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Old 02-24-2012, 11:31 PM
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Looking to Tow a 6500lb(dry weight) travel trailer with my 2012 Dodge Ram Big Horn. Any thoughts on what to expect or any experiences towing travel trailers with the new edition?
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:25 AM
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What rear end do you have ? what is the length of the trailer ? First off you want to make sure you have a brake controller installed, did your truck come with the factory one ? As well make sure you have a proper weight distribution hitch as well. The dry weight of a travel trailer really means jack all, you want to look at the fully loaded weight of you unit! Your truck is good up to around 10,000 LBS for towing(depending on your gears), however this does not include propane, water, cargo, people etc etc....You would be suprised how quick you could get up to 10,000 LBS...You will probably notice lots of sag in the rear end, i would reccomend getting some airbags in the back to help level out the ride! I tow my travel trailer with my 2010 1500 Hemi, and it tows like a dream...Just make sure you are within the weight limits set out for your truck and you should be fine!
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your tow rating is 10,950 pounds, full tank of gas is already in computation

that is with 1 person in the vehicle & nothing in the trucks bed

you have to figure how much is in the trucks bed & the weight of the passengers from that weight

http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/towing_guide/
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This is what I'm going to be pulling this year. 9690lb GVW. 840 Hitch. Equalizer cut's it down to 420 on the Hitch.
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So as of right now it's a 30' travel trailer, rear end unknown(looking into it), Factory break installed. Can you recommend at proper hitch as well as air bags(kinda confused on the air bags)

Let me know, and thanks again for the replies. Beter getting answers hear then at the RV dealership, they just want you to buy but I want to make sure I am safe going down the road as well as I don't destroy my truck!
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Have you ever towed before? Did you do any research? 6,500 lbs is nothing for a Hemi and you won't need airbags.
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Yes I have Towed before, prior to this was a 12' pop up, however also drive with 18 wheels on occasion. I am doing research aren't I?

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I'm currently pulling about 5000 pounds Wisconsin to Florida. 5 hours in, I wish I had done air bags before I left. Not killing me, but it would be nicer. In terms of power, the hemi couldn't care less. So far I am just shy of 11 mpg.
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I remember towing 6 horses in a 20' gooseneck (approx. 10,000lbs) with a 1990 Chevrolet 1/2 ton, with 400,000kms probably 200,000 on a tired 350 v8 (approx. 200 horsepower at the very most), transmission not shifting that great, took a while to get to cruising speed 120 km/h, but it did the 3.5 hour with $400 worth of gas. (back when gas prices were at there highest a few years ago). When we got up there we went straight to look at a diesel.

My point is I'm sure your 390 Horse Hemi can handle this no problem.
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