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Old 09-24-2016, 03:37 PM   #1
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Towing = This Work?

2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn, 5.7; 3.92. Pulling 24 foot, TT, 5500 loaded. 900lb harley in pickup bed.
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2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn, 5.7; 3.92. Pulling 24 foot, TT, 5500 loaded. 900lb harley in pickup bed.
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2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn, 5.7; 3.92. Pulling 24 foot, TT, 5500 loaded. 900lb harley in pickup bed.
The problem is the truck's payload isn't enough to handle the tongue weight of the loaded trailer and the Harley.
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2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn, 5.7; 3.92. Pulling 24 foot, TT, 5500 loaded. 900lb harley in pickup bed.
It won't require but a $10 bill and a few minutes of your time to prove to yourself that you'll be overloaded with that load.

Load the pickup with everything and everybody that will be in it when towing - but no trailer. Include the weight-distributing hitch. Drive to a truckstop that has a calibrated automated truck (CAT) scale, and fill up with gas. Keep you and everyone else in the pickup while you weigh the wet and loaded pickup.

Subtract the weight of the wet and loaded pickup from the GVWR of the pickup and the answer is the max hitch weight you can have without being overloaded. Divide that max hitch weight by 0.13 and the answer is the max tandem-axle travel trailer weight you can tow without being overloaded.
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Maximum listed payload for any 2016 RAM 1500 is 1760#

Subtract 900# for Harley, subtract 12% for tongue weight (660#) -----1560#

That only leaves 200# for passengers, stuff and any cargo in truck cab

What is YOUR payload per Yellow Sticker on door jamb?

Not enough payload for both ----motorcycle or trailer OK just not both at same time
DANG.......somebody has to ride the 'bike'
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thanks for the info.

Did not think a ram 1500 would work
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Throw a dirt bike on the back of the trailer............



Works for me.

Great for travel through National Parks.
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Throw a dirt bike on the back of the trailer............
But maintain a careful eye on tongue weight. Do not allow tongue weight to be less than 10% of gross trailer weight.

Way back when, I hauled my dirt bike on the tongue of the trailer. Worked fine, and no problem with having enough tongue weight.
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Thanks for all the replys.

I new Ram 1500 would not work. Kind of wanted the 2500, with 6.4 hemi anyway.
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I new Ram 1500 would not work. Kind of wanted the 2500, with 6.4 hemi anyway.
AHHHH! NOW the light shines! This was all a clever ploy to get bargaining power to convince the DW that you NEED the 2500 . . . . . CLEVER!
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Well played, sir.

Consider the 3500, as they are not much money more then the 2500, and will handle the weight a little better and leave room to upgrade the trailer in the future if that comes around.
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Well played, sir.

Consider the 3500, as they are not much money more then the 2500, and will handle the weight a little better and leave room to upgrade the trailer in the future if that comes around.
X2 on what 1bigmess said! It never hurts to have extra capacity. I've never been one for riding the edge of tow vehicle "required" and tow vehicle "capabilities"! I always like to have a little extra in reserve, you never know when you may decide to buy a larger trailer!
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