Originally Posted by mesuezee
We have a 5.7 hemi engine. We bought this used a couple of months ago. It did come with a towing hitch and plug light. We will be putting in the trailer brakes in this truck. We put them in our Town and Country to tow our pop up. would go without them. does anyone have any opinions about the camper itself? I have been trying to find reviews and such but no luck...
Good looking layout but doesn't have a slide in the bunkhouse area...that may or may not be an issue for u. It will get kind of tight back there with older kids I would think?
Regarding the hemi, that really doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things with regards to pulling the camper. It has plenty of power to pull the trailer although a hemi pulling 9000lbs is going to be very thirsty...unless u r on flat roads without wind. The payload capacity of ur truck is what is going to get you. Ram has the lowest payload capacity of all the big trucks. The tongue weight if that trailer will likely be over 1000 lbs...that 1000lbs goes directly against ur payload capacity as well as the rear axle rating. I have a 2013 ram Laramie crew cab with hemi and I can say with direct experience (just last week actually) your payload capacity will most likely be way short. This doesn't necessarily mean the truck will collapse, but it would likely not be very safe. IMO that trailer is in 3/4 Ton territory, especially if u will be traveling in any hills and mountains (not just going up them, but coming down would be the place to have a heavier truck)
I am not trying to rain on your parade, but this same thing happened to me last week...the family and I went to the rv dealer to order a 28dsbh...this trailer has a gross weight rating of 1500lbs LESS than the one u r looking at....I stopped at a scale to get an idea of where I was at...truck loaded with fuel, me, wife, and 2 and 6 year old sons and we weighed 6380lbs.....the gross weight rating of our truck is 6800lbs....we have 420lbs left over for payload. 1000 lbs of tongue weight puts us way over..a d that doesn't include putting firewood, bikes etc in the bed if the truck. I was so shocked and disgusted with my 4 month old truck that I am going to trade it on a 3500 Laramie and since doing that, will look at a fifth wheel.
if I would have went with the ford 150 I likely would have enough payload and would have got the 28dsbh.....this is going to be an expensive lesson (not looking at all the numbers before buying), but it is the safer and more prudent thing to do (for me). Good luck