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I wil be buying my first travel trailer soon and am currently trying to decide which truck to get. I prefer the look and style of the Ram Rebel but not sure if I would be better off going with a 2500 series instead. The trailer I will be buying is the East To West Della Terra 25KRB.

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Looks to be about a 7500 lb. GVWR trailer....so, I'd go with the 2500.

I'd buy the truck that will haul your NEXT trailer. There will always be a "next" trailer if you stick with this RV'ing thing, and it will be bigger and longer and heavier.


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Since you are new to the forum, you may not realize that this could be called "you need a bigger truck forum", but yes, most times a HD truck, such as the 2500, will make a better tow vehicle. Many 1/2 ton later model trucks are very capable pullers, just check that the payload is up to the task.

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Buy or select the trailer first. Then match a truck to it. Think “payload” first as MLF suggested.


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The maximum payload on the Rebel is 1850. By time options are added it will come in lower, let's say 1,700. Now take a guess at how much you will haul in the the truck (passengers, firewood, other gear) and that will let you know how much you have for the trailer.

Dry weight on the trailer is 5,000 and once optioned and loaded with gear would expect about 6,500. This might seem like a lot but we do not pack especially heavy and we come in at 1,500 over dry weight.

If you put 13% of the trailer weight on the tongue that is 845 before adding the weight for the receiver hitch and sway bars. So let's call it 1,000 even.

So that is the tough part with the 1500 style truck. You start running out of payload. With these rough numbers you would have roughly 700 lbs left for passengers and gear and you would be at max and possibly over the rear axle weight rating. You typically get P type passenger tires on the 1500 trucks rather than the LT Light Truck tires which provide greater carrying capacity.

So you can probably get away with the Rebel, but you would be at the top end of capacity. The Ram 2500 is a lot more truck.

And kudos to you for asking the question before you bought the truck and trailer. Lot's of folks ask these questions after they have made the purchase.

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AlmostAnOldGuy wrote:

The maximum payload on the Rebel is 1850. By time options are added it will come in lower, let's say 1,700. Now take a guess at how much you will haul in the the truck (passengers, firewood, other gear) and that will let you know how much you have for the trailer.

Dry weight on the trailer is 5,000 and once optioned and loaded with gear would expect about 6,500. This might seem like a lot but we do not pack especially heavy and we come in at 1,500 over dry weight.

If you put 13% of the trailer weight on the tongue that is 845 before adding the weight for the receiver hitch and sway bars. So let's call it 1,000 even.

So that is the tough part with the 1500 style truck. You start running out of payload. With these rough numbers you would have roughly 700 lbs left for passengers and gear and you would be at max and possibly over the rear axle weight rating. You typically get P type passenger tires on the 1500 trucks rather than the LT Light Truck tires which provide greater carrying capacity.

So you can probably get away with the Rebel, but you would be at the top end of capacity. The Ram 2500 is a lot more truck.

And kudos to you for asking the question before you bought the truck and trailer. Lot's of folks ask these questions after they have made the purchase.

Take it easy,
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In terms of payload it would just be myself. I work online for a living so a coupe of laptops and some clothes would be pretty much it for cargo.

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The Ram Rebel comes with LT275/70R-18 tires

and it has 3 motor choices:

3.6 Liter V6 24v VVT eTorque
5.7 Liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT Engine
5.7 Liter v8 Hemi MDS VVT ETorque Engine


Which one is best for hauling a trailer ?.

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When towing, generally the engine with the most horse power, and low rpm torque. I know that V6 makes good power, but I would choose the 5.7 V8. The one with most HP/TQ.

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The power wagon has the rebel front end and is a 2500


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Flan wrote:

The power wagon has the rebel front end and is a 2500


I was going to say the same thing. We got a new one to test at work and it is one good looking truck.

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