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Posted: 11/23/20 09:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It may be do-able within the numbers but it won’t be a fun or comfortable experience. That size and weight would be much better suited to a 3/4 ton truck.

Our current trailer is of similar size but significantly lighter. At just under 8k fully loaded it was borderline for most half ton trucks. They could pull it but would usually exceed payload, axle, or receiver ratings even though nowhere near the fictional tow rating.

You’ll be much more comfortable with a trailer under 30’ and 6k dry weight with your Ram.

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Posted: 11/23/20 10:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A long time old friend of mine who was in the independent RV repair business for over 30 years told me.

Nobody but nobody ever complains about to much truck but, a lot of people complain about to little of truck.

He goes on to say that get a little truck go slow get pi** poor fuel mileage, get a big truck go fast get pi** poor fuel mileage.

Seriously often times a large engine “loafing along” will often get very close to the fuel mileage of a small engine screaming at WOT.

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Posted: 11/23/20 10:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Im in the 2 heavy camp. It will not be fun to drive. Anywhere.

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Posted: 11/23/20 11:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

More than enough power. Not quite enough @ss for a trailer that size.
Set up with a good equalizer hitch it’s doable but given the option I’d be thinking a bit smaller.
Nice truck though!!

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Posted: 11/24/20 05:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You need to better understand what all the ratings on your truck mean and how to match a tow vehicle to a trailer. The basics are to cumbersome and nuanced to put in writing here; so start by reading and understanding this: Clicky

* This post was edited 11/24/20 05:37am by wing_zealot *


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Posted: 11/24/20 06:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The GVWR on that trailer is 10200lb...empty weight is useless as is the empty hitch weight.

Expect a reasonable hitch weight of around 1200-1300lb. So you will be at your limits once you and the misses climb in. That means nothing in the bed of the truck, no running boards, no cap or cover for the bed, etc...

If you want to be in the ratings, go smaller or get a bigger truck.

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Posted: 11/24/20 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bkuhl1179 wrote:

Haven’t pulled the trigger yet on the TT. That’s why I’m on here getting opinions.

You need to cross this one off your list, way to heavy to start with.

Never, ever listen to the marketing hype of "up to ??,??? lbs of towing capacity". Those are numbers that are often based on a barebones regular cab short bed 4x2 with basic trim level. The more ginger bread and options added to the vehicle the less you can tow..

Take the vehicles available cargo weight, subtract your passengers and gear and the leftover is what you have to work with for a tongue weight.

Take your calculated available cargo weight, multiply by .15 (15% and the result is the max trailer weight your vehicle will tow when loaded..

Realistically the most I would be comfortable with with 1600 lbs of cargo is a trailer of no more than 7,500 lbs GVWR (loaded) and I suspect it still won't be fun (been there, done that with a heavy half and 7,000 lb GVWR trailer). 7,500 GVWR means tongue weight will max out around 1,125 lbs which isn't going to leave you with much cargo weight left for family, friends or gear in the truck.

That 7,500 lbs GVWR also means you will be looking for dry weights of 4,500-6,000 lbs..



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Posted: 11/24/20 07:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I looked at the trailer specs and I think you'd be maxed out, even if you load lightly. You might want to take a look at a fifthwheel.

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Posted: 11/24/20 07:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

8500 pounds dry, bunk house to support family. You'll be at 9500-10000 pounds loaded with 1200-1400 pounds TW. You will want a TV with about 2200 pounds of payload, a receiver with at least 1400 pound TW rating. I can't think of any half ton that meet those.

The feedback of people towing with half tons is that 7000 pounds loaded is comfortable, 8000 pounds is much less. I agree with afidel to cut 2000-2500 pounds off dry weight. Or go to 3/4 ton.

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Posted: 11/24/20 07:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since you just got a new truck if it was me I’d put a set of over load springs and heavy duty shocks. I think that you have plenty of motor and transmission, you just need a little more suspension.

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