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Old 09-17-2015, 09:47 AM   #11
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Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the loaded weight of the trailer.

So if the trailer weighs 8,600#, 10 to 15 percent of that is 860-1290#.

So you take that TW 860-1290 and subtract it from your payload rating.

1,450 - 860 = 590
1,450 - 1,290 = 160

After you add a 8,600# camper to your bumper (with a tongue weight of 10 to 15%) you will have 160-590 # or payload left.

Remember you cant get to these figures by using dry weight numbers, you have to figure it from loaded weight. Also, you will have to account for people and other cargo, for example you have 160 - 590# left over for gear, pets, people, cargo, toys, WDH and bikes.

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Old 09-17-2015, 10:03 AM   #12
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I have a 282rk 35ft hemisphere and a 2013 hemi ram 1500.... it tows real nice! I have a good eq hitch and air bag to keep the ride level. I'm getting 10-12mpg towing on fairly level roads....

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Old 09-17-2015, 10:12 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by MattyDubs2209 View Post
Payload on my current Ram 1500 is 1,450. (Towing is 8,600)... my questions is how heavy a trailer can I go and not max out that payload?

The Ram 2500 I am looking at would give me a payload of 3,150 and could tow 12,500 so perhaps the change of truck is more inevitable.
That 2500 is sweet truck.. I love mine and payload is no issue. I have a camper shell a load of wood and a cooler full of adult beverages and don't have to worry about my weight.

On small side note, my TV is in my signature, and its listed with the same specs you stated, but my actual payload on the door shows 2994
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:53 PM   #14
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If you are going to be towing in the mountains, keeping a cushion is necessary. That first recommendation of no more than 6000 dry sounds reasonable, to keep you under 7000 loaded.

7000 * 13% on the tongue = 910lbs TW
Add the hitch and you're a bit over 1000lbs
Seems like you'll still have 400 lbs of capacity in the bed. If only 12% TW, even more available.

You definitely do not need another truck in order to find a nice TT for the 2 of you.

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