhere and get it adjusted. I am guessing there is some unnecessary tongue weight. Still towed fine!
The only reason I was curious is because of that yellow payload "nanny" sticker on the door. I have the Laramie- and it's a pretty sad state of affairs when your technically over your payload cap with a wife and kids and the tongue weight of a tiny 5500lbs trailer. Glad to hear yours pulled so well, that sets my mind at ease
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Sorry for such a delayed response, I should check back in here more often. Yes, it's a Laramie. Although I'm not sure that matters. What probably matters more is the WD hitch setup. I didn't mess with it at all from the setup I had for an 08 Tundra. The Ram sits a little lower so I need to take it somewhere and get it adjusted. I am guessing there is some unnecessary tongue weight. Still towed fine!
Have you considered just doing some reading/research, and adjusting it yourself? The reason I ask, is knowing how crefully most RV shops adjust the hitch when you buy it, it may not be worth the $ spent, and may still have room for improvement in adjustment. I bought a 21mm wrench for $20 and with my torque wrench, taught myslef; I trust my own adjustments far more than a stranger at an RV service center. It's surprisingly easy to do.
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I have my 2500 Cummins and am currently in the market to buy a camper. Which size receiver, ie dropdown, should I buy for the truck? I'm for sure getting a 2in ball on it. Thanks
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