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Old 09-10-2019, 07:05 PM   #1
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Downsizing. Sold '17 Cedar Creek 40 foot 5th and Dodge 1 ton. Just purchased a 2016 Ram Ecodiesel 1/2 ton 4x4. Now looking for a smaller travel trailer. Is anybody towing travel trailers with the Ecodiesel?
I think I'm maxed out at 9,000 lbs on a trailer, but haven't hooked up to any thing yet to try it out.
Any suggestions?

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Check your payload first. That's the limiting factor with a Ram 1/2T and especially the Ecodiesel. Show us your payload sticker. How many people traveling with you? What do you think will be the weight of the people and gear in the truck?
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:28 PM   #3
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Has the eco diesel had the service recall for the emissions? From what I am reading on line everyone that has had it done says the engine performance is significantly decreased along with fuel mileage.
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Check your payload first. That's the limiting factor with a Ram 1/2T and especially the Ecodiesel. Show us your payload sticker. How many people traveling with you? What do you think will be the weight of the people and gear in the truck?
Thanks. Truck weight with passengers will be under the payload. Found towing capacity on the Ram web to be 7,700. Trailer I'm looking at is 6,300. With gear it will be close, but I might make an offer on it.
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Has the eco diesel had the service recall for the emissions? From what I am reading on line everyone that has had it done says the engine performance is significantly decreased along with fuel mileage.
Had the recall done two weeks after I bought the truck. So I can't compare any mileage figures or performance issues.
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Thanks. Truck weight with passengers will be under the payload. Found towing capacity on the Ram web to be 7,700. Trailer I'm looking at is 6,300. With gear it will be close, but I might make an offer on it.
Face in palm. I don't know where to start. I guess I'll just agree. As long as your passenger weights don't put you over your payload, you're good to go. Focus on the tow rating -- it's the most important figure for a 1/2 ton. Also, make sure to use trailer dry weights.

That was easy.

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Downsizing. Sold '17 Cedar Creek 40 foot 5th and Dodge 1 ton. Just purchased a 2016 Ram Ecodiesel 1/2 ton 4x4. Now looking for a smaller travel trailer. Is anybody towing travel trailers with the Ecodiesel?

I think I'm maxed out at 9,000 lbs on a trailer, but haven't hooked up to any thing yet to try it out.

Any suggestions?



Thanks.
I'm a ecodiesel commander pulling a Rockwood Ultra Light 2612WS, pulls easy, motor lives to work. The achilles heal is the cooling system it's under sized. Yes weight is an issue also.
As for the emission update, see ram1500diesel.com, seen quite few didnt go well and quite few went really well. As for me haven't done it yet, waiting for the mass stampede to get though. Being in IT, learned to wait for the bugs to get worked out.
Question for you, where you buy it from, 3rd party, independent dealer or Ram used lot? Curious if the update has been done.
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Thanks. Truck weight with passengers will be under the payload. Found towing capacity on the Ram web to be 7,700. Trailer I'm looking at is 6,300. With gear it will be close, but I might make an offer on it.
The payload number you found on the web means nothing. Every vehicle has a payload sticker and the number on it is usually way lower than the advertised number on the web since it doesn't account for any options on the truck.
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I'm a ecodiesel commander pulling a Rockwood Ultra Light 2612WS, pulls easy, motor lives to work. The achilles heal is the cooling system it's under sized. Yes weight is an issue also.
As for the emission update, see ram1500diesel.com, seen quite few didnt go well and quite few went really well. As for me haven't done it yet, waiting for the mass stampede to get though. Being in IT, learned to wait for the bugs to get worked out.
Question for you, where you buy it from, 3rd party, independent dealer or Ram used lot? Curious if the update has been done.
Certified Used vehicle from Original selling Ram dealer. They rolled on the extended warranty.
Update has been done.
I was also an IT guy and I had to fix the bugs!
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The payload number you found on the web means nothing. Every vehicle has a payload sticker and the number on it is usually way lower than the advertised number on the web since it doesn't account for any options on the truck.
I got the payload from the door sticker, not the web. From the Ram web, for my VIN, it stated 7,700.
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