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Old 01-28-2016, 11:18 AM   #1
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Towing 2016 32BHDS with RAM1500

I'm brand new to camping, just purchased a new camper and I'm second guessing the vehicle I have currently as a tow vehicle. It's a 2014 Ram 1500 with the Hemi, 6spd, and 3.92 gears. It's rated to tow 10100lbs and the trailer is supposed to have a GVWR of 9975lbs. I'm camping locally mostly but I'm thinking this may be too much trailer for my light duty truck.... Does anyone have a similar set up??? (I work for a dealership so it'll have to be a ram replacement & I do not like diesel for an everyday vehicle)

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Welcome to the forum. IMO the 32BHDS is a tall order for a 1500/150 series truck. The loaded tongue weight on that unit could approach 1300-1500 lbs alone and the payload of the 1500 series trucks is very limiting. It is also a 35' trailer IIRC.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:52 AM   #3
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i echo crabman, I have the same trailer and tow it with a F250. Its a lot of trailer to tow with a half ton. Hook it up and put it on a set of CAT scales to know for sure. You don't want to find out when its too late.
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" It is also a 35' trailer IIRC " what does this mean?
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" It is also a 35' trailer IIRC " what does this mean?

It means if I recall correctly it is a 35 foot long trailer, which also adds to the difficulties in towing with a truck that has a suspension that is under equipped to tow it. Having towed my trailer with both a 1500 and 2500, consider my truck comparison thread on the subject:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...ces-11464.html
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Before thinking on changing the truck, I would buy a 3P propride or Hensley hitch. It may be that it's all you need to tow with comfort.
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Unfortunately the Ram 1500 series trucks are the worst of the big 3 for payload. I've seen some absolutely dreadful available payload numbers on Ram 1500s. And just to be clear, that's where you'll run out first, payload.

I'll echo the advice to take it to a scale and find out for sure, but I'm betting you'll be a fair bit over your payload figure with that trailer. Perhaps even over the GAWR. You'll have to check the numbers to be sure.

I towed my trailer with a 1/2 T GMC for over a year, and while it was within the technical limits of the truck, it was not fun or relaxing for me in any way. Now I have a RAM 2500 with the 6.4L and I couldn't be happier. Plenty of power for my trailer, very comfortable truck for my family (it's my daily driver, and I have a 7 mile commute for work, so that's another reason I went with gas instead of the Cummins), and more payload than I could ever want. Only regret (and it's not really a regret) is that I didn't hold out for the 4.10 rear end. That would have made my truck that much sweeter for me. But as it is, the 3.73 is plenty good enough for me as I don't tow in any kind of appreciable terrain hardly ever.
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My 2c:

Being a mechanical Engineer that has being working on the automotive industry the past 18 years, I learned that for every problem there are always a great number of technical solutions... Some solutions are more expensive than others and some more technical elegant than others....
To buy a bigger truck to solve swing problems is an expensive and not elegant, to say the least, approach.
It's the approach of: Put more money and increase the weight of the TV that you solve that problem.
Unless you like a big truck with a big diesel engine (has nothing to do with towing) swing can be completely eliminated with a Hensley or Propride hitch (~$2500).
That is the technical, engineer way to solve (solve - not reduce) the problem and as a bonus you save a pile of money in the process (more brain, less money ).
Also I can't understand the fear to be at the stated limit of carrying capacity or towing capacity. For the producer to have put those numbers on the chart they made sure that they will have absolutely no liability in doing so... It means that the components would fail with probably twice that weight...
Again, I'm talking about sway control.
Now, if the reason for a big truck is because you want to town 10K pounds uphill @ 65mph... That's a different story....
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i too am an Engineer and have been in manufacturing for almost 41 years, last 23 in Automotive. I know these trucks will handle more than stated just to keep law suits to nil, if at all possible; but to state the limits could be TWICE as much as stated by the manufacturer is being very speculative. The OP himself is stating he thinks he needs a bigger truck, and I would guess he came to that conclusion from his towing experience. Sounds like he needs more truck and a 250 or 2500 truck would take care of the issue with a more robust suspension and more than likely more HP & TQ. Gas or diesel, but if gas, I'd go with bigger engine, IF he can afford a diesel, it would net the best MPG, towing or empty..

Do believe he would have a more pleasant towing experience towing with a 3/4 ton truck.
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I wouldn't rush to replace your TV.
Hook it up and take it to the CAT scale and see where you are. My guess is you are going to be close. Other factors to consider have been mentioned and are valid. How does it handle? Are you using a good distribution and sway hitch? Will you be driving in the hills? The biggest difference I have seen from a 150/1500 to a 250/2500 is power, handling and stopping with STOPPING safely being the most important.
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