Originally Posted by crystaldmm
...2 1/2 month summer cross country trip.
Wow! You must be teachers, with the summer off.
TV is a 2105 RAM 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4 x 2, 5'7" bed, 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel, 3.55 rear axle ratio, with Max Trailer Weight Rating of 7,870 pounds. Per the Towing Chart: GVWR is 6950, Payload is 1540
TT is a 2016 Cherokee Grey Wolf 26DBH with dry weight of 5757 pounds.
1200 lbs!?! Just people weight!? In a pickup?!?!
Are you sure about that number, or does that include luggage and other items?
If that 1200 lbs included luggage, forget that. Put the luggage in the camper, and include only the actual people-weight in the truck.
That 1200 would have to come off of the 1540 payload rating, leaving you only 340 lbs for tongue weight. 5757 dry trailer. We typically say 1000 over dry for estimated loaded weight. But lets say you are conservative (don't tow with water...buy groceries when needed) and call it 6600 loaded estimate. Using the bare minimum 10% TW is already 660 lbs. You are 320 lbs over payload capacity, and you haven't even put anything in the bed of the pickup yet. So hopefully that 1200 should be at least 320 lbs lower, by adding up actual people-weight.
I think you can handle the camper. 6600 lbs vs 7870 MAX rating.
But it seems you have a combined weight problem brewing that would surface in the payload. Look up your GCVWR. Subtract the 6600 lbs estimated loaded trailer. Subtract the empty weight of the truck (when you find or measure it). This will tell you have much actual capacity you have left for driver, passengers, and cargo in or on the truck.
We do have a Reese WD bar and are willing to consider additional things (like airbag assist or suggestions?) if needed.
Airbags and other suspension mods do nothing to increase towing or weight carrying capacity. They are comfort modifications for vehicles that are already within their limits. Do not rely on such things to correct a problem.