Originally Posted by brw549
Dodge Ram 2500 I6 diesel - straight out of the owners manual for a two wheel drive Towing: 15,450 lbs (7008 kg) - max Payload: 2,580 lbs (1170 kg) - max...I think I'm ok on this unit
Can your truck pull it? Likely. Will it possibly be overloaded? Let's find out...
Your maximum payload of 2,580 assumes a few things:
- a 150 lb. driver and no other passengers
- a full tank of fuel
It's possibly just a base truck, possibly in your trim range. Unless it's handwritten or typed in after the fact, the manual is for that model and unlikely for your actual vehicle. For your actual vehicle, there may be a sticker on the door jamb that tells you what your actual payload is. Mine looks like this:
This 2,580 does not include anything that was added onto the truck aftermarket (like your fifth wheel hitch, running boards, bed liner, bed rug, steps, front hitches, toolboxes, etc) nor does it include whatever you weigh over 150 pounds or any passengers, pets or things you carry in the truck (food, snacks, GPS, etc) or truck bed (firewood, generator, stinky slinky hose containers, extra tables, tools, etc). These things add up and you're likely at 2,000 pounds or less in actual payload.
Now, looking at the specs of the fifth wheel that you're consider:
Cedar Creek Website
Dry Hitch Weight - 2,085 lbs.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight - 11,569 lbs.
GVWR - 14,085 lbs.
The dry hitch weight is approximately 18% of the unloaded vehicle weight (generally without batteries, propane or any fluids in the tanks/system). Going solely off of the dry hitch weight and the assumption that you have 500 pounds of miscellaneous stuff in the truck - you're at the truck's limit, if not slightly over.
Now, because no one hauls an empty camper, you're going to be somewhere between the unloaded vehicle weight (11,569) and the maximum gross vehicle weight (14,085). Given that same 18% hitch weight, you're looking at a a possible maximum of 2,535 pounds. Now, this can go up or down, depending on how much stuff you take, how you load (if you have heavy things in the front storage, your hitch weight could go up to 20% or higher (pushing your hitch weight up to 2,800 if you've maxed out the trailer's weight
- unlikely, but only you can decide what you'll plan for).
All told - you have to decide what is right for you and your family. Some people know trucks and vehicles a whole lot better than I and can make assumptions based on that. For me, at the end of the day, I have to go solely based on the numbers. If it were me, I would pass on that truck and look bigger or consider a smaller camper.
But, if nothing else - you need to be educated about what these numbers mean. You can't go off of the comments of others that "I've done it forever and it's been OK" or "I've pulled a kajillion pounds and it was fine". You need to decide and choose.