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Old 05-25-2015, 08:25 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle acceptable for camper

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?
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:58 AM   #2
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I don't see a problem with your setup. Remember, some of the weight of the front seat passengers will be on the front axle. So don't add the entire weight of passengers to the rear axle. Also, to enhance pulling I would add a weight distributing hitch.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:09 AM   #3
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Should be no problem at all and I don't think you're going to see an 800 lb tongue weight. I pull a Rockwood 2702ss with a Silverado 1500 V6, 3.23 axle with no problem at all. The 4.3 V6 is 280 hp and accelerating is more than adequate. Ditto on the WD hitch, I bought an Equalizer.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:53 AM   #4
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I’m 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 can’t find that in the configuration of options I wanted, unless I special order it.
Is this truck acceptable for this set up?
The issue I see is low Payload. With you, your wife, a 550 tongue weight ( based on empty weight, and 200 lbs of gear you are already out of payload (1150 of 1020). No one tows an empty trailer so that tow weight and tongue weight are incorrect and will be higher. It is better practice to base it off the gross weight which outs your max tounge at 786 lbs at 12%. Add to that if you are like everyone else you'll put more in the truck.

The engine will be fine, although that is a rather high rear end, but if you are not towing much it should be ok. That said, does that truck have the tow package?? Personally I'd look for a truck with more payload, lower read end, and strongly consider a 2500 just to get the payload.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:21 AM   #5
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Payload and gears thumbs down. Look for a tow package.

Read on ---> Ram Trucks - Towing - Before You Buy
http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/towing_guide/

My Toyota has 4:30 ratio and I still get ave 15.1 mpg daily driver

Ram tested with 3:92
http://www.tfltruck.com/2013/10/ike-...e-towing-test/
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Agree that low payload is a big negative.
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I would use it a few times before determining it won't work. You'll know what you have to do after a few outings. Unless of course, cost is no factor.
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The payload is 1650 lbs.

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I made a mistake. The payload is 1620 lbs.
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Okay payload good gears no good!
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