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Old 08-22-2012, 09:03 AM   #1
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Ok any and all advice is much appreciated.
I have a 2003 Ram 1500 Hemi 4x4 (not sure of the rear end gears) with a tow package that has never towed anything with almost 170,000 miles on it.
Im buying a 30 ft camper trailor with a GVW of 6925 dry with a brake controller and Dodge tells me my max is 8000.
Should i even bother trying to tow this with a 1/2 ton?...am I nuts?...should I upgrade the rear suspention?
Any help guys is much appreciated...here is a reference pic unhooked.

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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I'm sure someone will be along to give an answer. But usually the rear end gear ratio is listed on a tag stuck to the inside of the glove box door.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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Thanks, yea the sticker isn't there anymore due to a new door I had to put on it...anyway although I don't post much I have been a member here for quite somtime and know that if you got a question about your truck, this is the place to inquire.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:37 PM   #4
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A lot of questions to be asked. What size are the water tanks, how much stuff do you plan on putting inside, being 6925 dry it wouldn't take a whole lot to eclipse the 8000lb limit if that is in fact your max tow rating. Being a reg cab helps but 20's and 4wd takes away from towing capacity, albeit not much but every little bit helps.

And how often do you plan to tow it? I know people have gone over their GCVWR but usually only bad things come from it if it's done repeatedly. Rear airbags and weight distributing hitch will lessen some of the abuse. I'm all for safety and overkill, I'd rather tow that with something I know can handle it no questions asked, that's just me though.

http://dodgeram.info/2003/load-tow/1500.html

Some good info to give you an idea of towing cap, figure you're 7,800 max towing if you got 3.92's.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:06 AM   #5
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8450# dry ...towed no prob...as long as your in the legal tow limit...use some smarts as well...slow down and be courteous to other drivers...was told many thing ..mostly negitive...took my time and had no issue...ill tow this thing maybe 2 times a year..250 kms each way...not buyin a bigger truck just for that
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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^ I agree with Newfie Bullet, I pull a 35ft fifth wheel Passport Ultra Light (6385dry) with ease and I did my homework before purchasing the trailer. But like Newfie bullet stated, I let anyone pass who wants to, I'm in no hurry to get anywhere when I'm pulling it. I have a 2011 Sport Quadcab 4x4.

most of my camping trips are usually within 250kms distance. I will be taking the family to Silverwood Theme Park in Spokane come the summer so that will be the trucks first real long haul with that trailer. She's pulling my Challanger to California in March.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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if its clear on the straights i hit my signal to tell em to go around and i keep under the speed limit, my truck physically had no trouble towing.just be smart about it and take your time and be cautious. if you're towing a lot and for a good distance then yes it may be worth while to upgrade to a 2500 but like i said in my case, not worth it.
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Add air bags too! I added a set to my new 2500 and man what a difference!
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i agree i added airlift 1000 and they are sweet
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