My RAM 1500 has a GVWR of 6900 pounds, and it weighs 6000 pounds with nothing in it. The 277RL has a tongue wight of 1,000 pounds, so I'm over my GVWR without any passengers or gear......so way over when I add passengers, dog, gear, etc. Also, the tow capacity is 7900 pounds, and the dry weight of the trailer is 7400 pounds. Power is not an issue, I have the max rear axle ratio (3.92), but the truck gets tossed around like a rag doll when towing, making driving very uncomfortable. I'm sure the tranny is not too happy either.
Upgrading the truck is still on the table...I can upgrade my truck for about $20K out of pocket, or downsize the trailer for $10K out of pocket. Paying to downsize kinda hurts....paying to upgrade is not so bad.
What Ram 1500 do you have?
My 2004 Ram Quadcab was 5000 lbs last time I was on the scale.
Double check the tow capacity, I thought the 3.92 gears on the Quadcab were rated for 8900 lbs.
You say power is not the issue but the truck get tossed around. Fill us in on your hitch set up.
As for the tranny thats a simple cheap upgrade for piece of mind by putting on the cooler for the one tone Ram (been there done that).
We bought our previous TT used. Came with someone elses whoo in the black tank and when I filled the water tank to sanitize it it fell and almost landed on my head (would have killed me). The dealer was horrible and accused me of removing the tank straps. Needless to say they "fixed" it (rigged is proper term). Because the tank was over the axles there was not much room and every time we hit a bump the axle hit the repair done by the dealer. So I fixed it proper with these braces and never had a problem.
I'm curious; How long is it and did you have any problem towing it?
I have the same truck as you and in October I'll be picking up a new 37 foot long trailer.
I only planning on hauling it once for just a few miles, from the dealer to a permanent site.
I have been hauling a 25 footer.
Jack LHitch to back bumper 31 feet long. GVWR is 7600 lbs, empty its supposed to be 5600 lbs. I have only towed it empty (to come home) and towed fine. However speaking of my previous TT, the last time I was on the scale the trailer weighed in at 6200 lbs with all the gear loaded in it.
As for the truck, there were two different rear ends available. Mine has 355 gears and is rated for towing 7900 lbs. The 392 gears I believe can tow 8900 lbs.
Speaking for my last TT if I were heavy (extra wood, bikes, extra people) the truck would shift a lot on steep hills so I usually just downshifted to 2 on a steep grade and kept the RPM's around 4500. Other than that no problems towing or I would swap out the gears for 392's. I Hope that helps answer your question - Will
Pulled the trigger and up graded. 2016 Kodiak 286 BHSL. Which is 7 feet longer than our old rig (as you see it sits part way in the yard).
Seems like a quality build but as always we shall see. Purchased it from Boat N RV Superstore in Hamburg. The staff was knowledgeable about the rig being traded and the new one. Treated us very well.
I ran into this issue years ago when I scratched the woodwork in the TT taking a bike out.
My buddy and I made bike racks out of PVC pipe for 20 bucks. These are in my truck bed, but you can customize them for use in the TT. Then when you get to camp the kids have a place to park them.
I customized mine to allow me to carry wood in bins between the bikes. Been using it for years.