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Old 02-28-2014, 07:50 PM   #43
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The 2500 6.4L would be the ideal tow vehicle for this TT if their full timing. The 1500 5.7L will do the job, just not as well.
Now if the 2500 has the 5.7 hemi then the lighter weight 1500 with the same 5.7 hemi will have more towing performance which was my point to begin with.

That she need or wants a bigger 2500 truck with the 5.7 or 6.4 hemi is just a assumption as she never indicated she wants or is looking for a 2500 size truck .... but thats another topic.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:38 PM   #44
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We decided to go with a lesser weight TT so we're looking at two "1/2 ton towables":

Crossroads Zinger ZT30RK - 6,498 lbs./560 lb. hitch
or
Keystone Cougar 30RKSWE - 6,625 lbs./670 hitch

We have the 3.55 axle and 5.7L V8 Hemi.

With empty tanks on the TT (we never use them while traveling until we get to our destination), how do these two possibiilties sound?
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:54 AM   #45
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What is the Capacity?

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Hey guys,

We chose our TT and it weighs 7800 lbs. We're looking at the Ram 1500, 5.7-liter V8, crew cab, short bed, 2WD, 17-inch wheels, 3.92:1 axle that has a tow capacity of 10,200 lbs.

I haven't crunched the numbers yet but would this truck pull this TT if equipped with a WDH and trailer brakes?

We'll be packing about 500 lbs. into the TT and empty tanks.

Thanks for your input.
We really need more details, but generically, the tow capacity is either 8,500 or 9,250 pounds. as long as your total weight is under the weight rating, you should be fine. My RAM 1500 has the 3.93 Rear and the 5.7 Hemi and handles 9,000 pounds just fine. I always use the tow bars, though. It just rides better!
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:10 PM   #46
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We have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 (like new),

5.7L V8 Hemi,
3.55 axle,
RWD with tow package and trans oil cooler
4x2
Automatic

We're looking at:

Crossroads Zinger ZT30RK - 6,498 lbs./560 lb. hitch
or
Keystone Cougar 30RKSWE - 6,625 lbs./670 hitch
or
Crossroads Z-1 291RL - 6,190 lbs./678 hitch

These are all "half-ton towables" but I want to make sure we don't overdo it. Can our truck safely pull any of these?

Thanks for your input.
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Are those dry weights or GVWR?
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:03 AM   #48
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They are dry weights.

We are looking at a TT that weighs 5975 dry. That might be the one.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:30 AM   #49
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Do you have the truck?

In the driver's door there should be the max rear axle weight, gvwr and gcwr. Load up with full fuel, load up the truck with the passengers you would have for camping and take it to a scale. Get the weight for the whole truck and the front and rear axles separately. Then you'll know how much payload is left for the hitch weight and the trailer weight.

You'll probably be limited by payload (hitch weight) before trailer weight...

Don't trust the hitch weight in the brochure. You need to add batteries, propane, gear in the trailer, water in the tanks... This can add 150-3000lbs to the hitch weight. The weight distribution hitch will cost you another 100lbs.

Usually 500-550 lbs hitch weight (dry) is the max a half ton can handle comfortably.

How far will you be towing to your camping areas? Are there any hills on the way?
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According to my calculations, I have 950 lbs. left to the max GCWR. Everything else is included (hitch weight, truck, passengers). Just need to add gear. We travel with empty tanks (going across the country from NJ to CA).

The TT dry weight is 5975 lbs./574 hitch, leaving us 950 lbs. for gear/battery/propane.

We'll be up there but won't be maxed out.
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What about on the rear GAWR?
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According to my calculations, I have 950 lbs. left to the max GCWR. Everything else is included (hitch weight, truck, passengers). Just need to add gear. We travel with empty tanks (going across the country from NJ to CA).

The TT dry weight is 5975 lbs./574 hitch, leaving us 950 lbs. for gear/battery/propane.

We'll be up there but won't be maxed out.
OK, so you'll be within limits for gcwr (vehicle +cargo+trailer)... But usually axle limits (gawr) and payload limits (gvwr) for the truck are reached first... That's why I was asking you the numbers from your vehicle's load plate. Also, your towing capacity is reduced by the cargo (gear and occupants) in the truck.

Being close to max usually makes for white knuckle driving...

You keep asking for advice but haven't provided us with the information required to make an informed recommendation.
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Here's the best info I could find on a 2003 1500. I don't remember if it's a reg cab or quad cab. Regardless the payload numbers are about the same 1540-1570lbs.
2003 RAM Pickup Payload and Towing Charts

Going with the 1540lbs would be practical. That's the number form Rams site so historically it will be lower when delivered.
So figure 1500lbs of payload.
If you're looking at a 5975 dry weight TT, then is that from a brochure? I'm pretty sure you're giving brochure dry weights because you also list the tongue weight and the tongue weight is never listed anywhere except in the brochure. Those weights are not accurate. You need the dry shipping weight from the TT's sticker. All TT/5'ers are required to have shipping weight stickers on them when delivered to the dealer.
Also the dry tongue weight is not right either. It's under the 10% min for towing. 12% I usually what it ends up being.
Just for figuring purposes lets say the TT gets shipped at 6200lbs. I don't remember if you're just camping for fun or seriously traveling for months at a time. As a general rule you will pack close to 1000lbs with you. You may not think that and we didn't either with our 1st TT. But posts and pans, cooking utensils, bar b que, clothes, pantry items, food in the fridge, cleaning supplies, towels, some tools, the WDH, wood blocks for leveling, jack for flats, lawn chairs, sewer supplies, axe for firewood, etc. No way you can just put 500lbs in.
Believe it or not if the dry weight is 6200lbs then it will weigh 7200lbs loaded.
Now that puts the tongue weight between 720 and 1080lbs. Split the difference and now you have 900lbs on the tongue weight. That 574lb brochure weight doesn't include propane, a battery and anything you put in the front of the TT.

1500lb payload for the truck minus 900lbs for the tongue weight and you're at 600lbs left for passengers and whatever else in the truck.

Max tow is 7850lbs. The truck has a 13,000 GCVWR.

Empty truck 5081
trailer 7200
Total 12,281

That leaves you with 719lbs for passengers and whatever else you put in the truck. You'll notice that I'm not figuring in the weight of the truck as shipped, that's the dry weight from the Ram site. It doesn't differentiate between trim levels or things like running boards or other add-ons.
IMO you really need to load up the truck and get it weighed to see how much payload you really have. Or better yet quit looking at 6000lb dry brochure weight trailer and look at 5000lb dry shipping weight stckerd TT's. 7850lbs of tow rating is pretty low.
Another thing to cinsider is the 03 5.7 Hemi is not as good as the newer Hemis.
345hp@5600rpms
365tq@4400rpms
Those rpms are way up there so the heavier you tow the more the hemi will be working. My guess is it will be revving pretty good under normal driving.
Looks to me like you will be close to max on everything.
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