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Old 05-31-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Is it too much for a Ram 5.7?

We sold a pop up and upgraded to a TT. I am concerned that my truck is working too hard pulling our camper. It is an 08 4x4 hemi with 3.92 ratio. The max pull is 8500 lbs. The camper is a Greywolf 26rl with a shipping weight of 5711 lbs. I know it has to weigh more than that loaded and stocked. Should I worry?
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The max pull is 8500 lbs.
That trailer tow rating is for a base model truck with only a 150 lb driver and is calculated as the truck's GCWR - (manufacturer's curb weight + 150 lb driver allowance). The best thing you can do is to load up your truck with passengers, pets, cargo, gear, a full fuel tank, etc. and run it over the scales to get a true loaded weight. Every pound above the manufacturer's curb weight + the 150 lb driver allowance that your truck weighs should be deducted from the trailer tow rating.

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The camper is a Greywolf 26rl with a shipping weight of 5711 lbs.
Any gasser towing anywhere near its limits is going to be revving away on the grades and will get poor fuel mileage compared to what it achieves unloaded.

What is the GVWR of the camper? That's the safe weight to use for sizing purposes.

Also, seeing that this is your first post,

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The shipping weight doesn't take into account any items added, ie awning, extra batteries, etc. You also need to look at the trailers GVWR and that should be well below the 8500# your TV is rated. The rating is based on a 150 lb driver and a tank of gas. Any passengers or cargo is not factored in and is taken away from the tow weight. You will also need a good WDH, brake controller, and sway bar systems. Look at the brochure on your TT and it will give you the GVWR and go from there. Don't take the salespersons word for anything.

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TT is GVWR 7778 lbs. I'm guessing GCWR is combined!! 14000 lbs. I have weight distribution and anti sway hitch. My truck pulls it fine but does whine on the steep slopes. We never pull more that a couple of hours away. Thanks for the welcome and answers
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You should be fine. Just remember that you truck doesn't like to pull it uphill. Go slow and you will be fine.
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I never worry about pulling. I worry about stopping... Stay under rated capacity, use a good brake controller, and stay on top of the maintenance of your TT brakes..
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Thanks to all . We fell more comfortable now after hearing all of yall's comments. We will be keeping the Ram until time to go with a bigger TT!!
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I have the 5.7 hemi in a 09 , and pull a flagstaff 831 RKSS. I have not weighed yet , but I am guessing around. 7,000

The ram pulls really good , have the 4 point equalizer with sway control , adjust the TT brakes and it stops good

You will be good to go
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We sold a pop up and upgraded to a TT. I am concerned that my truck is working too hard pulling our camper. It is an 08 4x4 hemi with 3.92 ratio. The max pull is 8500 lbs. The camper is a Greywolf 26rl with a shipping weight of 5711 lbs. I know it has to weigh more than that loaded and stocked. Should I worry?
So get the truck specs and see.
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Also check and observe any trailer frontal area limitations as this can help determine how much continuous power is needed from the engine.
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