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Old 06-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #61
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Sorry, but I saw a Tundra with lots of Rear Sag and its nose pointed to the North Star just pulling a small 8ft trailer with a Golf Kart on it. No Thanks. What the Engine Can Pull vs what the truck SHOULD pull are totally different.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:55 PM   #62
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I'm sure you think all is fine. But I thought the same When I towed a 7300lb TT with an 10 F150 Maxtow. But in reality I was maxed out on GVW and RAWR. Moved on to a Ram 2500 CTD. Night and day. Even w/o the diesel any 3/4 ton will out perform a 1/2 ton.

I now have a 13 Fox Mountain 235 RLS. According to the door sticker the pin is 1385, dry axle is 5860, UVW is 7185. All loaded up the total is 8500lbs. Well under the Rams 12,500 tow rating. But the clincher is the pin weight. I started out at 1385 and as it sits ready to camp its at 1700lbs. In Oregon there are scales on the hwys here and there. Even when they say 'closed' they are still operational. So for giggles I usually pull in. Only takes a couple mins to get weighed. I don't carry any more than the other guy, usually about 11-1300lbs total. The Rams CCC is 2176lbs and the GVW is 9600. Last time across the scales my trucks weight was around 9400lbs. Close to the GVW. So even though I have a 3/4 ton diesel I am still close on GVW. Way under the RAWR, tow rating and GCVWR. It's a give and take with weights. Just because a truck has a high tow rating doesn't mean it can tow it.

Your dry brochure pin is 1046lbs. That goes directly on the trucks GVW and RAWR. Now add another 150lbs for your hitch and your near 1200lbs. According to the Ram site a 1500 Laramie 5.7 only has 1301lbs of payload. You're already near your max payload and you haven't put anything if the front cargo area or in the bedroom yet. Add you and whoever and whatever that goes in the truck and I'm guessing (like you are) that your over the trucks GVW by 4-500lbs and also over the RAWR by 3-500lbs. Your tow rating is 8450 with 3.55's and 9950 with 3.92's. You under your tow rating with either gear choice. So that's good which means the only thing your under is the GCVWR. You don't need a diesel to tow that but IMO a 3/4 is the better choice. If you're happy with the performance then more power to you. You are probably stuck with the 1500 for awhile, but I would look at getting into getting a 3/4 ton if it were me.
People also overlook the Transmissions and TransferCase(if its4x4) and engine and transmission oil coolers etc. Not only that, but just the entire frame setup is bigger on 3/4tons. Theres a reason why a 3/4-1ton truck has big axles as well.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:20 PM   #63
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It's amazing how people want to spend other folk's money on a new, bigger truck just so they can be loaded less than a lawyer's sticker and not be at the limit. Mind boggling.

As stated before, what is acceptable to one might be totally unacceptable to someone else. Just like politicians argue all the time. That's what makes this such an interesting world. Everyone is different and has an opinion.
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To reply to OP's original question...no, this has never happened to me because I've always used a 3/4 ton gasser for our TT's & diesel for our 5'ver.

At the end of the day, you have to feel comfortable with how you choose to tow BUT regardless of what I do, I always recommend someone to do the math on your setup vs going with what you see other people hauling on the road.

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Old 06-04-2013, 03:23 PM   #65
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To reply to OP's original question...no, this has never happened to me because I've always used a 3/4 ton gasser for our TT's & diesel for our 5'ver.

At the end of the day, you have to feel comfortable with how you choose to tow BUT regardless of what I do, I always recommend someone to do the math on your setup vs going with what you see other people hauling on the road.

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Amen Ragin Cajun to each his own.
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I guess when you bring up the term 'weight police' you're just setting yourself up for advice

Some people are just more informed that others.
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Anyone interested in a group buy for some badges that say "FR Weight Police"?
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LOL that's good. At least he didn't post over on RV.net
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Anyone interested in a group buy for some badges that say "FR Weight Police"?
Can u violate policy and still be a member?
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I'd say that's mandatory lol
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