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Old 01-01-2013, 07:43 PM   #11
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2004 1500 4X4 Quad cab 5.7L Hemi; towing our 2012 Windjammer 2809W, dry weight 6225. Weighed mine right before our last trip, 6887.

Gas milage was about 12 mpg on the last trip; one previous trip was about 10 mpg, but went out to western part of Virginia, llots of hills.

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #12
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I should add it tows really well. DH can forget the camper is even there, our gas milage just really sucks like I said before.

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:58 PM   #13
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We tow with a 2011 Ram 1500, 5.7L hemi, crew cab, with tow package, 3.92 differential, and air lift bags in the rear coils. We tow a 2012 Flagstaff V Lite, 30WFKSS...last trip trailer weighed fully loaded at 7460 lbs.

Gas mileage was poor on our first big trip, averaged about 8.5 mpg but that was up and down and through half a dozen mountain ranges out west , so it was acceptable, better by 1 or 2 mpg without big mountains or strong headwinds....driving without towing the rest of the time, mileage is ok for a full size pickup, which is why we like the 1500.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:15 PM   #14
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I have a 04 1500 with 3.92 rear end and off road package, I've added firestone airbags. I tow a 2011 Rockwood 8281ss 5th wheel, weighs around 8000 pounds, pulls it fine, but I don't take long trips. Depending on wind I get 7 to 10 miles per gallon towing and 14 regular.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:14 AM   #15
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WE tow with a 2011 Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi crew cab with 3.92 gears. It pulls our 2011 Rockwood 2604ss real well. Approx. loaded wait 6300 lbs. Took several trips last summer from Ohio to central Pa. Also went to Myrtle Beach S.C. in oct.and was satisfied with the way the truck pulled thru the mountains. M.P.G. was about 9-9.5 on both trips. Did get approx 11 towing across Indiana last summer. Real happy with truck.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:33 PM   #16
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2009 crew cab with hemi. Tow a 33' TT 2012 flagstaff 831rkss , 6200 lbs dry
Bought the T 1000 air bags and they really help . Have the 4 way equalizer
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:04 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by JFM-jr View Post
In all fairness that Megacab tho "technically" listed as a 1500 is a 2500. The only thing on that truck that is from a 1500 is the rear leaf springs. Every other aspect of it is a 2500 series. The chassis,axles,brakes all from a 2500 series heavy duty truck. As for the OP question I had an 04 1500 series Ram with a 5.7 it towed my 1st camper that weighted about 5600 pounds just fine. I bought my current 30' TT that weighs about 7500 pounds loaded and it was tougher on the truck. I simply felt just outside my comfort zone so the step up to my current 2500 was made.
Maybe so but Dodge has chosen to rate the Megacab trucks very poorly as far as tow capacity goes.

For example:

2008 1500 Megacab Laramie 4x4
3.73 gears GVWR 8510 payload 2070 GCWR 14000 max trailer 7400lbs
4.10 gears GVWR 8510 payload 2070 GCWR 15000 max trailer 8400lbs

2008 2500 Megacab Laramie 4x4
3.73 gears GVWR 8800 payload 2310 GCWR 15000 max trailer 8350lbs
4.10 gears GVWR 8800 payload 2310 GCWR 17000 max trailer 10350lbs

I am not trying to pi$$ anyone off but I used to own an 08 2500 Megacab and that was one of my pet peaves about it was how Dodge derated them.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:51 AM   #18
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I have a 2006 ram 1500 with a 5.7 hemi with crew cab. I pull a 2012 Salem 27rls at 6400 lbs.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:00 AM   #19
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I agree Dodge is pretty conservative with their towing numbers. My current 2500 with the factory 3.73 is rated to tow 8800 with a 2700 payload and the simple jump to a 4.10 gear adds 2K pounds to the towing number. In my case with the original 3.73 its 8800 and the half ton Ram I owned prior was rated to tow 8500. Obviously payload was about half but on paper the towing capacities are close however with a 7500 pound travel trailer on the back there is no comparison in operating confidence and comfort. I put aftermarket rims and tires (for the beach) that are larger on my truck so I made the jump to a 4.56 gear to help the truck's drivetrain with towing. Again I agree with the odd tow ratings Dodge uses taking the info above a 2008 1500 3.73 Megacab is rated to tow 7400 and the 2500 8350 now the lone and ONLY difference is the rear leafs hence the added payload wich would make sense but to jump 950lbs in towing makes no sense.
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I have an 2012 ram 1500 quad cab 4x4 with a 5.7 and tow my 2012 flagstaff 31rbls and its dry 6400 in the book and it does fine I use the Reese dual cam weight and sway control hitch and usually get about 200 miles on a tank of gas depending on road conditions flat or hilly

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