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Old 05-08-2019, 09:25 PM   #1
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Another Towing question

I have a similar question on another thread but want some additional thoughts, specifically on tires and their effect on towing.. so here goes...

I have a 2017 Ram 2500 SLT 5.7 Hemi 3.73 gears. We are going to be towing approx 9000lbs(maybe a hair less) total with cargo and all to NY via I-81 this Summer. I used to own a RAM 1500 5.7 with 3.92 gears and would tow approx 6500 pounds this distance. The main difference now is my camper weights a little more than 2500 lbs more, and on my 1500 i had 20" tires, now i have 18 " tires on the 2500... also the tranns goes from 3.92 to 3.73 on the 2500.

Question of the day; What might i expect this time around given these new specs/changes? on this trip? Thoughts??

By the way, I love this blog, best thing ever, thanks for all of the advice!!!

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Old 05-09-2019, 06:33 AM   #2
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Honestly the only thing you should expect is a bigger gas bill/consumption rate. Same engine attempting to move more mass is going to burn fuel quicker. I'm sure you've already noticed the difference in acceleration and generic fuel mileage between your 1500 and 2500 even empty.

Assuming you had OEM size tires on the 2 different vehicles the difference between 18's and 20" overall is negligible. 275/60R20's and 275/70R18's are close the same overall diameter and practically the same width.
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