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Old 03-26-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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Towing our Whitehawk 27DSRL

We are newbies and I am inquiring to calm my nerves. We traded our Jeep last fall for a new 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi V8 with the tow package. We thought(we hope and pray) we had done our research and that this vehicle will safely pull our Whitehawk 27 DSRL which specs say has a dry weight of 5980lbs and GVWR of 7500lbs. We ordered the trailer and are set to take delivery end of April. I am reading so much about tow ratings and all the different variables that I am becoming more nervous after each post I read. Does anyone have experience towing the Jayco Whitehawk 27 DSRL with a 1/2 ton pick-up. Dodge rates our truck to tow 8,000lbs. It has a 3:21 axle ratio. Truck is almost paid for and I am a nervous wife who doesn't want to be out on the road in an unsafe set-up. Thanks so much for your input and advice.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:59 PM   #2
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The Payload capacity might be a small concern. With a possible gross weight in your trailer of 7500 lbs your tongue weight could be over 1000 pounds. Your payload capacity is 1430, 1600 or 1610 lbs, depending on how the truck is configured. At 1000 lbs, you could only add 430 to 610 pounds of passengers & junk. If you have a canopy on the truck, that would also have to be considered.

Be sure to use a weight distributing hitch and you will be okay. My Sport Trac is pretty close or maybe just over the edge and no problems thus far.

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Old 03-27-2016, 03:16 AM   #3
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We tow a larger trailer with a 1/2 ton without any issues. You should be ok assuming you have a quality WDH such as an Equalizer or Blue Ox. Take your time and don't speed over 65. Good luck.
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We towed a WH 29REKS with a 1/2 ton (Tundra) with no issues. You'll be close to your limits, but as the others have suggested, a good WDH is a must, and the scale is your friend
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Old 03-27-2016, 06:55 AM   #5
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We towed a WH 29REKS with a 1/2 ton (Tundra) with no issues. You'll be close to your limits, but as the others have suggested, a good WDH is a must, and the scale is your friend
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Old 03-27-2016, 07:39 AM   #6
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We towed our 15 27DSRL for over a year & 1/2 with our GMC 1500 without issue. See our Pic, that was Florida after a 1100 mile trip from PA. Only reason I upgraded to the F-250 was I did not like the Transmission searching for the correct gear on long hills... But it would eventually find the correct gear and make it over the top. Never felt Unsafe towing with the 1500.

As others have said you could be close on Payload but otherwise OK. Use a good WDH.
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:07 AM   #7
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No worries in the big picture. Your gear ratio isn't the greatest for the application, but it'll get the job done. It's gonna be thirsty, though. Expect single digit fuel mileage and forget about using overdrive - expect the truck will hunt through the gears if you try. We pull our 2016 27DSRL with a 2010 1500 series 1/2ton GMC 5.3L and have dragged it up over the top Of Killington Mtn in VT twice in the short time we have owned it. I actually think it pulls better than our old 26BH which was lighter. I put in some air bags to balance out the level kit I installed on the front of the truck, but that was a personal preference and not a necessity.
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Pulled our 2014 30DSRE with a 1/2 ton Silverado V8 without issues except for high tranny temps approaching 230. GM tech said that was not a problem but upgraded to a 3/4 ton Durimx a year later. The White Hawk is an easy pull and never had any problem with sway. You will forget its back there after you get use to the towing. That in itself is a problem if you forget and take a tight turn or pull into the wrong parking area. It really is a great TT to tow.

X2 what others have said. Slow down, don't push on the hills, and avoid unnecessary lane changes. You are at the edge of the limits which means you will have to watch what you add in the way of personal stuff and pick up the heavy stuff after you get to your destination. 6 cases of beer, 50 lb bag of dog food, and a full fresh water tank would not be a good idea.
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Our tows very well. Never had a problem. Very Comfortable.
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I have the same rig, but in a 2013 Ram with 3.21 gears. The 2013 is rated to pull less than new versions of the same truck, so I had the same concerns when I ordered my 27DSRL. I am currently on my first major trip, sitting in Big Bend, Texas, having pulled from the Louisiana border. I was pleased with the pulling power, but you can forget about 7th and 8th gear with this rear end. We pulled in 20-30 mph crosswinds (40 mph gusts) on 2 of our days, and it was a little unsettling, but slowing down does make a big difference. I use the Anderson WDH that I had left over from pulling a 24RKS. I may look at the Equalizer or equivalent in the future, as I think this size trailer (length, not weight) would benefit from it, especially in the wind. And I agree with the above on gas mileage...averaged 8 during the crosswinds, but did get 13 once it became a tailwind, driving 55-60 mph.
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