2019 Ram towing 27FB - First impressions
Posted 01-08-2019 at 08:03 PM by jeffmc306
Hi - I have some relevant experience, so I would guess this is my chance to give back to this forum which has done so much to educate me about Airstreams, tow vehicles, and RV life in general
I have a 2019 Ram Limited 4x4 with the 5.7L Hemi with eTorque and the trailer tow package. I also have a 27FB. I now have 1,800 miles on the Ram.
Our payload is not the greatest, being a 4x4 Limited with options like the panoramic sunroof and off-road package. It is 1,290, probably the lowest possible for a 2019 Ram. Lesser equipped Rams have more - I have heard anywhere between 1500-1900. I understand the tongue weight of the 27FB, so no need for someone to educate me
We use a Blue Ox Pro for weight distribution and sway control. We do not store anything under the front bed, and have a rear hatch which is where we stow our 2 bikes and 2 SUPs.
At this point, we are using the 9th chain link on the Blue Ox Pro, and (with air suspension off to check) the whole rig seems very level, with no visible or measured sag. We have not taken it to the scales yet, but that will happen “soon.”
After I passed the first 500 miles (for engine break in), my wife and I then took our 27FB out for a 200 mile trip to a nearby KOA. We kept the speed at 50 mph, as advised in the manual for the first 500 miles towing. We were pleased to get 13 mpg on that trip, especially given how early it is mileage-wise.
Stability while towing? Rock solid, and with no sway despite some time on an interstate and some on a 2-lane state highway, and passing several semis.
We seriously considered buying an SUV (X5, Range Rover, Durango, JGC - with a strengthened hitch) for our tow vehicle. Payload challenges were there, too, as are well-known. However, the Ram has all (or nearly all) the tech of those vehicles, has the bed for better utility, and with the weight distribution in place, the capability (imo) to handle a 27FB.
And, as you discovered, when not hooked up, the new Ram has an incredible ride and handling.
To beat the ¾ ton folks to the punch - I can confess that I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if my next vehicle for our 27FB is a ¾ ton...I understand the issues involved, thanks to the many lengthy (and heated :P ) discussions on this forum - and I appreciate everyone’s passion. But for now, it seems clear to me that this ½ ton can easily do the job adequately for us. The 5.7L Hemi, with 390hp and 410ft-lb doesn’t strain at all, and the e-Torque provides a couple extra mpg (I’m getting 20-22 mpg at this early point when not towing).
I hope this is helpful to those considering this TV.
I do think it should handle your 23’ easily.
Can I ask what size BlueOx Sway Pro bars you’re using on your 27’? We have a set of 1000 lbs Sway Pro bars from our previous FC.
We’re really looking forward to our new TV.
Thanks in advance,
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