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Old 02-11-2015, 10:49 AM   #31
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Yeah, and how many that think they can pull a 40' toy hauler with a vw bug.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:51 AM   #32
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I am not saying he "needs" a 2500 for his current set up. I was simply stating that when and if he upgrades his TT (which I believe he indicated was a possibility in the next few years). You will be fine with a half ton for now but when you get a shell and upgrade TTs or carry extra unanticipated gear the OP will be close to or over the payload rating. I was just giving my opinion on the subject.

I know people go overloaded all the time and that is a personal choice or they truly have never weighed and actually don't know, I was overloaded with an older half ton for years, I just went slower and was careful, frankly you can do what you want and I was just saying what I do.

I am a firm believer in I would rather have too much than not enough but you can use a half ton, thousands of people do it every day.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:53 AM   #33
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I'm often amused in here by the many who think everyone needs a V-12 diesel engine to pull a 4,000 pound trailer!

But my Tundra can pull the Space Shuttle...so how 'bout that? ;-)

Here in Baton Rouge, once a year, the retarded kids pull a 737 at the airport, with a rope, as a fundraiser. Maybe you could hire them to move your camper. Im sure they don't charge $60k
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:54 AM   #34
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i would think 10% would be fine while the truck is new in 5-7 years, 20% may be a better margin after that time frame. At no time will I be under, i am gonna be over.
Good point- that's another thing that I question when it comes to towing and hauling. Do these ratings account for mechanical wear? Or are they rated assuming everything is new and 100% condition? As shocks, bushings, brakes, tires, etc. wear and age, you WILL lose handling and stopping ability. I never see anyone preaching about this, though. Just a few more of those "myriad" of unknown variable I've been speaking of that proves it is actually impossible to post a static number on a door jamb that defines the "safe" point.
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:00 AM   #35
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I am not saying he "needs" a 2500 for his current set up. I was simply stating that when and if he upgrades his TT (which I believe he indicated was a possibility in the next few years). You will be fine with a half ton for now but when you get a shell and upgrade TTs or carry extra unanticipated gear the OP will be close to or over the payload rating. I was just giving my opinion on the subject.

I know people go overloaded all the time and that is a personal choice or they truly have never weighed and actually don't know, I was overloaded with an older half ton for years, I just went slower and was careful, frankly you can do what you want and I was just saying what I do.

I am a firm believer in I would rather have too much than not enough but you can use a half ton, thousands of people do it every day.
I think you and I both feel about the same on the issue. I will add that, upon consideration of the installation of a fiberglass topper and the load he plans to carry- plus the expectation of upgrading in a few years, I think I would suggest he go with the 2500 rather than the 1500 like I first suggested. Upon pondering it, the 1500 is notorious for having soft suspension for ride quality, and the topper shifting the center of gravity up combined with the soft coil suspension might not handle well at all. If going with a Ford or Chevy with traditional leaf springs, I might be inclined to recommend adding bags and stiffer shocks, but, once again, I'm thinking the 2500 might be the better Ram.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:42 PM   #36
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I appreciate the opinions expressed here.

I have been able to find everything I want on a 2500 for about $2500 over the cost of the similar equipped 1500. Additionally it has some nicer things like towing mirrors, back up camera and is pre set up for a fifth wheel/ gooseneck. Another bonus feature is that its in a color the wife likes.
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Yeah, and how many that think they can pull a 40' toy hauler with a vw bug.
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I've watched the video for this...it is pretty cool!
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I've watched the video for this...it is pretty cool!
Now if FR can just build one towable by a smart car the environment will recover.
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People tend to upgrade to bigger and bigger RV's. Given this, you should look to buy a bigger truck and higher tow capacity.
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