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upi441kb

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NEED ADVICE
New travel trailer after looking at following specs do I need to upgrade to a Ram 2500? If so would you get Turbo Diesel or 6.4 gas? Any advice would help me out.

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Karen Baker

2021 Ram 1500 5.7 hemi Etorque Axle Ratio 3.92
GVWR – 6900
Payload – 1760
Base weight -total – 5136
Front – 2983
Rear – 2153
GAWR –
Front – 3700
Rear - 4100
CTCWR – 17000
MAX TRAILER WEIGHT – 11,370

2021 Grand Design 2970RL
Length = 34 feet
Dry Weight – 7397
Payload – 1598
GVWR – 8995
Hitch Weight - 751

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Posted: 04/18/21 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nine thousand pounds and 34 feet of TT...you need a 3/4 ton.


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That truck you have will pull that particular trailer just fine.

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jdc1 wrote:

That truck you have will pull that particular trailer just fine.


Maybe I missed it but how do the rest of us know what truck she already owns?


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truck specs are in the first part of the post 2021 ram 5.7 hemi 3.92 axle ratio

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jdc1 wrote:

That truck you have will pull that particular trailer just fine.

I think these type statements are where the confusion often starts.
The trucks she has will pull the TT mentioned, however how well the 1/2 ton will perform gets to be the issue. On flat terrain close to home you may get by.
If you want to travel far and wide, I'd suggest a bigger truck.
Often people mistakenly believe what they have is fine or believe this performance is as good as it gets because they have nothing else to compare to.
Once upon a time I thought my V-10 Excursion towed my 34',10K loaded TT just fine....until I towed the same TT with a diesel. The experience was eye opening and game changing. Add in an exhaust brake and towing becomes even more relaxing.
A 3/4 ton truck will perform noticeably better than the 1/2 ton.
While a big block and 10 speed trannies will be sufficient for power a diesel with an exhaust brake will not be challenge by the 9K load of that TT


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The weak spot would be the payload of the truck. How much weight in people and pets will you have? How much gear will you put in or on the truck (front bike hitch, roof storage, truck bed, etc).

The truck's payload is 1790lbs. The trailers tongue weight is going to be between 900 and 1350lbs once loaded (10-15% of trailer gvwr). That only leaves you with 440 to 890lbs for people, pets and gear.

If you have young kids or plan on kids in the next few years, consider their weight gain potential the next 3-5 years. Don't keep this truck if you know a growth spurt will exceed the payload.

I would look for a truck with the highest payload available.

You're under 80% of the max towing capacity so that's not too bad.


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OP, there’s a thread on this exact thing basically, going right now. And dozens more like it. Plenty of reading and take what you read with a grain of salt.
Although if you are a newbie at towing, having more truck than you need is the super safe bet.
But selling a brand new now used truck just to trade up, when the truck you have is already pretty well suited for the task is also a consideration.
I’d tow that trailer with that Ram 1500 all day long. And not be worried about a single thing. But I wouldn’t turn down a HD pickup to pull it like “it wasn’t there” figuratively.
You’re 100% within all the ratings save for maybe payload which gets the payload police on this forum all triggered. But they don’t know why they feel that way so hard to place a qualitative objection.
Bottom line it’s How you feel towing that trailer.


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I would go with what you have. Just don't expect to carry a cord of wood and two motorcycles in the bed of the truck. Get a good hitch and go have some fun.


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I'd also at least start with the truck you already have. Depending on the tongue weight of the trailer, you may be at or near the cargo capacity, but if you mind what you load with you, you will still be within the weight ratings. If you don't like the road manners of the set up, you can upgrade later.

If you upgrade, either the 6.4 or the CTD would be more than adequate. If you want to make sure you are much less likely to outgrow the next truck, skip the 2500 and move to a 3500.


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