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Old 02-19-2014, 05:07 PM   #1
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1500 Hemi Question

We finally chose our RV, a 2014 Forest River Salem Hemisphere with a dry weight of 6,758 lbs.

We have about 500 lbs. of stuff with us and 2 people (total 275 lbs.) and I really want to go with a Ram 1500 5.7L V8 Hemi.

Anyone have experience with this match? I don't think I'll have a problem but I have to crunch the numbers.
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Do you have the truck yet? And if so what is the payload for that truck? The payload or CCC should be on the drivers side door or door jamb. Looks like too much TT for that truck anyway. You're really pushing the limits on payload.
Just get a 2500 Hemi and then you won't have to listen to all the responses. You can just take what you want and won't have any problems towing that TT. Which will be close to or over 8000lbs all loaded up.
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The 2014 RAM 1500 Club Cab with the Hemi and a 3.92 rear end will tow up to 10300 lbs depending on the options. At worst it would be 9200 lbs. This is straight from the RAM website
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The 2014 RAM 1500 Club Cab with the Hemi and a 3.92 rear end will tow up to 10300 lbs depending on the options. At worst it would be 9200 lbs. This is straight from the RAM website
Make sure you don't have the P tires and wheels. For stability towing with a 1/2 ton and not over loading the tires you will be best using C load rated tires at 50PSI.
Newer trucks come with P tires that I do not like for towing.
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I towed my TT that was around 7500 lbs wet with a 2009 Ram 1500 with the 3.55 gear and handled the load ok. The Hemi has plenty of grunt but the rear suspension and payload are its short fall. Keep an eye on your real weights because you will run out of payload before you run out of advertised towing capacity. I upgraded to a Ram 2500 Hemi and am a lot happier.
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Looking at my 2013 Trailer Life tow guide. The 1500 series / Hemi Rams can range anywhere from 5100 (RT) up to 10,400. There are about 60 different towing rates for the 1500 series. I would be really surprised you would only have 500 lbs of "stuff". If you have the right truck, you might be just fine. To go any further, double check what your Ram can do. And what is the dry tongue weight of the tt? So with a large slide closer to the front, are very tongue heavy.

On the 2014 Forest River Salem Hemisphere are you looking at the 282RK or the 272RLIS ?
That would be a whole new question because both of those are 34 or 35'. That is a lot of trailer for a 1500 series. You might be under the weight limit, but length may be an issue.
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We finally chose our RV, a 2014 Forest River Salem Hemisphere with a dry weight of 6,758 lbs.

We have about 500 lbs. of stuff with us and 2 people (total 275 lbs.) and I really want to go with a Ram 1500 5.7L V8 Hemi.

Anyone have experience with this match? I don't think I'll have a problem but I have to crunch the numbers.
I had a 2010 Ram 1500 4X4 with 5.9 hemi. I was pulling an 8500lb tongue pull trailer with WDH. Truck could pull the trailer but had to run in 4th gear and 55mph to keep water temperature below 221 degrees. This was in cooler Texas temps. didn't dare to tow in 100 deg. days. I also tow a 21 ft. center console boat the weighs about 2500lbs, I could tow in a higher gear but motor still wanted to run about 218deg. This scared me so I moved up to 2013 Ram 2500 4X4 with the 6.7 cummins.

With my new truck temps. stay down around 195 no matter what I tow or how fast I tow.
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Personally if i was full timing, i would use a 2500 truck to tow that trailer, or the ford ecoboost engine in their F150 with their HD payload chassis upgrades. Personally i think 7000-8000lbs is too close to the upper limit of 1500 trucks, and you should just go to a 2500. A 1500 is fine for short irregular trips, but for cross country exploration, a 2500 would be more comfortable. That's my opinion, others would probably disagree.

The new ram 2500 with the 6.4L hemi has cylinder deactivation and should get you pretty decent mileage unloaded. GM's new 6.2 also has cylinder deactivation and get good unloaded mpg. Ram trucks usually heavily discounts 2500 trucks when you arrive at the dealership. You could probably get one for the same as a Ford or GM 1500 truck. A 2500 crew cab ram tradesman with the 6.4L engine can be haggled down to about $30k-$33k. Single cab is much cheaper, but crew cab is so nice for road trips.
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My Forrest River is 6500 or so dry weight and is 26-27'. It is 9200-9400# loaded with 1200# golf cart. Take away the cart and it is still 8000-8200#.
Towing power wasn't a problem when I had a 1500 GMC, it was the length of the trailer catching all the side wind and air coming off passing trucks. If the trailer is 30'+ long, I'd step up to 2500 for peace of mind. Not saying you can't get by with a 1500, but you will be "getting by ".
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If you have to ask, then you already know you're too close to the limits.
Get a smaller TT or bigger truck.
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Just curious, those that are saying the tv is too short and should go to a 2500 are they not the same length if comparing same body to body style?
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Just curious, those that are saying the tv is too short and should go to a 2500 are they not the same length if comparing same body to body style?
Not too short, I think they just mean to go to a heavier duty truck. Or look at smaller trailers.
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Just curious, those that are saying the tv is too short and should go to a 2500 are they not the same length if comparing same body to body style?
1/2 ton trucks come with P series tires for ride quality (softer ride) and softer suspension components. Usually smaller engines and gear ratios for mpgs not towing power. 3/4 ton trucks come with LT load rated tires and stiffer suspension components. Add to that, they have bigger brakes, bigger motors, gear ratios for towing and better cooling systems.

My old 1500 would allow more sway felt from passing trucks because of the softer suspension. I could have beefed it up but the motor was marginal for towing my 9400# trailer.

My recommendations to upgrade are for novice towers. Someone who tows regularly knows when to upgrade parts or truck.
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1500 Hemi

We tow a 31 Ft. Denali that will weigh in at about 8,500 lbs. Our 2011 crew cab 1500 hemi has plenty of pulling power. We have upgraded the tires to 10 ply. We have a quality Reese WD hitch with sway control. We've pulled the trailer all over Washington State and as far east as Detroit. BUT we still get pulled sideways when we are passed by large trucks or side wind. If I were to do it over, I'd go to the 2500. Good luck.....stay safe and well.
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