Long time browser, first time poster.
I currently have a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 with the 5.9 Cummins and I was wondering if it is an adequate tow vehicle for the 32BHOK-6. I have noticed others using 3/4 tons with this particular trailer and was wondering how it handles.
My family, wife, three kids (sometimes four) and two dogs, will be doing local camping (within 500km), occasional trips through the Rockies and an ambitious trip cross country (11,000km round).
However, I do not want to get in trouble with the weight police so I have been crunching numbers. My head is swimming with GVWR, GAWR and GCWR and depending on which ones I use, I am either over or under.
On a recent trip to the free scales I obtained some real world numbers, without hitch, and compared them to Dodge's ratings
- Front Axle 4563# (GAWR 5200#)
- Rear Axle 3153# (GAWR 6010#)
- Total 7695# (GVWR 9000#)
The 32BHOK-6 has a GVWR of 12,032#, less then Dodge's max trailer of 12,950# and a pin weight of 1872# (not sure if this is max or not). If I do the math on the pin weight and the truck's GVWR assuming 200# hitch, I am close to 800# over. If I use the GAWR of the rear axle, I am close to 800# under.
I have also noticed that depending on where I look, the trailer numbers are different. The ones that I have used are from the Palomino site but I realize that the numbers could change based on what options are added.
Sorry for the blast of numbers I just want to be sure that I am not overloading my truck. I do intend on installing air bags for stability.
So in the end I am wondering if
a) My current truck is adequate for all uses, very cautious mountain towing.
b) My current trunk is adequate but consider an upgrade to a 1 ton dually if mountainous towing.
c) My current truck is adequate but consider an upgrade to a 1 ton dually for both long distance or mountainous towing.
d) Just get a 1 ton dually
I may have answered my own question but I am curious as to what other peoples experiences are with a 3/4 ton and the 32BHOK-6.