Originally Posted by Drcrow
Question: I'm considering buying up from an 23 to a 27 International Signature. I'd like not to also have to buy a bigger TV. I have a 2016 Ford F150 with tow package. Anyone drive similar AS with this TV?
I'm not answering your query directly but I just took delivery of a 2017 27FB Int Sig. My TV is a 2014 Ram Laramie Ltd., EcoDiesel, 3.92 limited slip, air suspension, 4WD.
On spec the F150 has better towing #'s than the Ram EcoDiesel but real world towing they are probably pretty much equal. There are lots of reviews out there to confirm that. The Ram has an unusually low payload rating, and only Chrysler knows why that is.
I just completed a 1280 km trip through the rockies and the truck handled the trailer fine. Even up 20 kms of 8.5% grade it never went below 80 kph, and that was only for a couple stretches. My fuel mileage was 13.9 L/100 (16.9 us mpg) average for the trip. I used tow/haul mode the entire trip and let the transmission select the right gear. Never turned on cruise.
But, and this is a big but for me, the truck is pushing pretty much all the parameters for this size of a trailer. Tongue weight, payload, GCVW...they are all right at the outer edge of the envelope. We pack light, lots of people don't. It can do it, and tow quite comfortably, but without much reserve. I've started the process of warming up the wife for a 3/4 ton.
To the OP, I'd say a 30' Classic is too much trailer for the Ram 1500
. Take your truck over the scales, with full fuel, wife and whatever you would load into the truck for a trip. That will determine your real payload, not what is on the Ram builder site or even your VIN decoder.
Can you tow it? Yeah, but you are over pretty much every tow rating parameter. It's a personal choice.