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Old 04-18-2011, 09:46 PM   #11
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It will pull it fine as long as you don't go on long trips. Depending on the rear end gear you will probably be fine.

the 2338 pounds is probably less than that. The factory dry weight on my is 4800 pounds. True dry weight is 5200 pounds(with options)(filled propane tanks) No cargo loaded at this point.

My dad pulls more then 8814 with his 5.7 truck, but he has a 2500 dodge ram 5.7.

The difference is you can have a 1500 or a 1500 HD. The HD should be fine the. The 1500 would be a stretch.

All new Rams come equipped with the HD.
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:41 AM   #12
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So, Peter, did you check which rear end gears you have?
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Question changing gears ??

Could a gear change from a 3.55 to a 3.73 or 4.10 be possible to help with towing ??
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Could a gear change from a 3.55 to a 3.73 or 4.10 be possible to help with towing ??
Yes, the lower gears (higher numeric) would help with power on take-off, hills, and other situations. But, the different gears would not affect the manufacturers towing rate, which is set by the company with that particular engine and final drive ratio at the time of building the vehicle.
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Could a gear change from a 3.55 to a 3.73 or 4.10 be possible to help with towing ??
3.92 locked rear is the best gear set (highest tow rating) available for his year truck. It is an entire new axle and pumpkin, so I don't think it will be an option for him.
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3.92 locked rear is the best gear set (highest tow rating) available for his year truck. It is an entire new axle and pumpkin, so I don't think it will be an option for him.

3rd and 4th Gen Dodge 1/2 tons use the AAM 9.25 rear axle housing regardless of gears set and or limited slip. A set of 3.92's and limited slip or any of the aftermarket units will fit. It is when you get into 4.56 etc that there may be clearance issues inside the rearend. Also pumpkins went the way of the Doodoo along with the 9" Ford rear end, they are pretty much all integral carrier diffs today.

BTW to end all discussions here is the bodybuilder for the 2010 ram (I do not believe there is any diff in the 11) All the spec you need for every possible combination of truck are there.
Knowing the specs of your trailer and a little math is all you need.
http://www.dodge.com/bodybuilder/201...ammlup1500.pdf
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BTW to end all discussions here is the bodybuilder for the 2010 ram (I do not believe there is any diff in the 11) All the spec you need for every possible combination of truck are there.
Knowing the specs of your trailer and a little math is all you need.
http://www.dodge.com/bodybuilder/201...ammlup1500.pdf
Nice job! Thanks John, I stand corrected (not being a Dodge guy - or a mechanic for that matter). Any idea what a swapout might cost him?

WAIT! I checked the specs on the 3.55 gears. The way I read the build sheet, as long as he replaces his tires with LT275/70R17C and does not exceed 6700 pounds for the Truck when hooked up he can go to 8450 pounds. Not all his camper can weigh (8814), but a LOT closer than 5000 and no gear change.

Did I read that right?
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About $700 to $800 per axle. You only need the rear if it is two wheel drive, front and rear if four wheel drive. 4.56s will fit in the 9.25 AAM rear axle of 1500s. The problem is they will not fit in the front of 1500 4x4s.
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WAIT! I checked the specs on the 3.55 gears. The way I read the build sheet, as long as he replaces his tires with LT275/70R17C and does not exceed 6700 pounds for the Truck when hooked up he can go to 8450 pounds. Not all his camper can weigh (8814), but a LOT closer than 5000 and no gear change.

Did I read that right?

I'm not sure what you are looking at. Most of the 5.7L Hemi 1500s with 3.55s are in the 8500 lb towing capacity range. The 3.21 geared 5.7L 1500s are in the 5000 range. With 3.92s it goes up to the 10,000 range.
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LT275/70R17C 5.7L V8 (EZH) A5 545RFE (DGQ) 3.55 6,700 1,310 5,362 3,101 2,261 3,900 3,900 14,000 N/A 8,450 N/A

LT275/70R17C 5.7L V8 (EZH) A5 545RFE (DGQ) 3.92 6,700 1,310 5,362 3,101 2,261 3,900 3,900 15,500 N/A 9,950 N/A

He did say he had a quad cab 4x4 Hemi with towing package (3.55 rear standard) right?

I initially was looking at the 5000 pound limit, but have since noticed that was without a WD hitch. With a WD hitch and the LT tires he can go to 8450 pounds.

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4. The maximum trailer weight is 5,000 pounds for a weight-carrying hitch. A weight distributing system is recommended for trailers over 5,000 pounds.
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