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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??
Bellzy - I got the info from a couple of sources, including the dealer when I picked her up, from the original window sticker and from a couple of sites on the net. Figured that I'd ask here since you're all a bunch of Ram owners. The trailer I ended up buying is 6400 lbs, so I shouldn't have any issues, except getting a new set of rubbers when I save my money. I hear that the stock Wranglers are not the best for towing.

Already have a brake controller in the truck and will be getting a weight distro hitch when I pick up my trailer in a couple of weeks. I'll certainly give a field report when I'm done with my travels. Got about a 4000 mile road trip planned to begin at the end of the month.

After being stuck in Guam for 10 months, I NEED TO DRIVE!!

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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.
Your setup sounds a lot like mine. I pull a Jayco JayFeather 23B weighing in at about 5600 lbs. Like MADDOG states, brake controller, leveling hitch (I use the E-qualizer) with sway control--my Ram really doesn't know its back there (except for the knock I take in the mpg!) He's on to something with the water, too -- keep your trailer weight toward the low end and load most of your added weight of supplies nearer the front of the trailer. I use about a 60/40 ratio when loading the trailer for a trip.

I think you'll be fine.

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I've got an '03 Ram 1500 with the 4.7, 3.92 gears and a 5 speed. The recommended max tow weight is 5400. The recommended max GCWR is 10,500. If this truck had an automatic tranny the max tow weight would be 7350 with a GCWR of 12,500. Are these weights firm or is there any wiggle room? I'm surprised the manual tows so much less than the auto. I don't want to pull as much as the auto will handle but I may go over my limits by a small amount. Would there be a problem? What would bend/break first? The clutch? The gears in the tranny? Any info would be appreciated.
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I have been towing for 30 years, what I have learned is the tow vehicle is important but the attitude of the driver is more important. Don't get in a hurry, don't go cheap on your brake controller,expect non towing drivers to cause you problems. Semi drivers, other tow drivers will understand others won't. I put a 100K towing with a Dodge 1500 5.9 4X4, the best truck I ever owned. I have towed up to the max tow limit by mfg. but would rather have about 1K less. most problems will come from trans thru mountains. Get tow pkg. expect more maint. I can't say enough how imporant tire press. is for truck and trailer. Check tires every fuel stop, touch wheels on trailer if one is hotter than others find out why (dry bearings). I have towed Travel trailers with the following, Chev Van 6.2 Diesel,ford ranger,chev 1/2 ton PU, jeep grand cherok, The Dodge did it best with the least problems.
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now here's a question for some mega cab 1500 owners...what tow rating do you trust more, the 1500 or the 2500 since it's built on the HD frame and has the same suspension and brake system as the 2500's?
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the Mega cab is a 2500, not a 1500, at least the newer ones
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I go with the 1500 specs and fudge a bit if I need to but normally, I am under the GCVWR. I upgraded my trans cooler to a larger capacity one so I'm not worried over a heavier than normal load once in a while.

As 1104 said, heat kills transmissions and tire pressure is critical!
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My 07 Quad pulls my 08 DuneSeeker Toy Hauler. The Toy Hauler is 6325 dry but with about 1400 pounds in toys and a few incidentals and 30 gallons of premium fuel for the bikes I am close to 8000. The Ram pulls it without any problems in tow mode. I have an elec brake controller and complete anti sway controllers on the hitch. The 5.7 Hemi is strong as an OX.
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I go with the 1500 specs and fudge a bit if I need to but normally, I am under the GCVWR. I upgraded my trans cooler to a larger capacity one so I'm not worried over a heavier than normal load once in a while.

As 1104 said, heat kills transmissions and tire pressure is critical!
How much did the bigger cooler run you?
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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.
I don't get it
numbers say we can pull 8500# and my GCWR is 13000# and my truck is #6700
How is it that I have to substract 6700 from the 13000? that leaves me with 6300#. Where does Dodge get a tow rating of 10000 then?
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