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So I've been doing alot of research lately in regards to ratings of fifth wheels to accomidate my 3/4 ram. I'm pretty sure this unit would be inside the specs. I'm only going to relocate from site to site and never travel with loaded tanks or much gear. Its just me and primarily a place to stay for work.

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2019 ram 2500 crew cab 4 x 4 diesel
Gvwr: 10000 lb
Gcwr: 27000 lb
Base weight: 7515 lb

Gawr front 6000 lb
Gawr rear 6040 lb

Rear axle weight is currently 3085 lb wet



The 5th wheel I'm looking at:
2019 Keystone RV Laredo 340FL
13000 lb gvwr
2220 lb pin weight



I was originally looking at larger models but with my limited payload of the diesel I had to re-evaulate, this was the smallest front living room option I found which is what I want.

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I haven't had a 3/4t since my 97 and towing cap was only 10500. I moved 12k 5er for friends but I wouldn't have wanted to do that very often. I know the newer one are rated a lot higher. Without knowing more, I'm guessing you'll be OK. Pin weight looks good but I have no idea about your towing cap. You'll still probably be OK beings you won't be loading heavy or towing a lot. See what others say... Craig


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What does the sticker on the door of your truck say. It should something to the effect of "maximum weight of cargo and passengers should not exceed _______ lbs".
The pin weight once the trailer is fully loaded (not the weight on the dealers lot) is part of the cargo. Pretty self explanatory.





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With a FW, staying within axle rating/tire rating is most important. Your truck will work with that FW. Worst case, you may need to add a little support to rear suspension, to level the truck. Don't use the 10K GVWR, and low payload door sticker, as the determining capability of your truck. Those numbers are just due to the truck being in the class 2 rating for registration.

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You will be close if you load to it's gross weight but if lightly loaded should be fine. I am in a similar position in terms of weights and ratings and will be getting a new truck next year. This one will be legal but a little more cushion where I don't have to sweat how I load will be better. Good luck!

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Your owner's manual should be able to answer your question. When I had my Chevy 2500 Duramax 4x4 I towed a 14,500 pound 5th wheel just fine.


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RV is fine just stay under your rear tire capacity.

If you go over buy a set of 18" take offs and add bags.


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You can probably get away with it lightly loaded but imho that is too much trailer for your truck. I have towed an 11,000#+ fiver with my 2500 and wouldn't feel comfortable going with much more. You are in 3500 country.

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You gave us every number except truck payload.

"2220 lb pin weight" is that dry or loaded and wet?


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Oddly enough my door sticker does not indicate my max payload for the truck. And there is conflicting numbers about the "payload capacity" online and given weights from the dealer directly.

I'm guessing the newer model trucks are quite more capable but restricted as jerry mentioned.

But I did read somewhere that potentially gvwr is a factor in authorities deeming being overloaded. Maybe someone can comment on that.

The truck max towing trailer weight is spec'd just above 19000 lbs.

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