Time is of the essence! Yesterday we went out to do laundry and ended
up buying a new ('07) Dodge Ram 3500 four door dually. It has the
Cummings 6.9 diesel engine. The truck is rated to haul 13,800 and we
told the salesman that our 5th wheel weighs 16,000. He said that the
official numbers are very conservative and that we need not worry.
After speaking with a salesman friend from my high school days (and I
won't admit to how many years ago) he said it was borderline. This
truck has the towing package and a six speed automatic. We drive
perhaps 15,000 miles a year and being in the west, some of this will
be mountain driving. Any ideas about this? We might be able to
renege on the deal if we can prove that this is an unwise or
dangerous. We bought this from a Washington state dealer. Thanks for
Some salesmen will say anything to get you to buy a vehicle. It's not fair
but unless it's in writing, he never said it. If you get in a wreck while
overloaded it may lead to complicated leagal issues. I wouldn't want to be
in your shoes if that ever happened.
Most (if not all) states give you three days to return a vehicle. If it's
already past three days then you may want to start shopping around for a
Yes, he doesn't need to worry, because it is your problem now, not
his. Unless you were smart enough to get it in writing, which I know
you didn't (because even car salesmen are smarter than to do that!
Borderline doesn't cover it. Way over the line doesn. Say it is rated
at 13,800 and you two 14,100. That's borderline. Towing 16,000 is not
the way to go.
Or a bigger truck! <g>
Read Nosey's reply carefully. There are gems of insight there.
A reference to start with would be:
which has a useful thread on the topic. However, that 30K figure is
suspect IMHO. I'll have to look at my truck, but I doubt it is
anywhere near that number. <g>
and download the PDF for 2007 and look up your truck..
T. L. is the most reliable info I've ever found..
Remember that the "rule of thumb" for safety is the max towing weight should be
just that, maximum, and that your RV should be at least 10% under that..
Also, the max weight is the trailer, contents, (including water, propane, etc.)
and whatever cargo is in the truck..
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