We are looking into a 2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn Quad cab with the max towing at 10,050. Gearing is 3.92 I believe. We haven't purchased it yet but are deep in the process.
Anyway, we're looking at different TT's and one at the higher end of the weight limit is a Jayco Eagle 298RLDS. It's got a dry weight of about 7,200 lbs so I'm assuming it will be about 8,000 with options. I'll be liberal and throw in another 800 lbs for cargo and you're looking around 8,800 when in travel. Dry hitch weight of 1,100. We absolutely NEVER travel with water. The only water in the tanks when traveling is the standard few gallons to keep the bottom of the tanks moist.
Basically all of the towing is flat, flat land. Really no mountains or even hills to speak of. Nothing will be in the bed of the truck besides maybe 2 nights of firewood. That's about it. Occupants will be my parents most of the time.An occasional grandkid here and there.
I'm guessing the payload capacity of the Ram would be the first number to become a problem. I don't think a 3/4 ton is an option.
Should we just look into a lighter trailer or would this work for us?
I'd look for a lighter one. Depending on what options you use, you would still be over the payload capacity and right at the edge of towing capacity. A situation like that is hard on the truck and on the driver.
I think you can get similar TT features in another brand with less weight.
I'm thinking the payload will be around 1400lbs + or -. Maybe 1500lb depending on the final options. 1100lbs for TW only leaves 400lbs for people. And according to the Jayco site thats dry weight. So add 200lbs to that for good measure. Looks like a lighter TT. Thats also a lot of TT weight wise and length for a 1500 Ram.
We just bought a Silverado 1500 max tow. The tow rating is 10400# and has a cargo capacity of right at 2000#. It has the 6.2L engine, 6 speed transmission and 3.73 rear. Our mileage is better than the 05 5.3L with 3.42 gears it replaced. Definitely will do the job you want....
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Your looking at a large heavy TT. You will need a large heavy truck to match up with it. The 7200# dry weight figure is notoriously. Too low.
The TT you desire is solidly on 3/4 ton truck territory. just based on how you phrased your question I think you already know you need a bigger truck.
The combo you have above is marginal at best.
Our Jayco Eagle had an advertized empty weight of 8100 but with options it scales about 8800 so check the sticker Jayco posts in the TT and don't depend on the advertizing. It is pretty easy to add a 1000 pounds of "stuff" without water. IMHO you need a 3/4 ton for that much trailer. We are scaling about 10k for the TT and not only do you have to move it, you have to stop it. Jaycos also seem to be a bit heavy on the tongue, ours is probably close to 1500.
I kind of figured it was a bit too much but just wanted to check in. Our real front runner TT weighs in at 6,000 dry and the sticker at the dealership lists it as 6,800 because of all the options. Dry hitch is 820 and gross is 8,500. I'm figuring the trailer will be around 7,500 once we load it up with our stuff.
Not a good match with the RAM half ton but would be OK with an HD Ford. Not all half tons are created with the same capabilities. YOu are correct that the payload would be the first number you violate with that combination.
Good luck /Skip
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