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Posted: 10/20/08 10:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello: I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 5.2 litre engine. Currently pulling a 21 foot, 4200 lb Kodiac 21QS trailer. I am looking to by a CrossRoads Zinger ZF25BH 5th wheel trailer. It weighs in at 6200lbs. I'm just wondering if my Dodge is big enough to do the job. Dealer claims I will have no problem with it. Also, the truck manual looks like I'm good for 7500 lb. Just looking for some opinions before jumping in.

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Posted: 10/21/08 12:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) for the truck? Subtract the actual weight of the truck from the GCWR and you know what the truck is rated to tow.

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I had a 98 Dodge 1500 with a 5.9. I bought a 2002 28' TT that dry weighs 6500.

The answer is yes....Barely. It pulled it, but made it obvious that it didn't like it at all. Totally empty wasn't bad, but loaded for a trip pushed it over the edge. Drove pretty well, but was seriously underpowered, and with traffic running 80 and you can maintain 55 without abusing the truck too bad, it was hairy more than once. The truck brakes won't stop it very well either, learned that the hard way. Make sure the trailer braking system is always up to task.

Now I have a 2001 Cummins powered 2500 to pull it with. I have to watch my speed now. :-)


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You left out the pin weight. That is what is really going to matter on your truck. I have a #6000 trailer weight that my dodge pulls fine, but I weighed it to see the pin weight and axle weights when loaded. You don't want to exceed your axle ratings, but you can exceed your payload ratings by a little.

Do you have a tow package on your dodge? For that size trailer you want to be sure you have a tranny cooler too.

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Like SKnight I had a 1999 ram 1500 2x2 and towed our current trailer, 7680 gvwr and we push right up to that weight when loaded and to me the weakest link you will have is the brakes. The 1994 to 2001's with drum brakes in the rear were seriously under braked. Also mine had a 5.9l gasser 3.55 gearing and was just barely in the ballpark on power. It sucked fuel like pouring it down a hole. There was no way you could have went to the mountains with it ( we always go to the coast) As far as stability I was happy using dual cam hitch. I think I would study a little before buying.


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rvluversnc93 wrote:

Like SKnight I had a 1999 ram 1500 2x2 and towed our current trailer, 7680 gvwr and we push right up to that weight when loaded and to me the weakest link you will have is the brakes. The 1994 to 2001's with drum brakes in the rear were seriously under braked. Also mine had a 5.9l gasser 3.55 gearing and was just barely in the ballpark on power. It sucked fuel like pouring it down a hole. There was no way you could have went to the mountains with it ( we always go to the coast) As far as stability I was happy using dual cam hitch. I think I would study a little before buying.
Third trip with mine, raining cats and dogs. Towed for a couple of hours and had to get gas (7MPG at BEST!) so it was time to depart the highway. Turns out the trailer drums were full of water, and water is a good lubricant! Up the off ramp, hit the brakes with no response from the camper, truck isn't slowing down, ABS is going NUTS, and there's a concrete island right in the intersection so I can't just shoot across the road and get back on the highway. Thank God there was no traffic so I swung wide and made the turn across the bridge. Pulled in the gas station and had to retrieve my underwear out of my throat! Trailer brakes are now pouring steam out, the ex was following me in her Jeep, she pulled up eyes big as saucers.

Very first thing I did when I got my 2500 was disable the trailer brakes and see how well the truck alone could stop it, I was very happy with the results.

To this day, I still drag the brakes to dry them if it's been raining.

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I had an 2000 Dodge 1500 Magnum and pulled 10000 lbs. You knew the camper was there, but it did OK. I added E rated tires and added a leaf spring to the rear


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Posted: 10/30/08 03:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Sarbuf

I have a 2001 Ram 1500 with 360 cid gasser, tow package and Firestone air bags. My 5er is about the same as yours. Towing in the mountains is marginal at best. No problem slowing on downgrades but sometimes a real challange going uphill. I think a real concern would be overloading the transmission. I've already destroyed one. Bottom line is: The load limits placed by the manufacturer should be followed.

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