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Old 07-22-2016, 04:05 PM   #11
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I have a 2014 ram 1500 crew cab 4x4. I just pulled a 36 foot long Hemisphere that when empty from the factory weighed in at 7700 lbs. I didn't get a chance to officially weigh it inbefore the start of the trip. I am speculating that with the Gear in the TT and the family in the truck I am right around 9000lbs. Which is right around my trucks max. From VA to new Hampshire I managed to keep an average MPG of 9.2. That is on the first half of the trip so a lot of mountain climbing. I also don't think I ever used more than 3/4 throttle. I was a little worried if the truck would have any problems with this trip. I don't think i will ever feel the need to doubt or question this trucks ability again. I am very interested in seeing what the return trip averages.
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:07 PM   #12
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2013 Ram quad cab 4wd hemi pulling early 2015 Shamrock 23IKSS. Perfect setup for me. Plenty of power and brake for this camper. Average 10 mpg towing at speeds not normally over 62 mph. Disclaimer....we live in Indiana, a state not known for its mountain ranges.
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:10 PM   #13
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I have a 2014 ram 1500 crew cab 4x4. I just pulled a 36 foot long Hemisphere that when empty from the factory weighed in at 7700 lbs. I didn't get a chance to officially weigh it inbefore the start of the trip. I am speculating that with the Gear in the TT and the family in the truck I am right around 9000lbs. Which is right around my trucks max. From VA to new Hampshire I managed to keep an average MPG of 9.2. That is on the first half of the trip so a lot of mountain climbing. I also don't think I ever used more than 3/4 throttle. I was a little worried if the truck would have any problems with this trip. I don't think i will ever feel the need to doubt or question this trucks ability again. I am very interested in seeing what the return trip averages.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:38 AM   #14
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We pull a 12,000 lb 5th wheel with our 2012 RAM 2500 Hemi 6speed. We have the 4:11 rear end and am told that makes a big difference. It has done very well on several cross country trips in all kinds of terrain. 60K miles on truck with out any non-routine maintenance required.
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:49 AM   #15
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We tow with a Dodge Durango R/T that has a Hemi on it. I haven't weighed the trailer loaded but I'm guessing is about 6,000 loaded. We have no problems with it here at the East Coast.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:17 AM   #16
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I want to ask Dodge Hemi owners if this will pull in flat to hilly terrain a 6,000# Roo? I have a 183 now but may get something a bit heavier in the future.
Maybe 3 adults in the cab. Specifically worried about 3.55 ratio...

Looking at getting this unit...

2007 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4WD / HEMI 120,000 miles
QUAD CAB POWERED BY 5.7L HEMI ---4WD---
Axle ratio: 3.55

Any Dodge owners out there that can vouch for this vehicle?
I have a 2011 Mega Cab 2500, 6.5 foot bed with the 5.7 Hemi. The truck weighs 6300lbs by itself and our trailer loaded is around 6000lbs (Roo 25RS) and it does fine. I weighed on a trip last year with a typical load for the 4 of us and we came in around 13,200lbs. It has to work some on hills but cruise manages the speed on interstates maintaining between 60-65mph and around 8.5mpg. Depending on percent / duration of climb it will hit 4k RPMs but that is just part of the process with a gas motor. I have the 3.92 ratio. We've put a little over 10k miles in towing over the last couple of years with very little flat terrain in our region or anywhere we've gone to and the only time I've been concerned was in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. We were loaded way more than normal, closer to 14k lbs and the climbing was intense. The engine repeatedly pushed over 5k and maintained around 35mph. There was no need to go any faster than that so the only real concern was trying to keep the trans temp in the 230s. Mileage was comical at 3.7 for that stretch. One thing to note is I have towed a buddy's heavier / longer trailer and it was much less work than mine. So there is an X factor depending on the aerodynamics / wheel & tire setup of the trailer being towed. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:57 AM   #17
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RAM truck owners...

thanks for that specific info Admiral Roo

I let that used 2007 Dodge hemi pass me by... I am looking at getting maybe a '09-'12 now as I see some RAM 1500 5.7 with well under 100K... some even have the larger gas tanks... although the 4.7 engine comes up for sale 10X more then the 5.7 engine...

I figure the short box, 4 doors, 3.92 or 4.10 gears and a 5.7 should do me just fine... Must I stay away from 3.55 gears altogether? ... also...
looks like many Canadian market used RAMs show up at dealer lots... Is there any reason to stay away from those?

now to find one that I can afford... my '01 van TV has an economically unsolvable intermittent electrical issue that kills the engine, so I will get nothing but junkyard price for it... I will be looking going into September as I hope there will be some trade-ins this time of year...
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:28 AM   #18
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Your welcome for the info. Not familiar with the canadian trucks. Good luck on the hunt, I'm sure you'll find something that fits the bill eventually.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:16 PM   #19
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I have a 2015 RAM Quad Cab ( not a Dodge) Laramie 4X4. It has 4 corner air suspension, 3:92 posi rear end, Hemi, 8 speed tranny. Once a year my RAM, not a Dodge, tows my 28RKX Wildcat MAXX (7,600lbs empty) round trip from Iowa to Seattle and back. This trip incorporate all types of terrain, desert, mountains, and everything in between. My Ram handles the Wildcat great, going up all the inclines and going down the other side. I know I'm on the edge for hauling capacity and went with the 1500 as it's my only vehicle and it's just what I wanted for a daily driver when not towing. We also use a Blue Ox Sway Pro WDH. Hope this helps at least a little.

PS- I towed this trailer once from Seattle to iowa with my 2011 Ram Quad Cab Hemi with 3:55 rear end. The Hemi did just fine even in the mountains with the 3:55, however, the coil rear suspension was 'taxed". Rear air bags would , IMHO, be needed to safely tow a 6000lb trailer with your truck.
What do you mean buy a ram not a dodge ....... isn't that like calling a chevy silverado a silverado not a chevy
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:28 AM   #20
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We bought a 2008 Aspen 4wd with the 5.7, 3:92 gears and the tow package. For some reason this was much less then a similar year and milage pickup, and much nicer inside. The 05-09 Durango and Aspen was body on frame and almost the same as the 1500 pickup, many shared parts. We paid $10,500 for one with 140,000 miles 2 years ago from a dealer, and it had every option. I have seen more similar deals since, I would maybe look for a 2009 as there was a bit more power with the variable valve timing my 2008 does not have. I do have the cylinder deactivation which works well day to day but it is disabled by the tow/haul button.

PS mine was from Canada and I don't think it changed anything except I needed a police VIN inspection when licensing it in Montana.
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