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Old 04-11-2019, 06:36 PM   #1
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Payload and tongue weight

In the near future we intend to upgrade from the Tundra (lousy payload) to a Ram 2500 with 3,380 lbs of payload. The wife is not crazy about 5th wheels for a variety of reasons so we will be staying with a TT. I understand pin weights but I was curious as to how much tongue weight a factory equipped HD truck is allowed. I see the numbers on the tech spec, about Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. of 14,410 lbs but do I need to be concerned about a max tongue weight?

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Old 04-11-2019, 06:43 PM   #2
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As long as your total payload including the trailer tongue weight does not exceed 3380lbs your good.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:58 PM   #3
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I wish I had 3380 of payload; i'd be towing in the next millennia.

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What is your hitch receiver rated for? That is one possible maximum. Another is your rear axle rating? Unless you go for a truly massive trailer, you should be fine. Do the arithmetic anyway. 15% of GVWR yields a quick, conservative estimate.
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In the near future we intend to upgrade from the Tundra (lousy payload) to a Ram 2500 with 3,380 lbs of payload. The wife is not crazy about 5th wheels for a variety of reasons so we will be staying with a TT. I understand pin weights but I was curious as to how much tongue weight a factory equipped HD truck is allowed. I see the numbers on the tech spec, about Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. of 14,410 lbs but do I need to be concerned about a max tongue weight?

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It should say on the hitch . 1,400 lbs seems to be close to a max with wdh
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Blue Ox can go to 2000 lbs
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As an example, the truck in my signature is rated to tow 12,200 and the max hitch rated tongue weight is 1250 with a WDH. If the trailer I'm towing has a 15% tongue weight at 1250, the trailer would only be 8,333 pounds. And, if it had an 11% tongue weight at 1250, the trailer could be 11,363
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Blue Ox can go to 2000 lbs
Even with a factory hitch rating substantially less than that?
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In the near future we intend to upgrade from the Tundra (lousy payload) to a Ram 2500 with 3,380 lbs of payload. The wife is not crazy about 5th wheels for a variety of reasons so we will be staying with a TT. I understand pin weights but I was curious as to how much tongue weight a factory equipped HD truck is allowed. I see the numbers on the tech spec, about Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. of 14,410 lbs but do I need to be concerned about a max tongue weight?

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Yes, you need to be concerned about tongue weight as there is a max weight limit on the reciever...the truck also has a limit.

What year truck?

I nearly bought a 2018 Ram 2500. I remember a maxium tongue weight of 1800lbs with the factory class V receiver.

The HD Chevy factory class V receiver has a limit of 2000lbs tongue weight and doesn't require a WDH all they way up to the limit.

I don't remember the numbers on the Ford as I ruled that one out early on in the shopping process.
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From what I could see in Googling, the RAM truck tongue weight is determined by the class of hitch it has on it. A class 5 hitch is rated at 1,800 lbs, which most likely would be your limit.

The chart for the RAM truck is: https://www.ramtrucks.com/BodyBuilde...ficationId=390
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