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Old 02-06-2016, 03:01 PM   #11
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As mentioned, Max Payload sticker is usually somewhere on the driver's door frame. It refers to Max Payload as occupants, whats in the bed and tongue weight. Many F150, 1500, F250 and 2500 trucks can pull, but don't have much tongue weight left after loading their quad cabs and beds. Remember to read the manual - most Max Tow weights require TT brakes. Load equalizers/levelers do not reduce the tongue weight.

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Old 02-06-2016, 03:06 PM   #12
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As others have written, check the CCC on the yellow sticker on drivers door frame. Dodges are most times very low on this!

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Old 02-06-2016, 06:35 PM   #13
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The rear coil springs are responsible for the lower payload. They are also responsible for the much smoother ride during the 75 to 90 percent of the time while you are not towing. If you don't exceed your vehicle's ratings, they are great. If you need to pull a much heavier load, step up to a 2500.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:56 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by stevensmith2859 View Post
The max payload is 1700 LBS. I never really have much to put in the bed, but just want to be more confident on the road.....The avalanche makes my booty hole pucker at times, but it was also the "oh yeah, your Avalanche will have NO problem pulling this new camper that weighs 1000 more lbs dry than your trade in."
Why does ANYONE still believe the salesman when he says that?
Surely, by now even the most rank beginner, the most naive buy has learned to read a data plate, and know what his tow vehicle capacities are?
By now, haven't most of us bought enough automobiles to realize those lot guys as blowing smoke the vast majority of the time?
I trust VERY few of them and NEVER rely on them for opinions on my tow vehicle/load.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:04 AM   #15
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Either way, I think it will be a huge upgrade over the Avalanche. With 100 more hp and ft lbs of torque it will give me the hill climb ability that the avalanche is lacking. Thats what makes me a little nervous. Its my own fault, i knew the trailer was close to the max of the truck when I bought it, but not seeing the forest for the trees because it was so much nicer than what we traded in, so i bit hook, line, and sinker.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:21 AM   #16
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I think you will be just fine. Just make sure that you have LT tires.

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Old 02-07-2016, 11:44 AM   #17
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Sounds like you already have your mind made up on the 2013 Ram. I do love the Rams, but I did pull a 26.5', 8000 pound travel trailer with an identical truck as you refer to and was not happy with the experience at all. You, like all people will learn through your own experience, but in my own hindsight, I'd not consider anything besides 3/4 ton for the job you refer too. I learned my own lesson as everyone has to.
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:11 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Old codger View Post
I learned my own lesson as everyone has to.
you nailed it right there I have had 4 trucks in last 6 years. Should have bought the last one first. I'm sure many others have similar stories. As you want or need a bigger trailer, your truck needs grow also.

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