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Old 02-04-2014, 10:57 AM
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Default 09 regular cab 1500 5.7 rv towing question

I'm looking at a rv but don't want to jump on it till I know I can tow it with my truck. 25 ft camper unladen weight is 4186 lbs. It sound like I should be able to pull with no problem but want to make sure. It has a weight distribution hitch. Also what plug and play brake controller do you guys recommend? What kind of rv s do you guys pull with a 1500 any problems horror stories ect. Would be greatly appreciated.
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I pulled a 28' 4600lbs (empty) camper a few times with my Ram. I've got 3.55 gears, weight distribution hitch, and at the time, no brake controller (got one now). These Rams can handle what you're trying to tow without much effort at all.

That said, make sure YOU'RE ready to tow it! Keep your speed in check, watch your oil/coolant/transmission temps and remember you're not a 20' long truck...you're a 45', 5-7 ton hunk of metal moving down the road. Plenty of reaction time is crucial to stopping something that size.

I've got the Mopar brake controller, but I haven't towed with it yet. There are many good aftermarket controllers to choose from. I'm sure someone here will chime in with some good info.
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How much did the mopar brake controller run you? no one else has any input?
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I pulled a 28' bumper pull using a weight distribution hitch, it weighed a little over 6000 loaded with my reg cab and had no trouble at all. I bought a brake controller with the plug at the local camper dealer for $110.00, it plugs into an existing plug under the dash and worked great.....I strongly recommend the brake controler!




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How much did the mopar brake controller run you? no one else has any input?
I bought it off a member here for $100. Brand new they're 175(ish). But you also need to get the dealer to flash the system to get it to work. I wanted to stay OEM, so I'm choosing to pay the extra cost. Aftermarket controllers don't require the system to be flashed.
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http://www.rambodybuilder.com/year.pdf
then
http://www.rambodybuilder.com/2009/d...mlupseries.pdf
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base weights/payload/trailer tow, charts will come up & you pick your engine size, etc.

for the integrated trailer brake, go either MOPAR OEM or visit this site
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Not all 09/10 Rams are wired for the mopar controller, make sure you have both plugs or your willing to pay to add to the harness before you buy your controller. Mine only has one plug thats the only reason I didn't buy the mopar controller.
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Default 09 regular cab 1500 5.7 rv towing question

Well I just bought the camper but did not take delivery yet.. The guy would not give me the weight distribution hitch with it because I talked him down so low on the price. will I need one? If so I'm new to all this how do they work? Do I need to change from factory hitch on my truck? Also I'm pretty sure I only have one plug under my dash so I'm guessing the om brake controller will not be a option. what is a good aftermarket relatively cheap one and are they plug and play?
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It's not required, but you'll want it. A WDH helps to level the load between your truck and the camper. Otherwise, you'll "nose up" and the ride will be less-than-stellar. I towed my camper 120 miles one way with a WDH and another 120 without one. The ride was night and day different. With the WDH, I felt like I had more control over the trailer when moving at highway speeds.
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