I bought an '06 Ram 2500 Bighorn with the Cummins engine because my
1500 was struggling with a 5500 lb trailer. (Thanks to advice from
many of you on this NG.) With the 2500 I can accelerate on 7% grades
while pulling this trailer. This is very cool. What a beautiful
Of course, now I want a bigger trailer.
I'm looking at a 30' fifth wheel. Dry weight is 7500- I should be able
to keep it well under 9000 loaded. My tow capacity is supposed to be
Does anyone tow such a load with this truck? I want to be able to do
those 7% grades *easily.* I've been told one shouldn't go over about
75% of tow capacity so I would still be under that.
I have the 3.73 axle ratio.
Thanks for your help!
On Wed, 28 Jun 2006 12:41:57 -0700, Chauncey Gardiner
I just completed a trip from Virginia to Illinois and back. Outbound
route was I-64 across Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, I-71 up to
I-74 into Illinois.
Return route was I-70 across Indiana and Ohio, I-79 down to I-68 in
Pennsylvania and Maryland to I-95 and I-64 in Virginia.
I-68 had some pretty impressive pulls 6 and 7% for 5 or 6 miles at a
The lowest speed I saw was 47 mph.
Tow vehicle is a stock 98.5 24 valve CTD with 3.54 rears and an
automatic, 235 hp.
Trailer is a 1989 34.5 foot Nu-Wa Hitchiker fiver.
Scaled weight this trip with full water and fuel was 18,890 lbs., so I
figure the trailer was somewhere around 12,200.
Fuel mileage averaged 11.5 at 60 mph.
Your '06 with 9K shouldn't have too much of a problem doing what you
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