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2500 Ram, 2013, CC, LB.. towing about 7,500 # travel trailer. 5.7 Hemi.
10 mpg... uphill, downhill, tailwind, headwind. I am on a 10 month trip (so far) from FL to WA/OR/MT and now back to NC.... can count on 10 average.

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38' , 8200 lbs ... Have you taken it fully loaded and ready to camp across a CAT scale? I'll bet it probably weighs a lot more than 8200.

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Great Feedback! The tongue weight is 750lbs and dry weight its at 7100 lbs. loaded with food, clothes and 3 of us, is where I am getting my 8200 lb number for I pull with no water, but you could be right, I may be closer to 9k but the truck is rated to tow 16k with the 4:10. One of these days I may look towards a 5th wheel. Again all your responses are fantastic!


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Budget for 8 and use the left over cash to go to dinner when you get to Virginia.


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Posted: 09/18/19 06:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Missouri Man wrote:

Great Feedback! The tongue weight is 750lbs and dry weight its at 7100 lbs. loaded with food, clothes and 3 of us, is where I am getting my 8200 lb number for I pull with no water, but you could be right, I may be closer to 9k but the truck is rated to tow 16k with the 4:10. One of these days I may look towards a 5th wheel. Again all your responses are fantastic!


Dry weights are a fiction for manufacturer retail marketing and are meaningless for any practical purpose. Right from the factory, RV's weigh more than their "dry weight". What is your trailer's GVWR? I would guess your true weight ready to camp is probably right at your GVWR. I bet it weights 10K+ ready to camp. Take it across a CAT scale ready to camp and I bet you will be very surprised.

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I never thought of that. I will run across a scale and post the actual weight soon. Very Helpful.Great Tip 1320fastback. I will due just that, still 8 is not bad when towing a Brick behind you..lol

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I have a 04 RAM diesel and have fuel records from 2004 to date. Towing a 24ft, 7800lb 5th wheel, I got between 9 and 11 MPG towing in the northwest where mountains are real. I recently sold the 5th wheel and bought a 29ft TT which by chance, is also about 7880lbs with SOME stuff in it. Now I get between 8 and 10MPG with an average tow speed on the interstate around 65MPH. The tongue weight is 1000lbs. On the 2004 RAM, the factory hitch is rated for 1200lbs, in the documents I've found.
The scale operators near me, frown audibly when I tried to disconnect my trailer from the TV to get the Trailer weight, so I have to find another way to weigh.
All of this probably doesn't help answer your question though...
No matter what you tow, keep an eye on the transmission temp, it can creep up real quick when it's hot out, the A/C is on and you're pulling up hill.
Good luck with your choice and safe travels, no matter where you go..


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I always say to add 12-1500lbs to the dry weight (add that to the dry weight sticker on the trailer). I would definitely use a WD hitch as the properly loaded tongue weight should be 12% of the trailers loaded for travel weight. This would give you a tongue weight of 1100lbs.
The 4.10's should give you a bit better mileage towing than the 3.73's do. And the performance will be even better in the mountains.


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crcr wrote:

Missouri Man wrote:

Great Feedback! The tongue weight is 750lbs and dry weight its at 7100 lbs. loaded with food, clothes and 3 of us, is where I am getting my 8200 lb number for I pull with no water, but you could be right, I may be closer to 9k but the truck is rated to tow 16k with the 4:10. One of these days I may look towards a 5th wheel. Again all your responses are fantastic!


Dry weights are a fiction for manufacturer retail marketing and are meaningless for any practical purpose. Right from the factory, RV's weigh more than their "dry weight". What is your trailer's GVWR? I would guess your true weight ready to camp is probably right at your GVWR. I bet it weights 10K+ ready to camp. Take it across a CAT scale ready to camp and I bet you will be very surprised.


While it's true an RV will weigh a bit more than it's dry weight it will not weigh 3klbs more ready to camp!

My 7100lb dry TT weighed 9300lbs ready to travel. And I packed like a full timer for weekend and 2 week trips! So a normal person would more than likely pack less. I packed for 2 adults and 2 kids. So the OP will definitely be less.

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Great information! I was actually considering a 5th Wheel with DW of 12k. Sounds like pulling a FW you got better mileage then the TT. I know with no trailer I get 13-14 in town and 17 hwy if I stay under or on 2000 Rpm at 70. I did get the truck for the 4:10 gearing specifically for the reason stated by dodge guy.Since its not a daily driver mileage is not a big concern but when towing I look more in to it for all the stops with a trailer is annoying..may even add another fuel cell. Thank You all for sharing, keep it up for I enjoy everyones feedback.

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