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Kinda tough to answer but it sounds like you have all the right data to firgure it out. Most livestock trailers I have seen have the axles placed further to the rear than what I am used to. I pull a 48' tri axle car trailer with living quarters that weighs in at 14,000 lb's m/t. Loaded I gross approx. 26,000 lbs. I also have air bags on the drive axle. I know that I am heavy and drive accordingly.
My point is that I do not know what the weight of your drive axle will be when loaded. You will get some weight transfer to the steering axle but not much. Your truck will haul more than it will pull so forget about the reciever hitch which is what Dodge rates the capacity on. The keys to towing are brakes, suspension, tire capacity and just common sense.
Myself, I would not hesitate to buy the g/n. Just position the ball per mfgs specs, (normally a couple of inches in front of the drive axle). Don't try to pull in O/D without a trans. temp guage, watch the water temp. gauge and drive smart.
Just my opinion, of course your's may vary.
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