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Old 07-02-2010, 07:35 PM   #1
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2010 Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi?

Looking at the the adds this weekend for trucks. I was wondering if anyone is towing with a 09 or 10 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 hemi?
We have decided that a 25ft airstream is what we will be towing.
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:58 PM   #2
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Looking at the the adds this weekend for trucks. I was wondering if anyone is towing with a 09 or 10 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 hemi?
We have decided that a 25ft airstream is what we will be towing.
Bought that combo, 2010, two weeks ago. We towed our 28' 350 miles and back. You can pass going uphill with that engine. I did notice that there is more bouncing around then with our last Dodge 2005. It may be that they now have coil springs in the back and the tires on this one are 17", the last had 20".
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:36 PM   #3
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We have an 09 Ram 1500 with the hemi and an 09 25' FB and the combo is great. Agree with Shacksman that you have plenty of power and can easily pass going uphill. On 65mph highways, I have to constantly check my speed to keep it at 65. Sway has been non-existent. You really can forget you have the trailer behind you. I've been averaging somewhere in the 10's for mpg (jumps between 10.1 and 10.9 depending on highway/secondary roads) with the trailer in tow and pretty full gear/h20. Not great but I've heard many others who do worse. I only wish we had the extended fuel tank (couldn't find one when we bought last year) as fuel stops are more often than I'd like. It's my first pickup and we've been very happy with the ride. Several long (500+ mile) trips and very comfortable.
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We have an 09 Ram 1500 with the hemi and an 09 25' FB and the combo is great. Agree with Shacksman that you have plenty of power and can easily pass going uphill. On 65mph highways, I have to constantly check my speed to keep it at 65. Sway has been non-existent. You really can forget you have the trailer behind you. I've been averaging somewhere in the 10's for mpg (jumps between 10.1 and 10.9 depending on highway/secondary roads) with the trailer in tow and pretty full gear/h20. Not great but I've heard many others who do worse. I only wish we had the extended fuel tank (couldn't find one when we bought last year) as fuel stops are more often than I'd like. It's my first pickup and we've been very happy with the ride. Several long (500+ mile) trips and very comfortable.
Which rear axle did you order? The 3.92?
Did you get the 20" wheels?
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We have a Durango with that engine. I echo what everyone else has said. It pulls like a beast.
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:51 AM   #6
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I tow a 23ft. with a 03 Hemi. I only have 345hp. but it's more than adequate. My trailer is approx. 5000lbs. I have a 3.73 rearend. I am totally pleased with the truck. I'd buy another if something were to happen to this one. Pulls great with good gas mileage, if I can keep my foot out of it,...but you know it's a Hemi!
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We used to have a 2003 1500 with the HEMI. It towed great. It had two problems: lousy gas mileage and a 26 gallon fuel tank. You could almost see the fuel gauge move while towing.
We now have a 2005 2500 with the Cummins diesel. It has a 34 gallon tank and the fuel mileage just keeps getting better with age. It now has 49K miles and gets over 15 mpg when towing our '96 28 Classic.
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Looking at the the adds this weekend for trucks. I was wondering if anyone is towing with a 09 or 10 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 hemi?
We have decided that a 25ft airstream is what we will be towing.
Just towed our 21' Trotter with my 2009 Ram which only has the 4.7 ltr and it had power to boot. Should be good to go with the Hemi! Happy trails!
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I will say I own a towing company, I have towed a lot of the new dodge trucks with less than 40K on them, i've towed a lot of the new fords too. it is not uncommon for me to see a new F-150 with less than 1500 miles on the hook.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:27 PM   #10
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I just pulled my trailer from Atlanta to New York , Chicago, back to Atlanta. I have a 27' 4800 lbs trailer which was pulled by a 4.7L 1500 Ram 2006 with a 3.55 rear end. It did a great job except on the mountain roads in West Virginia. I drove slow and did not push the truck. My speed varied depending where I was located. I always watch RPM's and listen to my engine.

I checked with the chrysler dealer I bought it from and a service manager for chrysler who lives by me. They both said the truck is tuff and can handle the task. They told me not to worry. Everything went really well.

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I have an 02 Ram 1500 and just fried the transmission with a 500 mile RT. The truck has the towing package and was not shifting on the return trip. Don't know if it was the excessive heat this weekend, but we have a tranny cooler.

Not happy with the 1500 at this point.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:28 AM   #12
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As an update to this thread, my wife (Pony Keg on the AIRforums) and I recently purchased a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab 4WD pickup with the 5.7 Hemi and the 3.92 rear axle, 17 inch tires and a whole lot more options than we had been looking for. We drove all of the major brand half ton pickup trucks, and the Dodge come out on top for us. Great ride, very comfortable, and lots of storage. For the first two tanks of fuel, driving in the Colorado mountains without a load, we averaged 18.8 MPG. We just returned from our first trip pulling our 20' Safari SE, with a loaded weight of 4200 pounds and were very happy with our choice. The Ram handled the trailer very well, no sway or handling problems of any kind. There was never a lack of power going up long Colorado mountain grades, and the automatic transmission did a great job of holding back the trailer on the downhills. During the four days we were on the road, we towed 750 miles. The first tank got us from Montrose, CO through Gunnison and Saguache to Monte Vista, over three mountain passes, with an average of 12.2 MPG. The next tank was from Monte Vista, CO to Espanola, NM, a flatter stretch, and the average was 14.7 MPG. From Espanola we headed north towards Chama, with a side trip up to the Hopewell Lake area for some wild mushroom picking, then back down to Chama, through Pagosa Springs, CO to Durango, CO where we filled up, again getting 12.2 MPG. The final leg of the journey was from Durango through Mancos, CO, over Lizard Head Pass through Telluride, over Dallas Divide and home, getting 13.2 MPG. These mileage figures are from the vehicles computer calculations, and may not be completely accurate, but we were satisfied with the results. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Dodge Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi as a TV.
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Love My RAM

I bought a new to me '09 RAM 1500 Laramie with the 3.92s.
It pulls beautiful. Tomorrow I start on a 2.5 week road-trip, hoping to log about 3500 miles.
Received it about a month ago.
The tow/haul button does a great job managing the tranny. Love it!

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Towing with 2009 Dodge Ram 1500

I have the 09 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab and tow the 19 foot Flying Cloud
Bambi with the Reese anti-sway setup. Hardly even know the trailer is back
there. Live in New England and have taken the trailer to a variety of places.
The Hemi motor is terrific for power. If I am prudent on my accelerator, I will see about 15 mpg with the trailer loaded and a highway speed under 70.
The new rear end does seem to go down quite a bit when you are setting up the two, but does not seem to be a problem in any way I have discovered. The only caveat I would give is that my new bride does not like to drive the truck and probably will have to downsize to a mid size SUV.... bummer. Have had a lot of trucks over the years and this is the best Ram I have used.

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