Well we actually towed 144 miles today. With a lot of grades, up and down the whole way here. We started from Callville Bay campground. You start with a 4-mile climb up 2000 ft. Then we drove 167 which becomes 169 to I-15 all the way to the Dixie National Forest.
A really good test I felt. We averaged 11.3 according to the ECM until we hit the Dixie National Forest. It was a solid climb to our camp site, not sure of the elevation gain but it dropped all the way to 10.1 by the time we got here. "BOO" I was quite smitten.
But I see how single digits are possible. If I want to tow at speeds other than 60/65ish, forget it.
I need to fill up to do a hand calculation.
Overall, the Ram 2500 feels more planted on the road in comparison to the Ram 1500
. Road feedback is harsh however through the steering. But there is less feedback from the Airstream transmitted to the truck.
With the Ram 1500
if the Airstream went over a bump, you knew it.
I felt that the transmission engine braking was better than the 1500
I'm pretty happy overall with the performance. It does feel a bit like a heavier Ram 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi.
I wonder if the 4.56 rear end ratio the 5.7L Hemi Power Wagon had would have been a better choice for Ram.
The truck has the power, but for some reason, it feels like you have to insist on it giving the power to you. The Ram 1500 had a softer peddle with better throttle response. You just eased into it and that thing took off. The 6.4L Hemi seems to want to take it easy unless you mash the peddle. Then it gives you the power. It's there, but it's reserved. Not sure why Ram did this.
I didn't try out the 800 lb bars for my Reese today. We left camp at 11:00 am and I packed everything up and hitched up, then went to put the bars on and realized I needed to adjust the cam arms in order to do so.
Well, it was 85 degrees outside. And I already put my tools away. So... it was 85 degrees outside.
We stopped at a pilot and ran the scales today too.
Feel free to make comments about my death. Or FLAIR or however it's spelled. Or actual constructive feedback I can use. I don't know everything, even though I play a know it all on the internet.
First, just the truck loaded with all of us and some gear.
Steer: 4620 .lbs
Drive: 3740 .lbs
Gross: 8360 .lbs
The second pass is truck and Airstream but no weight distribution.
Steer: 4180 .lbs
Drive: 5140 .lbs
Trailer: 6780 .lbs
Gross: 16100 .lbs
So tongue weight is 960 lbs. Not bad.
Third pass, truck + Airstream with weight distribution applied
Steer: 4580 lbs.
Drive: 4620 lbs.
Trailer: 6900 lbs.
Gross: 16100 lbs.
Think I might play shift the weight around some more. Overall looks within ratings for the axles and tires.
Obligatory new truck with trailer photo.