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Old 01-09-2006, 09:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Max Towing Weight??

Hey All:

What would be the max towing weight for a 2004.5 2500 CTD. I currently tow a 27' 5th, but considered a Toy Hauler. The tag on the door says 9000#.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.............Thanx
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Old 01-10-2006, 05:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The law goes by yer door sticker but the truck will do much better than that, I grossed 36,600 once and it was too much IMHO but I am comfortable at 32k, course I have preped my truck to tow with 6400lb rated tires and an exhaust brake............stoppping them is the hard part.

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The mfgr's CGVW rating should be in the owner's manual. On mine it says a max CGVW of 20k with the 4.10 gears, 16k with the 3.54 gears. Take a look here :http://www.klenger.net/dodge/3rd-gen...ram-towing.pdf
You should get a good idea there.
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Old 01-10-2006, 10:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yea baby I have had a few to many pounds on mine before and the brakes are the scary part. Never again will I have 20k on my trailer that weighs 9500. Thats just toooooo much.
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Towing capacity

I would also like to know what the towing capacities are. I'm looking at purchasing a 2006 Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4x4. I looked on the Dodge website and it says that this truck can tow a trailer at 15,550 lbs. with the 6spd manual and 13,450 lbs. with the 4spd auto. Both having 3.73's. I would like to know if this is a bumper pull trailer or a 5er. I know that if you look at Chevy's or Ford's website and they list both bumper pull and 5er capacities.
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I would also like to know what the towing capacities are. I'm looking at purchasing a 2006 Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4x4. I looked on the Dodge website and it says that this truck can tow a trailer at 15,550 lbs. with the 6spd manual and 13,450 lbs. with the 4spd auto. Both having 3.73's. I would like to know if this is a bumper pull trailer or a 5er. I know that if you look at Chevy's or Ford's website and they list both bumper pull and 5er capacities.

well pretty much you will max out a bumper pull hitch at 10000lbs with a weight dist hitch. or about 5000lbs without. The 13,4 and 15,5 are definately 5er weights.
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Legally I think it depends on what state your in here in NJ im under the impression thay go by your registration which mines tagged at 28K but i cross the river to PA and they go by the sticker on the door.
As far as what the truck can handle like said above i tow between 25-30k lbs 4-6 days per week and the truck handles it fine ive been over 33K and it knows the load is back there but I use my brain when dragging it and im comfortable with the weight, and of course its flat out here no mountains to contend with so i dont know how that would go stopping hill.

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You can disregard any manufacturer's claim of so-called "tow capacity". What matters is your vehicle's GVWR, and axle ratings. GCWVR is only used as a check. Here's what you do:

1. Weigh your truck as you would have it configured for towing, including any gooseneck or 5th wheel hitch, cargo, fuel, and passengers. This will be your curb weight. Let's say it's 7,000 pounds.

2. Look on your door sticker and see what your GVWR is. Let's say it's 9,000 pounds for a 2500 model.

3. Subtract the curb weight from the GVWR. You get 2,000 pounds. This is how much additional weight your truck can haul, in addition to the items listed in paragraph #1.

4. Check your rear axle rating and make sure that you have 2000# of spare weight capacity on that axle. You probably will.

5. Now you know you can put 2000# in the bed of the truck for a gooseneck or 5th wheel hitch, so your trailer's pin weight must be 2000# or less.

6. Check the limit of your bumper pull setup for hitch weight. It will probably be less than the 2000#, and that's the limit for bumper pull trailers for your truck.

My experience is that if you manage weight in this manner, you will usually never exceed the GCVWR anyway (although 16K is kind of light).
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