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Old 01-05-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Towing a 34TBOK with a Dodge Ram 2500

After camping with three travel trailers over the last 15 years, we are in the searching process for our first fifth wheel and have really liked what we've seen from the Palomino Sabres. We're kind of at a stand still right now though because we've been looking at the towing capacities of our 2011 Ram 2500 Big Horn Crew Cab Cummins Turbo Diesel with the 3.73 rear axle ratio. According to the information that Ram provides on its web site, our truck is rated to pull 12,600 pounds and carry 2,400 pounds of payload. The dry weights for the 34TBOK are 11,300 UVW and 1,750 hitch. From looking at available units online, I have seen that the majority of 34TBOK's do actually weigh in around 11,300 or even a little bit under, even with plenty of options (fireplace, sleeper sofa in bunk room, Corian countertops, etc.).

Does anyone out there have experience towing a 34TBOK with a Dodge similar to mine? From comparing the spec's of a 3/4 ton Dodge to the 3/4 ton GM's and Ford, it appears that my truck is rated to handle significantly less in both maximum trailer weight and payload. I do want to stay within the "legal" limits of my truck, for the sake of the "what-if" factor that something would happen when we are towing, but I just can't help but be a little concerned that Dodge's are rated much lower than other trucks out there. Am I missing something, perhaps?

If anyone out there has any suggestions, tips, advice, experience, or anything else, I would greatly appreciate your help!
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum!

I don't have a Dodge but if your tow numbers are right, your limitations must be due to frame/suspension design and maybe transmission. The cummins can handle more than your numbers posted but it's weakest link is keeping it from using all it's potential.
BTW...the Sabre's are a great unit for the price, you won't be disappointed!

Good luck and sure someone with your vehicle/camper specs will chime in here to assist
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
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I have a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 with the diesel and pull a 2013 Salem Hemiphere 346QBUD

this is my 1st fifth wheel experience but it tows this 40 Footer wonderful for now, will see as I get new chalenges.

Looks like my trailer dry weight is 9,625 with loaded weight of 12,091 #'s so less than yours.

I did pull to Branson last summer down Hwy 65 and on the longest grade the cummins held rpm but slowed down to around 55 MPH, I don't know how it will do on other grades & hills longer than that one.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:37 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum!

I looked up the tow towing for your truck in the Trailer Life Towing Guide. here's the link... http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...wGuide2011.pdf

If it's a 4x4, short bed, auto, the rating is 12700 lbs. If you had ordered the optional 4.10 rear ratio, the rating increases to 14700 lbs. The gear change is doable though expensive on a 4x4.

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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Your limitation is due to rear end and tranny. 4.10 gears would be best but it is doable with the 3.73 also you did not say if the tranny has a tow/haul feature..? It would be best if it does but not a must.

As for the extras.....make sure you install a tranny cooler if it does not have one, check you tires for load capacity. On the wish list you might choose to add an airbag suspension in the rear of the truck but I would wait and see how it looks and rides before you decide.

Your engine should be fine, just remember when towing something bigger or heavier your not going to get to the top of the hill in first place. You might have to slow down or even gear down so as to not over heat the engine or tranny. This may mean you need to stop part way up a steep hill to let things cool down. Slow down, take your time, add extra time to plans and should be good..!
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You need to check the sticker on the drivers door for the real payload rating. My Ram 2500 is lower than the Ram web site states. Also th only difference between a 2500 and a 3500 Ram is the rear springs. The 2500 uses 5 thinner ones and the 3500 uses 4 thicker ones. Everything else is the same, brakes, frame fr springs, etc. Some guys whether right or wrong use the RAWR which is 6000 or 6200lbs depending on tires for payload. Your truck is capable of towing the 5'er as a 3500 would be rated high enough for the towing part. Only factor is payload and how you want to justify it. IMO I woud tow it. I know my trucks plenty capable and a set of airbags/Timbrens will cure the payload part. It'l stop/start and handle the same as a 3500. It all boils down to how comfortable you are with exceeding your GVW and payload ratings. Personaly I will use the RAWR.
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Well, we did it! Today at the Cleveland RV Show, we ordered a 34TBOK from the factory. We purchased it through Kamper City out of Peninsula, Ohio. They said it should take 8-12 weeks for delivery.

While there, we were able to meet the factory rep Sam, better known as SabreSam, who showed us a lot of the features and benefits of the Sabre brand, as well as worked with the dealer to add some extra options that we wanted at a lower-than-normal price.

Some of the options we ordered ours with are the brown/grey exterior fiberglass, fireplace, ceiling fan, central vacuum system, and the superior lounge (the couch that goes the whole length of the dinette/couch slide and has the two pedestal tables that can sit in front of it) along with some of the other more popular options.

All in all, we got a great deal on ordering it (they gave us a show price for it even though we didn't purchase the 34TBOK unit that they had at the show), and they gave us a great trade-in value on our current Open Range travel trailer.

Now we just can't wait for it to come in (even though we aren't much winter campers)!
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Congrats!
Yall gonna have fun with the Sabre...the new tan exterior color are nice looking
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Congrats, your going to love it.
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