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Posted: 02/10/19 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good luck attempting to tow that monster. Even with a 3500 36 feet behind it would not be a good fit.





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If you want to stick with your truck, go smaller and buy a good used 28-30' trailer that is well within the towing capacity of your truck. Use it for a couple of years to find out what you like and dislike. Then you may decide that you want a different trailer or switch to a fifth wheel trailer or other type of RV.

Or, upgrade to a 3/4 or 1 ton truck now, and you have a lot of options. I've towed a 28' trailer, and I don't think I would want to tow any trailer longer than 32' or so, but that's just my preference. It all depends on where you want to go.


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Since you are new to the game I suggest that you buy something used and smaller so you can get some experience. Once you have used the TT for a while you will find there is a difference between what you think you need and what you actually need.

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Just to give you a bit of a different viewpoint. I am currently towing a 34' 8100 lb dry trailer with a Toyota Tundra with the 5.7. Loaded I am at 9400 lbs. I am using the Reese Straightline WDH with sway control.

Tow rating on the Tundra is 10,100 lbs with 1,320 lbs payload and 16,000 lbs Combined Weight Rating. I am about 250 lbs over payload and 250 lbs under GCWR loaded and ready to camp. Just DW, Dog (12 lbs) and I.

Pulling, stopping and sway are not an issue so it can be done safely and comfortably if setup properly.

The one thing that I will say is that this is my 3rd trailer, 1st was 19', 2nd was 32'. Not sure if I would have wanted to start with this 34' trailer though as I had never towed anything before we started with the 19'.

If you do decide to get it practice your turning, backing and stopping. even though the trucks brakes stop the truck and trailer brakes stop the trailer it does take more distance to stop the combo.

You might want to take some of the other suggestions and rent a 24 - 30' trailer first and see how you find towing that before you jump in so big.

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MarkRBD2019 wrote:

I need to check the payload of my Ram but it sounds like this idea is going down like the Titanic. Sounds like I need a lot less TT or a lot more truck.

You can't have too much truck.

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More Info, the payload capacity of the truck is 1750 LBS and the towing 10460 LBS

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MarkRBD2019 wrote:

More Info, the payload capacity of the truck is 1750 LBS and the towing 10460 LBS


You have 400 lbs more payload than I have but again first time not sure I would have wanted to tow that length but can be done.

Check your hitch rating as well to make sure it will be able to handle the tongue weight. Use 10 - 15% of the trailer Gross Weight rating for Weight Distribution to make sure the hitch has a high enough rating.

If you think you will be within all of your ratings then just up to you to decide you comfort level.

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You're going to hear varying degrees of good advice on RV forums and A LOT of solid recommendations based on years of experience.

After considering any or everything read here, please please go out to one of the reputable sites like Shereline and run all the TV and TT specs. Find a worksheet that uses all the specs all the way down to the wheelbase, do not use a simple "pulling capacity" worksheet produced by TV manufacturers.

"Can" you haul something that big behind a 1500 (any make)? Sure. Will it be unsafe or kill the truck? Possibly. Run the numbers, even those wheelbase specs are important. Let the science behind towing be your first guide. Then decide on a TT within those parameters.

Lastly, please know dry weight & tongue weight issued by TT mfgrs can be a little optimistic on the low side. We used a tongue scale to find out our hitch weight is about 100lbs more than advertised.


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MarkRBD2019 wrote:

More Info, the payload capacity of the truck is 1750 LBS and the towing 10460 LBS


You will likely "on paper" be well within the limits.
On the road and in action within traffic will be the unknowns.
How much effect will passing trucks/buses have on that size trailer? Will the truck maintain stability through that?
Staying in your flatlands area will be one thing also, hills, mountains will be different.

I still think as a newbie to towing, a little experience with a rental may help clear some things for you. Rent a couple of times, a 25' box once and a bigger one next, Back them both into a few spots, practice with both in a parking lot. If you have never towed at all, rent a u-haul trailer and just go to a school parking lot on a Sunday to practice backing and turning. It will be a much shorter trailer, but you will get an idea of what manuevering a trailer is like and can do it for about $50.

A new custom trailer is not a cheap impulse purchase, know as much as possible first.

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The question is not, will it pull it. Today's trucks have gobs of horsepower compared to past pickups, they'll pull most anything. The question is, will it carry the load that the trailer's tongue weight will place on the truck's suspension, axles, and tires?

With a half ton truck you will reach the payload limit long before tow rating or combined weight limit will be reached.


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