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Old 06-25-2020, 11:52 AM   #21
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Depending on the package and gear ratio you can tow up to 12000 lbs with a ram 1500. I have a 2019 Laramie with the 3.92rear axle and it goes 10,700 lbs and has a cargo capacity of 1700 lbs. It tows the Bambi I have easily.
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Old 06-25-2020, 01:36 PM   #22
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Get a Ford F-250 diesel... you won't be sorry you did. Keeps Airstream in check behind you when traveling through mountains (my prior 1/2 T truck was pushed and didn't feel like I was in control, the hill and Airstream were.....). Diesel has diesel breaking which can be very helpful. I have a 25FBT International Serenity and when I switched the truck over to the F-250, I have NEVER looked back. Don't do like I did and purchase a 1/2 T only to have to get a bigger one. Good Luck!
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:19 PM   #23
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Get a 2500 HD Duramax Chevy or GMC. The Duramax has a great track record compared to Ford and the body is designed and built much better than Ram. My 2nd Dmax has 130,000 and it still performs like a new one.
My first one was great, but the power upgrade was to enticing at 100,000.
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Old 06-25-2020, 03:13 PM   #24
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I'm towing a 27 foot Flying Cloud with 19 Ram 1500 with no issues; towed out to Utah from WI. I did order the heavier axle to make sure tongue wt was not an issue; not sure that is need with 25.
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Old 06-25-2020, 05:04 PM   #25
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Forget the Dodge. One thing is they are poorly built, poorly designed, cheaply made on the inside.
Dnsapp, the last Dodge truck was made in 2009. RAM was awarded Truck of the Year in 2019 (1500) and 2020 (2500). They are much better than the old Dodges in quality. To steal on old Ford slogan, ďHave you driven a RAM lately?Ē

Kidding aside, you canít buy a bad truck today. Any of the Big Three plus Toyota and Nissan make great vehicles as long as you select one properly optioned.
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Old 06-26-2020, 10:34 AM   #26
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Thanks Everyone

Thanks everyone for your quick responses; looks like I should go with the 3/4 ton truck especially if there is a possibly of going with a larger RV.

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OP's TW isn't 837#, more likely 11 or 12. Ram payload is 1200 to 2300#. Doesn't leave much.
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Old 07-01-2020, 11:55 AM   #28
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The 1500 with a 3:92 axle gives you more towing capacity.
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:22 PM   #29
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Hello everyone, I am considering buy a 25FT International Serentiy. The specs show a 7,300 GVW and a hitch weight of 837 lbs.

I wanted to proactively buy a tow vehicle as the Airstream purchase may not happen for a few years. I was looking at the 2019/20 RAM 1500 with the tow package. When I look at the specs, Max trailer WT is 8,590, tonque WT is 859.

Is anyone else utilizing this TV to pull the 25FT and what concerns would anyone have?
Hi there, we tow a AS Globetrotter with a 2019 RAM 1500 2WD, 3.92 rearend, towpackage. This truck is rated for 11000 towing. It tows our AS beiutifuly... milage goes down to 12-13 mpg @65 mph. Loadleveling tow bar correctly installed lowers the front and the rear evenly 1/4"-1/2". So yes we are level. Good luck, Its our second RAM way superior to GM or Ford.
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:23 PM   #30
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Hi there, we tow a AS Globetrotter with a 2019 RAM 1500 2WD, 3.92 rearend, towpackage. This truck is rated for 11000 towing. It tows our AS beiutifuly... milage goes down to 12-13 mpg @65 mph. Loadleveling tow bar correctly installed lowers the front and the rear evenly 1/4"-1/2". So yes we are level. Good luck, Its our second RAM way superior to GM or Ford.
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:32 PM   #31
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Hello everyone, I am considering buy a 25FT International Serentiy. The specs show a 7,300 GVW and a hitch weight of 837 lbs.

I wanted to proactively buy a tow vehicle as the Airstream purchase may not happen for a few years. I was looking at the 2019/20 RAM 1500 with the tow package. When I look at the specs, Max trailer WT is 8,590, tonque WT is 859.

Is anyone else utilizing this TV to pull the 25FT and what concerns would anyone have?
I have a 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie and a 25 ft FC and it pulls excellent , we have be over 9000 ft passes and had no problems PS great trucks
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:40 PM   #32
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We have been towing our International Signature 27FB with a RAM 1500 equipped with the full towing package and the 5.7 Hemi V8. The only concern we've ever had is that our tongue weight measured out as higher than the specification said it would be. The "25" models are famous for being among the heaviest on the tongue, so you may want to look that issue over in greater detail. For us in our "27," we've simply been cautious about how much junk we load into the truck bed and how much stuff we carry in the trailer. We travel as light as we can. If we don't use something on one trip, we leave it home for the next trip.

