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Old 02-09-2014, 02:33 PM
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I have a new Winnebago RV trailer on order. The dry weight is 3800 lbs. I am curious if anyone else on this forum also pulls a trailer with a 3.6L and 8 speed tranny. How well does it do?
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what gears? 2 or 4 wd?
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2 wd and I don't know what the rear end gear ratio is. I looked on the door frame and it didn't mention anything about this. Where would I find this information?
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Axle tag. Crawl under that back axle and the tag on the starboard side of the differential will have some bar codes, some other codes, and will either say 3.21 or 3.55. That is the part to pay attention to.

3.55s will give you some more wiggle room with regards to cargo capacity with the trailer hooked up.
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rear axle, driver side, if you still have the sticker, you will see the 321 or 355.
if not, you gotta ask for the build sheet, sometimes it is wrong on the window sticker.

check out this thread:

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread....ght=LSD+number

and post #8 here - http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=91589


but even with the 321 you can still tow a lot more than 3800lb, i see you have a 14. Look here too: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/towing_guide/tow_chart/
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Yeah the window sticker can be wrong, or as in my case it may not be listed at all. What the axle says and what the build sheet says will be the same and will be correct.
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I just towed 6200lbs for 180 miles with a lot of hills(NW WA state). Considering most of my towing experience came from my 2008 F250 diesel I just sold for my Ram, it did surprisingly well. The 8speed makes a big difference, so I'm not too sure gearing has as much as an impact comparatively. Trailer-brakes, engine-braking and ESC all worked well.
Coincidently, I am planing on doing some Overlanding(stateside) for the next year or two, so the best of luck to you on your journeys.
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Have you seen this head to head review between the Ram 1500 V6 and the new Chevy Silverado V6? They tested a Ram 1500 4x4 crew cab with 3.55 gears with air suspension and Ramboxes. Great review besides getting the Ram's tow rating wrong. They used the 2013 rating. They towed a 6,900 lb trailer and were able to pass going up hill. Anyway, the Ram won out according to the reviewer thanks to the 8 speed and the air suspension.

http://www.fourwheeler.com/vehicle-r...-6-truck-test/
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I just towed 6200lbs for 180 miles with a lot of hills(NW WA state). Considering most of my towing experience came from my 2008 F250 diesel I just sold for my Ram, it did surprisingly well. The 8speed makes a big difference, so I'm not too sure gearing has as much as an impact comparatively. Trailer-brakes, engine-braking and ESC all worked well.
Coincidently, I am planing on doing some Overlanding(stateside) for the next year or two, so the best of luck to you on your journeys.
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I started a thread like this a while back and didn't get hardly any feedback. Do you have anymore info you can share on your towing trip. Did you reset one of the trip meters for your trip? I am curious as to the kind of mpg you got. I have an outdoorsman V6 on order and will be towing a camper with it. May be pretty close to the weight you pulled. Anything else you can share about the experience would be appreciated. thanks
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I don't know how well it will do, but next year, you light duty truck owners might know what these 1/2 can actually tow ... within the SAE's guidelines.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2014/02...-for-2015.html
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