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Old 11-11-2018, 10:34 AM   #1
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Pulling trailer with 1500 Dodge Ram

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Just some advice for traveling in the mountains heading down 75. Itís a V-6.
Trailer is a 25 feet RTL 2506s. We have taken 75 from Ohio to Florida at least 20 times. But never with a trailer.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:17 PM   #2
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Hi

Just some advice for traveling in the mountains heading down 75. Itís a V-6.
Trailer is a 25 feet RTL 2506s. We have taken 75 from Ohio to Florida at least 20 times. But never with a trailer.
We need way more info on your truck.
Year, engine size, cab size, bed size, 4x4 or not, factory tow package or not, rear end ratio and payload capacity.
Just saying v-6 isn't enough.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:41 PM   #3
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Most 1500 Ram Truck Owners install AIR BAGs inside their Rear Coil Springs! I bet you will not use Top Gear or Overdrive! Do you have "Tow/Haul"? You will see a BIG DROP in Fuel Mileage also! Make sure you use your 4 Way Flashers going up "Gellico,Mt.Tenn."! Youroo!!
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:53 PM   #4
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Listed dry weight looks to 5109 pounds...

Here is the link to where I found info:

https://rv.campingworld.com/rvdetail...20k-LVN1561059

I'm thinking that by the time that thing is loaded the truck and engine might not be enough for the mountains.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:56 PM   #5
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The issue will be the heavier tongue weight of a front kitchen floorplan and the Ram 1500's poor payload capacities, unless it's a 2019 model.
With a fictional "dry" tongue weight of 720lbs, add the weights of batteries, water, options and cargo, the loaded tongue weight could balloon up to 1000lbs.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:00 PM   #6
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I started out pulling my Keystone Springdale 256RLL but it wasnít long before I went to a 2500 diesel. My Silverado 1500 just didnít like Black Mountain outside of Asheville NC. I got the best fuel mileage pulling that camper with the 1500 Silverado. When I first brought the 1500 I didnít take the truck home, I had the muffler cut off and a pump pipe welded in place with dual exhaust pipes. That truck sounded so cool. When I pulled the camper with the Silverado you couldnít even hear yourself think, DW said something had to go, so I brought a Silverado 2500 diesel. I should have kept the Springdale, it was easy to park and easy to pull along with the Silverado 1500
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What year? What transmission speeds, 4 speed, 6 speed?

You might have a better chance pulling that trailer over the mountains using I-71 south in KY to I-65 from Louisville to Nashville... much lower hills and easier that way...

I could not keep up with my 5.2L V-8, 2001 Dodge van with 3 speed + OD... pulled in line with the 45 MPH trucks going up the mountains with that rig...

My current 2014 RAM with 5.7 and 8 speed is NO PROBLEM at all...
of course my GVRW is about 4800# which is a bit lighter than your 6000#+ trailer
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:31 PM   #8
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If your Ram is a late model with the 3.6l Pentastar V6 and 8 speed transmission I think you will be fine making the trip, but an older truck that doesn’t have this engine/tranny combo, no way would I attempt this trip.
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Truck is 2017. 3.6 liter. V6-valve VVT engine. 8 speed automatic 845RE transmission

3.55 rear axle
Ram 1500 Big horn crew cab 4x4

Has a tow haul button

We are taking it to a car scale to make sure we are under on all weight

Big ox 750 lbs hitch

We have taken out a few times a few hours. Never in mountains.

We are not using water or frig
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You will be just fine. We pull a 2504s with a 2014 Silverado with a V6 and a 6 speed. Pulled to Florida down I75. Had to drop to third gear on big hills. You have more gears and a better axle ratio than me. Going up big hills, just get over in the right lane and manually drop gears until the truck pulls good. I usually go up steep hills in third gear at 35-3800 rpm. Find out the trucks ďpower rangeĒ and keep it there when climbing up big hills. Jay
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