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Old 07-20-2015, 08:17 PM   #29
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I have to agree with Pcschwenke. There is no comparison between the 5.3l 315hp 6 speed trans. Silverado, and the 5.7l 395hp Hemi with 8 speed trans. Having just towed my 6200lb toy hauler, the Hemi has far more power as well as handling the load going down the road.
I have the 3.92 gears and 32 gallon tank, tow rating is 10k+ which I think it could handle, my Silverado tow rating was 9600lb which I would not have wanted to try. Very Happy!
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:52 AM   #30
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We tug our Jayfeather (55-5700lbs loaded and 26') happily with a '13 Ram 1500 Laramie. The 8 speed and 3.92 combo is spectacular as half tons go. The 5.7 is a beast- just let it off the chain and let it eat.
The Laramie is a step down from the Long Horn, so our payload is a shade better than a Long Horn- but not by much. You will surpass your payload long before your axle ratings. I am over payload by around 500lbs when loaded heavy, but still under axles- so some spring, shock, and tire modifications were in order. For the whole 2000kms a year we tow, that's acceptable for me.
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Old 05-05-2017, 12:00 PM   #31
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Pcschwenke...are you still towing with the 5.7/3.21?

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I have a 2015 RAM crew cab sport with the 5.7 hemi and 8 speed (3:21 gears). Our first trailer weighed 4700 lbs dry, and the truck towed it very easily. Infact, passing cars going 55mph was quite easy. Our new trailer is 6744lbs dry and the 5.7 hemi does fine. It's on the heavy for towing but handles it very well. Anyone who think the the GM/GMC engines are better surely haven't look at actual hp or torque numbers & compared. My only concern is tongue weight, but we are still under the max. Sure the 3/4 ton version would hand the weight better, but 6 months of the year we can not use the TT due to snow & parks are closed.
I currently own a 26 foot trailer, 4300lbs dry, probably around 5,000 loaded with gear. It tows easily with the 5.7/3.21. We were drawn to a new trailer that is 31.5 feet in length and 6,400 dry. Worried that is too much weight, as max is listed as 8,010, 8,050 or 8,220 depending on source. 8,220 was listed on the vehicle sticker when we purchased (it's a 4x4 crew with 8spd) but ram's site shows either of the two lower ratings just over 8k. The gross weight on the trailer is 7,500lbs. We normally haul 500 to 700lbs of stuff, family is maybe 500lbs total, so i know there's still room, but interested to hear your thoughts. Concerned i am overdoing it. First goals was 5,700 or under dry but it's a nice deal on the bigger one.
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if you're hauling 1000-1200 pounds of ppl and cargo in/on the truck you won't be happy towing a 7500 lb trailer unless its flat ground with no head wind. besides the fact that it will be over gvwr, rgawr and gcwr.

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bjam- Knowing what I do now, I would not suggest you upgrade unless you plan to upgrade trucks in the future. My 1500 worked fine, but knew I was over payload and the purposing at times was annoying. I did have extras on my truck to help, such as D rated tires and Firestone air bags. Both helped, but didn't eliminate my issues. I since upgraded to a RAM 3500. My payload issue is now gone and I feel safer. As you know, you are within the limits of the truck, but by a small margin. Our camper weighed 6744 dry and up to 9200 lbs loaded & full tanks.
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Thanks for the replies

I opted for a trailer with a dry weight of 5500lbs instead. Gross trailer rating is only slightly less at 7400lbs but I rarely tow with water tanks filled with more than 8 gallons and weighing all items we've put in trailer we were at 600lbs of stuff. A little more than I expected but putting us in near 6200lbs loaded. With family included we are about 1300lbs below gcvwr...just about spot on 10% below Max. It was definitely more noticeable towing than our previous trailer at 5000lbs loaded (at first) but after 30 minutes of driving quickly become mostly unnoticeable. 6400 dry would have been a bad choice. Glad we stuck with something lighter. You should be towing like a dream with a 3500.
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