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Old 04-10-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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Towing with Ram 1500

We are currently looking for a new tow vehicle and on a limited budget. Here in western Massachusetts it is hard to find a 3/4 ton that isn't rotting out or been abused as a plow truck.

I came across a 2011 Ram 1500 quad cab Laramie with 3.55 gears 20 inch wheels, our current trailer is 4000lbs dry and 22 feet so I feel confident this would be an improvement over the Durango we currently tow with.

My question is we are looking at a Salem cruise lite 263bhxl with the sticker weight just under 6000lbs dry. With this being a 32 foot trailer would towing with the half ton be difficult? Best information I found is max trailer weight 8350lbs but I know the length of the trailer can make a difference.
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Look out west for a used 3/4-ton truck for sale in great shape...

They are all over the place!
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:28 PM   #3
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Look out west for a used 3/4-ton truck for sale in great shape...

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yea if you want a truck with 180,000 miles or more . been looking for quite sometime unless you pay almost retail for a used low mileage truck almost better buying new at least out west . plus you have to watch out for all the traded in oil rig trucks that get beat to heck
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:30 PM   #4
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That is probably ball to bumper the floorplan is likely 28'. 6k dry normally turns into 7k camp ready which would warrant a WDH with built in sway control. And if using a half ton a trip to the scales to assure a stable setup.

If you get a used Ram 1500 I would look for a MY 13 so as to find the dramatically better 8 speed transmission. You might also prefer the 3.92 gear.

I have had the best luck with Andersen, Husky Centerline, and Blue Ox sway pro weight distribution hitches. Chinese steel off brand hitches and harsh riding noisy square springs bars not so much. Make memories family camping.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:09 PM   #5
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I came across a 2011 Ram 1500 quad cab Laramie with 3.55 gears 20 inch wheels, our current trailer is 4000lbs dry and 22 feet so I feel confident this would be an improvement over the Durango we currently tow with.
You need to look at the truck's payload capacity sticker. Payload capacity is more important than towing capacity since nearly all vehicles will run out of payload capacity WAY before reaching max towing capacity.
I wouldn't be surprised if that Ram had the same or lower payload capacity than your Durango.
You also didn't mention engine size or if it has the factory tow package.
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You need to look at the truck's payload capacity sticker. Payload capacity is more important than towing capacity since nearly all vehicles will run out of payload capacity WAY before reaching max towing capacity.
I wouldn't be surprised if that Ram had the same or lower payload capacity than your Durango.
You also didn't mention engine size or if it has the factory tow package.
Agreed, OP mentioned Laramie and 20" wheels, none of which are important to tow capability.
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I have a 2014 Ram 1500 Crew can. I use an E4 Equalizer hitch. My trailer is a 2019 Wildwood 30KQBSS. 32 feet total length. Dry weight is 6900. Pulls just fine. I even have 35Ē tires. Would do even better with stock 20ís...lol
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Agreed, OP mentioned Laramie and 20" wheels, none of which are important to tow capability.
Ok let me start by saying yes it is relevant if you look at the charts you will see that the 2011 Quad Cab Laramie 1. they only come with the 5.7 L Hemi, 2. the difference between the 17" and 20" wheels is small but makes a difference.

The GVWR 6,700 Payload 1,570, GCWR 14,000 with a recommended max trailer weight of 8,350 My questions was not about tow capacity as I can see a 6000lb dry weight is fine my question was about towing a 32' trailer with a half ton.

As for the Durango it has 3.21 gears with a 4.7 L V8, max tow capacity of 6,000 lbs. I can't recall the payload off the top of my head but anytime we go away for more than a weekend we are for sure over it.

VernDiesel thank you very much I didn't think of the length as being less for just the floor plan which is where the concern is. We use a WDH now and would get a bigger one for the new trailer.
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You can pull it of course. But the larger unit will probably be about maxed for the 3.55s.
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