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Old 06-07-2016, 12:45 PM   #1
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New ram 1500 Eco diesel question

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I have been told that the new 1500 with self levelling suspension will tow a 8280 ultra lite

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Old 06-07-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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I'd check your door jam for sticker for correct towing weight.. Later RJD
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:00 PM   #3
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My understanding is that the eco diesel is rated to tow just over 8K pounds so that sounds about right to me. But as others have said look for the yellow sticker on the door jam.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:27 PM   #4
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New ram 1500 Eco diesel question

Rockwood 8280 fifth wheel or 8,280 lb trailer? Either way I wouldn't do it since the payload rating is typically about 1200 lbs. I have never seen a tow rating rating on a door sticker. Maybe this is something new.


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Old 06-07-2016, 04:03 PM   #6
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Truck would need the payload to support the hitch weight, fiver hitch, driver and passengers. Do the math.


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Old 06-07-2016, 04:24 PM   #7
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I wouldn't tow a fiver with it.

Your towing weigh is approximately 8,000lbs for the 3.55 axle and 9,000lbs for the 3.9 axle. Your payload is probably around 1200 to 1300 lbs. I wouldn't tow a fiver with it. Your pin weight will eat most of you rpayload
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:51 PM   #8
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What about the 2902 Ultra-Lite ?

My truck handles the 2604WS. (But I don't have air springs.)

Pretty sure if you check the EcoDiesel website. You cannot have a 5th wheel with the air spring truck. (Something in the way ??)
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some fifth wheel hitches say they don't fit (Curt) installation instructions....

"Drilling into the vehicle frame is required to install this product
When using a slider with this hitch, the lowest height setting will not be able to be used on the hitch
Hitch installation is not recommended for models with Rambox
Product does not fit models with factory Air Suspension system"
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:29 PM   #9
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I would never use a 1/2 ton for pulling a 5th wheel. That eco diesel is Ok for small trailers but runs out of steam real quick once you pass 60MPH. I saw a road test on the ram eco, the ford ecoboost 2.7 and 3.5, the chevy/gmc 5.3 and 6.2 gas motors. In the test the ram eco did fine until it had to hit the highway, it doesn't have the power you really need. Go with the ram 2500/3500 6.4 hemi or the 6.7 diesel. At least get a 3/4 ton truck to handle the bed load.
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I have a 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel without air suspension. I tow a Rockwood 2604WS that weighs about 6200 pounds loaded for travel. The engine and transmission handle this load with ease as long as you realize you've only got about 183 cubic inches of engine under the hood. The engine has a lot of torque at 2,000-3,000 rpm so it never seems to be really straining to do it's job. This is NOT a Cummins, it is not a 6.4 Hemi, and it will not be happy towing 10,000 pounds. It is a quiet, smooth half-ton that gets about 15 mpg towing, 23-24 not towing and 26 on interstate trips. Payload limitations are the limiting rating. As delivered, my yellow door sticker shows 1,200 pounds payload. With the 6,200 pound trailer (800 pounds tongue weight), me, the DW, the dog and a few tools in the bed I'm 80 pounds over the payload rating and 90 pounds over the 6,950 pound GVWR. It's a nice truck, it's not a heavy duty truck.
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