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Old 03-19-2010, 11:28 PM
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Hey all,

Just wanted to get your take and experiences on towing with the Ram.

I have an '08 1500 4x4 QC Laramie w/5.7 and 20" wheels. I have the factory tow package with tranny cooler and 3.92 gears in the axles.

I'm in the market to buy a travel trailer. I know that Dodge says the the max tow weight is 9100 lbs with a GCRW of 14,000 lbs.

Last time I had my truck at the scales, fully loaded with a full 5x8 cargo trailer, my weight was right around 6600 lbs on the rear axle. I know that I'll have to re-weigh my truck without a trailer attached, but I think that I can safely use that weight for estimiations.

I'm looking at travel trailers with a dry weights between 5500-6500 lbs, staying closer to the 5500 line.

I'm interested in hearing other's experiences in towing with similar options as I have and also if my figures above are appropriate for my truck.

Don't want to put myself and others in danger by hauling something that my truck can't handle.

Thanks for the assistance,
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I think you will be fine. Biggest issue would stopping it.
I tow a Jeep on a trailer at least once a month to the MTNs and have no issues and thats with a 4.7.
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I pull this w/ mine, she is around 8800lbs, 33ft overall........




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I have a toy hauler loaded with my toys and every thing im at about 7500 pounds...had to re gear to 4.56 makes things alot better, trailor brake would be a good idea...weight distro hitch.....sit back take it slow let the hemi do its job.....enjoy life while you can......
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As long as your truck is in very good shape (brakes, suspension, powertrain) I think you should be all right. I towed well over 11,000lbs with my old '03 Ram 1500 Hemi many times without any issues at all.
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I pull roughly around 10,000lbs of horses with my Ram 1500 and have no problems, but if your looking for longevity for your truck you should have gotten a 2500 at least. Excessive towing of large loads will wear the poor truck out prematurely. It simply wasn't designed as a commercial towing vehicle but rather a weekend warrior as long as pampering and tender care are involved. Ive seen what can happen when the trailers brakes have failed and the trucks breaks were thing left to bring the train to a stop, lets just say the guard rail saved his ass. His 1500 just wasn't enough truck for the job.
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Larry the Cable Guy said........" Ram tough my ass, hell it ain't even Deer tough!, that's why I drive a Ford now"..................hahahahahahaha
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Add a trailer brake controller, an anti-sway and load leveling device to the trailer tongue and make sure you know what your truck weight is loaded (passengers, fuel, other items) + the trailer weight (loaded) to determine your Gross Combined Vehicle Weight. Then compare that with the Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating on your truck. If you are under that rating, yer good.

One trick I learned is don't fill up your fresh water tank until you get to your destination and dump the black water/grey water tanks before you head back home.

So do this calculation: Truck Loaded + Trailer Loaded (less water) = GCVW.

Then, GCVWR (rating on the truck) - GCVW = your weight safety factor. If the GCVW is greater than the GCVWR, you need to lighten the load or find a lighter trailer.
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Brian - trying to figure out the difference btwn your '08 Laramie and my '07 SLT. I have the same set-up (5.7L, trans cooler, 3.92 gear) but Dodge customer assistance told me I have a 7400 lb Max trailer weight, with a GCWR of 13,000lbs. Where did you get the 9100/14000 numbers??
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Or instead of doing all that you could simply sell your Dodge and go buy a Toyota.......hahahaha
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