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Old 06-25-2014, 09:33 AM   #1
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Any Experience With This Setup?

I have a 2014 Dodge 4x2 with Quad Cab and 6'4" bed. It has the 5.7L V8, 6-speed auto transmission and 3.92 rear axle. I'm pairing it up with a Rockwood 8244 5th wheel, which has a UVW of 6500 pounds. Anyone have a similiar setup? What has been your towing experience?
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Is it a Ram 1500? Ever since they stopped using rear leaf springs, they are really soft in the back. You may need airbags or similar. BTW, I can't remember after what year, but Ram trucks are no longer Dodge...they are Ram 1500, 2500, etc. Not sure why though.
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Is it a Ram 1500? Ever since they stopped using rear leaf springs, they are really soft in the back. You may need airbags or similar. BTW, I can't remember after what year, but Ram trucks are no longer Dodge...they are Ram 1500, 2500, etc. Not sure why though.
Why the name change? In one word. Marketing. (PS. I believe the VIN's are still issued as Dodge)
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It is a RAM 1500. The name was changed when Crysler sold out.
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Makes sense. Mine is a 2012 and technically not a Dodge even though one of the rubber inserts on the dash has Dodge on it. In most online part places you have to search for Ram instead of Dodge.
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Supposedly they changed it to Ram in the event the truck market ever died off. They could shut down the brand name ram much easier than taking a variety of vehicles out of the Dodge lineup. I guess it's easier from a business/legal aspect. That's what I was told anyway.
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Need more information. GVWR, RGAWR, and existing weights of the truck fueled up with all of the cargo you will be taking along. I did a quick check on the internet and the ship weight of the trailer is listed at 6592 and a cargo weight of 1458. Trailer GVWR is 8050.

Take 20% for pin weight and your truck will end up carrying 1610 lbs plus about 150 - 200 for the 5 wheel. So plan on 1750 on the pin.

If the sum of the loaded weight on the rear axle plus 1750 is less that the RGAWR then you could be OK.

If the sum of the loaded weight of the truck plus 1750 is less the GVWR you could be OK.

If the sum of the trailer GVWR and the loaded truck is less the the GCWR then you will be OK.

Tough to help without hard numbers. Guesses are not good.
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What Gordon said. 1/2 ton trucks (with just a couple of exceptions) have only about 1500 lbs payload capability. I suspect that you will max out that capability very quickly plus overload it once you load the truck with all the gear, you, and the passengers.

That's why you don't see many 1/2 ton pickups pulling 5th wheel trailers.

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A fifth wheel is heavily overloaded on a ram 1500. Even the other trucks(Titan, Chevy, Ford, Toyota) are marginal at best. You are better served by trading to a ram 2500 with the 6.4L Hemi.

Dodge sells more trucks than all of their other dodge vehicles combines. It's enough volume off of one product line that it made more business sense to split ram up into it's own brand. That offers protection in the future in case of another economic downturn. Like how chevrolet killed off Saturn, Hummer, and pontiac in order to get bailed out.
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