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Old 09-12-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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2008 Dodge Ram 4.7L V8

I am to pick up this truck tomorrow. BUT, the guys at work are telling me that this truck has the same pull capability of my 2005 Silverado 1500 6 cyl.

Won't I get a better pull with the Dodge Ram??
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:24 PM   #2
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It should. Does the Dodge have the tow package? Which rear end ratio? The best bet would be to find out the tow ratings for both trucks and compare them. The tow ratings for the Chevy should be in the manual. My BIL has a Dodge and he had to go to a website that is listed in the manual to find his tow ratings.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:32 PM   #3
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Good question.

My first question to myself would be do the manufactures specified weight limits (based on their respective drivetrain) of both vehicles meet the "loaded weights" of what your towing? Answering this question may identify which vehicle has the better overall towing capability, and possibly the better choice.

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Two similar threads have been merged into one, from travel trailer forum.
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It should. Does the Dodge have the tow package? Which rear end ratio? The best bet would be to find out the tow ratings for both trucks and compare them. The tow ratings for the Chevy should be in the manual. My BIL has a Dodge and he had to go to a website that is listed in the manual to find his tow ratings.
I wish this wasn't so hard. The truck guys at work all say it should pull my little 3500lb 23' Jayco easy peasy. I just want to see something in writing.
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I wish this wasn't so hard. The truck guys at work all say it should pull my little 3500lb 23' Jayco easy peasy. I just want to see something in writing.
I think the 23 fb weighs a bit more then that, 4685 empty 6750 Gross (see link). But it still should not be that hard to find out the truck`s ratings.


http://www.jayco.com/php/products/ar...244&section=fp
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I think the 23 fb weighs a bit more then that, 4685 empty 6750 Gross (see link). But it still should not be that hard to find out the truck`s ratings.


http://www.jayco.com/php/products/ar...244&section=fp
Crabman,
I have been researching for 2 hours for the towing capacity for ANY vehicle.
There are a billion variables.
I punched in 4.7L V8 2wd-rear 2008 Dodge Ram Quad truck.
I cannot get a clear answer.
Very frustrating......
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Maybe this will help:

2008 Tow Ratings: http://media.channelblade.com/EProWe...08TowGuide.pdf

and,

2005 Tow Ratings: http://www.cascaderv.com/Towing/05TowingRatings.pdf

or,

http://www.cascaderv.com/content.towing.html


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Looking at the Dodge web site, it looks like the std rear end ratio is 3.55
They seldom change that parameter from model year to model year.
I would think your owners manual would detail out the tow weight rating for your model. My owners manual does this.
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I wish this wasn't so hard. The truck guys at work all say it should pull my little 3500lb 23' Jayco easy peasy. I just want to see something in writing.
Look on the door post (usually drivers door) and the tow rating for that vehicle as it left the factory should be posted there... no magazine article matters as much as that sticker.
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