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Old 11-18-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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Towing with a late model Dodge 1500?

Just wondering if anyone is towing with one of the new ('09,'10) Dodge trucks with the coil spring rear suspension, and if so, how's it doing for ya?

I've looked under them, and they seem to be setup well with a four bar system and a anti-sway bar, but just wondering how stable they are towing. Any information appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:46 AM   #2
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I have used one for towing - but I only towed my 2000 lb T@B with it. Needless to say, it handled that easily.

It's a very nice truck - comfortable ride, much improved interior, torquey HEMI.

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Old 11-20-2009, 07:02 AM   #3
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Thanks, Tom.

Anyone else done any towing with a new Dodge?
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:45 AM   #4
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I came soooooo close this summer to purchasing a new crew cab 1500 but just got scared of the payment. I was truly impressed with every aspect of the truck - rode and handled great and you can't beat 390 hp hemi. I read an article a few weeks ago that since Dodge uses the new SAE tow ratings they have added another 1000 lbs to the tow rating. Let us know if you purchase one and how it does.
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The warranty is indeed one to consider if buying and not leasing.
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:04 PM   #6
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No one else towing with a new Dodge truck with the coil rear suspension?
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:08 PM   #7
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I'm towing my 2009 25' FB International with a 2009 Dodge RAM1500 Laramie Quad Cab and have no complaints. Ride is great; handles very easily and I haven't noticed any particular problems with sway. Gas mileage plummets when I hook up the AS in tow/haul mode but that's to be expected and I've been averaging around 11.5MPG with the AG in tow which isn't too bad. Ride is very comfortable; on the highway it's easy to forget you're pulling the extra length & weight.
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I'm towing a 2000 34 Limited Sofa SO with an 06 3500 Cummins. It is a wondeful TV though I'm not sure about the coil rear suspension.
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:23 PM   #9
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Two questions:

Why is the coil suspension a question? I would have that it's an improvement over the usual truck leaf suspension.

What is the warrantee issue? Still fear of Chrysler going bankrupt?
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We are pulling a 2009 23 International CCD with a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab HEMI. It pulls effortlessly and we do not notice any sway or difficulty taking down the highways. I am averaging about 12.5 mpg in Tow / Haul Mode but that is expected with this set up.

The ride is soft and compliant, the AS just flows along the backside. Once up to speed, you hardly notice its there. We are extremely happy with the setup.

Happy to comment on any aspects of the vehicle and / or rig. Dodge just did increase the towing capacity as well based on different rating calculations.
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:35 AM   #11
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Two questions:

Why is the coil suspension a question? I would have that it's an improvement over the usual truck leaf suspension.
Yes, I would agree that a person would think so, but like everything else, what you think should be, is not always the case. That's sometimes more true with a new product. I just think it's a good idea to wait until a product has been in use a while to find out how well it is doing from the people who are actually using it. Basically, I don't want to be the factory's beta tester.

Years ago GM had coil spring suspension on the rear of their light trucks, and they didn't do so good. They rode good, but didn't handle loads so well, and so GM went back to parrallel leafs in '73 on their light trucks....said they were more "heavy duty".

My brother actually owns a Dodge 1/2 ton with the coil suspension, and he likes it, but he does not tow or haul with it. I've driven it, and it does not seem to ride any better than my GM. He also owns a GM, and reports that in some situations (mainly a washboard gravel road) the Dodge does not ride as well as his GM. These are the reasons I wanted input from people who are actually towing with these trucks.
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I am surprised that no major truck magazine or towing enthusiast has done a heads up road test/shoot out comparison of this new IRS Dodge with any leaf spring pick up. ???

Seems to me many folks very interested in actual real world differences.
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Two questions:

Why is the coil suspension a question? I would have that it's an improvement over the usual truck leaf suspension.

What is the warrantee issue? Still fear of Chrysler going bankrupt?

My point on the warranty is the lifetime coverage on the powertain. IF they go under then a point to consder. But for now, a very good advantage for those who tow and keep the truck for more than 5-6 years.
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I am surprised that no major truck magazine or towing enthusiast has done a heads up road test/shoot out comparison of this new IRS Dodge with any leaf spring pick up. ???

Seems to me many folks very interested in actual real world differences.
Actually, the truck is not IRS (Independent Rear Suspension), it's just coil springs on a standard axle, with a triangulated four bar and an anti-sway bar.

Triangulated four bar works good, that is until you get some wear/loosness in one of the bushings, and then your lateral stabilty goes out the window.

I would have rather seen a straight four bar with a panhard rod....more stable laterally.
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