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Old 08-17-2017, 08:28 AM   #1
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Can this truck tow this Fifth Wheel without issues?

Looking at purchasing this truck:
2017 Ram 2500 SLT For Sale | Birmingham AL - towing capacity states 17,140 lbs.

This is the 5th wheel I am looking at towing:
https://www.jayco.com/products/fifth...nnacle/37mdqs/

I am hoping this truck can handle this 5th wheel. Can someone advise please?

Thanks in advance
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:43 AM   #2
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The truck will do a fine job pulling it. The only problem is the payload of that truck states 2320 lbs on the website, if you believe the dealer specs. The 'dry' hitch weight of the fifth wheel is 3130 lbs even before adding anything. I'd look hard at a 3500 dually if you're set of that fifth wheel.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:17 AM   #3
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Ditto what Nisbitch said.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:06 AM   #4
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Power train is not the issue with the TV. As stated it's the payload and suspension setup that you will struggle with in a 2500.

I would go with a minimum 3500 package in any of the 3 brands available. SRW is adequate, but IMHO a dually is a more stable setup. That's my opinion having a rig over 40ft with a pin weight north of 3K.
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Agree with everyone else - payload of the truck is the primary concern.

GVWR of the FW = 16,995, best to use that as estimating worst case pin weight.
With pin weight between 20% - 23% that would be 3,399# - 3,908#, which is already well over the stated 2,320# payload without taking into consideration the added loading of other passengers, FW hitch, and other cargo.

I previously had a GMC 2500HD D/A and after weighting the truck as loaded for a trip w/ full fuel tank, my payload was only 1,200 (it's GVWR was 9,200#).

So I would guess that the actual payload of the truck you listed will be less then the 2,320# stated on the web page.

As 3'senough indicated, a 3500 SRW would be adequate, a 3500 DRW would be more stable, giving you more payload capacity.

See FW & TV in sig. TV is a 3500 SRW, it pulls great, but I'm also at my limit of payload of the TV wrt TV's GVWR and GRAWR.

Hope this helps, but probably not what you wanted to hear.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:32 PM   #6
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So I really did not want to go with a dually although I know that would be ideal. I have a smaller Jayco 5th wheel currently, a 29.5 BHDS and it sits on an RV lot I own. The only times I plan on towing is when I need to take it in for yearly maintenance or service that may come up. So hoping this truck will do for whenever we upgrade to the Pinnacle. Towing would be minimal.
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I consider my trailer at the limit of what I would pull with a 3/4T. And I still had to add overload springs. The suspension just is not up to it.

If it were me I'd at least get a long bed 1T SRW setup. But, I'd rather have a dually.

That's the real problem with bigger fivers and one reason we like living in our smaller one (yes, FT in a 35ft trailer).
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So I really did not want to go with a dually although I know that would be ideal. I have a smaller Jayco 5th wheel currently, a 29.5 BHDS and it sits on an RV lot I own. The only times I plan on towing is when I need to take it in for yearly maintenance or service that may come up. So hoping this truck will do for whenever we upgrade to the Pinnacle. Towing would be minimal.
As others have said, with the Pinnacle you'd have too much trailer or not enough truck. Minimal towing is still towing.
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Ok, well you guys are very, very helpful. So I have to replace my truck and will obviously rethink the Pinnacle until I am willing to go dually. I was looking at the Ram 2500, but may see if I can find a 1500 that will tow the Eagle HT 29.5 BHDS to save money
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My 17 ram 3500 4x4, 68rfe auto trans, 3.42 gearing, bighorn, long bed, crew cab has a payload of 4365 per the yellow sticker on the door frame for reference on a Ram 3500 SRW. The 3500 was only about $500 more than the same in the 2500 when I bought mine. I was on the fence between the two and for $500 more I went for the significantly higher payload since my trailer etc was going to make the 2500 very close on payload.
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