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Old 04-23-2018, 08:00 AM   #1
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Towing with Ram 1500 crew cab

New to rv s. My 2016 Ram 1500 crew cab with 5.7 hemi and 3.21 gears has trouble towing my Viking 17 sbh which weighs only 3700 lbs loaded. I don't have a weight distribution hitch yet. Trailer seems to bounce .Any suggestions?
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:13 AM   #2
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Get a WDH, that should help a bit, but, also, make sure you're level, or, adjust your hitch ball to get the trailer level. I wouldn't think that you would have any issues at all with a trailer that light.

WDH with sway control will make things more solid, but, at this weight, I would think you could almost due without it... if the problem persists, I would think about checking tire balance.

You should also generally run your tow vehicle tires and trailer tires toward the maximum air pressure allowable to stiffen everything up.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:28 AM   #3
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I agree, seems to me that your RV is not sitting level or the front sightly down. Also, are your Ram tires inflated to the max pressure shown on the side of the tire? You will also find that certain concrete highways will cause your Rv to porpoise (front rapidly bounce up/down).
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My Ram turned out to have a pretty low payload compared to what I thought the truck should be capable of. The coil suspension is great for unloaded driving, but it really makes it squat when loaded up. Even that light, I think you'll want a WDH with that truck.

Do you by chance know the actual tongue weight? That will make a difference on the recommendations about which WDH to look into. With our TT, we just accepted the dealer offered WDH. We didn't know any better starting out. If I had to do it again, I'd be really looking hard at the Andersen. Lightweight, no bars to muck with, it seems like a better solution than the 4 bar (2 load, 2 sway) hitch my TT had.

https://andersenhitches.com/Catalog/...ion-hitch.aspx
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With that light of a trailer one sway bar should be enough!

That is all I had with both of my TT's, and they were both in the $7500 pound range!
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You will love the Andersen wdh
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Old 04-23-2018, 10:26 AM   #7
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Based on dry weights, the hitch weight is around 15% of the dry trailer weigh... so... if you're front loading the trailer, it could be a little heavy on hitch weight (as a ratio of total trailer weight)... I think 10-15% is a good place to be, but, with dry already being 15% (you need to check , I did a quick google search, could be horribly wrong though), add propane and whatever you have loaded and your balance could be off.

I would guess your payload is 1200#-ish, at 15% of 3700#, that's 550# tongue weight, leaving you roughly 650 for driver/passengers/gear... again, check these numbers. Move some of your load back if you can. I wouldn't hesitate at all to pull that trailer with a Ram 1500. Had several of them, pulled my 3200# boat with no issues at all. Wind isn't the same as an RV, but, you should be able to balance the weight to make it a comfortable tow.
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Your 3.21 rear end is Not a good ratio for towing.
That's your truck's weak spot.
Probably has a low payload capacity.
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Your 3.21 rear end is Not a good ratio for towing.
That's your truck's weak spot.
Probably has a low payload capacity.
And maybe not the tow package, either...
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i went with a husky wdh built in sway. bars
and i went with air lift 1000 air has and lt tires
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