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Old 06-28-2011, 01:17 PM
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I have a Ram 1500 quad cab 4WD with the 8 foot bed and a 360 with 3.92 gears and the tow package. I am looking at renting a skidsteer and don't want to pay the extra $100 to have it delivered so I want to tow it myself. The skidsteer weighs 5808 lbs and the rental place doesn't have a weight for the trailer but I assume it's at least 2000 lbs. That would put me at 7808 lbs. I know the max tow rating for an 02 ram is 8400 lbs, but that's for a regular cab, short bed 2WD. So I looked on dodge's website to view my tow rating and it is only 6850 lbs...does the 4WD and extended cab and bed really affect tow rating that much? I am also confused because it shows the tow rating for the 3.55 axle ratio and 3.92 axle ratio and they are both the same?? So does this mean the extra money for the 3.92 ratio and tow package are worth nothing? That seems far fetched to me. Here is the link to the dodge page I went to for the tow rating so you can see for yourself: http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/vehicl...peed+Automatic

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That doesn't seem right, I'd suggest looking up the "body builder" link that give the tow ratings...
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What do you mean by the "bodybuilder" link?
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Sorry It's a link here http://www.dodge.com/bodybuilder/year.pdf but I didn't realize it doesn't go back to your year. I think you have to download and save the file, then open it and you can click on your year, bed size, cab size, etc... if you try to do it in the internet explorer I don't think it let's you click the links.
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Your truck should have a label on the inside of the driver side door that gives specs and tow ratings.

My truck is almost the same, just a short box 96. It will tow 7600lbs. We had a 2000 lbs trailer loaded with our 02 Suburban on it and it pulled it okay. He definitly strained, but we made it. I wouldn't think that it would be a problem unless you're towing up some hills, then it might get interesting.
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engine size is a small part of the equation, bigger cubic inches the better
there is also the transmission, standards are better then automatics
the rear end ratio, the higher numerically ratios are best for towing, ( 3.91s are better than 3.55s )
the spring type, leaf springs are better than coil
the tire size, 17 inch tows more than 20 inch
the receiver hitch CLASS, class 4 is the best

the dodge sites don't consider many of these
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