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RE: Why a Diesel Ranger is better than a RAM as a tow vehicle

Last word on this and quite comprehensive Occasionally a question comes up about the variety of trucks for pulling a fifth wheeler Facebook page very comprehensive explanation.... Australian Expedition Vehicle's It was posted by Australian Expedition Vehicles back in June .... "As an approved person engineer, AEV has been swamped with requests to provide a GVM upgrade post registration to RAM 1500 vehicles. It is not good news. These vehicles have a stated GVM and GCM from RAM. GVM= 3450kg GCM= 7237kg FRONT axle Max load= 1770kg REAR axle Max load=1770kg Total = 3540kg is the maximum that can be certified on these. Note the sales pitch has a 4500kg Max Brake Tow Capacity. Real towing is= 7237 - 3450 = 3787 kg At Kerb weight of these vehicles are 2605 kg. That's only measured with full tank of fuel and no driver. So with a 4000kg van with a ball weight at 10% = 400kg + driver plus full fuel, these are nearing overmass. Another known issue is the factory rims are only rated to 885kg (1950 lb), so restricts them from reaching their full axle mass. AEV has undertaken a full ADR 3505 for a 10% GVM upgrade to 3750kg ( which is for Vehicle Category NB1, medium goods vehicle) brake test on factory brakes and tyres. The vehicles failed the component test at full GVM for the 20 stops from 0 - 60 kmph. Brakes at 530° C. So please do your research on these vehicles. They are not suitable for a GVM upgrade of even 10%. Jmacx offroad solutions is working on a SSM GVM to 4200kg, but will require brake, rim and axle strengthening. Link to brochure from RAM Australia. https://www.ramtrucks.com.au/download-brochure/" I guess the lesson here is to make a detailed investigation and don't take the sales pitch as gospel!
RobertRyan 10/19/21 12:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why a Diesel Ranger is better than a RAM as a tow vehicle

another troll alert from down under !!!! No, Pretty well what you see here. As Frank said it applies to fairly small 5th wheels up to 28ft https://i.postimg.cc/8zfLjCDh/images-jpeg-22.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/hGjvfyVN/images-jpeg-21.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/1RLvBbtc/images-jpeg-23.jpg As Frank posted a unmodified vehicle A light vehicle wit a GVWR under 4500kg can not tow any more than manufacturers tow rating in this case 3500kg. In Australia Have a FB link to a local 5th wheel site discussing RAM 1500's Ram 1500 discussion in Aus 5th wheel FB site Notice the conments about a small 5th wheeler, if using the 1500 Unlike Frank others like using Japanese Trucks, so variery spice of life here The Very Short story (trust me),,,,,we own a gorgeous Montana High Country we’ve named Misty, that we have just purchased after selling our home. The “traditional” Chevy, F-truck or Ram didn’t fit the brief for us as we intend to semi-retire and working as we travel so I need room And load capacity for my tools and other Stuff. So my attention turned to Japanese trucks, which I’m Very happy to see are not uncommon around these here parts. We look forward to sharing stories experiences with you all. Pat and Vicki.
RobertRyan 10/18/21 02:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why a Diesel Ranger is better than a RAM as a tow vehicle

Robert the information is rubbish. Yes the Ranger can get a GCM upgrade in som states, this how ever don’t mean you don’t have to comply with the other ratings, like GVWR, axle and tyre ratings. The Ranger is no better as a tow vehicle for anything but the lightest FW and travel trailers than the Ram 1500. Want to tow a FW get a 350. Frank. Exactly Frank that is what the Ranger tows lightweight FW. Ram 1500 has problems with those lightweight FW's
RobertRyan 10/17/21 09:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why a Diesel Ranger is better than a RAM as a tow vehicle

Comparing a stock vehicle of one brand to a modified one of another brand is a bit disingenuous. I agree. An I am an engineer at Stellantis! If the RAM had a reasonable payload it also would have a similar GCM upgrade as none of these vehicles are stock. One reason base RAM's are not used as small 5th wheel tugs, but Rangers, Mazda and Isuzu Dmaxes are
RobertRyan 10/17/21 07:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why a Diesel Ranger is better than a RAM as a tow vehicle

Comparing a stock vehicle of one brand to a modified one of another brand is a bit disingenuous. Not really, quite common for the Ranger to have a GCM upgrade for a 5th wheel. Same would apply to the RAM, but the small payload is what let's it down
RobertRyan 10/17/21 05:36am Fifth-Wheels
Why a Diesel Ranger is better than a RAM as a tow vehicle

Going through the Australian 5th wheel forums on Face Book you do get some interesting information. Question asked was the RAM 1500 a good tow Vehicle( obviously non here would use it) for a 27ft 5ver. This was the answer Be very careful of the Ram by the time you add a full tank of fuel, two people and a hitch you will have around 540 kgs of down load with only 1770 kgs on the rear axle by comparison the ranger with a Lovells GVM upgrade will carry the load and GCM of 7.0 tonne
RobertRyan 10/17/21 04:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 6,500 pounds with a class C

