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Old 05-25-2015, 12:39 PM   #11
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The high hear will give you better mileage. That hemi doesnt need a lower gear for that light of a trailer. I'd stick with the 3.21
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:49 PM   #12
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We bought the smallest, cheapest F-150 to pull the 26 footer, and it does just fine. Got the towing package and wide mirrors, both are a must.

No problem on the hills.
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:30 PM   #13
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The trucks good except the gears. I had a Silverado with a 3.23 rear end pulling a hybrid. It was constantly hunting for a gear it was happy with and never found one. My new truck has 3.73 gears and it really likes 5th and 6th sometimes. It made a big difference for me.
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:36 PM   #14
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The Ram is more than enough for that trailer. With the 3:21 gears might be a little sluggish off the line or on hills with the trailer, but gas mileage will be better on the highway than 3:92. I have a '12 Ram 1500 4X4 Big Horn with the complete tow package with 3:92 gears. I'm pulling a 7000lbs Windjammer and my wife and I love it. Even when winds are gusting 30+ mph tows like a dream.


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Old 05-25-2015, 01:50 PM   #15
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Im looking to purchase a new truck and camper and would like to know if the weights measure up to safe towing.
TV is a 2015 Ram 1500 Quad cab rear wheel drivewith V8 Hemi and 3.21 rear axle. The details for the truck are CW-5120 lbs., GVWR 6900 lbs., Payload 1020 lbs., Tow capacity 8210 lbs., and GCWR 13,800 lbs.
The camper is the Rockwood Minilite 2503S. Camper details are 26 length, base dry weight 4550 lbs, cargo capacity 2000 lbs,GVWR 6550 lbs.Tongue weight is 550 lbs.I do figure my tongue weight will be 800 lbs when ready to camp and my camper weight will be 5700lbs.It is only my wife and myself(400lbs) in the truck with probably no more than 200lbs of gear in truck.
I was trying to get it with 3.98 axle ratio, but I cant find that in the configuration of options I wanted, unless I special order it.
Is this truck acceptable for this set up?
Personally I would look for something with 3:55 or 3:92 gears. The problem with high gears is the trans is going to be hunting gears constantly on any increase from flat surface to hills. I've been there with my last truck that had 3:42 gear. With the new 6, 8 and soon to be 10 speed auto's, gearing doesn't really kill your MPG's that much today.
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Old 05-25-2015, 02:50 PM   #16
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Stovebolt, I disagree with that. That same trailer I pull also gets pulled by a '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7L with 3.73 gears. While the Jeep is a little under powered I've averaged 12 mpg on trips vs. the Ram at 9 mpg on trips to the same campgrounds.


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Old 05-25-2015, 04:33 PM   #17
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I have a 2012 RAM 1500 Hemi with the 3.92 axle ratio and pulling a 32' Rockwood Signature Ultra-lite 8282WS with no problems at all. The 5th wheel maxed out at 9200 lbs loaded and 7900 lbs empty. Pin was 1180 lbs. I installed airbags (500 lbs per side) in my rear coils and now I hardly feel the trailer at all. Please note that I will be trading in my beloved RAM for a Ford F150 Ecoboost as the Ford has a better load and towing capacity.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:37 PM   #18
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I just made a trip to Myrtle Beach from Marietta Ohio. I checked mileage for the complete trip was roughly 1300 miles. I did not take any pity on the 011 GMC 1500 Sierra 6.2. It has 3.73 gears. I got 9.0 mpg. All of my trucks have 3.73 gears. It is a good all around gear if you live or tow in the hills.
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Stovebolt, I disagree with that. That same trailer I pull also gets pulled by a '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7L with 3.73 gears. While the Jeep is a little under powered I've averaged 12 mpg on trips vs. the Ram at 9 mpg on trips to the same campgrounds.


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That's fine, I personally do not like anything underpowered and if you travel where there are hills or mountains, having something that will make it up there without busting a gut is better. I would rather have over what I need than under what I need to have. Besides, a lot of people buy the vehicle then the trailer and find out they want a bigger trailer later. If you plan correctly you can have the truck that will do everything you want without spending for both truck and trailer again.

But that's why we have choices. Whatever floats your boat is good for you. I'm old enough and lived long enough to have made all the mistakes.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:39 PM   #20
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I personally am a 3/4 ton or above type of guy. I have owned several dualies and 3/4 ton trucks over the years both gas and diesel. I currently own a 1999 Ford F250 Powerstroke 7.3 diesel with 161,000 miles on it and pull a 2012 Palomino Puma 253FBS fifth wheel. I would zig zag across the country with this rig. 1/2 ton vehicles are good for pop ups etc but the pay load regardless of what the dealers say is just not acceptable to me. Remember these folks are in the business to make sells. Try crossing the Rockies or the NC mountains with a large trailer behind you and you will be disappointed. It is not always the tow but the ability to stop is most important. Besides if you buy a small RV you will want to move up in a year or so so you may as well have a truck that will allow you to do so.
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