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Old 05-22-2016, 10:54 AM   #15
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You should also look at the Ford F150 and F250 before you make your decision. Ford has more towing and cab option than any of the other 2 auto manufacturers. There is a reason why the Ford F150 has been the best selling vehicle in America for over 25 years running and you should check them out.

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Old 05-22-2016, 11:35 AM   #16
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If it helps, I have a 2014 suburban with a 3.08. Could only tow about 5k, so a Bambi. Just purchased a 27fb signature, delivery in June. Very excited. But, had to fix the truck. Went to a 4x4 shop and had them put in a 3.73 which gives me 10k towing. Matches my tow package of 1k tongue and 10k payload. Well in excess if the 7600# for the trailer. i can feel the difference in accelerating but most importantly in decelerating. Before it felt like a sedan, now it feels like a truck. Might be a solution for your existing tv.

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Old 05-22-2016, 12:22 PM   #17
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I would recommend a book called "Airstream for Newbies". It helped us a lot! Can't recall the author off hand. Also, new book "Airstream maintanence", same author.
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:06 PM   #18
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I have a Ford with the economy rear end. I simply block out 6 gear which does the same. On the 8 speeds, I would block out 7&8 while towing. The rpm are close.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:41 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Plasma800 View Post
no no no no no....

1040 lbs is the TOTAL payload of the truck, including you, and gas, and trailer tongue weight.

"Door sticker, "The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 1040 lbs."" This is the magic number! It's wieght after add on's llllllike 4x4, or running boards, or moonroofs... or whatever else already added on more weight.

Your trailer with 950 lbs tongue only leaves you 90 lbs.

Gas at 6lbs per gallon + your weight, wifes weight, any gear and you're over on the rear axle.. makes for a squirrely ride man... I wouldn't feel comfy doing it.

especially no on any declines! A overloaded rear axle makes a truck trailer combo very squirrly! All the flex is already gone, and the truck has no more oomph to pull the trailer back up right or straight in line from lateral forces or YAW forces, like when you go through a dip in the road only on one side. the truck dips, the truck comes back up, the trailer dips... the trailer stays dipped lazily and the weight pull the rear end of the truck over towards the yaw.. when the trailer comes back, it snaps the truck up... force carries to the other side, makes the trailer yaw that way, the back snaps funny on the tires, and you'll need fresh underwear in short order.
I'm a newbie (first post) also facing the same issue... my truck payload sticker says 1486 pounds and i have just negotiated purchase of a 2014 FC25 rear bed that I haven't picked up yet from seller. Truck is 2012 Silverado with 5.7L w 3.42 ratio. The hitch weight on the trailer is 835# leaving me about 650 lbs for driver, passengers, gas, and cargo... Doesn't adding a weight distributing hitch reduce the hitch weight allowing me additional cargo weight in tv?
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:44 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by riffin-rich View Post
Plasma / All, this sucks but I'm so glad I asked before trusting the dealership. I guess we'll either need to downsize the trailer purchase to match our existing truck, or reassess upgrading the truck before we buy the 28. The dealership told me that my truck would pull the 28' just fine and that they'd just put good sway bars on... Thanks so much for your time/feedback!

I have 2015 27ft. International signature fb. Tow with 2014 gmc 5.3 gas 6 speed tranny top on tv bed . Yamaha 3000 gen 3 loaded gas cans etc.etc. tow everywhere. No problem! Forgot. Equalizer hitch always full water tank . Set speed to 65.
You should do just fine with what your considering. We started with a 2013 signature and wasn't happy with it. We'll really we were happy with it but couldn't live the corner bed and bath! Love the 27 front international. There's Ony 2 of us. .
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:47 PM   #21
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A weight distribution hitch stiffens the connection between trailer and tow vehicle. The net effect is to slightly lift the rear wheels by shifting that weight roughly equally between the front tires and trailer. You might realize a transfer of 100 or so pounds (give or take 100 lbs) to the trailer.
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Old 05-22-2016, 04:39 PM   #22
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I doubt the payload numbers will work out your own math and come to your own conclusion....

I am trying to figure out at what point there is consensus on questions like this?
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:41 PM   #23
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I have a 2015 ram 1500 equipped very similar to yours except mine has the ecodiesel with 3:55 gears and it pulls my 25ft execcela with ease. The only thing you well need is better tires the stock p rated goodyears are junk and well squirm a lot. The air ride handles the weight very well and a decent wd well help you lower your tounge weight. Personally I dont use them but it not a bad idea.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:17 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by dkottum View Post
Rich, careful about internet advice...
Well, in an online forum, all you will get is internet advice. Some are factual, some are not.

Its a fact that door sticker payload number is less than the published payload number for a bare bones truck. Its also a fact that overloading your Ram truck with air suspension will be recorded by the truck computer.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:30 PM   #25
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I am trying to figure out at what point there is consensus on questions like this?
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:47 PM   #26
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Hook up the trailer and try it, it may be fine....
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:50 PM   #27
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On a side note my ecodiesel is heavier than the hemi and not just the engine but it also has an 8 gallon def tank and a lot heavier exhaust system too. But even with that unhooked with a full tank of diesel and 300 lbs of passengers it still tanks about 800 lbs to get to sticker capacity on my truck. But it takes another 600 lbs on top of that to go into protection mode on the air ride.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:11 PM   #28
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Side note:

Call me old school but 1040 lbs payload capacity for a full size pickup with a 6'4" bed doesn't sound like ... "Ram Tough" ...

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