I own a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab.
Hitch is the factory bumper hitch (Class III I think?)
Axle ratio (unknown)
Tow package is installed (minus the Class IV hitch, thats a long
story) including bigger transmission cooler
I have to move cross country (3000 miles+) and I have two vehicles to
move. The last time I did this move I only had one so it was alot
easier! Now I own a 2004 Toyota 4Runner (4x4) V6. I am thinking
about towing it (car dolly) or trailering it during the trip.
Frankly though, I don't know anything about how to figure out if I can
tow that big a load or not. Hopefully this group can help. My
1) The 4Runner has a GVWR of 5570#. If I'm not mistaken that bumper
hitch on my Dodge is only rated for 5,000# is it not? Which would
mean if I did tow, I would need a Class IV hitch wouldn't I?
2) Does a car dolly change anything with regard to how much weight
you can tow vs. towing a car on a trailer?
3) Assuming I do need a Class IV hitch, do I even have enough truck
to pull that much weight? The Max trailer weight for the truck is
7200# and the GCWR is 12,500#.
4) On the last cross country move, I pulled one of those 5" x 8"
little Uhaul trailers but it only weighed about 1700# loaded. Truck
pulled it just fine at 70 MPH on interstate highways, except in the
mountains, where I had to take it out of overdrive and the gas mileage
sucked horribly. I realize that towing this Toyota is a whole new
ball game which is why I'm here.
5) Am I just setting myself up for a transmission or rear-end failure
trying to pull that much weight over that distance? If so, I would be
open to any suggestions anyone has about how to ship a vehicle cross
country, including if they know any reputable shippers in the Seattle/
Tacoma/Bremerton area of Washington State. Moving to Virginia.
Buying a new truck is not an option, as other than moving like this I
never tow anything above little 1000# trailers, I like my truck and it
is in awesome condition, its got less than 60,000 miles, and its paid