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Old 02-22-2016, 08:56 AM   #11
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We have 2007 Ram 1500 and tow our SLX 264BHW just fine. BUT we have brake control added, and most important Equalizer 1000 anti sway/weight distribution. This with fresh water full often (about 5600lbs with "Stuff" in TT), 6.5ft truck bed loaded with about 300 pounds of "Stuff", front seats of TV with two not so thin adults, plus back seat of TV also with more "Stuff" someone insist on bringing...
Really don't have any issues towing, but then in Wisconsin don't see any mountains....

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Old 02-22-2016, 12:08 PM   #12
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I had a 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew with the 5.7 Hemi (and 3.21 gears, 5'7 box), and tow a 2013 26BH.

Power wise, even with the 3.21 gears I found it felt like I had enough jam to tow, and I did so getting an average of 22L/100kms towing. I did manage to do a good Coquihalla run (tougher highway here in BC, lots of hills) and it did well, I dropped down to around 80-85km/h on the long climbs and just moved over.

I put airbags in after our first few trips, they made a big difference to the ride. Really cut back the floating sensation and firmed things up.

Payload was a concern. Once you factor in tongue weight, hitch weight, and put a dirt bike in the truck, you are pretty much there, which I really didn't like. I found I was thinking too much about weight and worrying about it.

I traded in the half ton in the fall and got a 2015 Ram 3500 with a Cummins diesel. Huge increase in payload capacity and more than double the towing capacity. Have not had an opportunity to tow with it yet given the timing of the purchase. I'll report back in the Spring when we get out again.

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Old 02-22-2016, 08:34 PM   #13
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I appreciate all of the info I really do. It was very helpful.

I was just quoted a good price on the 26BH so I'm going for it. I think the Ecodiesel will tow it just fine. I'll be sure to post my experiences here once I make a few runs in hopes that it may be helpful to someone else.

Now my decision has come down to interior. Should I go with the fabric couch or the fake leather Hmmm
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:14 PM   #14
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Check out the Air Lift 60818 1000 kit for your truck. It will massively improve your ride quality when you are towing, easy to install (I did mine in 40 minutes), and priced really well.

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Old 02-24-2016, 09:43 AM   #15
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I am assuming that the 1113lbs of payload is from your door sticker. The reality will be that you will be under that number a bit. Any dealer installed options will reduce that number.
Spray in box liner.
floor mats
tool box
And anything else you put in the truck.

I have weighed my trucks a few times and i am usually at least 100lbs below my door sticker with the permanent stuff that lives in the truck.

Lets assume you have 1050lbs of payload and I think 800lbs is a realistic tongue weight for that trailer. Any less and it probably won't tow very well and could be prone to sway.

1050-800=250 lbs of remaining payload

You and a passenger and the WDH will eat up the 250lbs of payload really fast. Are you hauling kids as well? This is a bunkhouse model!
I think you will be over on your payload best case and way over if you have 3 passengers. You will be worrying about weight and packing and keeping your tongue weight down. And towing won't be much fun.

Your truck is capable of pulling the load which it will probably do easily but the ride will probably be very soft and the truck will wallow with each bump and breeze. Ultimately it will depend on what you are comfortable with and all we can do is tell you what the numbers say.

I would guess that all the people here that are saying you won't enjoy it or will be too close to maxed out have all been there and are speaking from experience, myself included.

Good luck with the trailer and enjoy your 3/4 or 1 ton when you get one
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Old 02-24-2016, 11:12 AM   #16
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I think you will be fine. As always tow with caution, take your time. I have seen campers like mine towed with Toyota tundras and dodge ram 1500. I would not recommend that but your truck should pull that fine.

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Old 02-25-2016, 08:22 AM   #17
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You'll likely be over on your payload. I tow a 26BH (empty tanks) with an F150 with a 1588 lb payload. Other than my 600 lb family the truck is empty. Using a Cat scale I was just under GVWR (max payload) for my truck and right at max rear axle rating.

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