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Old 02-19-2018, 03:50 PM   #1
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Anyone using 2017 Ram 1500 for 27ft FB?

I know there are all different opinions on what tow vehicle to use but I was wanting to hear from folks using a Ram 1500 to tow a 27ft FB. I'm getting ready to buy both. I'll be towing all over but only on weekends and two-three weeks at a time. I'll be using the Ram as a daily driver. looking for others experiences.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:24 PM   #2
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I used to tow a 27 gooseneck with my Ram 1500 hemi. It was fine. For an AS Id go with a good WD hitch for sure. Also make sure you get the towing package with extra coolers.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:53 PM   #3
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I know there are all different opinions on what tow vehicle to use but I was wanting to hear from folks using a Ram 1500 to tow a 27ft FB. I'm getting ready to buy both. I'll be towing all over but only on weekends and two-three weeks at a time. I'll be using the Ram as a daily driver. looking for others experiences.
The only concern I would have is the payload. Only you can determine how much payload you need. We tend to carry a lot of extra stuff in the bed of our truck including water, generators, tables, chairs, etc. It all adds up.

Most 1/2 ton trucks have a limited payload. You have the hitch weight of the trailer, all the people in the cab, and anything you carry in your truck to consider. The AS alone can be upward of 1,000 pounds once you have it loaded with dishes, food, etc. That does not leave much room for "stuff"! You can see the payload on the driver's door sticker. Any options you add to the truck such as bigger wheels, running boards, 4 wheel drive, sunroof, etc. all reduce the payload of the truck.

I pull a 27' and realized my Tundra was overloaded. Sold it and bought an F250.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:14 PM   #4
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Payload, payload, and did someone else say "payload"? Don't go by the brochure or on line specs...check out the sticker in the door of the unit your looking at...I found most of the dealer "lot" based 1/2T Rams were under 1300lbs total payload... with a super cab, 4x4, short bed, fairly well equipped. Try adding passenger, dog, driver, generator, camp gear, AS tongue weight, WDH, and your likely over that number with a 27'. Be interested to here what you end up with...good luck!
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Today I tow a 25' FB International with a 2013 RAM 1500. And I recently ordered a 27' Globetrotter that I plan to tow with the same truck.

I'm not sure if you are ordering a RAM or buying one off the lot but, as was mentioned, check the payload. It is the achilles heel of the RAM 1500. Regarding towing ability it does a great job. I would suggest a 3.92 rear gear for the 27'.

The reason a RAM trucks have lower payload is the use of coil springs on the back axle. Ford and GM use leaf springs which results in higher payload capacity. The coil springs makes the ride and handling somewhat better. So as a daily driver the RAM 1500 is excellent.

And the 27' actually has a lighter TW than the 25' AS. So that should be a plus.

The new 2019 RAM 1500, which has just started in production, addresses the payload issue by making the truck lighter and stronger. You might want to investigate the capabilities of this truck as an option.

If you have any specific questions I, and others I'm sure, would be glad to try to address them.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:23 PM   #6
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Yes order the 2019 Ram and you may want to look at the eco-diesel engine in that truck
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yes we have now had our Ram since 2015 & pull our 2004 AS 28 foot with slide out & it has performed very well & much better than our Suburban which we love but gave us problems.
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We all have our Opinions on Tow Vehicles..True That. We have a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel, Short Bed. Last Year we were out 12 times, and one trip was thru Washington, Idaho, Wyoming. Simply put, it was a Beast, performed flawless., Often I nearly forgot I was towing our 26 ft. Airstream.
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I have a 2016 Ram LTD 4x4 and it has but 987lbs of payload. Granted - its loaded with options.
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I pull a 30' AS with a 2016 Ram 1500 ECO Diesel. I use an Equalizer WD hitch. I get up to 17 mpg pulling at 62 mph.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:03 PM   #11
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Just another opinion about Tow Vehicles

Having towed several different AS trailer with several different TVs, I have a serious preference for 3/4 ton rated TV. I currently own a GMC Sierra 1500 std cab, short box, 5.3 L gas engine, tow package AND a 2017 Chevy 2500HD, drew cab, Duramax Diesel, tow package.


After 3 trips in mountainous areas with the GMC 1500, at near GVWR, I bought the Chevy 2500. The GMC 1500 was slow going up and a little harder to control going down. I never felt unsafe towing with the GMC, but am much more comfortable with the CHevy 2500; Much better load capacity, better brakes, and better control with a heavier TV.

Having towed several AS trailers with several different TV, I have always had a preference for 3/4 ton rated TV. 10 years for full timing, 100.000 miles in 40 states influences my opinions. My experience is that smaller engine TVs don't do good fuel milage when towing and are marginally better when solo.

My Chevy Crew Cab 2500 is a good dailey driver (except in very small parking lots).

With all vehicle combinations, I have used Reese WD hitch with Dual Cam Sway Control with great success in all conditions.

Hope you find what works well for YOU and enjoy the travels.
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Towing a 27 FC with a RAM 1500...

I spent two months towing my 2015 27 FC with a 2012 RAM 1500 Hemi. It definitely can work if you avoid the Rockies. I ended up selling my RAM and getting a RAM 2500 Cummins. The Cummins is 100% better based upon the added torque and exhaust brake. I drive the Cummins all over the Rockies and I never worry about payload issues. In fact, I haul two Honda generators and a 650 pound motorcycle in the bed of my 2500 and it is rock solid and stable. I can pull back onto the road from a sight seeing turnout on a steep incline with no problem. I can also go down steep downgrades with my exhaust brake and on tow mode and I hardly have to use my brake pedal. My 2500 Cummins has a long bed, but for a daily driver I would recommend a shorter bed. Any 2500 diesel pickup will probably do the job nicely and safely...unless you don't mind avoiding the Rockies.
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I pull a 30' AS with a 2016 Ram 1500 ECO Diesel. I use an Equalizer WD hitch. I get up to 17 mpg pulling at 62 mph.
What does your payload sticker on the door say if you don't mind me asking?
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I have a 2016 Ram Hemi 4x4 Big Horn. Didn't know I would be buying a 2017 Intl. Sig. 27FB. To new to trade in so I put air bags and heavier shocks. Use blue ox wth. No problems in mountains. Never go faster than the posted truck/trailer speed. Always run max air pressure in tires. She performs very nice. Can't justify going to a 2500 at this time.
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