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Old 06-24-2013, 04:41 PM   #29
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the ram is a short bed , what brand would you recommend that would be a well built 5th wheel camper to purchase and what to look for in these 5th wheels?
IMHO, you are going to need to trade trucks or you'll be living in a pretty small, light-weight fifth wheel. Don't forget, you not only have to tow it: you have to STOP it.
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elshornun is among the ones not understanding the towing ratings. GCWR is just a part of the towing equation. You also MUST look at the GVWR and GAWR of the truck when loaded with a loaded trailer.

You have to real ALL of the fine print in the manufacturers towing brochure.

Again, weigh your truck, and work out the numbers. Then you can make an educated decision about what you can or cannot pull within the manufacturers ratings.

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IMHO, you are going to need to trade trucks or you'll be living in a pretty small, light-weight fifth wheel. Don't forget, you not only have to tow it: you have to STOP it.
Spoken by the voice of experiance. I seem to remember you having to change rvs/vehicles several times in the not to distant past? Not
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Thank you for all your advice.
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Just wait til Dodge releases the 1/2 ton Ram with the diesel engine.
We will see many 30-35 foot 5ers behind them.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:09 PM   #34
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Just wait til Dodge releases the 1/2 ton Ram with the diesel engine.
We will see many 30-35 foot 5ers behind them.
Meh, it'll pull it. And it only squats less than half a foot
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elshornun is among the ones not understanding the towing ratings. GCWR is just a part of the towing equation. You also MUST look at the GVWR and GAWR of the truck when loaded with a loaded trailer.

You have to real ALL of the fine print in the manufacturers towing brochure.

Again, weigh your truck, and work out the numbers. Then you can make an educated decision about what you can or cannot pull within the manufacturers ratings.

Ken
YUP, this same question comes up REPEATEDLY from folks who simply WON'T read the owner's manual, or go to the maker's website for the info - they'd FAR prefer to find a few similarly handicapped owners who'll tell them "I've pulled lots more than that with an even smaller truck with "noooo problems"".

BIG DIFFERENCE between what CAN be "pulled", and what will pull SAFELY, and still handle and stop safely and predictably in an emergency situation.
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I met a couple that pulled a 35 ft TT behind a 1/2 ton Chevrolet Suburban. Luckily they both survived when the Suburban and camper both rolled over upside down because they lost control at a bridge bump in Mt Pleasant SC.
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Thank you for all your advice.
Hold up . Here's mine.

I have a 2500 Dodge/Cummins and pull a 11200 lb 5th wheel RV. No issues in over 218000 miles. I also pull a 16K GN stock trailer and a 10k bumper pull car hauler and a 14K GN flatdeck. No issues with any of them.
The 2500 Dodge has a 6000 RAWR that leaves us with around 3000-3200 lbs of payload depending on your trucks actual scaled empty axle weights.

The 2500/3500 SRW and 3500 DRW all have the same AAM 11.5" rear axle.
As mentioned the 2500 has a 6000 RAWR.
The 3500 SRW has a 6500 RAWR.
And the 3500 DRW has those big 9350 RAWR for carrying big loads.

IMO your 2500 Dodge truck will handle up to 2500 lbs dry pin weight as a max. Use 20 percent of the trailers dry weight or the trailers GVWR will get you close.

As you see a 15k trailers pin weight may run to around 3000 lbs. This means higher rated tires/wheels and springs is required to handle the extra load which is basically what the 3500 SRW truck is.

I would stick close to Dodges tow rating for how heavy the trailer is.
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Plan carefully and you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by Vetl82 Thank you for all your advice.


I have a 2008 ram 2500 with 6.7 turbo diesel, 4x4, I currently tow a 2011 keystone outback, length is 38' from hitch to bumper, it is insulated for cold weather camping, has two slide but some other keystone out backs have just the living room slide. Mine is the ultra lite series but weighs 7600 dry weight, so loaded I figure I am towing 8600-9000 depending on how long we go for. Truck handles it with out any problems, I would recommend the Reese weight distribution hitch as it handles the weight and sway control all as one. I tow at 65 mph and get 12-13 mpg, it has a full outdoor kitchen with a bumper mount grill if you like to cook outside all the time. This is my second keystone and I have not had any issues knock on wood.
I have always bought used trailers from people as you will save thousands from buying from the dealer. Best news is I feel we have one of the best dealers Lazy Days RV here in Florida and they treat everyone like you bought from them and really care about there customers. Love our outback and would highly recommend.
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I see a LOT of 2500 SRW trucks towing 5ers way bigger than mine. Don't know the weights but I could surmise that if it is that much larger than a 30' Jayco it must be portly. Most of them are blowing by me on the highway and I'm at 62mph (best for expedient travel and fuel mileage). Either they don't really have any issues or won't admit to it. I've had friends and fellow campers tell me I don't need a dually. That may be true but I want one. I hate towing with SRW. Others are obviously OK with it. One guy, though, with a real nice setup (camper way bigger than mine) GMC 2500 (that seemed to handle the load) said he does not go on highways. OK, whatever. I could only speculate at a reason.
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What gear ratio do you have?

3.4:2. ,3.7:3. , 4.1:0
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