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Old 09-01-2015, 04:49 AM   #1
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I would like to hear from anyone towing a TT with this vehicle. I'm pulling a 22ft Prowler and my GVW is 9860 lbs. It is rated for 11,700 lbs. There are no sizeable hills any where near me so I'm a bit nervous. Getting another truck is not an option so I would appreciate any opinions from fellow Dakota drivers. This truck has full towing package with new axles and brakes on the trailer.
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I am confused... what has a GVWR of 9,860? No way that truck is over 9k GVWR... my 2500 cummins is 9000!

I believe 11,700 is the GCWR... or total of truck and camper weight. You need to weight t he truck wet and loaded (just as you would go camping including family). Subtract that weight from the 11,700... that will tell you what the camper can weigh. Also you need to check rear axle weights vs. Axle rating, tire ratings.
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You don't have enough truck to pull that much weight. You need at least a 3/4 ton pickup.
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We need to know what the camper weights... I could guess around 4,000, but that is just a guess and I would not be comfortable with that.

Can you read the sticker on the side of the camper that lists the GVW for the camper?

If it is 4,000 lbs you might be ok, but no one can say without all the numbers.
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OK to clarify my weights: GCWR at Flying J scale was 9860 lbs with full tank of gas and trailer loaded. The truck weighed separately was 5100 lbs so the actual trailer should be 4760 lbs. I know that bigger is always better but this is all I got. Up until now have only talked with one person who pulled with a Dakota and they said no problem. I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance.......
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Ok... good.... so you are fine on your GCWR. Only other thing to check would be the weight of the trucks rear axle to verify RAWR, and weight of the truck with camper attached to verify GVWR... looks good so far though!
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I would doubt that a 22 ft TT's hitch weight would put the truck over the axle rating unless there's a lot in the bed. Since the trailer appears in the weight limits of the truck, why not just tow it a see how it does?
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Thanks for the advice. I know the engine is supposed to be a high torque "semi-hemi" whatever that means. It is a 4 speed auto with tow application but RAWR is a mystery to me. Guess I'll look for a hill and see out it does.
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The RAWR rating should be on the door sticker.

Get a good WDH with built in sway control and I bet it will tow fine but you may want to install an aux tranny cooler to make the transmission last.
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I towed my first 3 fifth wheels with a 93, V-8 Dakota 4X4.
Always managed to stay under the axle weights, but the last 5er, put me over the GCWR, and that led to a hot running problem when ambient temperatures were over 100f. After an eight hour trip on a 105+ day where I couldn't use the A/C, my DW, threw an add for a 2000, Ram,3/4 ton 4X4 with a V-10, under my nose and said. "Will this tow the trailer without overheating?" if so go and buy it !

After 34 years working for Chrysler , my advice on the 4.7l , V-8 overhead cam engine. Change the oil , FEQUENTLY, the engines are bad for developing sludge, that can plug the oil filter and starve the top end, ( the overhead cams ) for oil and burn out the cam journals in the aluminum heads, then mess up the crank. I replaced 5 of those engines for that problem, service history on all the engines proved the owners had run over the oil change limits.
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Going out to check the door for RAWR. I change oil every 3 months [service warranty] but only put 800 to 1000 kms on a month.
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OK, can't find RAWR [what does that mean ?] The sticker showed Front 3100 lbs, Rear 3806 lbs. I have WDH and sway bar.......
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Lost my last message. Couldn't find GVWR on door.Did see Front 3100 lbs Rear 3806 lbs. I have WDH with separate sway bar.
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Ok , this is just a miss-understanding about terms .

RAWR; Rear Axle Weight Rating, is also referred to as GAWR ( Gross Axle Weight Rating ) Rear. in your case the 3806 lbs , is your RAWR.

Checking for an over loaded rear axle , would require crossing a scale with the trailer & truck loaded for travel , where it would be possible to have only the truck rear tires on the scale. Some scales the platform is too long for this so you may have to look around.
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