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Old 05-07-2022, 11:15 AM   #1
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Thoughts about RAM 1500 for Towing

Downsizing from a 32' Class A gasser towing a Jeep Wrangler 4 door and looking at a tow vehicle for a smaller travel trailer. I found a 2019 RAM 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 locally that still has about 5 years/50,000 miles of warranty.

5.7l Heni w/8sp auto
GVWR 7100
Payload 1947 (per sticker)
Wheelbase 140"
Trailer Tow Group Option
3.92 Gears
Max Tow 10000+ (don't remember exactly)

I want to be able to tow a 22-24' trailer with a GVWR of around 6500lbs in the western US including up Sierra passes. From what I have been reading this seems like a reasonable match, but also want to get input from those that have experience towing.

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Old 05-07-2022, 12:20 PM   #2
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6500 trailer GVWR will give you roughly 800# tongue weight

So doable with that 1500

Just will have to let that HEMI SING in the Serria's
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Old 05-07-2022, 12:53 PM   #3
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That would be an ideal setup IMO.
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Yes, you are lucky to have found one with that much payload plus a rational rear gear ratio.
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Old 05-07-2022, 05:04 PM   #5
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Ram 1500 for towing

We have a 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 with the 3-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine. The truck is equipped with the factory towing package, 3.55 gears, 8-speed automatic trans and air ride suspension. We towed a 32-foot Dutchmen Kodiak Ultimate trailer with a dry weight of 6750 and a GVWR of 7600 lbs.

Had no problems getting up and over the mountain passes on I-90 between Spokane, Wa and Rapid City, SD. We easily maintained speeds around 60-65 MPH and fuel mileage around 14-16 MPG while towing.

We recently sold our travel trailer and bought a class B+ motorhome, so the truck has been retired from towing, but we're going to keep it around just because it's such a comfortable rig to drive... In fact, the wife has already decided that if she has to cut down to just one vehicle, she'll sell her Cadillac and keep the truck!
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Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll go see if I can work out a deal for the truck.
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yes that 1500 should tow ok. I tow a 28' 6000# travel trailer fine with my '19 laramie 4x4 ccsb 5.7 3.92 rear end. I can set cruise for 68-69 and get 8.5-10 mpg. mine only has 1324# cargo cap. so I pack the truck lite. the truck is a great ride when not towing too.
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We have a 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 with the 3-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine. The truck is equipped with the factory towing package, 3.55 gears, 8-speed automatic trans and air ride suspension. We towed a 32-foot Dutchmen Kodiak Ultimate trailer with a dry weight of 6750 and a GVWR of 7600 lbs.

Had no problems getting up and over the mountain passes on I-90 between Spokane, Wa and Rapid City, SD. We easily maintained speeds around 60-65 MPH and fuel mileage around 14-16 MPG while towing.

We recently sold our travel trailer and bought a class B+ motorhome, so the truck has been retired from towing, but we're going to keep it around just because it's such a comfortable rig to drive... In fact, the wife has already decided that if she has to cut down to just one vehicle, she'll sell her Cadillac and keep the truck!
How is all that relative to the OP's inquiry ? He is looking at the 5.7 V8.
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How is all that relative to the OP's inquiry ? He is looking at the 5.7 V8.
Well now that was helpful.............
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Remember ; family, pets and gear in the truck are part of the payload .

Hopefully the truck is equipped with appropriate tires ( LT and not P ) P series tires are not good for a loaded truck .
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Hopefully the truck is equipped with appropriate tires ( LT and not P ) P series tires are not good for a loaded truck .
Good point. Switching to LT tires will make a noticeable improvement. You might not want to ditch good P tires right off but definitely go with LT when it's time to replace or if it feels squirmy when towing.
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Ram 1500

I have a 2021 Ram with the same specs as yours. My trailer is about 6000 lbs. with a 600 hitch weight. The truck has a lot of power for towing. The only thing I do not like about it is the rear coil spring suspension. It is not as stable as the GMC I used to have with leaf springs. It took a while to get my equilizer WDH adjusted right and it is better now. I am considering getting air shocks in the future. I tried Timbren suspension enhancements but I didn't care for the rough ride when towing.
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on my '19 ram 1500 I added air bags and changed out the rear sway bar to a stiffer one. easy stuff to do and that helped reduce the shimmy from the trailer. I run 20# in the bags when towing and run a few more pounds of air in the tires. I cant bring myself to dump the oem Falken Wildpeak A/T3 tires because the have been great so far but as folks have said, you may want to go to LT's. like you, I came to the Ram from a GM truck ('17 sierra 1500 slt) that was a little more solid for towing but was pretty weak at it compared to the ram. I actually added one helper leaf to that truck at one point.
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As for the rear coil springs on the 1500 and 2500, Ram claims that they improve braking performance and that they ride smoother. No mention of side sway but I don't see that as a problem with the proper stabilization linkage.

After hunting around for pickups DW took one look at the Ram interior and her mind was made up. It has more luxury than a luxury car.
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