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Old 04-24-2013, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy a new 2013 5500. We will be using it to pull a 35ft fifth wheel trailer loaded to about 25k. Is this to much weight? Does anyone have any feedback pulling heavy with these trucks.


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Old 04-24-2013, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The 3500s are rated to tow 30K, so I can't see how a 5500 couldn't do 25K. Double check your numbers (GVW, GCVWR, RAWR) and move on from there.
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Here is a website with tow ratings for Ram 4500/5500.

http://www.rambodybuilder.com/ph2013...5500ccmlup.pdf
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The new 3500 pickup would probably pull a 25K load easier than a 5500 C&C because the pickup has more power.
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The 5500 has better gearing which I think might be better. Is there anybody who has experience pulling with one of these compared to a 3500?



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The ride of the 5500 will be a lot rougher on the load and tire you out more driving it. I would much rather have the extra power with 3.73s than less with 4.88s. I've driven a 5500 and flat out don't like it.. unless maybe you're driving it loaded 100% of the time.
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ive driven a 2012 5500 bucket truck and that thing rode like a caddy. on the other hand it was extremely gutless. id prolly get a 3500
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It will be loaded 100% of the time. Sometimes not as heavy but other close to max gcw. But I will look into the 3500 as long as its capability is going to be high enough. I don't want a real harsh ride but don't want to be overloading the truck as we currently have a 06 3500 and it feels a little over loaded and gets hot even with chip on tow. Egts ate hitting 1450 at times and 1300 a lot.


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I think the 2013 3500's are an attempt to "bridge the gap" between the C&C capabilities and the consumer heavy duty line. I think what they're going for is the best of both worlds... Just my take on what I've seen. I've driven NEITHER.
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I am looking to buy a new 2013 5500. We will be using it to pull a 35ft fifth wheel trailer loaded to about 25k. Is this to much weight? Does anyone have any feedback pulling heavy with these trucks.


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I've built 4500 & 5500 series trucks on Ram's build site. Just one thing to keep in mind. If you do get one, make sure it was not built with a programed max speed limit. Some come with a 55 mph, 70 mph max speed. You would just have to build one for yourself to see. If purchased at a dealership, that would be one item of major concern. Our sig. truck tows our sig 5er with no problems at all. The 2013's have a higher tow ratings than the '12s. Happy shopping, and happy RVing.
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It's not for an rv. The trailer is hauling a 11500# bobcat with a screw pile auger and also the piles themselves. The piles can easily add up to another 6 or 7k if there is any amount of them. Just want more truck than we need rather than pushing a 3500 like we are now. But I don't want to be way underpowered and crawling up hills because of the derating.


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It will be loaded 100% of the time. Sometimes not as heavy but other close to max gcw. But I will look into the 3500 as long as its capability is going to be high enough. I don't want a real harsh ride but don't want to be overloading the truck as we currently have a 06 3500 and it feels a little over loaded and gets hot even with chip on tow. Egts ate hitting 1450 at times and 1300 a lot.


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If you're having to have a chip on the '06.. well the new C&C trucks have the same power as an '06 5.9. The gears help a little, but are not replacement for power.
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