You will definitely want some kind of weight distribution hitch. We've used the Equalizer for years, because that's what our dealer sold us, and have had zero problems with weight distribution or sway prevention. Others will tell you that sweet grannies, kittens, puppies, and baby ducks will die horribly if you use anything but a Hensley or ProPride hitch. Not so, of course, though they are unquestionably better hitches for sway prevention, and you may in fact want to opt for one of them. However, they are heavier, so this may be a concern. The weight of that style hitch is the chief reason we never switched to one of them vs. our Equalizer.

Aside from this note of caution, we've never had any issues and we've towed our trailer across the country three times. We've climbed and descended the Rockies, we've descended from Lake Tahoe via the Kingsbury Grade, we've climbed up to and back down from Kings Canyon NP / Sequoia NP, and so on. We're no strangers to hauling up and down some very significant grades. Never a single problem - plenty of power, and it's always felt safe on both up and down grades.

One more plus for the RAM 1500: it fits, just barely, into our garage.

If we had it do over again, would we move to a larger truck? Maybe. If so, we'd have gone for a 2500, but we would measure before choosing to see whether we could get it into our garage. Still happy with our gas engine. Would not go with a diesel in a RAM 1500 because the engine block is heavier, which further cuts load capacity.

Happy shopping, and remember: your money, your rig, your decision.
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:48 PM   #33
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While the Ram 1500 is a great light truck, it is better suited to towing smaller boats and trailers. When you tow near a trucks limits the wear and tear on that vehicle is going to really reduce the life of the truck. A 3/4 ton (250/2500) is a much better choice. We went with a Ram 2500 MegaCab with the 6.4 Hemi and 4.10 rear end, and we love it. I don't tow enough to justify a diesel, and they don't do well sitting around not being used. If I needed to go diesel I would go up to the 1 ton as you lose too much payload with a 3/4 ton diesel.
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:26 PM   #34
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I have a 2017 International Serenity 25FB and a 2016 Ford 3.5 Ecoboost tow package. Iíve been through the Rockies and Smokies and everywhere in between without any problem. Tow / haul has worked flawlessly through 7% grades for miles. I average 13 miles a gallon and fill up with premium gas when I can (when towing). Using an Equalizer hitch as well. (I believe 2016 was the first year with the aluminum added to F150 to reduce weight). Itís a great daily driver and tow vehicle.
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Old 07-01-2020, 05:02 PM   #35
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Congratulations Nstaskey on taking the AS plunge. You've asked a key question out of the gate. Lots of really great info in the threads here on this subject.

My experience - I struggled with an undersized (chassis) of an older SUV that was equipped with a more than adequate (diesel) drive train. The diesel engine set the pattern for the "eco-diesels" now in several product lines. I was behind the curve in suspension support, frame/hitch rigidity, and brakes.

I never intended to buy a "truck". But after a lot of careful consideration and cross-shopping I bought a 1T truck at a very good left-over inventory price.

Good Luck with your shopping and decision-making.
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Old 07-01-2020, 05:14 PM   #36
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Big Question: How often are you going to tow?

I tow a 28' International's Serenity with F150 Ecoboost. Not a problem. Plenty of power. I just ordered a 2020 F150 XLT that is rated to tow 12,500lbs. Cost was $15,000 less than a diesel due to the rebates, etc. Ultimately it's your money. Those who say you need a diesel are like Tim-the-tool-man Taylor who always thinks more power (even for his lawnmowers) is better. You don't need something rated to tow 20,000lbs+ towing a 7,000lb camper. It's called overkill. Also if you want to get 15mpg (or less) on your every day driving with a crappy rough ride then you can always get a 3/4 ton gas. Will be cheaper than diesel though. But I hope you have a big garage and a good back. And by the way you will not get much better gas mileage with a diesel than with a good 1/2 ton. Check out tfltruck.com. They did a test. It was pretty surprising. The diesel got .6 mpg better than a V8 Ford pulling the same 9,000lb trailer. Yet you will pay more for everything with regard to a diesel. Oil changes, maintenance, fuel cost, on and on and on and on. Yes you might make it back on a trade-in. Maybe. And are you going to keep that truck for 200,000 miles? That's the break point.

