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Offline SamB

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Re: pulling a fith wheel camper with a 1/2 ton
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2017, 05:29:07 pm »
I tow a 7000# travel trailer with a RAM 1500 4x4 crew cab 5.7 hemi 8600# towing rating 6 speed transmission equalizing hitch. I get half the mpg towing as I would get not towing but loaded 8-9 opposed to 16-18. I have added heavy duty rear shocks and 6 ply tires, the 1500 Rams have coil springs, nice ride but they squat with much of a load. As for power it is not the slowest on the inclines, more HP is better, on the down hills in towing mode I use very little brake. Hope this info helps, personally I would not think about a 5th wheel with the RAM 1500...Sam 

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Re: pulling a fith wheel camper with a 1/2 ton
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2017, 06:27:34 pm »
  Something for anybody that tows, or hauls, anything to keep in mind, no matter what you do to beef up your truck it doesn't change what you can legally tow or haul, it's what the door jam sticker says that counts. When some idiot pulls out in front of you and gets hurt their lawyer will say if you weren't overloaded you could have avoided the wreck, you saying you modified the suspension or brakes will make it worse.
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Re: pulling a fith wheel camper with a 1/2 ton
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2017, 07:15:56 pm »
I pulled 8500lbs of pumps for years with a 1/2 ton truck.
I also had a heavy camper and a BIG dog along...
I'm not saying it was right but I had no problems.

 

 

 

 
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Re: pulling a fith wheel camper with a 1/2 ton
« Reply #23 on: Yesterday at 07:02:31 pm »
Another option, Skip the 4x4 and look to the 3 liter diesel in the 1500 series

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Re: pulling a fith wheel camper with a 1/2 ton
« Reply #24 on: Yesterday at 10:06:09 pm »
That is to bring up fuel economy ratings, definitely not for serious towing.
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