Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-20-2016, 12:37 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 4
Towing capacity guidelines

I am looking at a 2007 Wildcat F29 5th wheel, which is rated at either 7,700 or 8,400 lbs dry.

To tow it, I'm looking at a 2015 4x4 Dodge 1500 crew cab with a 5.7 Hemi with a towing capacity of 10,400 lbs. Would like some opinions if I'm cutting it too close.

dandyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2016, 12:51 PM   #2
Fulltime family RVer
ependydad's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 19,905
IMO, it's not the towing capacity that you'll exceed but more likely the payload or carrying capacity that you'll exceed especially on a Dodge (coming from a Dodge owner).

What does your sticker say for the Tire and Vehicle Loading placard?

The part where it says "The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX lbs."?

IMO, a 7,700-8,400 lbs. fifth wheel is very likely going to have a minimum of 1,540-1,680 lbs. of pin weight. And, it'll only go up as you put stuff into the camper.

If you exceed the truck's GVWR, then next thing you need to look at is the tire loading capacity and rear axle weight rating.

2018 Ram 3500 DRW/crew cab/long bed/4x4/4.10 gears pulling a 2017 Spartan 1245 by Prime Time
Checkout my site for RVing tips, tricks, and info | My family and I have fulltimed since June 2015
ependydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2016, 04:23 PM   #3
Senior Member
RSchleder's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Iowa
Posts: 1,413
Looks to me like the pin weight on that 5th wheel is somewhere around 1,330 lbs. Your Ram 1500 will have a carrying capacity of about 1,400 lbs or so. If you do the math you'll quickly see that you have used up essentially all your carrying capacity with the trailer alone. Nothing left for passengers, anything in the bed, like your hitch, plus anything you carry inside the truck. Also add items being carried in the 5th wheel like water & batteries, clothes, etc. If they (and they most likely will) add to the pin weight of 1,330 lbs you can see that you definitely need a lot more truck than the Ram to handle this unit.
I'm not a member of the dreaded "weight police" either. I have 2015 Ram 1500 towing a 33' Wildcat MAXX with a 900 lbs tongue weight and I've pretty much maxed out my carrying capacity of 1,450 lbs!
Days camping (2016)----181 days
Days camping (2017) --- 82 days
2016 Wildcat MAXX 28RKX (33' TT), 2007 13' Scamp
2015 Ram Laramie Hemi, w/air suspension
30 years RV'ing
11 different RV's
RSchleder is offline   Reply With Quote

towing, towing capacity

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:12 PM.