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Old 09-25-2016, 06:22 AM   #1
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I fess up. I'm lousy at math. I purchased this truck with a 3.55 rear end. Is this enough truck to pull a 26U trailer with Equalizer hitch? We intend to use it for one or two trips a year through the west. I intend to pull with the trailer weighing about 6500 lbs. The truck has a tow/haul option.
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:46 AM   #2
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Probably. It has enough towing capacity. Question is, does it have the payload?

What is the payload capacity of your truck?

What do you plan on bringing with you?

If it's just you, a significant other, and some knick knacks, you should be fine.

If you want to bring your Harley Davidson motorcycle with you, you might be exceeding your payload capacity.
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I had the Eco diesel with a 30 fc. Pulled fine, stayed in 7th gear most times, got hot going up hills in the smokies. Have a 2500 now with no heat problems. Scale weight was 13200. You might be lighter and have no problems. Doug
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The sticker on the door says occupants and cargo should never exceed 1169 lbs. I weigh 210. My wife weighs 125. 1169-210-125=834 lbs usable weight available. A dry 26U weighs about 5800 lbs. Add 500 lbs for clothes, dishes, some water in tanks etc. Now 6300 lbs. Tongue weight is roughly 10% of trailer weight or 630 lbs. 834-630= 204. Does this mean I have 204 use cargo load in the bed?
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I wouldn't be comfortable towing a 26U with your truck out west. Note Truck dudes comments.

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That payload is rather anemic. The 10% tongue weight estimate is a bit low. You should be fine but I wouldn't count on those extra 200 pounds of cargo. If you have cargo, I'd put it in the Airstream.

And forget about bringing the inlaws with you. They won't fit.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:20 AM   #7
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Lot's of threads on the forum about that truck. I own one and am pulling a '17 27FB, which is similar in weights to the 26U. The truck will pull it but it is up against all the ratings. The engine isn't the problem - its a gem - it's the payload and axle ratings as others have pointed out. Your payload is more than mine, my sticker is 911 lbs which is a problem. I will eventually move up to a bigger truck.
My post is #45 as an FYI:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...-157082-4.html
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The sticker on the door says occupants and cargo should never exceed 1169 lbs. I weigh 210. My wife weighs 125. 1169-210-125=834 lbs usable weight available. A dry 26U weighs about 5800 lbs. Add 500 lbs for clothes, dishes, some water in tanks etc. Now 6300 lbs. Tongue weight is roughly 10% of trailer weight or 630 lbs. 834-630= 204. Does this mean I have 204 use cargo load in the bed?
Yes that's what it means and the tonque weight is very likely to be more than that. You will be carrying things in the trailer and don't forget fresh water etc. I have a Ram eco diesel and it's a great truck for towing my Airstream 19. But payload is light and I think you are really stretching it for that trailer. Maybe a 23.
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I pull a 30' Excella with a Ram ECODiesel. No problem going up hills in East TN or Western NC. So far, so good. Economical too.
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Old 09-25-2016, 12:07 PM   #10
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I crossed the US this summer, in every kind of terrain and temperatures ranging from 65 to 112%. Like was said above on steep grades it has a tendency for the temp to rise, so I slowed down a bit & problem solved. After 10,120 miles and a fuel consumption of 16.2 mpg overall I was very happy with the ecodiesel. I know the truck was maxed out in the weight department but I never had any issues. My truck has 4 corner air bag suspension and I was using an Equalizer WD hitch.
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Set it up right and it well do great. Not 3/4 ton with a cummins great but great for a 1/2 ton.
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Without looking at your trucks specs I believe you are within the limits on load and towing. I am right at the limit with my Ram Hemi, but I have a topper which adds 175 pounds and decreases my load potential. Your tow capacity is a little over 8200 with that rear end.
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I fess up. I'm lousy at math. I purchased this truck with a 3.55 rear end. Is this enough truck to pull a 26U trailer with Equalizer hitch? We intend to use it for one or two trips a year through the west. I intend to pull with the trailer weighing about 6500 lbs. The truck has a tow/haul option.
Many thanks in advance. Jim Ford
U guys werry to much about small things. I have a 1997 F-250 7.3 with a 355 Diff and 348,000 miles on it and pull a 34' airstream that is 12,500 LBS. It does just fine. Your TV will not have a problem any place in the US if U know how to use UR trans and down shift and run it to good RPM'S. Work the engine that is what it was made for. Maintain it like it should and U will get many miles out of it. The 6500 LBS U R towing is nothing for that truck with a 355 gear.
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Old 09-25-2016, 05:50 PM   #14
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I fess up. I'm lousy at math.
I am willing to bet that those who would tell you it is OK, go right ahead, don't worry about the numbers, are no better at math than you are.

I know enough math to know that, with an unloaded, bone dry tongue weight of 900 pounds, you will be hard pressed to load that 26U trailer with 800 pounds of cargo and water and reduce the tongue weight by 270 pounds to get to your hypothetical 630 pound tongue weight. Not impossible mind you, but you would have to place the cargo so far aft of the axles that you are bound to have a negative impact on stability.

With a max payload of 1169 pounds, you are going to have to ask yourself how comfortable you are with operating right at or exceeding the manufacturers ratings.
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This thread shows how one member reduced tongue weight so he could tow his 27 with even a more payload challenged tow vehicle.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...ml#post1856674

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Old 09-26-2016, 04:17 AM   #16
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I pull a 26 U with about the same truck you have (1500 Silverado with 5.3) and feel it is great. Try it with out the equalizer, you may love it.
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:36 PM   #17
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I fess up. I'm lousy at math. I purchased this truck with a 3.55 rear end. Is this enough truck to pull a 26U trailer with Equalizer hitch? We intend to use it for one or two trips a year through the west. I intend to pull with the trailer weighing about 6500 lbs. The truck has a tow/haul option.
Many thanks in advance. Jim Ford
It all comes down to payload. Open the drivers door and look for GVWR on the tag on the jamb. For that truck, it's probably around 7200 lbs. now bring the truck to a Cat scale and weigh it. My guess is that with your stuff, gas and options, the truck weighs around 6000-6200 lbs. on the high end, that leaves you with roughly 1200 lbs to fill up the rest of your fuel tank, add extra camping stuff in the bed, drop roughly 800 lbs of trailer weight on the hitch, and put people in the cab. That math might add up, but it will definitely leave you with little to no margin of error.
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:39 PM   #18
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We have 26U that took deliver in Sept and our tow vehicle is Ram 1500 eco diesel. The ecodiesel is equipped with tow mirrors and brake controller. The rear differential is 3.92 limited slip on 2 by 4 Laramie Crew cab. The ecodiesel does great job towing, able to maintain highway speeds of 65 to 70 in Florida without difficulty. We used the blue ox weight distributing hitch, which maintained good trailer stability and sway control. Cat scales reveal gross weight of 13000 lbs, Steer axle of 3100 lbs and drive axle of 3900 lbs. The trailer was full of fresh water and camping gear, no water in gray or blank tanks. I believe if you keep the bed of truck lightly loaded that you will be fine the Ram 1500 ecodiesel
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stevenson748, we were able to get the load more evenly distributed on the axles by cranking in some more weight distribution, within 20 lbs of each other. Really nice, smooth towing as you report. We're out West right now and it's doing a great job, smooth and remarkable fuel economy. We're still looking for a 20 mpg day at 63-65 mph, got close the other day at 19.2 (about 2 mpg higher than usual on good roads).
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This was my original set up from dealer, I have been able to improve the set up but have not been back to scales to see the results. We also added air springs to frame and Green engine tune with exhaust brake. Look forward to getting up in mountains some time next summer
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