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Old 11-16-2012, 10:18 PM   #15
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Not enough engine???

Can't remember if that year was a 12v or 24v, either way, the 5.9 Cummins will pull a house.
Yes, the B5.9 is an excellent engine, the only medium duty-rated diesel engine available (Ford and GM are rated light duty diesel engines) in a pickup. The problem was Dodge, they de-rated the B5.9, 12V, to 180HP in 1996 to keep from destroying their puny AT.
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If you get involved in a accident and your CGVW is over its rated capacity and there is any question about fault, tag you're it. I asked an acquaintance who is an ex-CHP officer here in Calif about this for my brother. The officer said if you get pulled over for any cause and they find you over gross, you get to call a towing company to take it off the Highway. Also, that if you were involved in an accident and over gross weight you were almost automatically at fault.

I don't know if this is a bogus or real concern: Check your Insurance see what escape clauses they have if you are driving illegally (over gross). What if they can prove you knew you were over gross?
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The subject of over capacity and liability gets bounced around all over the RV forums, but I have yet to hear/know of a verified citation for an RV rig being over the rated capacity of the unit--commercial, of course, but not RV use.
I also have never heard of or know of an insurance company denying coverage for those same reasons.

So the trailer is rated for 14/15/16000, and the truck/trailer unit are over the combined ratings (if you use the max ratings)--I cannot imagine a HP officer stopping this Dodge truck/Suites combo and weighing them. If the combo was obviously nose/tail high, or was swaying noticeably, then I can understand being stopped for unsafe driving, but weights--no.

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I fail to understand why, if one is purchasing a truck or an RV, one would not select a truck that can tow the RV within ALL of the manufacturer's ratings or, conversely, an RV that can be towed within the capabilities of the existing tow vehicle.

I've heard people complain about not having enough truck, but never about having too much truck.

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Thanks all for your replies, and as I suspected the truck is too small to haul this trailer comfortably. I'm sure the man was told he would have no problem hauling the fifth wheel and according to him he doesn't but if he has never towed one before how would he know and of course he wants to sell. I may put an offer in on the trailer but I'm going to pass on the truck. Again thanks.
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