Originally Posted by danimal
how can i get more torque out of my stock 2005 ram 4x4 quad cab shot bed
with the 5.7 hemi 3:92 gears on 20'' wheels
i would like the torque for towing a camper
what kind of upgrades can be done on a beer buget
Jeezes, what kind of trailer are you planning to tow? For years I towed a 24' camp trailer with a 1999 Ford Explorer with a 5.0 liter V8 that netted 200 hp. I'm talking ~3,000 miles a year since 2000. The trailer is rated 4,500 GVW, with all the crap my wife manages to stuff in it, I once scaled it at 4,790 lbs. I had my foot in it all the way, but I could cruse flat 65-70 on the interstate. The Explorer dragged that camper all over the northwest for nearly 10 years. It was the short wheel base of the Explorer that scared the snot out of me. I hated hills but it was white-knuckle time in the wind or when somebody passed me. The Explorer got hailed out, otherwise I'd likely still be driving it.
I still have the same trailer and my 2010 Dodge (w/ 3.55 gears) hardly notices the load. With a hemi and 3.94 gears, I think you can buy all the beer you want and still pull a 5,000 to 6,000 lb trailer with no sweat. I do suggest investing in a weight equalizing hitch and a proportional trailer brake controller. Unless you plan to tow a camper in the 8,000+ lb plus range, ignore the comments regarding taller gears, torque convertors, super chargers or other stuff. You may well have what you need already. If your camping desires are more than 10,000 lbs, sell the truck and go diesel.