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Old 10-22-2018, 10:10 AM   #1
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We own a 2018 Ram 4x4 3/4 ton diesel to tow our 30' International. It is a beautiful truck with more than enough power and ability. However, it has 20" tires, Bilstein shocks, is higher overall off the ground than a "standard" truck. My wife feels it is too "beefy" and would prefer a "normal" truck, meaning one riding lower with a more normal car feel.

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Hi Dan. Welcome to the Forums. We are glad to have you with us.

If you have an interest in one of the larger Airstreams (25' and up), you probably already own the ideal tow vehicle. When towing a trailer that is over 7,000# in weight, "beefy" is good, "normal" can be insufficient.

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Old 10-22-2018, 10:18 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, Dan.


"If momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy." If she wants to spend the money to trade in a new truck for another new truck, go for it. Go to the dealership and price the new truck. While you are there, talk to the service people to see if it is possible to "undo" those aspects of your current truck without adversely affecting your towing ability. Find out how much that would cost. She may decide that that money would be better spent traveling.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:40 AM   #4
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You have the right truck. Trade the wife...
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We own a 2018 Ram 4x4 3/4 ton diesel to tow our 30' International. It is a beautiful truck with more than enough power and ability. However, it has 20" tires, Bilstein shocks, is higher overall off the ground than a "standard" truck. My wife feels it is too "beefy" and would prefer a "normal" truck, meaning one riding lower with a more normal car feel.

Any suggestions.

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Porche Cayenne is a great tow vehicle.
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Old 10-22-2018, 02:01 PM   #6
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I put 30K comfortable miles on my FC27 towed by a 2015 Ram/Cummins 2500 with 18" wheels. I then traded in my 2500 for a 2018 Ram/Cummins 3500 with 18" wheels, which, too, is comfortable as long as I'm towing the AS. Without the AS behind, it's pretty bumpy.

Another feature that reduces the bumpiness significantly and makes it a more comfortable ride is using an AirSafe hitch along with my Blue Ox WD hitch. That smooths out the "porpoising" while driving over bumps in the road.
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Old 10-22-2018, 02:51 PM   #7
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Simple way to get most new trucks lower to the ground - go from 4x4 to 2WD. If you do, be sure to get a manual (pushbutton) locking rear end.

If ride rather than height is the key issue, shop around. You may find another brand that does not shake things up quite so much.

All that said, you do have a more than adequate truck already. Trading it in on something else isn't going to be easy emotionally or financially.

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Old 10-22-2018, 02:53 PM   #8
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Keep it or trade it for a Ford 150 with eco boost and good towing capacity. That will tow the Airstream just fine.

I put power running boards on our Dodge 3/4 ton when my wife had her second knee operation.

I am in a different position. My wife does not want to get rid of our 11 year old Dodge diesel that truly rides like a truck.
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We have the 2011 version of your truck with 18" rims, Bilsteins, and Goodyear all-terrain tires. Once loaded down with supplies and hooked up, the ride is considerably improved and quite comfortable on all day drives.

I did add the exterior drop steps for easier ingress/egress as my wife is 5'1." I much prefer it over our previously "normal" 2500 two-wheel drive for many reasons including the 4x4 for wet grassy area escapes, the exhaust brake for mountainous terrain hauling, and greater all around capabilities. The 4x4 and heavier tires did reduce my mileage by 1.5 mpg over the prior TV.

Has your spouse actually driven/ridden in it while towing before giving her assessment or is it just an appearance issue?
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Old 10-23-2018, 04:19 AM   #10
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We own a 2018 Ram 4x4 3/4 ton diesel to tow our 30' International. It is a beautiful truck with more than enough power and ability. However, it has 20" tires, Bilstein shocks, is higher overall off the ground than a "standard" truck. My wife feels it is too "beefy" and would prefer a "normal" truck, meaning one riding lower with a more normal car feel.

Any suggestions.

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Lower the truck. My wife laughed about my “giant truck” at first but likes towing with it.
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Wish I could think of his handle on here, but there is a regular contributor on AirForums that put a full air suspension system on his Ram HD. Sounds very sweet..........and it might cost you less than trading, and allow you to keep the awesomeness of that truck!

We love our Ecoboost, and it does a lot of towing, (of our Pete, and a lot of other stuff), but it's no Cummins 6.7! I have that engine in my school bus, and it is a sweet powerplant..........
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I too have a 2018 RAM 2500 4X4 diesel TV. I previously had a RAM 1500 and loved that truck but wanted a more in a TV. Aside from the 2500 being bigger it is a great TV with plenty of power and capacity.

I really didn't want a bigger vehicle but now that I've had it awhile it doesn't seem that big. Getting comfortable with it I guess. So I don't know how long you've had the 2018 RAM but I would suggest giving it more time.

For us going from 1500 to 2500 was the right decision.
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Old 10-23-2018, 08:56 AM   #13
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I found myself in the same position as Dan Anderson (original poster) a few years back only in reverse. I had a RAM 1500 ecodiesel towing my 25' AS & wanted more truck but was reluctant to jump to a 2500 diesel. I ended up with a 2016 Nissan Titan XD/cummins 5.0 diesel. The truck is referred to as a 5/8 ton, more than a half & less than a three quarter ton, it fits my needs perfectly and tows with authority over any terrain. I liked the truck so much I recently upgraded to a 2018 XD/cummins Platinum Reserve, the top trim level.
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Old 10-23-2018, 10:09 AM   #14
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Recommend considering something other than a truck. We recently made the switch. We are enjoying our 2017 Infiniti QX80 towing our 2004 30' Classic. Infiniti QX80 is quiet, comfortable, full of safety features, and works well as your daily vehicle. Con is the 400HP V8, has 14-16 mpg when not towing, which probably is similar to your truck.

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