Bob, phew thank you so much [and politely removes her hands from around her husbands neck
The specs for Ram 1500
I don't have the specific spec's on the tires at the moment but there are only two 17 in on the 2WD Quad ST with the 3.92 axle both have GCVW of 15,500 and let me correct the towing weight - it's 10,250. The 17 in for some reason is able to tow more weight?
The specs for the trailer are
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs.) 1605
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs.) 785
Gross Vehicle Weight (lbs.) 9000
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs.) 7395
We travel light I don't believe we will ever carry 1605 lbs of cargo.
As far as payload - for our truck it is 1620 lbs. We usually have two to three riders in the truck - combined weight minus 150 lbs driver - would be approximately 270 to 500 lbs. And wooden blocks to set the camper on. I would est another 50 lbs for those?
Added to the tongue - We have the ProPride which is at least 200 lbs [could be a little more I'd have to check on that]. Two 30 gal propane tanks and 1 battery.
We're planning to add air bags - but I think that is added to the payload weight? And have no clue what they weigh - I read that by adding those it increases the tongue weight allowance [not sure if that's true or not - as we're just looking into adding them]?
I really really appreciate the input. I have read where others have said they would never
attempt to pull this trailer with a half ton...given they have a lot more experience than we do - I highly value their opinions.
Others say it can be done safely in the newer half tons? And that's the question....can it be done safely? It's one thing to risk our own lives...but it's a whole nother story when you knowingly risk other peoples .... and I simply refuse to take that risk.
I hope the added info helps...and thank you all so much for your input so far!!