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Old 08-25-2011, 09:47 PM   #29
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The 2012 Ram 3500 DRW 4x4 has a higher tow rating than the 2wd. 4000 lb difference!

http://www.media.chrysler.com/dcxms/...3500Towing.pdf

Take a look. Even the A/T tows more than the M/T. Need to get the tow package. (800 ft/lb cummins and 4:10 rear and A/T)
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:43 AM   #30
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Well, let's use your table to make an "apples to apples" comparison of a real world truck that would commonly be used by RVers as a 5th wheel tow vehicle:


Ram 3500 DRW Crew Cab Long Bed Laramie (2WD - 4.10/68RFE)
GCWR - 25,800
GVWR - 11,500
Base weight - 7,407
"Trailer Tow Rating" - 17,850
Payload Capacity - 4,090


Ram 3500 DRW Crew Cab Long Bed Laramie (4WD - 4.10/68RFE)
GCWR - 27,800
GVWR - 12,300
Base weight - 7,912
"Trailer Tow Rating" - 19,350
Payload Capacity - 4,390


The effective difference in "Trailer Tow Rating" is 19,350 - 17,850 = 1,500 lbs. for directly comparable trucks. Sorry, but that doesn't look like 4,000 lbs to me.


Just sayin'.......

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Oops. sometimes the fingers just don't hit the keys the brain tells them to. Shoulda proofread before the post.

Anyway the point was that the 4x tows more than the 2x.

1500 lbs (3/4 ton) is still significant when determining if a TV can "weigh in"

Thanks for the correction.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:00 PM   #32
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Just follow the old saying. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Me personally would never buy a truck without 4wd. Its not like your only going to use it for towing. There are many uses for a truck. Y not have 4wd available. You never know where your going to end up or what may happen. Life is unpredictable. Those who say I've had 2wd for 100 yrs and never needed it, well the day you do need it you will wish you spent the few extra bucks to have it.
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Mr. Walters--
You say towing capacity is "really reduced" for 4wd option--can you clarify this some?
I am not aware of 4wd adding much more than 400 lbs to tow vehicle weight.
I have a DRV and love it, and it grosses at 17400lbs--your choice will be close to that weight if you have gen/w/d, unless it is a Select Suites, or if you can travel very lightly loaded.
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Just follow the old saying. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Me personally would never buy a truck without 4wd. Its not like your only going to use it for towing. There are many uses for a truck. Y not have 4wd available. You never know where your going to end up or what may happen. Life is unpredictable. Those who say I've had 2wd for 100 yrs and never needed it, well the day you do need it you will wish you spent the few extra bucks to have it.
Seems strange to read a "better to have it" on an rv forum. If I don't use it , I get rid of it. Just no where to store "things" in an rv.
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Well u dnt really have to worry about storing 4wd. Lol
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Well u dnt really have to worry about storing 4wd. Lol
Agreed. I was stating though I don't believe I have ever read that on an rv forum. We just don't think that way.
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Well, Glenn, that's why my trailer weighs 17400lbs...

Guess my philosophy has morphed into "Don't leave home without it" and I have been working at correcting DRVs idiocy of letting a unit leave the factory with only 815lbs of capacity with NO water on board--weight on the unit was 15185 delivered, GVWR was 16000.

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