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Old 11-07-2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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I am waiting on the delivery of my 2012 8288WS (Diamond Package) and recently bought a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi 4X4 to pull it. It has the full tow package and I am planning on having the RV dealer install the hitch. Any special tips on this combo by those experienced RVers out there would be much appreciated.

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Old 11-07-2011, 10:06 PM   #2
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Take it wide take it slow that what I tell my dw when shes pulling the rig!


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Old 11-07-2011, 10:11 PM   #3
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Are you serious? Pulling a fiver, any fiver over 18 feet with a 1/2 ton is just plain silly IMHO.
How much does this fiver weigh? Specs please.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:21 PM   #4
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Listed at 7,800 lbs
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:45 PM   #5
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I dont believe its just silly .
respectfully Donn I believe a managed towing situation can achieve great results .
Most people don't pull down the interstate at warp speed nor do they pull mountains with a grade that rivals a 600 hp peterbilt . loaded properly a 32 foot 5th wheel can yield great results .
He also never stated how far and long he intended to tow . Most people drive less than 100 miles round trip for a weekend trip .
my camping friends pull a 8528bhss 5er flagstaff with a half ton ford 5.4 liter with no issues
with a 7660 uvw and 32 foot 7 inches long I think it pulls like a dream and stops no worse than my 3/4 6.0 liter chevy .

I guess since you think he's crazy for pulling his unit with a half ton pickup you've been there before ? Then you cant criticize .
And if you haven't then an apology should be in order.

The man just came on here to tell everybody how proud he was and you tear him down.

mspoe I hope you have a wonderful upcoming camping season !
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:55 PM   #6
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fyi skeptic

2012 dodge ram 1/2 ton towing capacity " 10,250" lbs
2012 dodge ram 1/2 payload capacity "1,501 " lbs

Im guessing hes just fine
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:59 PM   #7
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Well said f1100turbo. That's not anyway to welcome a newcomer to the forum!

Donn, you need to sign yourself up for some sensitivity training.

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Old 11-07-2011, 11:38 PM   #8
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The hemi has lots of power to pull your camper, although the pin weight on it is going to be pretty heavy for your truck. You may have to add air bags, if that is possible on the rear coil suspension.
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:12 AM   #9
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Honestly guys have you actually check the specs of that fiver? It is listed at over 10,000GVWR. That could translate into a pin weight over 2000 pounds. If the OP is looking strictly at net or dry weights he is going to be in for a wake up call sooner than later. While it may be advertised as 1/2 ton towable it is plane foolish to encourage this sort of a mistake. especially by a newby. The specs he is relying on for the truck are again unrealistic. He really needs to load that truck up like he is going to go camping and go to the scales for some accurate weights. Next he needs to add for the hitch to the scaled weights and subtract those numbers from his trucks GVWR as listed on the drivers door post. He will be really really lucky if he actually has a payload of 1000 pounds. IMHO the OP is going into a potentially dangerous situation. Warning him of the foolishness of this move is the only prudent thing to do. Don't like it, too bad. This is my opinion and having towed overloaded I will not compromise on my stance on this subject.
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After adding your hitch, fiver, & passengers, you will be exceeding ther payload of your truck, by over 500#.
Adding air bags does not increase your payload capacity, it just levels your truck.
The fact is, too much trailer for your truck, or not enough truck for your trailer.
Can you pull it? Yes
Was it designed to pull it? No
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