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Old 07-12-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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Okay I have a 2010 Ram 5.7 Hemi Crew Cab 4X4 with 3.55s. It has the tow package with coolers and springs and all of that stuff. I am trading my Z1 in on a ST32FR. I have not signed the papers yet. I was looking at the ST29SS but I want to do it right this time and not buy something else that I don't want like I did with my Z1. I am really set on the ST32FR as the Layout is perfect for us.

The concern I now have is with my truck. Is that to much trailer for my truck. Crossroads says no problem according to their site. The stats for my truck are within range but I am close to maxing out.

Any thoughts ?? Also is anyone on here with an ST32FR pulling it with a 1/2 tonne ??


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Old 07-12-2012, 12:57 PM   #2
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I personally was on the fence pulling my ST26BH with the same truck as yoursand I have a 3.92 rear end, and installed air bags and larger overloads. IMHO I would not feel comfortable pulling that ST32FR. I would go 3/4 ton minimum. Diesel if possible.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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My Z1 was a 271bh.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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I am so confused. The St32fr is 7260 lbs dry. At the most with what we carry in our trailer it could get close to 8000. My truck is rated to haul just over 9000 according to dodge.

Buying a new truck is not an option. The most I pull is 30 to 40 miles every other weekend. We may do one trip a year 400 miles or so but most of our camping is short trips.

My Z1 is the same weight as your sunset and at times I forget it is even behind me.

Hoping to hear more thoughts soon.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:49 AM   #5
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7260 is dry weight without battery, propane or water...add those up and you are at about 7700. It is very easy add 800 pounds of food, drinks, dishes, pots,pans etc. Now you are at 8500 with a tongue weight of over 1,000# ( don't forget to add wd/anti sway hitch weight in the numbers) If your truck has enough payload, rear axle is rated high enough and the tires are rated for that tongue weight plus you, your family and your stuff then you are good to go. I tiptoed around the numbers with my f150 and our 29ss last year and upgraded in the fall because loading light was a pipe dream for us.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:28 AM   #6
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I would do it like 5er's do and look at the max GVWR of the trailer, 9520, and then take 10-15% of that, 952-1428, hitch weight and plug those numbers into your trucks capabilities. If those numbers work you should be good..
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:37 AM   #7
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used to pull a laredo 271rl tt(7990 dry weight) with 03 dodge hemi,(replaced it with a 07 ctd and don't worry any more) ,found it was ok on flat lands but if there was any mountains or big hils l had to route around them,just a personnal observence
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:29 AM   #8
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I tow my 32FR with a 2500 Express Van with a 6.0l gas engine. The only issue I have with it so far is mountains/big hills. No power issue, but when the outside temp is 100+, the engine temp climbs to 250. I don't like that.

I can't find a performance radiator so will be adding a second engine oil cooler to help cool the internals down a bit more than the factory engine oil cooler can do. I have already installed a third trans. cooler and it works great (2 factory trans. coolersplus the new one), keeping trans. temps down around 165 while towing up hill.

So, watch your temps. for sure and drive accordingly.

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:38 AM   #9
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Yeah I ended up going with a ST31BH instead. It is lighter and even with full GVWR I am not at the limit. Spent this morning at Dodge while I was getting my oil changed and they said I would not have any problems towing the ST31BH but the ST32FR was pushing it.

They are only 400 LBS in the difference but I guess every bit counts.
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You'll be OK. It isn't ideal, but it will be safe as long as you keep your speeds reasonable.

Make sure you purchase a quality WDH such as the Equalizer.

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:35 PM   #11
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Good choice on the trailer and truck. My family and i just came back from a 1200 mile trip. We went from Chatham ontario canada to Pennsylvina,Virgina, D.C, & New York and had no trouble. The truck pulls it like nothing and has more than enough power to pass. The one thing i would recommend is that you do add air bags. I added them about a month after we bought the trailer and it makes a huge difference. (The picture was taken before the bags were added). When towing, I run about 95-98kms/55-60mph and i get about 11-12mpg and i find the trucks runs the smoothest at that speed (1200-1500 rpm). hope this helps and happy camping.
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