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Old 08-16-2016, 10:54 PM   #1
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2016 Ram 2500HD diesel towing

Hey all,
Recently upgraded my Ram 1500 to a 2016 Ram 2500 laramie limited diesel. love, love, love this truck. It pulls my 14 Vibe 826vfk with no problems.
Question is, we plan on upgrading to a fiver. My only concern is how big do I go. I know the 2016 Rams 2500s have a pretty low payload capacity.

Anyone out there towing a fiver with a new Ram 2500HD diesel?
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:51 PM   #2
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Hey all,
Recently upgraded my Ram 1500 to a 2016 Ram 2500 laramie limited diesel. love, love, love this truck. It pulls my 14 Vibe 826vfk with no problems.
Question is, we plan on upgrading to a fiver. My only concern is how big do I go. I know the 2016 Rams 2500s have a pretty low payload capacity.

Anyone out there towing a fiver with a new Ram 2500HD diesel?

This site is easy to use and has been really close to real world weights.

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Old 08-17-2016, 12:07 AM   #3
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Mine is an 05 5.9 with a programmer, pulled a Montana 32 ft 3slide. Empty weight was 10,800. Had no problems, I also have PAC airbags and exhaust brake. Just watch climbing hills and don't over push and get in a hurry, keep a eye on egt' and you should be fine.
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:37 AM   #4
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My 2008 6.7L, 2500 Ram Mega cab is pulling a 2016 34RL Cedar Creek with no issues. One item I strongly believe is to monitor the engine either with gages and or a gage cluster; such as an Edge Insight. I watch my EGT's and Boost pressure when towing and will shift to 5th gear when the EGT's start to climb above 1100F, boost pressure is kept under 30 PSI at all times. The other parameter I monitor is the transmission sump temperature this is normally under 180F on a 90+F day when towing. But will rise to 200F when backing up the trailer on a slope or in a campground when position my trailer.


My other items I have added for longevity of the trucks operating systems are Mag-Hytec Differential covers, Mag-Hytec transmission deep oil pan, Air bags, a secondary fuel filter, Smarty S67 and LT285/70R17 126R rated tires with Mickey Thompson Side Biter II rims. These are rated to support a load of 3750 LBS at 80 PSI.
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:43 AM   #5
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Subtracting the trucks loaded ready to travel weight from the GVWR as listed on the drivers door plate will give you how much load carrying capacity you have. If your truck scales at 8000 pounds and you have a 10,000GVWR that means you have 2000 pounds for cargo. That is, hitch (200 pounds) and fifth wheel pin weight. 1800 pounds of pin weight means you can handle a fifth wheel of around 9000 pounds Gross, NOT dry weight.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:57 PM   #6
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Hi. I have the 2016 Longhorn Laramie 2500 turbo diesel. Pulling a Flagstaff Super Lite 5th wheel 8528 IKWS. It pulls it like a charm.
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:00 PM   #7
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My 2013 HD Cummins tows my 37 ft 340rk without Issues ..
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My 2013 HD Cummins tows my 37 ft 340rk without Issues ..
Without issues? Have you ever towed across a set of scales? There is a hugh difference between towing and carrying capacity.
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Without issues? Have you ever towed across a set of scales? There is a hugh difference between towing and carrying capacity.
I know this probably isnt meant to be funny but I chuckled so hard reading this comment.......
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I have a 2014 2500 Laramie Limited Mega Cab and tow a 2015 Wildcat 312QBX (34' 5th Wheel) without issues. I have the air suspension option that automatically adjusts trailer towing height and levels it out perfectly. I'm within pin weight/payload limits and wouldn't change a thing.
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