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Old 04-09-2014, 01:38 PM   #31
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Awesome guys. Thanks so much for the informative replies. Not the answers I was hoping for, but I had a feeling these salespeople were clueless. That's exactly why I decided to post here where the real professionals could tell me what my truck could and couldn't handle.


So, if I stepped up to the Ram 2500, would the 3/4 ton truck handle the Rockwood 8289WS?


Thanks so much for the info!
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X2 what everyone else said. A standard 1/2 ton truck can't tow virtually all 5th wheels (maybe 1 or 2 of the really small ones)

I can't speak for your Ram, but I know that in order to tow our 8289 we had to custom order our F150 from the factory with every towing/heavy duty option on it. As it sits, our beast is rated for 11,800.

So yeah, you can tow these ultralights with a 1/2 ton...but the way you have to mod the 1/2 ton out it is really a 3/4 ton in everything but name (and frame )

So, to answer your question, you betcha! Upgrade to a 2500 and - with the right differential & tow package on it, you could probably pull a 5er even larger than the 8289WS
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:47 PM   #32
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Agree, don't know why folks evidently don't realize that's why they have several different gears in the transmission just for that purpose plus they are automatic.


I do realize there are several different gears and I fully understand the transmission is going to find its optimal choice. If you read my whole paragraph and not just pick parts to dog on then you would have caught that I mentioned an 8 speed with 3.55 is going to be busy hunting gears. The trans shifting and hunting for gears isn't going to be an issue per say but I wouldn't like it. I'm not a huge fan of the 6 speeds, but it makes sense to have them to give you a wider range of overall gear ratios to the ground.

Like i stated before every time a transmission shifts it is inherit that the trans is going to be applying and disengaging clutches which produces heat... thus each shift is creating more and more heat within... not necessarily an issue, but it may quickly become one...
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:56 PM   #33
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...Like i stated before every time a transmission shifts it is inherit that the trans is going to be applying and disengaging clutches which produces heat... thus each shift is creating more and more heat within... not necessarily an issue, but it may quickly become one...
Assuming he has a trans cooler, I don't think that would be an issue. Mine has a 4 speed and so far, (knock on wood) haven't had a problem. I do use Mobil 1 synthetic in the tranny and rear end.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:22 PM   #34
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If you change your gears you will have to change both the front and rear differential.
And get the computer reflashed to match, it's more than correcting the speedometer, it corrects shift points, engine load calculations, etc. Honestly it's a real pain to change gear ratios today.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:29 PM   #35
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That's great to hear about the WDH and SCD! We are going to hit a couple other RV dealerships today and see what else is out there in regards to TT's.



Would it be worth while to look at changing my gears in the current truck from the 3.55's to the 3.92's? I know it wouldn't be cheap to do, but it would give me a little over 10,000 lbs towing vs the 8,600 on the current set up.

The 8 speed tranny is a thing of beauty and I really hate to have to give that feature of the 1500 up. Like I mentioned before, it seems like it is always in the power band and it accelerates on a dime. Granted it's not pulling anything right now.
Changing gear ratio won't do anything to your payload rating which is your weak link. There are many TT's in the 7000-7500lb. range that are roomy and have lots of amenities.

I personally wouldn't go past the 7500lb. TT to use with any 1/2 ton but that's just me. Your mileage may vary.

Good luck with the search.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:01 PM   #36
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Being retired, I am also not in a race or a hurry. I could also downshift and stay at 60, or spend $40,000 for a new bigger truck, but choose not to. To each his own.
I agree with OC.

I don't want to start a flame war with whose truck is "MoPowerful," but with our EcoBoost, I can pull our 5er up a 6% at 70 - if I wanted to. Why don't I?

Remember the gas consumption vs speed discussion we had a week or so ago

There's your answer...today on NPR they reported that the national average today is $3.61...
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:04 PM   #37
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If I may offer a suggestion.

Go pick out what ever 3/4 truck you want and get a price for it, then get a price for a 1 ton.

The 1 ton will give you the option of getting a bigger trailer without the cost of a new bigger TV again.

Anyway good luck with the hunt and welcome to the forums.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:34 PM   #38
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Sure easy to spend someone else's money. Just like the folks in Washington, DC.
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