My advice is go to a dealer that knows what they are doing and get a RAM1500 built that meets your specs. Try to get that payload at about 1800lbs and it can tow 11,000lbs or more. That's what I did with an F150. Most trucks on the dealers lots are not built for towing, but for everyday driving and maybe towing once in awhile. So it's hard to find something on the lot that will work and plus make camping easy. By the way, if you get a 3/4 ton you better get a slide out because getting crap out of the bed of the truck is a PITA unless you 6'6".

This has been a source of constant debate on this forum. But unless you are towing all the time a RAM 1500 rightly equipped will do you just fine. Don't drink the diesel Kool-Aid.
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Old 07-01-2020, 06:05 PM   #37
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Ram 1500 - Towing International Serenity

Itís not diesel Kool Aid or hype itís different perspective or priorities.

The big issue with most 1/2 ton trucks is payload not power. You canít put 2 people, large dog, generator, 2 ebikes, grill, etc. in the bed with a cover or topper and add tongue weight and not be over payload weight unless you have a stripped out max tow set up.

You can do all that and have plenty of overhead with the right 250(0)/350(0) set up.

If diesel is not worth the premium for what it offers to you get a gas engine.
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Old 07-01-2020, 06:57 PM   #38
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I have a 2017 International Serenity 25FB and a 2016 Ford 3.5 Ecoboost tow package. Iíve been through the Rockies and Smokies and everywhere in between without any problem. Tow / haul has worked flawlessly through 7% grades for miles. I average 13 miles a gallon and fill up with premium gas when I can (when towing). Using an Equalizer hitch as well. (I believe 2016 was the first year with the aluminum added to F150 to reduce weight). Itís a great daily driver and tow vehicle.


I have this exact setup and have done the same towing routes. Uphill and down over the Eisenhower Pass with FULL freshwater tanks and no sense of loss of control, no trouble on the way up or down. If you drive like a sane human being you will do great. Also have battled insane crosswinds heading east and west through north and South Dakota, incredible performance even with heavy semi traffic passing by. Far better than my prior rig, an Airstream Interstate which felt as though it would be pushed off the road!! As a bit of a counterpoint, I have read on these forums that the HD trucks will also rattle rivets out of your trailer faster with the stiff suspension. No personal experience with that, Iíve towed >10k miles with this setup and havenít lost a rivet!
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Been there, Done That

I used a Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn crew cab with Hemi/3.92/2 wd and tow package with an Equalizer WD hitch to pull a 25 FT FB Safari and Later a 30 Ft Flying Cloud.

The 1500 could pull and stop and manage both trailers with ease and I loved the ride. What it couldn't do was stay within the payload ratings. Every time I went to the scales I was at or over payload by 100 LB.

So I got a 2500 Ram Laramie Quad Cab 4 WD Cummins with another 500 Lb of payload. Now I can take my rock collection and barbells with me when I camp plus 10 gallons of DEF just in case.

Some things you can do to get better Payload in your truck: Get limited slip instead of 4WD, that costs you about 200 lb. Don't get a sunroof. Don't get the bigger diameter tires. Minimize your options. Every pound of chrome and foam is a pound of something else you can't take with you.

The 2019 and later Ram 2500's have coil springs in the rear which improve the ride quite a bit over the prior leaf spring models. Otherwise I would not be in a Ram again.

I like the way the Ram 2500 tows the trailer and my fuel mileage is better than I was getting with the 1500 Gas engine, just enough to offset the higher cost of diesel fuel.
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It’s not diesel Kool Aid or hype it’s different perspective or priorities.

The big issue with most 1/2 ton trucks is payload not power. You can’t put 2 people, large dog, generator, 2 ebikes, grill, etc. in the bed with a cover or topper and add tongue weight and not be over payload weight unless you have a stripped out max tow set up.

You can do all that and have plenty of overhead with the right 250(0)/350(0) set up.

If diesel is not worth the premium for what it offers to you get a gas engine.
The payload number on F250 diesel XLT is about 250lbs more than my F150 XLT. Not much of an advantage. If you go to an F350 you really get a crappy ride when not towing. And I carry 2 ebikes, a small generator, my wife and my dog. Plus tools etc. Just put some of it in the trailer. My rig rides smooth, level, well under control, and for $15,000 less than a similarly equipped diesel. Those few extra items for $15,000 seems pretty expensive.
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