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95 3500 dually towing capacity

Looking to buy a trailer for hauling water, gravel and occasionally my tractor. The dump trailer I am looking at has a GVWR of 14k and weighs 4900lbs. I can't find any official towing capacity listed for the truck but wondering if I would be ok pulling 8000lbs of water in the trailer, 4-5 tons of gravel, or a 7000lb tractor.

My driveway is ridiculously steep if that makes any difference. one of the reasons I am looking into the trailer is because I have been hauling 5000lbs of water in the bed of the truck and where I hooked the tie downs/ratched straps to the sides/rails of the bed is bending/pulling out.

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That trailer would offer you the ability to load 9,100 pounds of cargo. Gravel typically weighs 2,800 pounds per cubic yard. 3 yards should be safe to tow on that trailer.

The links below will show you the official weight ratings.

https://towratings.net/make/dodge

Tow Capacity Rating Look Up by Trailers.com - Look Up Tow Vehicle Ratings and Tow Capacity

Keep it at a combined GVWR (truck and trailer combined) of 26,000 pounds or less to avoid commercial licensing requirements. My 1997 3500 has a 10,500 GVWR. My trailer has a 15,000 GVWR. That puts me at a 25,500 GVWR. I avoided commercial classification by just 501 pounds of additional GVWR (purely by accident).

If I got a trailer with a 15,501 pound or higher GVWR I would need to register and license commercially. It does not matter if the actual combined weight of both the truck and trailer was only 23 pounds (an impossible actual weight I know). What matters legally is the combined GVWR of truck and trailer added together.

Commercial users exceeded these official tow ratings often. I would not be concerned about an official weight rating. You can handle the weight and get up the hill but it might be slower than desired. A tow rating includes engine power in the calculations. That is why a 2002 5 speed has a higher tow rating than a 1994 despite having the same frame, manual transmission, and rear axle.

You should have baffles in the water tank. If you do not have them be sure to get some welded in to prevent surges when stopping.

1997 3500 club cab 3.54 gears towing & camper pkg. Still stock with a built transmission at 120k. 4" exhaust, 4kgsk, and exhaust brake waiting for installation. 37337 upgrade. Still need ideas for improvements for hauling 15k fifth wheel.

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How can I find the GVWR of the truck? there is no sticker on the door where I would normally look. is it the same as the tow capacity from the link you provided?


If I am understanding correctly, based on the link you provided the truck can tow 11.5k if the trailer weights 5k then I can only put 6.5k in it? Something doesn't seem right there, I think I am not understanding correctly.

I need to stay under 26k to stay exempt (farm tags) so if the trailers GVWR is 14k that leaves 12 for the truck, how can I find the GVWR for the truck?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, I am still fairly new to all this.
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if 95 is the same as somewhat newer trucks it should be 10500 for 2wd and 11000 for 4wd for the truck gvwr

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The same sticker on the door frame that has your VIN shows the GVWR and the axle ratings, front and rear. Tow ratings are in the owners manual, but were calculated by the bean counters who control warranty money. Other than driver's license type you are only limited by your wallet for size of trailer. Do a little reading and your will see that your truck type has been hooked to 3 car wedge trailers hundreds of times. The trailer I currently an hooked to is in the 13,500 pound range, way over the owners manual suggestion.

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https://bestcarmag.com/makes/Dodge/R...am-Pickup-3500

1997 3500 club cab 3.54 gears towing & camper pkg. Still stock with a built transmission at 120k. 4" exhaust, 4kgsk, and exhaust brake waiting for installation. 37337 upgrade. Still need ideas for improvements for hauling 15k fifth wheel.
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These rigs can haul a load. Watch this.


1997 3500 club cab 3.54 gears towing & camper pkg. Still stock with a built transmission at 120k. 4" exhaust, 4kgsk, and exhaust brake waiting for installation. 37337 upgrade. Still need ideas for improvements for hauling 15k fifth wheel.
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