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Old 07-28-2014, 10:27 PM   #29
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Congrats on your beautiful new truck! I still love my 2008 Tundra even though it is 6 years old. That is a good feeling. Sounds like you did your homework and bought your "Dream Truck".

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Old 07-29-2014, 05:29 AM   #30
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Nice truck - once you put some color on it, I like red ;-) I've been looking hard at the Ram 1500 with the EcoDiesel. Waiting to see that happens this Fall with Cummins and Nissan. Unless it's revolutionary, I'll be Christmas shopping at the local Dodge dealer.

Can't wait to here your first road report.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:49 AM   #31
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Nice truck, love the Texas State on the seats!

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Old 07-29-2014, 07:49 AM   #32
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That's a very nice truck. I'm not a black truck guy, but it's really attractive.

I am so glad to see that someone has finally put a diesel in a half ton. This will surely prompt the others to do likewise.

I am really anxious to hear how it tows and what kind of fuel mileage it gets.

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We have a 2012 Dodge 1500 Hemi as well and we tow our 27'. The bed of the truck is loaded down with tools, etc. Worthless as a pick up truck because there is nothing that can be carried in the back! We recently returned from a 6000+ mile trip out west with absolutely no problem. You don't even know you are towing anything. My husband loves these trucks and they are a comfortable ride as well. Enjoy your new baby!


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Old 08-03-2014, 04:23 PM   #34
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:43 PM   #35
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Sharp truck! I have a jet black Ram too and wouldn't want it any other color. Hey, you can play Federale~ with that color

I have a question for you guys that goes back to the late teens/early 20's posts about the axle ratings and DOT.

I see a lot of guys pulling 5th wheels that do just fine, but "by the book" (or owners manual if you prefer) they are over gross.

So let's say you are 2000lbs over gross combined vehicle weight, but you haven't busted the axle rating. Are you OK?

Is there a way you can increase the "legal rating" of your truck? For example, my Ram is rated to pull 13,200 lbs. My buddy's truck was about the same. He was pulling about 15,500 lbs. The truck pulled it just fine. He never had a bit of trouble. But I believe he was technically illegal.

If you add air bags or overload springs, etc. can you get the truck rerated?

I'm an engineer myself, and know full well I could add frame doublers (if it was really extreme), helper springs, etc. to up the capacity. But I think that legally it would make no difference to the cop if the paper said X and even though I'm set up for X+50000lbs and am really pulling X+2000lbs, I'd be up the creek.

Am I making a bigger deal out of these ratings than what they actually are?

Honestly, most 5th wheel guys I've ever seen are towing a trailer that's bigger than what their truck was originally rated for. But with all the beef up and hot rod stuff available aftermarket, the stock truck is basically a starting point.

Anyway, just wondering if you guys know "The Rest of the Story." on that.

Didn't mean to hijack your thread. Again, cool truck! I love my 3/4 ton Cummins, but man if they'd had this one way back when, I may have just jumped on it!

I wish you a million miles of uninterrupted Cummins Turbo Diesel fun!
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:31 AM   #36
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Upon inspection of the vehicle data plate on the door, the real important numbers for commercial operators are the axle and specified tires size load ratings. Typically, the axle ratings added together are higher load capacity than the suggested GVW of the vehicle. Also the total combined weights of the truck and trailer should not be exceeded.

Our 2012 Ram 2500HD has a 5,500 pound front axle rating and a 6,010 pound rear axle rating. My truck came with Michelin LT265/70R17E tires which are rated 3,195 pounds at 80 psi. Two of those tires at 60 psi are rated 5,520 pounds and two of those tires at 70 psi are rated 6,010 pounds. The two axle ratings together add up to 11,510 pounds load capacity while the label plate suggests 9,600 pounds GVW.

I removed all the factory springs and replaced them with air bags. The rear pair are rated 10,000 pounds.

I consider my weight limitation to be the axle ratings.

The other issue for me was the factory receiver that was rated only 1,200 pounds. The forum had reports of welds failing at the ends of the round support tube. My first Airstream had a tongue weight of 1,175 pounds camping ready. I cut off the factory receiver and replaced it with a Curt 15049 receiver rated 2,550 pounds tongue weight and a 17,000 pound trailer.

The trailer axles are carrying less than 8,000 pounds when loaded and the tire with the heaviest load is just over 2,000 pounds.

Our rig runs around 19,000 pounds when hitched together. I currently run the trailer and truck tires at 80 psi. Using the Dill TPMS information, I may step the trailer tires down to 72 to 75 psi.
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Happiness is 15 mpg towing. Just shy of 13k GCW. I think this VM Motori 3.0L is very impressive.
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Top, keep us posted. This is a nice truck as a daily driver and to pull most Airstreams. We use a gas 1500 and like it but this is tempting. I'm just too cheap to go order one while the present truck is doing well. I did go test drive one though, comfy, smooth and quiet.
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Top, keep us posted. This is a nice truck as a daily driver and to pull most Airstreams. We use a gas 1500 and like it but this is tempting. I'm just too cheap to go order one while the present truck is doing well. I did go test drive one though, comfy, smooth and quiet.
I feel the same way. Hearing A LOT of good things about these. We love our Ram. I don't know why I didn't buy one sooner. But I'll wait to upgrade till I can get a late model someone else already paid the depreciation on.
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I guess I missed the thread on the hitch failures on a Dodge. Thought that was older GM trucks.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:32 PM   #42
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Receiver weld issue was in a specific Dodge forum in 2012/2013 which impacted my model year. Better to take choice and than chance and thus I made the change that was more than adquate for the new trailer where the tongue weight is 1,345 pounds camping ready from the bigger batteries for the solar conversion.
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