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Old 05-30-2015, 05:25 AM   #1
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Hello, so I am purchasing a trailer next week. It is a Sportman 330BHK and itweighs 7100 pounds. I am hauling it with a Ram 1500 w/ a 5.7 Hemi and 3.92 gear ration allowing a haul of 10.150 lbs. we are probably looking mostly at trips with ina 1-3 hr radius mostly. I was wondering a couple things.

1. When you get into hauling campers, do you recommend any adjustments to a vehicle that helps it during a haul regardless of size or weight? I have heard of a type of cushion that can go on coil springs.

2. Weigh stations. What are the rules for these? If you haul a TT are you to go to these or are these for Tractor Trailers mostly? I dont want to pass one if we to are required to go to them. It's something that is never really taught to you when you purchase these.

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First, is that the gross weight of the trailer or the empty weight?
The towing capacity of your truck is reduced by passengers, any thing in the truck that you bring, luggage etc, any after market hitches you install Etc.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:44 AM   #3
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Forget the weigh stations. They are for commercial vehicles.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:23 AM   #4
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Yep...you are towing max. I recommend making a few trips before you make any changes like air bags.

Just so you know that towing number you used is not really being used correctly. You can not tow a 10,000lb trailer with that truck. The truck can not carry the tongue weight of a 10,000lb trailer plus people, fuel and other stuff.
You can tow a hay wagon filled with 10,000lbs. of hay because there is very little of that weight on the truck.

No need to stop at weigh stations, they are for commercial trucks.
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Towing at max is not good. These trucks wiil tow x amount at max. it will not be fun. Handling and such is greatly reduced.
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Hello, so I am purchasing a trailer next week. It is a Sportman 330BHK and itweighs 7100 pounds.
Where does that 7,100 come from? If the TT is a KZ Sportsman model S331BHK, then the specs are:

S331BHK
UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)* 7,680
GVWR 8,800

http://kz-rv.com/sportsmen/specifications.html

That's way too heavy a TT for any half-ton pickup. It will be very easy to load it to the GVWR of 8,800 pounds, then your tongue weight at the average of 12.5% of gross trailer weight will be 1,100 pounds. If you haul anything in the pickup except a skinny driver, then you'll be overloaded with that TT tied on.


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I am hauling it with a Ram 1500 w/ a 5.7 Hemi and 3.92 gear ration allowing a haul of 10.150 lbs. ...
That RAM tow rating assumes there is absolutely nothing in the pickup but a skinny driver. Your drivetrain can probably pull an 8,800 pound trailer without overheating anything or being the slowpoke holding up traffic, but your suspension and brakes cannot haul the hitch weight of that much trailer without busting the GVWR of the pickup.


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1. When you get into hauling campers, do you recommend any adjustments to a vehicle that helps it during a haul regardless of size or weight?
First, invest in a good weight-distributing hitch. "Good" ones include the Reese Strait-Line, Husky CenterLine, Blue Ox Sway Pro, and Equal-I-zer. Those all list for around $1,000 and are available online for about $600 complete (including adjustable shank). If you find a WD hitch for less than $500 sale price, then you can be sure it's not one of the "good"ones. If it has friction-based "sway bars", it's not one of the good ones.

Note that Reese and Husky also make cheap hitches. Stay clear of those and be sure it's a Strait-Line or Centerline if you get a Reese or Husky brand.

Next, if you insist on being overloaded when towing, then the first mod is to add air bags to the rear suspension. Air bags, such as Firestone RideRite air bags, can be pumped up to raise the rear end of the pickup back towards normal ride height, and bring the headlights back down to earth so you don't blind oncoming traffic.
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Go check the door sticker near the drivers seat belt for max cargo capacity. My 2015 1500 3.93 5.7 hemi is the Lone Star trim and has 1490 payload limit. I have to be carful how I load our 6104 dry weight TT to not exceed payload on the truck.

Higher trim levels have reduced payload limits.
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The towing capacity of your truck is reduced by passengers, any thing in the truck that you bring, luggage etc, any after market hitches you install Etc.
I've always figured that if you are constantly drawn to scales worrying about being over the limit every time you load an extra passenger or two, you probably have a little too much trailer.
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I've always figured that if you are constantly drawn to scales worrying about being over the limit every time you load an extra passenger or two, you probably have a little too much trailer.
I think you meant too little truck in there somewhere. And i totally agree. My comfort zone is at least when loaded fully is a 20 percent margin. Better on the TV and safer for everyone else including yourself.
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Have fun, but I bet your next rig will be a 3/4 or 1-ton.
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