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Old 04-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Hello,
We are considering ordering our new camper this week. The camper we are looking at is the Extralite Fifthwheel 312BHX.
Does anyone pull this camper with a 1/2 ton truck? Our truck is a 2010 Dodge Ram with the Hemi engine and 392 rear end gear ratio. They say we can pull 10,300. We were just wondering if anyone has pulled this camper with a 1/2 ton and how it handles. This will be our first fifthwheel, we now have a 31 foot TT. Also, we have been told that pulling a fifthwheel is much easier than a TT.

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Old 04-12-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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The limit on any tow vehicle isn't the towing capacity, it's the payload capacity. You'll reach the payload limit before any other limit on the truck. This camper with a 1560 lb dry pinweight will be over your payload limit (GVWR) and probably over your RAWR before you ever put a pound of personal items and gear in it.

The way to know for sure is to weight your truck ready to camp, full fuel, passengers etc. and deduct that weight from your truck's GVWR...don't forget 200 lbs for a sliding hitch. You'll find that the difference, payload limit, is less than 1000 lbs.

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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I used to pull the camper in our signature for 2 years with a '05 Ram 1500 QC SB RWD Hemi 3.92's. The camper then, had a pinweight of 1240 lbs and total weight of 8300 lbs. That pin weight put the truck over it's GVWR and just under the RAWR. I wouldn't recommend exceeding the truck's RAWR.

I would speculate that the loaded pin weight on that camper to be about 1800 lbs.

If you're hoping the payload or GVWR has changed for Ram from '05 to '10, they haven't.

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I wouldn't even consider it. You would be a danger on the road.
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gotta agree.......not a good combo!
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ID:	12061 heres my (1/2 ton) ..Its rated for 9,800lbs conventonal or 5th wheel towing... I added 2 leaf springs ..it has a 5.4 liter engine, with tow /haul mode... We went to florida from Michigan and back this last winter (what winter )??
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Attachment 12061 heres my (1/2 ton) ..Its rated for 9,800lbs conventonal or 5th wheel towing... I added 2 leaf springs ..it has a 5.4 liter engine, with tow /haul mode... We went to florida from Michigan and back this last winter (what winter )??


So how much does your Cougar weigh? The one I'm considering weighs about 8400 lbs.
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I have the same truck.....same towing numbers. Dont be fooled.....I know the truck could pull the weight but your payload is the issue. The Payload is somewhere around 1400 lbs. Using a TT as an example at the max tow rating using 12% rule for the touunge weight would leave a little over 200lbs left over for the driver and fuel. Forget wife kids and a single beer.

Most 31ft TT's loaded might even be too much for this truck....dont get me wrong....I love my truck and it pulls our 6K camper just fine......but if i had it to do over again i would have went with the 3/4 ton.

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Attachment 12061 heres my (1/2 ton) ..Its rated for 9,800lbs conventonal or 5th wheel towing... I added 2 leaf springs ..it has a 5.4 liter engine, with tow /haul mode... We went to florida from Michigan and back this last winter (what winter )??
Come back in a year and tell us how many rear ends you have gone through.
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Attachment 12061 heres my (1/2 ton) ..Its rated for 9,800lbs conventonal or 5th wheel towing... I added 2 leaf springs ..it has a 5.4 liter engine, with tow /haul mode... We went to florida from Michigan and back this last winter (what winter )??
I'm curious what your loaded pin weight is on your Cougar too. It's confusing when you post your set-up on this thread as an example on towing with a half ton yet lately, you've been posting about upgrading to a F250 or F150 HD.

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