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davisenvy

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Posted: 12/13/19 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2017 Ram 1500 CC with a 3.21 rear end and 8 speed trans. I am looking at a Toy Hauler with a dry weight of 4,700 lbs and a hitch weight of 670 lbs. I know my truck isn't a tow monster, but how bad will my truck struggle?

I bought this truck because I thought I was done with the whole RV scene, but I came across this little toy hauler and it looks like fun.


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Posted: 12/13/19 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why did you leave out your RAM’s engine numbers, max trailer weight and payload? What is your estimated TH weight loaded and wet? 7k+?


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Posted: 12/13/19 09:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What do you mean by “struggle”?

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Toy haulers run a bit heavier on hitch weight...

Also, look at the door jamb and see if you can find the cargo capacity, don't know that...is it the v6, or the Hemi 5.7? Towing capacity can be a lot different also, depends on the trim level too.

Does the truck have the tow package? i.e. factory hitch (should tell you how much the hitch is rated for) and tranny cooler. Not required mind you, but you are talking 5500-6000 pounds after loading everything.

So I can't say it'll struggle, or tow just fine. You could have a tow capacity of 10k plus or 5000.

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I have a payload of 1200 lbs and max towing of 7,800. Hemi V8, stock class IV hitch, not sure about the trans cooler. I will have to add trailer brakes to the truck though.

Struggle, as in will the back bumper hit the ground, transmission strain and over heat, will the tail wag the dog, that type of thing. This is my first half ton truck and have always towed with a Cummins or Duramax. Got tired of the diesel scene and went half ton. Absolutely love the truck! It tows my 3,500 lb MasterCraft just fine, but that's about half of what I plan on towing. Just because a truck is rated at X, it doesn't mean it will be fun or even safe towing that weight. This is the "struggle" I am having.

Thanks for your responses.

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Posted: 12/13/19 11:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Youshould get a weight distribution hitch to help to level the truck out.
I doubt whether you will have any struggling. Your transmssion could search in some conditions.


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enblethen wrote:

Youshould get a weight distribution hitch to help to level the truck out.
I doubt whether you will have any struggling. Your transmssion could search in some conditions.


I will definitely have a WD hitch and anti sway.

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davisenvy wrote:

I have a payload of 1200 lbs and max towing of 7,800. Hemi V8, stock class IV hitch, not sure about the trans cooler. I will have to add trailer brakes to the truck though.


Bottom line is that with a measly payload of only 1200lbs, you're going to be very limited, ESPECIALLY for a toyhauler.
Second, having a hitch RECEIVER doesn't mean it has the factory tow package, which would include a trans cooler and pre-wiring for a brake controller.
Forget the Max towing number, with a payload of 1200lbs, you'd never even get close to 7800lbs.
Lastly, using fictional website/brochure dry weight numbers is a common newbie mistake. NO RV weighs that near those numbers, especially when loaded. With a bogus tongue weight of 670lbs, it could easily weigh 1000lbs with the toy and stuff in the trailer. Subtract 100lbs for the WDH, that leaves you 100lbs for the driver, passengers and stuff in the truck.


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"I have a payload of 1200 lbs and max towing of 7,800"

So we are similar except I pull 5200 pounds with 1710 pounds of payload. Empty my TT is 3800...1400 pounds of "stuff" including an extra kitchen sink. Seriously, you will load a similar amount of stuff including water, batteries, propane. You'll run out of payload. It will squat badly IMO...mine went down 2 inches so I installed air bags...but I am not over payload as you will be.

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You’ll be fine , totally.
Only struggling will be the RV net weight cops struggling to admit it’s ok.
See a couple have showed up already. Expect 3 pages of bickering and OMGs by nightfall.... Pacific time.. lol


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