Speaking of, can anyone comment on how well the GDE turbo brake option works? I routinely tow about 6000 lbs. and wouldn't mind a little more assist on the downhills.Towing 9,600 lbs put your total weight ( truck and trailer) in 16,000 lb range. I think that our little 1/2 ton would be maxed out towing those weights up grades and especially trying to hold speed down grades and stopping.
Depends if you’re talking towing something for farm work or close by vs driving up mountains in inclement weather. I’m sure the truck can handle a few extra pounds here and there but not for the long haul. If you’re talking towing big box like travel trailers, then think less than your stated max. As that puts extra stress dragging these parachutes through the air.So the Ram Towing Capacity shows me 9600 lbs but that's always on the safer side of things, I'm wondering if anyone has tried towing more than their officially listed capacity?
I have the GDE EPA Compliant Tune with the engine brake option. It's something that you won't notice under normal driving conditions but will notice if coming off a long steep pass towing a trailer. It's nice when the transmission and engine can handle the load and do most of the braking. It saves the truck and trailer brakes for emergency braking. It's worth the extra $50 dollars.Speaking of, can anyone comment on how well the GDE turbo brake option works? I routinely tow about 6000 lbs. and wouldn't mind a little more assist on the downhills.
This is very true. I've had my truck overloaded a few times, but each time I was driving on back roads at very low speeds (30 - 35 mph) for just a few miles.Depends if you’re talking towing something for farm work or close by vs driving up mountains in inclement weather.
Dump trailers by themselves are heavy, especially tongue weight heavy. My dump trailer weighs nearly 4,000 lbs empty and it's only a 6'x12' (10,000 GVWR). That only leaves me with about 6,000 lbs of cargo. Even though it's the perfect size for a dump trailer, it's pushing the limits for a 1/2 ton truck if hauling heavy material. Here are my loads (limbs and pine duff) from last week:My dad over loaded his 06 2500 early on with the dump trailer.