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Old 10-22-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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Ram 1500 hemi

Anyone out there tow a 27FB with a RAM 1500 Hemi ?

Looking for any tips and tricks. I ordered my Airstream 27FB should arrive in a couple of months.

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Old 10-22-2010, 08:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to airforums! Not sure about your question, but the year of the RAM might be relevant. Like all the trucks, they keep getting stronger over older models.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Tell us more about your tow vehicle. A 1/2 ton anything might be a bit light for a 27FB unless properly set up. You're going to need a high quality weight distribution/sway control hitch system. A quality trailer brake controller is also a must. If your Dodge doesn't have a transmission fluid cooler, you should consider installing one.

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Old 10-22-2010, 10:44 PM   #4
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We just towed a '77 31' Sovereign 3500kms (from Ontario to B.C.) with a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 no problem!! Tow cap on the newer 1500's is in the vacinity of 7500lbs allowing for about 750lbs on the tounge.

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Old 10-23-2010, 05:22 AM   #5
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Sorry I was light on the TV information. TV is a 2010 Ram 1500 half ton 390 Horse 407 foot pounds equipped with a tranny Cooler and factory tow package. Looking to have the MOPAR integrated brake controller installed when it becomes available. Absolutely will have high quality Weight Distribution hitch with two anti sway bars.
Looking for information on tips and tricks on setup and drving. What can I expect. I have pulled boats before but nothing this long and certainly not an Airstream.
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:14 AM   #6
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We tow a 27" International with a Surburban, haven't had any tow problems, but it is fully equipped with necessary controllers/tow pkg/equilizer hitch. I will say that we are still a little "green" to the AS world as our AS isn't a year old yet. That being said, when it comes to backing it, or rather, learning to back it, big parking lots are a godsend!!! We practice alot before a trip at a local empty parking lot not far from our home....go slow...slower is better!! You'll get it...there is also a company that will teach you to drive the AS (backing/towing/turning/etc) that we just haven't had the opportunity to take....can't remember the name, but google it (RV driving school).
Good luck to you and see you on the road...
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:49 AM   #7
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We have a 2005 Safari 25FB that we have pulled almost 70,000 miles and have camped more than 740 nights in her.

A few things that we have learned over time are:

1. You definitely want the built-in sewer flush.

2. We quickly added a second Fantastic Fan in the bedroom.

3. We would forgo the skylight.

4. Start off with the 16" wheels and the LT tires. The ST tires are junk.

5. Don't mess with a slinky. Go directly with a Sewer Solution.

6. Use brass quick-connects for all plumbing hook-ups.

7. Use an RV water pressure controller at all times.

8. The leggo-type leveling blocks work better than wood scraps.

9. The stabilizer are to stabilize, not level. I don't care what the dealer tells you.

10. Get the push-on end fittings for the coax cable.

11. Do not use household toilet paper.

12. Never, ever let the black tank go dry. (this one is a biggie)

13. Always chock the trailer wheels before unhooking.

14. A Tekonsha P3 trailer brake controller is probably better than anything Dodge has to offer.

If I think of more things, I will post them.

There is a learning curve to this Airstreaming thing, but it is not launching rockets. Take your time and you will get there.

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Old 10-23-2010, 01:07 PM   #8
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Welcome! You just need to spend a few spare hours reading threads on the Forums. There are lots of threads on here with titles such as "Tips for First Timers" that will tell you a lot. And it is VERY important to get a quality weight distributing, sway control (or eliminating) hitch set up and get it adjusted properly. In my epxerience, car and truck dealers don't have a clue about this. Try a couple of larger RV dealers - they might. And read a lot about hitches and proper setup.

Then the first thing you should do is to go to a couple of rallies. Being around a bunch of AS owners will get you more practical advice andn information in a couple of days than in weeks of trial and error work on your own. I will add a couple of things:

I agree with most of the above, but you definitely want your black tank pretty dry for over winter storage ... maybe a half gallon of RV antifreeze or so in it to keep the o-rings moist, but before your first spring trip, add a few gallons of water to the black tank. This helps avoid the dreaded "black hills syndrome" where material accumulates direclty beneath your toilet in an unmoveable mass.

And I beg to disagree about the Tekonsha controller. The P3 is a terrific unit, but the integrated controllers read your brake master cylinder pressure and apply the trailer brakes in direct proportion (modified by the gain setting) to your brake pedal pressure, not your braking results. I've got a GMC and absolutely love the integrated controller on it, and will never go back to an aftermarket unit. I think that most folks who have tried both tend to agree. The one exception I have heard of is that I understand that Kodak brakes do not work properly with some integrated units.

There are a lot of folks on here who will tell you that with that large a trailer, you ought to be towing with a 3/4 ton for the beefier frame and suspension and brakes, but that also gets you a rougher ride and it may be harder on the trailer. I have no experience that will allow me to give advice on this, as I tow with a 3/4 tonner and do fine. And except for a diesel, which would add 50% to your torque, you've probably got enough power. Keep the trans fluid cool, take it easy, get to a few rallies and listen closely, and you should do fine. You're gonna' love the AS life!
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:06 AM   #9
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You should be just fine towing the trailer with the half ton truck. Over this past summer I have towed our 29' airstream that is similar in weight to your 27 fb, both with an older 3/4 ton and a 2009 3/4 ton Dodge diesel truck. My old 3/4 ton pickup specifications (190 horse power and 7600 tow capacity) are actually less than what you would find on a modern 1/2 ton and it handled the trailer just fine - just lacked power on the hills, stopping and controlling the trailer was no problem but I am using a Hensley Arrow hitch.
Don't skimp on the sway control/weight distribution hitch.
Make sure you get the 3.92 axle ratio and larger fuel tank on the Dodge.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:30 AM   #10
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I pull a 1993 34' airstream classic with my 2008 1500 dodge Hemi.
As mentioned earlier, treat your TV with respect and it will work well.
These trucks aready have a good trans cooler on them.
Just take your time pulling your trailer!!
I remember CAN-AM RV in Canada set up a ford Windstar 6cyl , as well as a dodge 300 to pull the same size trailer I have. Hard to believe but it's true!!!!
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:49 PM   #11
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Take a look at this thread. 2010 Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi? ( 1 2)
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:30 PM   #12
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Happy Hemi!!

I've towed my 30' FC 20k miles this past season with my '09 RAM .
It's been absolutely effortless; hardly know the RV's there.
I have the 3.92 rears; hope you'll have the same.
If you can afford it, I strongly recommend a Hensley or PP.

Don't worry; you'll be fine.

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Old 10-28-2010, 10:41 PM   #13
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I've now towed with a variety of GM 1/2 tons in front of my 07 Classic. Although, I won't defend the potential liability argument relative to braking, suspension, etc. I gotta tell you....although my AS weighs 3000 pounds more than my old SOB, it feels fine in every respect. If you want to go 75mph up the big hills and stop as fast, a 1/2 ton is not for you. If you're reasonable in your expectations overall, you've got enough truck. Some would say, just right for the soft pull an AS demands. Have fun and take your time!
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