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Old 01-08-2015, 11:46 AM   #15
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Been pulling a 1978 31 foot AS for 10 yrs with a 2003 1500 Ram with Hemi engine. Been in all 49 states. Has standard transmission. Do not use Overdrive. Use cruise control. Never had a problem in in 135,000 miles. Love this truck.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:20 PM   #16
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We pull our 1966 Safari with a 2001 Ram 1500 with a 5.7 liter V8. The truck handles the job just fine--can be a little slow going uphill, but part of that is that I drive with a light foot in the interest of better gas mileage.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:43 PM   #17
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Sounds like you should be good to go; my last truck was a 1986 3/4 ton GMC High Sierra Suburban pulling a 31' AS, dry weight was 7200 lbs.
The truck was heavy enough, and the 350 cu.in. was powerful enough; so the trick is to not pull more than the rated weight/power for the truck;also the critical aspect is to make sure you have the proper hitch set up to handle the tongue weight; any reputable hitch dealer knows what will pull what;
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:14 PM   #18
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And as an add on to my 1st. reply; I also pulled my 1973-31' AS with a 1972 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron, 440 cu. in. The car weighed 6500lbs., the trailer 7200 lbs. dry; when I pulled into camp sights I could of sold tickets to interested parties that wanted the tour; never forget crossing from Kingston , Ontario to New York on the ferry; I had to unhitch and they used a farm tractor to push it on the last space available; about 10' was hanging over the end of the boat; sure was fun;
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:15 PM   #19
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I did a double take - I'm usually good at pouring over the manual and immediately did not find in my manual (just downloaded it) any admonition about not to exceed 1000#.

Of course your tongue weight is supposed to be in the range of 10-14% of the trailer weight (per my manual) which places an upper limit on the tongue weight, but I never saw 1000#. The GVWR of 7300# for my trailer comes out to 1095# for 15% and 1022# for 14%.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:35 AM   #20
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If you are that close all around and have to jiggle this an juggle that with regard to weight, I'd consider swapping for a 3/4 ton with about 3,000 more lbs towing and be done with it instead of all that other stuff. Better for the truck and your peach of mind. I have not towed RV, but lots of miles with horse trailers.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:34 AM   #21
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Actual real world Airstream hitch weight is higher than the specs show.Also all Dodge Ram 1500's are not created equally in the payload department,this particular truck has a low payload capacity and will not be suited for the Airstream model you have chosen.Look at a smaller trailer or a truck that is more suitable for your purpose.You can modify the suspension of you current truck but you will not be happy in with the end result.


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Old 01-10-2015, 06:57 AM   #22
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I have a 2014 Ram 1500 with the Hemi engine. I was towing a 27' Overlander, which worked like a charm. I have since donated the Overlander to my son and his family, and purchased a 31' AS. We are picking it up next week, and I don't anticipate any problems. The new 8 speed transmission seems to be a nice addition. It doesn't downshift abruptly like my F150 had a tendency to do. Good luck
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:01 PM   #23
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I have a 2014 Ram 1500 with the Hemi engine. I was towing a 27' Overlander, which worked like a charm. I have since donated the Overlander to my son and his family, and purchased a 31' AS. We are picking it up next week, and I don't anticipate any problems. The new 8 speed transmission seems to be a nice addition. It doesn't downshift abruptly like my F150 had a tendency to do. Good luck
Just curious about the rated payload for your RAM and what is the hitch weight of the 27' Overlander or of your new 31'? If the passengers, gear, and the hitch weight exceed the payload and you have not had any issues that says a lot. It seems as though this is the issue that is of some concern from what I've been reading.

And thanks to all for your input. It is of great value.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:39 PM   #24
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I have a Laramie 4x4 leather, power everything, every option group, full console, premium sound, sat nav, sun roof, ramboxes. You can guess my payload. 1072lbs. I wonder if that new 8 speed transmission adds weight or what, because you're 102lbs heavier than I am.
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It works well

We wanted something smaller, but it was less than a Durango or a Ridgeline and the Flex we drove seemed electrically sketchy.

I actually kind of like it. OK, I like it a lot more than I thought I was going to - coming from a Mini Cooper.

8 spd, brake controller, tow mirrors, rear view camera ... Those together in a package made it pretty attractive, although it was basic otherwise. I think it was on the dealer's lot about 2 days.

I don't have much to add to the thread, sorry.
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:30 PM   #26
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Hans,

Just in case you hadn't already gathered this...the older trailers were a lot lighter in weight than the newer ones. The Front Bedroom trailers especially have a higher percentage of their already higher weight on the tongue.

A '77 31 footer weighs about 4600lbs empty, by comparison.

OK everyone, you know where this is going
We've been down this road before
Time to get out your DVD of Luci and Dezi in "The Long Long Trailer" and....

BRING BACK THE SLIMP DOLLEY! Problem solved
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Anyone towing with a RAM 1500?

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We wanted something smaller, but it was less than a Durango or a Ridgeline and the Flex we drove seemed electrically sketchy.



I actually kind of like it. OK, I like it a lot more than I thought I was going to - coming from a Mini Cooper.



8 spd, brake controller, tow mirrors, rear view camera ... Those together in a package made it pretty attractive, although it was basic otherwise. I think it was on the dealer's lot about 2 days.

I don't have much to add to the thread, sorry.

Yeah, you have more to share all around. Welcome back!
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:41 PM   #28
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I have towed our 87 34' wt 8600lbs with our sons 13 1500 Ram with air ride, with Hinsley and Reese. Hemi engine 8 spd. Truck does not know trailer is there. The air suspension is fantastic. Ram would be my first choice in a pick up.


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