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Old 06-29-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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Exclamation Anyone tow their camper with a Ram 1500 Hemi ?

I’ve got an 04’ Hemi Ram Quad Cab 4x4 with around 130,000 miles on it. Mechanically it’s in great shape…no issues at all.

I’ve recently picked up a 19ft camper trailer that weights around 4,000lbs….and the family and I are planning on doing lots of road trips, most around 12-16+ hours. Are there any items that I should upgrade on the truck before I do all of this towing? It’s got good brakes (aftermarket rotors & pads), and it’s got the factory towing package on it (not sure what that really gains me). Anything else I should look at upgrading?
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:19 AM   #2
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You should be in good shape. Get a WD (weight distribution) hitch and anti-sway bar. Get the trailer brakes checked, adjusted, and bearings greased. There's a lot to learn about weights, tongue weight, etc. You'll find a lot here if you search around. As for the truck, you'll need a properly wired 7-pin hitch and an electric brake controller.
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:00 AM   #3
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Woah...19ft. with a RAM? Might be pushing it...

You should be good to go as Marty stated.
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:57 PM   #4
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I’ve got an 04’ Hemi Ram Quad Cab 4x4 with around 130,000 miles on it. Mechanically it’s in great shape…no issues at all.

I’ve recently picked up a 19ft camper trailer that weights around 4,000lbs….and the family and I are planning on doing lots of road trips, most around 12-16+ hours. Are there any items that I should upgrade on the truck before I do all of this towing? It’s got good brakes (aftermarket rotors & pads), and it’s got the factory towing package on it (not sure what that really gains me). Anything else I should look at upgrading?
Hopefully by now you have used it and can give us some feedback.

The trailer pkg means a lot. The wiring back to the rear, proper class IV hitch, and the under dash wiring for a electric controller.

That 4,000 lbs won't be a big deal at all even though you'll probably be closer to 5k loaded. You probably have a 2 5/16" ball and I'd make sure that's correct.

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Old 07-05-2016, 08:23 AM   #5
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Well, we got our trailer out for the first time over the weekend and my truck (04’ Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi) seemed to pull it just fine. I’ve got a nice Curt brand load leveling type hitch with the sway control, and I have a brake controller in the truck for the trailer brakes.



Overall it pulled it really well…..but when you start getting up over 65mph you can really tell that you are pulling something that has the aerodynamics of a brick wall. It’s no diesel, but the 350hp Hemi in the truck seemed to hold its own as long as you don’t mind spinning up the RPM’s when you need more power.



I have a 3-inch Flowmaster aftermarket exhaust on the truck which I never really thought was too loud in the past….but after towing that trailer for 2hrs, I’m starting to think that a quieter exhaust might be something that I need to look into. I think if I had to hear that exhaust during a 10+ hour road trip, it would drive me nuts. If the road is nice and flat it’s pretty quiet and no big deal, but when you are climbing hills and trying to maintain 60+mph and the motor is running 4000+rpms…….it gets annoying in a hurry.
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One last thing to consider...1500 series trucks don't usually come with LT tires that a 2500 or 3500 series come with.
Your tires are probably rated at 44 psi max vs the 80lb max on the LT's.
It would create a bit of peace of mind having the more heavy duty rated tires.
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One last thing to consider...1500 series trucks don't usually come with LT tires that a 2500 or 3500 series come with.
Your tires are probably rated at 44 psi max vs the 80lb max on the LT's.
It would create a bit of peace of mind having the more heavy duty rated tires.
I'm running LT305/55/R20 Nitto Terra Grappler Tires...they seem to carry a load really well.
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I tow a 28ft TT it was about 5400lbs dry. with a 600lb hitch. I have a 2014 Ram 1500 Hemi CC with the tow package. I have been on about 16 camping trips so far. Most are in the 2-3 hour range. Long weekend trips. I think we did take 1 that was 4.5hours. I have had no problems towing and really love the truck and TT. I am sure I am over my payload on occasion when I load my bed with bikes and Kayaks. These 1/2 Rams have crappy Payloads! I wish I researched a little more about towing before I bought everything. Our next move will more than likely be into a Class A.
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