I have a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 5.2, 318 motor, 4x4 quad cab. I
just bought a camper (2003 JAY FLIGHT BY JAYCO 27 BH) on Ebay where
the owner said it weighed between 3500 and 4000 lbs unloaded. It was
just what we wanted, within the weight we were looking for. So I
bought it. Then I looked up another identical camper on another site
and the dry weight was 4,895 lbs. But I had already bought the camper.
I have searched the archives on this topic but found nothing specific
enough for my question.
Should I be worried that it weighs almost 900 more lbs than I thought?
In my manual it says this truck can tow 7,200 lbs., yet why do I feel
that just isn't right?
After we put some stuff in it we're looking at around 5500 lbs.
I'm not sure my gear ratio is.
My 99 ram is also rated at 7,200#
It's a 5.9 (gas) QQ with auto tranny and 3.55 rear end..
I checked at trailerlife.com when we bought the trailer, just to make sure, and
I seem to remember that the 5.2L and 5.9 L had the same max tow weight
We have a 28' widelight trailer that weighs 4,800#dry.. I estimate it at close
to 6,000 loaded with household and camping stuff...
It's no racing outfit, but once over about 30 mph it pulls like a dream... (we
have a good weight-distributing hitch and electric trailer brakes)
Grades are a bit of a problem and will be worse with the 5.2L, but manageable if
you don't push it..
If your truck is an automatic transmission and your truck doesn't have a tranny
cooler, ADD one..
The 2 cute little lines going from the radiator to the tranny don't count when
you're towing, get an after market tranny cooler.. it's a cheap insurance policy
and might save your tranny..
Remember that the max weight includes people and gear... It's amazing how much
"stuff" you collect after a few trips, and it all adds weight..
Please remove splinters before emailing
You need to check two other things. First is the combined vehicle weight
which should be ok but more inportant is the load rating for your truck.
With the tongue weight of your trailer plus weight of occupants and extra
stuff in the truck box---my 1500 dodge has a load rating of only 1300+/-
lbs, my trailer has a tongue weight of 700 lbs which is marginal by the
time I add all the other stuff. The best idea would be to consider air bags
which will really help your suspension and also make towing a lot easier. I
tow a 4800 lb dry weight trailer with a 06 dodge ram hemi ---rear end is
3.92 which makes a great tow---I still need air bags.
Hope this makes sense
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