Several Motorhomes are rated to tow 7,700lb on either a Japanese Light Truck or IVECO Daily chassis in Australia' these are roughly 31 to 28-29ft. Do not know about a E450
RobertRyan 10/12/21 08:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An upgraded option for the half ton Pickup crowd

The new Tundra is shockingly ugly, but next to a Silverado HD, it looks pretty good. Your not wrong. Only a face a mother could love
RobertRyan 10/12/21 12:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

That is not a big deal with Cabovers or Pusher Class A Motorhomes it is the other aspects of the design that is appealing. Try working on a modern vehicles engine As you have never seen a Cabover Motorhome based on a Japanese or European Light to HeavyTruck chassis. I think I would definitely need a new thread explaining
RobertRyan 10/10/21 03:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

Didn't say they needed "more" maintenance...just that a cab over that can flip up out of the way makes maintenance much easier as you can walk up and stand next to the engine. Grew up with vans and it was a pain getting to much of the engine. That is not a big deal with Cabovers or Pusher Class A Motorhomes it is the other aspects of the design that is appealing. Try working on a modern vehicles engine:(
RobertRyan 10/09/21 02:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Ford Bronco was designed and developed in Australia, but will not be sold here. Also the same development Centre is doing the new Ford Ranger and VW Amarok Ford Bronco development in Australia This is despite the fact that the new Bronco project was largely engineered in Melbourne, since it is a derivative of the T6 Ranger project that has its homeroom base in Australia, using the basic chassis components of a truck that is obviously available in right-hand drive.
RobertRyan 10/08/21 11:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

Ruins one of the big advantages of a cab over design where you can move the cab completely clear to get great access standing next to the engine. No Off Road Cabover Motorhomes which need more maintenance than any other Motorhome, have only a portal. Pusher Class A's have similar access. In this case an Off Road Bus https://i.postimg.cc/RZfKcLNF/bus1.png
RobertRyan 10/08/21 03:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

Class C uses an existing front truck body (typically from a van) with the house custom made by the MH manufacturer. Class A the MH manufacturer builds both the house and the cockpit enclosure all as one structure. Looks like this one uses a cabover truck retaining the cab, so it would technically be a Class C. I assume the cab can't flip forward for easy engine access based on the pictures. No engine access is in a portal section in the Cab like other Cabover Motorhomes
RobertRyan 10/08/21 04:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

As well we have the new Super C Motorhome from STG Global https://i.postimg.cc/YC8V4ykj/dreamliner-47.jpg Plus Off Road Class C's from the likes of SLR Motorhomes and other manufacturers https://i.postimg.cc/1zhH3GV4/images-jpeg-17.jpg
RobertRyan 10/07/21 09:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

As well we have the new Super C Motorhome d e im STG Global https://i.postimg.cc/YC8V4ykj/dreamliner-47.jpg
RobertRyan 10/07/21 09:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

Very nice, looks like an A like other said, but the factory (I presume Isuzu) cab makes it a C. I wonder how service is usually performed, is there a removable cowling inside to allow access to the engine since the cab can't be tilted? Interestingly, 25 years or so ago Trek sold a small class A in the US built on the Isuzu chassis-without the cab. It had the old 135 hp 3.9L motor so it could barely get out of its own way. The same motorhome today with the 215 hp 5.2 motor would make a decent performing little motorhome with great mpg. Yes a service cowling within the Cab
RobertRyan 10/07/21 07:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

Without digging into the technical aspects, I'll say even though it does look like a Class A, I like it and I could even get used to the left side entry, but at my age the RHD is out of the question, I'd have it wrecked the first day and endanger everyone else on the road. I guess you can't teach every old dog new tricks. Not intended for the US primarily for Australia although g they also sell in New Zealand
RobertRyan 10/07/21 03:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

Here is the interior of their Navian based on a IVECO Daily https://i.postimg.cc/4dK5QgkT/mg0411mb.jpg
RobertRyan 10/07/21 03:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

Yes, looks like a Class A from the few original post pictures. BTW, absolutely enjoyed our driving trip around eastern Australia in 2019. Arrive Cairns. Back from Adelaide. 7,500+ KM. Hello airbnb's! GREAT country. Yes, we rented a "patriotic" car-- Subaru OUTBACK! RV industry is booming in Australia Covid is a great motivaror, eventually be able to travel around the while country
RobertRyan 10/07/21 03:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An Australian Class C liked by Lazydays

Right hand drive, perchance? Looks more like a class A to me. Also, what did you do with the cucumbers? A lot of their Class C's look like US Class A's inside RHD for everyone here
RobertRyan 10/07/21 03:13pm Class C Motorhomes
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