Originally Posted by ryand
Truck has just over 500 miles and as luck would have it we are heading out this weekend. Just finished my tow test and to say that I was shocked was an understatement.
Stats: last weigh in was 6900 lbs. since I have added a second battery and a few more thing so assume 7100# trailer. It's tounge heavy and based on last weigh I would guess 900.
First off....the whole Xtra large receiver threw me for a loop until I found the sleeve under the seat. A very quick lesson was also learned regarding the diff. Of ram 1/2 ton springs and 3/4 ton. This thing barely gave up 1.5 inches without hooking the bars up! Solid as a rock. My old ram would have had the receiver in the dirt without the w/d bars hooked. Did a 7 mile tow test on the highway acceleration under medium throttle we were up to 60 by the time it was time to merge. With tow haul on, cruising at 62 mph is just a tick over 2k Rpms and in 5th gear. Quiet. Shockingly quiet. Same route with the 1500 it was working hard and you heard it. We were in 4th gear the majority of the time over 3k Rpms just to maintain 65. The other take away is the stopping power. All in all it is night and day over my old truck. The whole rig seems more settled and stable. I will need to adjust the WD bars as they are putting much less force back into the truck and the trailer is just a tad nose high but otherwise we are going to give it a go. My 1/2 ton got the job done for 4 years and never let us down but we were overloaded. I can put 1k of gear in the bed and fill it full of people and hit the road. It's a good feeling knowing we are just a little safer now.
Not really having a good judge of mpg yet, but would assume it will be a bit better than the 1500 and if I can see 9-10mpg wile towing I'm happy.
Oh and trailer tow mirrors are awesome.
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For that weight of trailer you are really going to enjoy that truck! You will/should also see that 9-10 mpg towing you are hoping.
My 6.4 hemi was getting 9 running in 4th and 5th gear for the most part on the highway. I was pulling an 8,000 37' bumper pull at that point and had no troubles.
I then stepped up the the fifth wheel at 12,000 pounds and the hemi really began to drink the fuel... still had plenty of power to pull it but a bit thirsty...