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Old 07-13-2014, 11:23 AM   #1
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Tow a rockwood roo19

Can I do it with a 1500 ram crewcab tradesman with a 6 cylinder engine. 2013 model truck.? Or should I get an 8 cyl


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Old 07-13-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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I'm sure you can do it. But by your question seems you can get a V8 if you want. My suggestion would be yes get a hemi V8 if you can you will be a very happy camper.


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Old 07-13-2014, 11:41 AM   #3
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It all depends on how your truck is setup, is it 4x4 is it a 3.21 or 3.55 axel? If a 3.21 than your max towing is around 4400lbs and the roo will be over 5000 lbs. IF the 3.55 than you will have around 7700 lbs so this may work. Need more information on your truck. GVWR GCWR.
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We pulled a 3000 lb Trailmanor with an Isuzu 6 cylinder with 4500 tow rating. It had all it could do and in the mountains we were in trouble. Bought a Dodge Durango Hemi pulling the same camper. 9000 lbs tow capacity. Mileage increased and could pull anywhere we wanted to go. Went through two transmission in 5 years with Isuzu with tranny cooler. Not going that route agaim. 5 years, we probably covered 75,000 miles.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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I'm towing a Roo 183 which is going to be very similar in weight to the 19. My Ram 1500 has the 5.7L HEMI with 5 spd auto and 3.92 rear end and it handles it pretty well. Not familiar with the Ram 6's. It will probably move it down the road but you're not going to have much margin on your payload. Our previous TV was a Trailblazer that has a pretty strong 6 cylinder and it would handle it here in the flats of Indiana but would not have wanted to take it in the mountains. I would say you would be in for some pucker moments.

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I'm sure you can do it. But by your question seems you can get a V8 if you want. My suggestion would be yes get a hemi V8 if you can you will be a very happy camper.


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Old 07-13-2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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I would go with the 8 cyl. 269 lb of torque is not enough. hp for show, torque for go. The 5.7 is a good motor. What you sacrifice in fuel economy you will make up in performance and safety.
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I think you would be fine. I tow my 21BH with a I4 Turbo Diesel. I have enough power. I do have more torque at a lower RPM than you have.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:31 PM   #10
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IMO to tow anything near/over 5,000 you need a V8 (for gassers...) Ram uses the 5.7 Hemi in both the 1500 & 2500 series so power in not a problem if you choose the 1500. However, for about the same price, you can typically find a 2500 if you shop-around. The 2500 gives you a much more stable platform for towing yet you can still use it as your daily driver since the Hemi gets around 18 mpg empty. IMO anything smaller is not enough truck & anything larger is not practical as your daily driver...

In 2013 I bought a used 2011 2wd Ram 2500 Crew Cab ST (stock Tradesman) with the 5.7 Hemi & 3.55 for $14K. It has a haul capacity of 3,000 but a tow capacity of only 9,100. (The tow capacity was increased in later years without changing the design - so I feel safe operating near capacity when I need to...)

The other week I had the truck loaded with our family of (5), our (5) bikes, firewood, scooters, and a cooler I could hardly lift while towing a loaded 7,500 lb. TT... Near a campground in the steep hills of Southern Ohio, I had to come to a dead stop on a steep incline to make way for pedestrians. Although I observed newer gassers & older diesels struggling with similar loads, my (newer) Hemi had no problem getting me back to speed. The 2500 also had the stability & braking power to handle the steep declines around hairpin turns. After that trip I am so glad I chose the 2500 vs. a 1500.

It also confirmed that I didn't need a $35K+ diesel truck to have a good towing experience. Today the price of diesel was over $4.00 vs. $3.23 for gas which means a diesel would have to get 22 mpg to keep my annual commute expense the same - not factoring a diesel's higher maintenance costs...
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