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Old 07-22-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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I have a 2012 Ram Big Horn with 392 gears. I was told by a Chrysler Tech to tow my camper in 4th gear. Well, I towed this past weekend a total of 300 miles round trip. It towed it great! My previous truck was a GMC 2500 and the RAM 1500 towed it better. I am just wondering is it OK for the RPM range to stay in the 2500 RPM range all the time while towing? It seems that might be too high an RPM for constant driving. BUT it seemed fine and towed great with no gear searching.

Does anybody have an opinion good or bad about the 2500 rpm range while towing?

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Old 07-22-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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My 2500 4x4 tows around 23-2500 with tow haul on without issue I would say your good to go
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:23 AM   #3
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i put mine in tow haul mode and leave it in drive....no issues here, on the flats i usually get down to about 1600 at 55
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Sounds right.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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2500 RPM?

That's not going to hurt anything. I am curious how much weight your pulling?

The wife and I looked at a lot of 'campers' and found a wide span in weight differences.

We did buy a high profile, "V" nose cargo trailer weighting in at 1500# (it's small). I inquired with a "Chrysler Tech" the same thing regarding towing. The owner's manual is a little 'vague' regarding this issue. I explained to him that we were planning to haul some 'goodies' into Colorado and our total trailer weight was going to be in the neighborhood of 2500 to 3000# tops. Here's what he came back with; Towing that much weight would require my "Tow Haul" to be engaged below 55 mph. After 55 mph and as long as the road was reasonably level and the transmission was not forcing itself to shifting constantly, everything should be fine (my truck came equipped with a tow package). Why? Lower RPMs, MDS and saving fuel was his biggest reasons (he said nothing about excessive wear due to a higher RPM). We tried it on a run with some kitchen appliances. It did so well along I-40 into NM, we were impress with the consistence it gave! Granted, there was engagement of the "Tow Haul" thru some of the minor slopes and mileage was nothing to brag about...Yet if we could all drive "Trucks" flew like jets hauling a load and gets 25 miles to the gallon we would all have no complaints. Yeah....

I am not saying this "RULE" applies for anyone driving a 1/2 ton pick-up. I don't need to get into any trouble with, "HE SAID" comments. Everyone should check with their "Chrysler Tech" before they throw any weight on that receiver and then abide with that recommendation from the sources in the know. I will agree with the majority here, 2500 rpm is nothing to sweat about.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:53 PM   #6
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Question RPM Range

My camper weighs about 6500 Lbs with the fresh water tank half full and all of the other stuff that we bring with us.
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8600 here
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2500? Big wish here, hills of pa and 26' trailer grossing right around the 10k mark my 2500 gear searches the hills runnin 3k-5500 almost all the time, fuel mileage goes way out the window when i hook up and load the trailer. wish i could afford to go to deeper gears
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going through massachussetts on i90 in july my 2500 sits between 22-2400 rpms with our tt 9600lb trailer, runs just fine on the one grade is second highest spot on i90 it had no problem holding 70mph out in the hammer lane...even passed a few egoboosts with smaller trailers
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