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Old 07-21-2016, 11:52 AM   #1
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Ram 1500 tow vehicle

Hello fellow streamers,
I have been reading a lot of posts reg tow vehicles and have a question to throw out there. We had a 2000 Lincoln Navigator and just blew the motor on her. She was a very faithful truck but could not justify the $$$ on rebuilding the engine. I just replaced it with a 2013 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi. It is rated at 10,000 lb towing capacity, plenty for our 2004 28' international. My question is how many of you, if any, have the same?? Do you like the 1500. Have you had any issues with it??. We have not hooked it up yet to take it on her "maiden voyage ". I will say this has to be the most comfortable truck we've ever had, it drives like a caddy but wondering what is in store for us when we go out. The 2500 was a bit out of our price range and we got a warranty for life on this one so we couldn't resist. Your questions, comments and concerns would be appreciated.
It's hot out there so watch your tires!
I hope you ALL have a great weekend and stay safe!!

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Old 07-21-2016, 12:10 PM   #2
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It well do great just make sure and use a good wd hitch. We own two of them and both tow our 25 ft well. The coils springs on the rear sag easy id recommend airlift 1000's they go inside the rear coils I run them at 25 psi with an Anderson wd hitch. Ive never had any issues with sway or rough ride. Both axles are well within weight capacity etc.

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Old 07-21-2016, 05:27 PM   #3
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No problems drive from Sacramento to lake Tahoe on 80 and 50. Rpms 3500 max at 60+ up hill no problem. No issues great truck and great stream
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:45 PM   #4
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We use our 2013 RAM 1500, 5.7 with 8 speed tranny and 3.55 rear, to pull our 25' International. It does a great job towing. If there is a weakness it is with payload. We just have to be careful with what we carry with us.

We love the truck. It rides great, shifts smoothly and get fairly good gas mileage for a truck.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:05 AM   #5
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You are going to love the Ram, I have the Airlift 1000, and add 28-30 psi, I do not think that they something you have to have, but they add a little stability. A good WDH is also a good plan.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:11 AM   #6
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I pulled a 25FC RB, heavy tongue weight , with 1500 5.7 8 spd fully loaded, too loaded actually, all through WY and ID mountains last summer. Home base MI. I am really an oil burning 3/4 ton guy so my experience comes with a lot of bias. But I gave it a shot, 6,500 mile out west test. The Ram 1500 far exceeded my expectations in what a 1/2 can do!!!

I went to the scales, yep, pretty much over max everywhere. Just like 80% of most 1/2 tons out there pulling an AS. Like others have noted don't skimp on getting the best WD hitch you can buy.

If I had one big upgrade to add to your knew ride, toss the stock/standard load range tires and upgrade to next higher level load range for your safety. Plus they will wear much longer than standard load range. And much safer too with that big payload.

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Old 07-22-2016, 11:12 AM   #7
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I too took a chance on the Ram 1500. I bought the ECO Diesel, 3.92 anti-slip. I get great fuel mileage and the greatest ride in any pick-up. I have Boss air bag suspension load assist kit and the Anderson anti-sway hitch. Can you see my smile from there?
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:59 AM   #8
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You should have looked at an F-150, higher payload, better mileage, and the 2015-16 models are a real barging right now. But, since you already pulled the trigger on a Dodge, it will probably work.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:10 PM   #9
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Look into installing some airbags in the rear suspension. If you go to the Rockies, avoid the mountain roads. I took my 28 FC to Colorado with my Ram 1500 Hemi and I barely made it over some of the mountain roads and could barely stop at the bottom. Just avoid these roads and you'll be fine. It's a great truck.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:18 PM   #10
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We pull our 72 Overlander along with a 1200lb Yamaha Rhino in the back bed just off the ball with no problems with our 2012 Ram Tradesman/hemi.. Since my 1500 was the last year for the 6 speed trans,,, I have found in hilly country I just hold it in 4th gear to keep the transmission from hunting for gears. Thats hard on any auto trans... Since 4th is direct drive with 2 over drives it bypasses all the gear sets and the power feeds in and out without any friction.. .Even on 100f days and a head wind the trans temps never get over 160f by doing do.. If I let the transmission hunt for gears it can go above 190f real fast..

I did add a set of air bags in the rear coils to stiffen things up and gain some extra spring clearance for pot holes and such at 25 lbs pressure.. After having a diesel Ram it took a little adjustment for me missing that raw power of the Cummins,, but the little Hemi does just fine.. For the savings of over $12,000 makes the little gasser that much easier to embrace. Sodbust

Empty I see 20mpg hiway,,, and loaded with trailer/Rhino its always above 12mpg.. Not going to get to upset about 3 mpg I am missing for not having the diesel.. I would like to try out the newer small diesel that they offer with the 8 speed but our local dealers cant get there hands on them.. When you live in an area with 1 working stoplight in over 900 sq miles you get by with what you got. Sodbust
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:25 PM   #11
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We had both the 1500 hemi and the 1500 eco diesel. Up graded the suspension with the RAM air bags and leveling. Both trucks are superb, * speed trany is great for up hills and down. Asothere have daid the rear suspension on the 1500 needs some help but it is a great truck.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:14 PM   #12
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Yeah, I had a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 hemi with tow package and we user it a lot with our 25 AS with no problems or concerns. It easily pulls the Rocky Mountain passes and we got 10 MPG to boot!
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:20 PM   #13
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Been There...

I recently traded in a Ram 1500 Ecodeisel for a 3500. The 1500 ED was a great truck but I felt a little light in loafers as a TV. I purchased it as I was led to believe it had 1800 lbs payload. They I came across a Ram towing specifications page and when I spec'd out this truck with a crew cab and 4x4 and the ED engine the MAX payload dropped to 1099 lbs.

My 25 foot AS has a dry tongue weight of 837 "according to Airstream" and a 1200 lb tongue weight according to the scale. Add to that passengers and gear in the truck and in the AS I was pushing 2000 lbs payload. I was not comfortable with that. I didn't expect the truck to fall apart while going down the road but long term ware and tear has to be effected. I am not a payload engineer and add to that that car sales people don't even know the difference between payload and towing weight. I was disappointed in the industries lack of real knowledge in these matters. Anything to make a sale.

What I did learn over time is the following:
I WD hitch does not increase your trucks payload capacity.
Airbags do not increase your payload.
Both of these item use up payload. As do all added accessories.
Higher Load range tires are a very good idea but they do not increase payload capacity.

But your in good company as it looks to me that about half of those folks towing something out there are overloading their TV.

Maybe it does not matter.....
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Old 07-22-2016, 09:21 PM   #14
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I have the RAM 1500 2015 with the 3.4 rear end pulling our 30' International Serenity using a Blue Ox WD hitch. We have been from our home in western WA to our other home in Withrop WA across Hwy 20 at 5000' with absolutely no problem with power or braking down hill. We have been down I5 to Phoenix, to all the parks in Southern Utah up and down some high altitude steep hills. I can alway keep the speed limit (plus a little). Even in 100+ degree heat the tranny temp never budges and I average 12 mpg towing. I love this truck with 385 hp and 420 ft lbs of torque!

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