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Hi Guys and Gals, I have another Towing Question. The Wife and I are looking at getting a camper and I'm confused as to how much my 06 1500 will handle.

I went to the Dodge web site for towing and it just confused me even more. here's what I have and what the web site had that confused me.

My truck is a 06 Ram 1500 4X4 with the Bighorn Package. It has 3.92 Axle Ratio and the 4.7L

The Dodge Web site said with the 4.7L and the 3.92 Axle with the 5-speed trans. I can tow 7,100 lbs but it also said with the same setup I can tow 6,050 lbs

All the trailors we are looking at are around 6,500 lbs

The trailor paperwork has a easy towing guide and has the Ram 4.7L Towing Compacity at 6,050 to 7,300

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Old 04-05-2009, 08:21 PM
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You might be confusing 5th wheel and tow behind ratings. Read the paper again and see if the two different ratings aren't for two different types of trailers.
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Well I went to my local dealership and they were alot of help Gave them the info on the truck and he looked on the computer and said the only thing he could find was for the 3.55 rearend so he asked another guy and he said " I think with the 3.92 rearend you can pull 7300 lbs." SO I asked him do you think or do you know ha-ha and he said "I'm pretty sure it's 7300 lbs" So I'm still looking for the answer guess I'll surf the net somemore
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You might be confusing 5th wheel and tow behind ratings. Read the paper again and see if the two different ratings aren't for two different types of trailers.
The paper says Model Engine Tow Capacity
(2WD/4WD-AWD)

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Well, for 1 you can tow more with a manual, and I'm not totally sure, but I think you can tow more with 4x4 as well? Someone correct me if I am wrong. One question for you though, why did you buy the 4.7L if you knew you were going to be doing a lot of towing, and of that amount of weight? I know it may have been an after thought, but just where I'm coming from... you might be up sh$t creek without a paddle. I'm sure you will be able to two a 6500lb trailer, it just might be harder on the 4.7L and struggle a bit more on grades. Buy a good brake controller and look at a Tekonsha
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Stoopid dealers...don't even know why it has two ratings.

Good point, though. A different gear ratio would change the rating but I remember when I purchased a crew cab diesel that they were very specific on GVWR ratings across powertrain options, gearing and type of trailer.

There's gotta be someone at Dodge who can tell ya what rating applies to what truck option.
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Well, for 1 you can tow more with a manual, and I'm not totally sure, but I think you can tow more with 4x4 as well? Someone correct me if I am wrong. One question for you though, why did you buy the 4.7L if you knew you were going to be doing a lot of towing, and of that amount of weight? I know it may have been an after thought, but just where I'm coming from... you might be up sh$t creek without a paddle. I'm sure you will be able to two a 6500lb trailer, it just might be harder on the 4.7L and struggle a bit more on grades. Buy a good brake controller and look at a Tekonsha
I got the truck because some guy leased it and turned it back in with only 20,000 miles on it so Instead of paying $33,000+ for the truck I only payed $19,000 couldn't pass it up. As far as being up sh$$ creek without a paddle I think 7300 lbs is pretty good for a 1/2 ton with a 4.7L with 3.92 rear end accourding to Dodge that is what the Ram is rated for said it would handle the trailer with no problems but thanks anyway. the trailer I'm looking at runs about 6,300 lbs
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Stoopid dealers...don't even know why it has two ratings.

Good point, though. A different gear ratio would change the rating but I remember when I purchased a crew cab diesel that they were very specific on GVWR ratings across powertrain options, gearing and type of trailer.

There's gotta be someone at Dodge who can tell ya what rating applies to what truck option.
Talked with Dodge yesterday and they informed me that the 06 1500 4.7L 4X4 with 3,92 gears has a GVWR of 7300 lbs the trailer I'm looking at is 6300 lbs so I should be good
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actually, danstona, you tow less with a 4x4; the weight of the transaxle detracts from tow capacity. Best towers are diesel 4x2 manuals hands down
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You can tow a lot more than your manual says. I wouldn't suggest trying more than 6.5k lbs with that small of an engine though
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