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Old 07-23-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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fifth wheels and Hemi's

Anyone here pulling a 5er with a 1500 ram/hemi ? If so how's it working out for you? (kinda maybe considering. kinda maybe).

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:34 PM   #2
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Hemi can pull a lightweight 5th wheel, but the frame and suspension can not handle the pin weight of a 5th wheel. Dodge 1500's are the worst for payload capacity, they use coil springs in their 1500.

The only 5th wheel you can pull is a SCAMP or Escape fiberglass 5th wheel.

At minimum i think you should get a 2500, the cost for a dodge 2500 is pretty negligible compared to the 1500, the only con is the 2500 will eat up more fuel due to weight.

If you already own the dodge, than look at a travel trailer instead.

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Old 07-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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I was talking to a guy that's pulling a Malibu super lite. With this truck and said it did just fine, no problem.

think I'll stick with my tt.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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The heavier the TT the better it pulls. Lite trailers to me are to affected by wind and other vehicles. One friend had a lite trailer that was pushed by a wind gust in a curve and it ended sideways. Good thing he was driving a 2500 as it stayed uptight.

We use to say the longer the better. But not true for lite units. I surely prefer full weight for comfort and if trailer is close or over the truck capacity the 5th wheel setup is my preference.
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