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Old 10-07-2015, 11:39 PM   #31
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As someone posted above, you need the biggest, most expensive one ton diesel to pull your trailer that 30 or 40 miles. Preferably one with a lift kit and really loud exhaust, so everyone will notice you!

Common sense will get you there with your V6.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:42 PM   #32
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Besides the obvious fact of being way over weight the liability should something happen is indefensible. As a licensed operator you are responsible for the condition of and how your vehicle is being operated. Even if you're operating a vehicle you dont own.

Now I am willing to wager that the suspension for a truck with a V-6 motor is lighter than a V-8 motor. Brakes might be the same how ever weight distribution and handling would be greatly affected. Approx 80% of your braking is done by your front brakes. Now load up the suspension with weight beyond the trucks weight rating and I promise you your steering and handling and braking will be adversely affected. I mean, really, does your TV stop in the same distance empty as compared to loaded with your gear and trailer? Nuh Uhh!
Also I suspect that the cooling system will be smaller. Smaller rad, trans cooler if equipped and so on and so on and so on.
Ya think every truck in that year has a different towing capacity just because?

Suppose you wipe out a family somewhere. Ya think a lawyer and the police arent gonna look at your set up? Google Overloaded tow vehicle lawsuits. There is plenty of information.
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My truck (Ram also) comes with 2 different engine packages, two different transmissions and three different axle ratios. All the same suspension and brakes, and every configuration has a different towing capacity so yes, Ram will put the same brakes on a truck with a 16,000 pound towing capacity or a 29,000 pound towing capacity. It's too expensive and too confusing to make different calipers and braking components for each tow rating.

I also challenge anyone to bring forth a lawsuit of a non professional driver being charged with driving while overloaded. I've been a part of this discussion for years. Not one case has ever been brought forth. Commercial drivers on the other hand are very closely regulated and open for lawsuits for being 1 pound over. Lawyers love those guys.
Ya its too confusing to have all different parts and ratings. REALLY? Me thinks thoust are a troll. Then with your logic it shouldnt matter. All trucks should be able to handle all the same weights? Umm Nooo.
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There are many TV/ trlr combinations on the road that if you knew the details --- would stay off the road, when I set up a TV/Trlr combo I leave a good amount of weight ratio in my favor'. Not much fun going down the road at 40mph hoping it won't get breezy. Also how many folks have anti sway bars ?
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I wonder what would happen in a court room, should you be involved in an accident, with a under sized tow veh ? Seems like you would be guilty before the trial started!
You'd think. But juries think it's a lotto and they just decide how much $$ you get, like for putting hot coffee between your legs and being surprised at the outcome! We're done.
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Hypothetically, I would hook up to it and go. No where is it written that just because the max speed limit is 55, you have to actually go 55. Slow down, take things easy, and pull with your Dodge. A lot of uninformed guessing here about what running gear is actually under your truck.
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Ok all. Here's proof... I'm all hitched up for the weekend coming up.. Have a 3 day planned...



NO DODGE TRUCK WITH A V-6

There you go... That GMC Yukon will get it done! Have a great weekend camping.
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There you go... That GMC Yukon will get it done! Have a great weekend camping.
Thanks, and you are right.. There is a lot of power in that Yukon.. Hardly know the TT is behind us...
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Hypothetically, I would hook up to it and go. No where is it written that just because the max speed limit is 55, you have to actually go 55. Slow down, take things easy, and pull with your Dodge. A lot of uninformed guessing here about what running gear is actually under your truck.
As a Journeyman red seal mechanic who's pulled wrenches for 20 yrs and the last 7+yrs I spent in the trade was in a Dodge dealership. As a retired fire fighter of 13,yrs who has attended more than I can remember motor vehicle crashes - many of which involved vehicles of all sizes towing something behind them. I'm not guessing. To advise someone to engage in an activity that potentially puts himself and everyone else on the road around him at risk is criminal. Go ahead drive impaired, just drive a little slower, you'll be fiiiine. Not only criminal its asinine. Ya, it is.
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Just for kicks, part numbers for calipers and rotors for a 2008 ram 1500 ST 4wd are identical for both V6 and 5.7. Not that it matters, since it was hypothetical.
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