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Old 02-13-2014, 12:18 PM
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So at the end of this month I will be moving my wife and all our furniture from Myrtle Beach to Camp Lejeune NC. Its around a 130 mile trip. So not to far. I'm thinking I can fit pretty much all our stuff in a 6x12 Uhaul trailer. But I'm just curious about the towing capacity of my ram. Its an 05' Quad cab. Hemi. 4wd.

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You can email Chrysler (the same way you'd ask for a build sheet) and ask what your rated to tow. I've tried using the documents floating online (bodybuilder I believe), but have run into computer issues opening it. Eventually, I just emailed them, gave my VIN and asked what my max tow rating is. Got an answer the next day.

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5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT Engine With 3.55 Axle Ratio and 20" Wheels & Tires:

Gross Trailer Weight = 8400 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) = 6800 lbs
Payload = 1380 lbs
Curb Weight = 5393 lbs
GAWR Front/Rear = 3900 lbs/3900 lbs
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) = 14000 lbs

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It's not still inside the driver's door, or is that just a 2500/HD thing? Haven't looked at the sticker on a Ram but it is on my suburban and my dad's Ford
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http://www.rambodybuilder.com/2005sb...cs/dr/mlup.pdf

just in the difference with the short box, the 3.55 & 3.92 geared differentials, there is a 1,000 pound difference

3.55 = 7,600 pound trailer
3.92 = 8,600 pound trailer

if no one has left off the metal tag during a service, you should find it on a bolt that holds the rear cover in place on the rear end
the newer Rams don't have the same tag, they now use a piece of paper that is glued to the axle housing & if you drive where it rains, the tag dissolves & that is one reason i tell owners to send for the Build Sheet
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Awesome! Thanks guys. From the look of it I will be just fine pulling the trailer considering empty it only ways around 2000lbs. Any tips with pulling trailers? I've only pulled my dads little 7x 4.5 before.

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Awesome! Thanks guys. From the look of it I will be just fine pulling the trailer considering empty it only ways around 2000lbs. Any tips with pulling trailers? I've only pulled my dads little 7x 4.5 before.
Double check when merging lanes, don't drive like an A-hole. Always allow space and time to stop in case of an emergency. Double check that all lights are working on the trailer, if it has brakes triple check that they are working before heading on your journey. Check the tire pressure of the truck and trailer before and during the journey. Do not take sharp turns. If you can plan your route ahead of time, make sure to look for the easiest cleanest route. I got stuck downtown in my city with my 04 Hemi 2500 QC long box with a 30footer on a 1 way 3 (narrow) lane street at 430pm, it was hell.

Make sure the 4pin or 7 pin is connected strong, and that the ball is properly secured to trailer and the latch is fully connected with a safety pin on. Cross your chains, it is illegal here to haul and not have your chains crossed. If there is a emergency break away cable on your trailer, make sure the it is also attached to the truck.

Your truck will haul 2000 pounds like it is nothing, I have overloaded my 1500 for the fun of it with some big ass trailers before, and still hauls pretty nice. 10,000 pounds got a bit intense, but it still pulled it along somehow.
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Thank you very much for the info man. Is it recommended to lower the psi in the rear tires at all?
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Make sure your tires are rated for it
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As Noclass said, make sure you have proper load rated tires for the driving. The tires on our work trucks we don't air down for hauling RV's, and I have never aired mine down. Airing down would be more for towing on sand. Airing down on a long haul will cause the sidewalls to flex and wear the tires excessively.
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Hook up and forget about it.. Just be smart when your driving.. I've had 12'000lbs behind my 2012 1500 pulled pretty decent
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