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Old 10-13-2009, 04:37 PM
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Default 1500 Mega Cab - what are you towing?

Hey folks,

Previous Ram owner ('02 Quad cab 1500/4.7L) wondering what people are towing with their 1500 Mega Cabs?
I know it's basically a 2500 truck with it's rear axle ratings etc, but I'm wondering if it and the Hemi are capable of towing bigger 5th wheels (not the 40' toy haulers mind you) or travel trailers?

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They can haul quite a bit, you just have to be a bit more careful of your rear dif temps as they heat up faster under the higher load, also the 2500s have a slightly higher powered HEMI geared towards torque for hauling. One of the companies that work in the gas plants with me use new 1500 megas as their crew/gear runners and I've seen some 50' loaded haulers behind them and they say they pull pretty well.
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Right now I just tow a 21' Palomino Hybrid. But I've also wondered what size of a 5th wheel I could safely tow with my 1500 megacab. When I test drove the truck the dealer had a 5th wheel hitch installed already. But they said it would be removed before I took delivery.
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I have pulled a 32 foot gooseneck horse trailer with 9 horses in it and all weighed about 800 to 1000 pounds, Id keep the goose neck if ya could, I put mine in then I put in a 5th wheel last summer and I`ll hook ole Darth Vader up to anything that`ll fit one of the hitches lol...
its just a 1/2 ton truck tho so some of them big loads are hell on the brakes if the trailer doesnt have trailer brakes, lol
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I pull a 28' travel trailer with mine. Short steep hills are a workout, especially when donkey-butts pull out in front of you. Otherwise I think is does pretty good.
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also the 2500s have a slightly higher powered HEMI geared towards torque for hauling.
Can you show me info on this? I thought the hemi came in 2 flavours, with and without MDS. They're both without, so I was under the impression it was the same beast.

To the OP, All i'm towing at the moment is my fat ass. (Just got the truck) I have creatively used it for catering so far, with all the pots etc filling the bed, and platters of food on the folded down back seat!
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Seems I remember reading something like that myself, and now y'all got my curiosity up as well. I'm looking to see what I can find on this...

I see where this has been discussed, http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread....ight=2500+hemi If you are asking for more specific/technical info, let me know, but seems the data is coming from dodge.com. I was reading from allpar.com, and haven't really found a better answer.

Ok, just have to scroll down a waaaaays, but it's there - http://www.allpar.com/mopar/new-mopar-hemi.html but it gives the specs on the '03 2500 HEMI, just as an illustration!

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Actually, it's easier to tow the 5'vr with less strain due to the location of the hitch (over the rear axle) vs. a tow behind trailer. And, most trucks are rated for a larger GVWR with a 5'vr vs. a tow behind.

I'm not towing anything right now with my old '99 SLT but a 21 - 23 foot fifth wheel would not be too much for this truck from a tow weight perspective but the poor little 5.2L would definitely be a bit weak for some of the hills we have here.
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I have 03 1500 with the 5.7, I didnt even think people put gooseneck hitchs on 1500's. after reading this thread im considering it. I have put many things behind my truck mainly my brothers 2500 chevy haha!! Im usually pulling a 16' bumper pull with extreme loads on that my truck has struggled so as for me i would think you would need more of a truck to pull something in the 24-30' range but thats just my opinion.
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I would call or even better go to a RV place & ask them, Dodge won't give you any good answer, they will beat around the bush

I personally would get the 2500 if i was going to be towing very much
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