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Old 04-08-2013, 11:41 PM   #1
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Which slider is best for Mega Cab DRW??

Today we purchased a 2009 Carriage Domani 32' 5th wheel with a GVWR stated as 11,800. Now we will buy an appropriate TW. #1 on our short list is a 2008 Ram 3500 4x4, DRW, Mega Cab, short box, 6.7L Cummins, with factory exhaust brake, 3:73 axles, and 35,000 original miles. Factory tow package but no 5th wheel YET. There is an aftermarket trailer brake controller and a heavy duty ball mount in the receiver, so I am guessing it was used to tow something off the rear. Dodge states max 5ver GVWR of 13K+ with the 3.73 and 16k with the 4:10. I am thinking that I will like the better fuel economy of the 3:73 and should be ok towing this trailer. I have seen discussions in here about manual sliders vs automatic sliders. I would welcome all opinions about the pros and cons of each, and also the suitability of this TW to tow the Domani. Thank you.
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If I ever had to get another sliding hitch, having had a manual slider, I would go for the automatic slider. Just my opinion.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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Dodge states max 5ver GVWR of 13K+ with the 3.73 and 16k with the 4:10. I am thinking that I will like the better fuel economy of the 3:73 and should be ok towing this trailer.
DIMENSIONS, CAPACITY AND WEIGHT
2009 Ram 3500 4x4 Mega Cab DRW Laramie
Engine 6.7L L6 turbodiesel OHV 24-valve
Towing Capacity (kg) 5 080 (= 11,250 pounds)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (kg) 4 763 (= 10,500 pounds)
2009 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Mega Cab DRW Laramie | Specifications
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Technical Specifications - Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Mega Cab DRW 2009

If the GVWR of the trailer is 11,800 and the tow rating of the Dodge is 11,250, then that's not a bad match. Just don't load the Carriage to the gills and you should have no problem with exceeding the GCWR of the tow vehicle.

But the Carriage is a heavy, luxury class 5er, so count on a hitch weight of at least 20% of GVWR. 20% of 11,800 = 2360 pounds. 10,500 GVWR minus hitch weight of 2360 pounds leaves you 8140 for the max weight of the wet and loaded tow vehicle without exceeding the GVWR of the Dodge. That's possible, but tough. Don't haul anything in the cab or bed that's not required. (move tools and jacks to the trailer's basement storage area.) Weigh the rig at the first CAT scale you see to be sure you're not overloaded over the GVWR of the Dodge.

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I have seen discussions in here about manual sliders vs automatic sliders. I would welcome all opinions about the pros and cons of each, ...
I would not want to tow a 5er with a short-bed pickup unless I could afford a PullRite SuperGlide automatic slider to do it with.
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...and also the suitability of this TW to tow the Domani.
If the Canadian specs I found are correct, then you'll be right up against the max capability of that Ram towing that trailer. If you are comfortable watching your weights and stopping at a CAT scale regularly, then it can probably be done without overloading the tow vehicle. But I would personally look for either a bit more capability in the tow vehicle, or a little lighter trailer.
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As noted, you will pretty near your weight limits, but what I do not like is the short bed and slider hitch. Much rather have an 8' bed.

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The '08 3500 DRW Mega Cab Dodge/Cummins as all 3rd gen 3500 DRW Dodge trucks has those big 9350 RAWR for carrying big payloads.

The DRW truck will be a good match with plenty to spare for a trailer that size.

You sure don't need a long bed unless you just want one. I have a long bed and a short bed truck. They both work fine pulling a GN or bumper pull or a 5th wheel trailer. One isn't better than the other for towing trailers.
I have the same short bed in my Dodge truck and I use a 16k manual slider from Reese. My '97 RV trailer measures 31'10" and has a very square/flat front profile. No issues with the long or short bed.

Look at the Sidewinder from Reese as it eliminates the need of a slider Pin Boxes - Reese.

Play the video as the truck in the vid is a short bed Dodge.

Some of the hitch brands offer a clean bed design. Look at each manufacturer's websites and see if there product meets your needs.

The Domani is one good looking unit inside and outside.
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For whatever reason, Dodge dropped the GVWR of the Megacab duallies significantly in comparison with the other DRW trucks in the Ram 3500 lineup. That, and the short bed that comes with the Megacab, make it (IMHO) not the first choice for towing heavy 5th wheels.

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