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Old 06-03-2015, 11:18 PM   #1
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3/4 Ton?

The tow specs on my 2012 Ram 2500 are as follows:
Max Towing 14,500
Payload 2270
The 2012 Redwood we'd like to buy weighs in at 12,700 with a CCC of 3300. Clearly we would have to be careful of loading until a 1 ton is feasible but I think we could manage.
Pin weight is 2660, nearly 400 lbs over.
While I don't want to stir up the weight police, I'd just like to see if anyone online has towed with this setup before and how did it work out.

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Old 06-03-2015, 11:27 PM   #2
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Think you answered your own question. Nearly 400lbs over and that is empty. I would not do it
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The tow specs on my 2012 Ram 2500 are as follows:
Max Towing 14,500
Payload 2270
The 2012 Redwood we'd like to buy weighs in at 12,700 with a CCC of 3300. Clearly we would have to be careful of loading until a 1 ton is feasible but I think we could manage.
Pin weight is 2660, nearly 400 lbs over.
While I don't want to stir up the weight police, I'd just like to see if anyone online has towed with this setup before and how did it work out.

Jim
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Have you actually weighed the trailer. It seems light even for the 31sl which is the smallest. I have friends that tow 4 2 ft toy haulers a lot heavier than That with 2500's the truck will pull it but the problem is if you get in a wreck overloaded it will cost you
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:56 AM   #4
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Shane,
I have no doubt that the truck will pull it. The torque and horsepower ratings have steadily climbed over the last few years. My concern is the fact that I'd be over on the pin weight. I can afford a new truck or replace the fifth wheel but not both. We found the 36RL that we fell in love with at a show when it was new. Karma is taunting me but I'm afraid the Safety Nazi in me isn't going to allow me to make this deal. . .
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:04 AM   #5
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A buddy of mine had a 3/4 ton GMC and purchased a big horn. All he said was it was to scary on the road. He soon went to a 1 ton single and said it was ok.
I had done a lot of research since we purchased are RW before we had the truck. My opinion is diesel which gives you more power then you need and we actually got 14.2 mpg on our last trip. Dually is also a must have for me. Just seems more stable and when you see the monster behind you a little extra truck doesn't hurt.

I would be very scared with a 3/4 ton unless you plan on staying local.
This is only my opinion and others may disagree.

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Old 06-04-2015, 03:10 AM   #6
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I believe if your involved in an accident and found to be over weight, bad things could happen.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:17 AM   #7
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Not wanting to start a rant fest but. . .
Has anyone been personally involved in an accident while overweight and was that an issue? I have heard the urban myth but have yet to find a single documented case where this is an issue. I'm more concerned about the safety of myself ans passengers than with liability issues but would like to determine if liability is a real problem or something that might "end up on your permanent record. "


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I have no doubt that the truck will pull it. The torque and horsepower ratings have steadily climbed over the last few years. My concern is the fact that I'd be over on the pin weight. I can afford a new truck or replace the fifth wheel but not both. We found the 36RL that we fell in love with at a show when it was new. Karma is taunting me but I'm afraid the Safety Nazi in me isn't going to allow me to make this deal. . .
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if you are only using it for weekend camping and not pulling across the country you will be ok. Until you can upgradeThe rear end on the 2500, 250 is the same as a 1 ton. Limitations are tires and rims that get overloaded. The 36rl has a pin weight of 3500 lbs and the 3/4 ton is good for 1100 lbs pin weight
you will be overloaded. Mechanically you should have no problem. Just don't run into anyone
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I have seen several rvers in various parks pulling, IMHO, with not nearly enough truck be it travel trailers or 5ers & like you I have heard the stories of liability, but don't anyone to verify. That doesn't make it right, but you won't be only one out there. Drive safe & enjoy your RW!!
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:46 AM   #10
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Shane,
To clarify, the pin weight on the 36RL is posted to be 2660 lbs.
The rated capacity of my 3/4 ton Ram is 2270.
My concern would be once loaded, the 400 pounds might climb to ??
Jim
PS. The tires and rims on my 3/4 ton are identical to the ones on a 1 ton SRW.
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