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Old 06-22-2015, 06:27 PM   #11
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We just ordered a 2016 26BH and we are going to pull it with a 2014 Ram 1500 Sport with the 3.92 gears rated to 10k lbs as well. The payload is the one to watch...

Our original plan was to get the 28BHBE but when I weighed the truck by itself to determine the payload that I had available, it came up at 6,000 lbs with me and a full tank of gas in it (nothing/nobody else other than factory installed options). My truck has a GVWR of 6,900 lbs, that only left me with 900 lbs for the wife, kids, hitch, and trailer. So even though Ram advertised it can pull 10k lbs, and I am confident that the engine will pull it, and brakes will stop it...the problem is whether the suspension, tires, and axles can carry the trailer AND the people in the truck, not to mention if you put anything in the bed of the truck, over the longer term.

Other numbers to look at include the axles, in my case the GAWR is 3,900 lbs each for both front and back which implies that I could go to 7,800 lbs as long as the weight is distributed properly to the axles using a WDH. Tires are rated to 2,000 lbs each I think (little foggy on that one and too lazy to go look at them right now).

So long story short, the 26BH advertised tongue weight is 475 lbs so add another couple hundred for propane and batteries and junk in the trailer and I am right at the Ram GVWR, and maybe a little bit over.

Lots of people will tell you you're good to go, just make sure that you are comfortable with whatever you choose...I decided to play it safe(r) and went with the smaller/lighter trailer (which actually has more payload capacity) which still has everything that we want, and also $10k less expensive.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:57 PM   #12
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My 26BH was about #5800 fully loaded. Tongue weight about #750 or about 13 percent of total weight.

My truck has the same GVWR of #6900, however each axle is rated at #4100.
I have a cap on my truck which adds about #200 so I am right at my GVWR with my White Hawk, which is #1000 heavier than the 26BH.

My GCVWR is #12800 which is about 80% of my GCVWR of #16000. I am very comfortable with this. I do believe in the 80% rule, i.e. don't pull more than 80% of your GCVWR
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Old 06-22-2015, 07:13 PM   #13
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The GCVWR is 15,690 lbs for me...so I should be in the 12,000 lb range with the 26BH and family - close to that 80% happy place.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:18 PM   #14
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Should be good I would think. For sure need the distribution hitch !!
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:42 PM   #15
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I have a 2011 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5.7L Long Horn and pull the 28BHBE with no problems. I have noticed that the rear end is a little soft however I plan on replacing the garbage stock shocks (4.5 yrs old) with some good gas shocks I was told to get. Someone had mentioned in another post that they installed Timbrens and they made all the world of difference not only when towing but overall ride as well....
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:05 PM   #16
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My 26bh scaled ~6200lbs with a TW ~ 800lbs. Sorry it's been a couple years so I don't have the exact weights anymore, but I know for certain 800+ TW since that is what pushed me to the 2500.
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I have a 2011 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5.7L Long Horn and pull the 28BHBE with no problems. I have noticed that the rear end is a little soft however I plan on replacing the garbage stock shocks (4.5 yrs old) with some good gas shocks I was told to get. Someone had mentioned in another post that they installed Timbrens and they made all the world of difference not only when towing but overall ride as well....

Timbrens will stop the sag from going too low and when the suspension is riding on them it will stiffen the ride and make it more stable but I prefer air bags that when inflated will support the load at the stock ride height and can be adjusted for different needs.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:05 AM   #18
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I have a 2011 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5.7L Long Horn and pull the 28BHBE with no problems. I have noticed that the rear end is a little soft however I plan on replacing the garbage stock shocks (4.5 yrs old) with some good gas shocks I was told to get. Someone had mentioned in another post that they installed Timbrens and they made all the world of difference not only when towing but overall ride as well....
I put a set of these springs in my truck a couple of weeks ago along with a set of Bilstein shocks. Made a huge difference towing my Jayflight G2 29BHS. Well worth the money and an easy installation.
http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....ducts_id=18391
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So bottom line is I should be ok with 26 bh and my ram ? It's not to much TT. Going today to look at it.
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You're RAM will pull the 26BH just fine. Mine has a 3.55 rear end, and I've pulled my 26BH all over the country, including many mountain passes. Since you have a 3.92 gear ratio, your truck should pull even better than mine does.

I just put it in tow-haul mode and drop the transmission down to 4th gear. Tach runs right around 2200 rpm at highway speeds, and my truck seems to like it that way.
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