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How about a load of Walnut rough cut lumber at 7000 lbs? Hauled from up state NY, to South Carolina in one day.
nice! gonna get the surface planer warmed up?
 

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Just traded my '18 Colorado Z71 Duramax for this '17 Big Horn ED. Did the deal in Wisconsin on the way back home (Colorado). Couldn't pass up the amazing trade-in allowance they gave me. Towed our 22' Winnebago Micro Minnie the 1,100 miles home with zero issues. The Ram is WAY more comfortable than the Colorado.
(BTW, I do have WDH bars, just hadn't put them on yet when I took the pic).

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I recently rented a trailer for a 4 day weekend. It was listed as 7400lbs dry weight.
I thought that was definitely larger than I wanted, but it would be 'ok.'

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Went to pick the trailer up, and it was actually labelled as 8500lbs dry weight, and ended up being 10,700lbs on the scale with some food and water aboard!

I know my truck 3 up is 7150lbs
Weights as I travelled to my destination.
Front Axle - 3750lbs
Rear Axle - 4800lbs
Truck Total 8550 minus Truck without trailer 7150 = 1400lbs Tongue weight
Trailer axles - 9300 lbs + Tongue weight 1400lbs = 10,700lbs!

This I know was not the smartest, and way over the payload rating for this truck and quite a bit over the tow rating, but about equal to the rating of a double cab Hemi.
With weight distribution hitch and no sway control, the truck felt happy at 55-60mph. Power to get it there was no issue at all, but without sway control, passing semi's would cause a mild wagging tail.

We did 450 miles total of 3/4 freeway and 1/4 hilly 2 lane road through the coastal range from Eugene to Coos Bay Oregon and the mighty eco-diesel managed a hand calculated 12.66mpg, only 0.14mpg less than the 12.8 on the trip computer.

On the way home we were 600 lbs lighter and on the flat, if I pushed speed to 62mph and turned off tow/haul mode, the truck would shift to 7th gear and hold 1850-1900 rpm.
Trans temp throughout the whole trip was steady at 195-197F.
Coolant would climb on the hills from 212 to 240F and engine oil stayed 210-230F.
I kept RPM below 3000 and never had to slow to less than 50mph.

Pretty impressive for a 3L motor and half ton truck - that said I won't rent anything as heavy as that again!
 

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You might have got a little less sway by adjusting the WDH to shift more weight off the rear axle to the front. Does your truck have the Integrated Brake Controller?
 

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It sounds good. That is definitely some good weight for an Eco Diesel! All RAM 1500's have a 3900 lb.max axle rating.
 

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You might have got a little less sway by adjusting the WDH to shift more weight off the rear axle to the front. Does your truck have the Integrated Brake Controller?
I actually did stop and adjust it on the way home.
In total I tried 3 different chain links.
I didn’t notice less sway when chains were at their tightest, just a little more of the trailer causing the truck to bob/chuck up an down.

Yes mine has the tow package including the brake controller.
 
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Wow that’s an overload. :oops: 17,850 CVW is 1900 over max for 4th gen platform. 8,550 GVW is 700 over combined max axle, 4800 is 900 over max axle, 1400 is 250 over max receiver with WDH. Hope the TBC was set on 10 because she would need all the help she could get on a panic stop. Hard right hard left steer if someone pulled out in front of you with that weight and distribution would have been a roll over recepie. And a hard pothole at speed could break the non full floater axle.

I’m not chastising you as you said you know you were over and won’t rent one again that heavy. I’m sure you took it slow & careful. TH and 6th was the best way to tow that weight TT. Glad all turned out well and hope the fam had a great trip. That is some beautiful country up there. I have been Eugene to Florence and Florence to Coos bay. And yes it is a testament to what our lil 3 liter diesel 8 speed can do.
 

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Wow that’s an overload. :oops: 17,850 CVW is 1900 over max for 4th gen platform. 8,550 GVW is 700 over combined max axle, 4800 is 900 over max axle, 1400 is 250 over max receiver with WDH. Hope the TBC was set on 10 because she would need all the help she could get on a panic stop. Hard right hard left steer if someone pulled out in front of you with that weight and distribution would have been a roll over recepie. And a hard pothole at speed could break the non full floater axle.

I’m not chastising you as you said you know you were over and won’t rent one again that heavy. I’m sure you took it slow & careful. TH and 6th was the best way to tow that weight TT. Glad all turned out well and hope the fam had a great trip. That is some beautiful country up there. I have been Eugene to Florence and Florence to Coos bay. And yes it is a testament to what our lil 3 liter diesel 8 speed can do.
Yea fully understood.
I wasn't aware the max axle rating was so low actually - I did know that I was pushing it with everything else.
TB was set to 10, and for 450 of the 475 miles we were in 5th/6th at 2,000-2700rpm.

I was already committed by the time I found out how heavy the trailer was.
I was estimating we'd be at 8200-8400lbs based off a dry weight of 7450, 10,700lbs was a shock to me, but at that stage I was already 80-100 miles from home.
 
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Built a deck at the new house, this is a 38x16 deck in one trip. Added it all up should be about 4800 pounds of lumber plus the trailer maybe 1500-2000 for a total of 6300-6800 lbs. other than I was pretty nervous about the tires (they are old) all went well and no issues. 87 mile round trip started on a fresh full tank and cleared trip 1/2 empty with trailer half loaded evic said 19.7 mpg. Loaded I didn’t get over 60 for fear of the tires, but they held. Was a very low drag load truck handled it well.
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I finally get to post here. Our new to us 2004 Fleetwoot Prowler 25J. Dry weight of 4100. I got a WDH second hand and used it as it was setup. Not terrible..but I do need to adjust it. Only had 2 days from buying WDH, and trailer on same day, to heading out camping.
I read on here the optimal speed to tow is 60mph... I kept it at that on the highways, tow mode on. Trailer brake was set to 4.5 gain.

Revs stayed consistently in the 2200 rpm range. 15.5 L/100Km

Overall really happy with the first big tow I've done.
 

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This was last weekend pulling a rented 30ft Toyhauler to the Superstitions to RZR ride for a few days while camping. 2017 ED Laramie 4x4 with 4inch BDS lift and blistering 5100s..GDE, with Trans+Engine brake 3.92 rear end..and AirLift 5000 ultimate air bags..TH was 6400 dry, 800lbs of water, propane, 2000lbs of 4 seat RZR, 500 lbs of camping gear, 240 lbs of extra fuel, etc..a little over 10,000, tongue at 1000. The AirLift 5000 system kept the whole rig level and firm, the pic looks rear down, but the rear wheels were parked in a small wash out and front going up a slight incline, on blacktop it was level running 55lbs in the Airlift 5000 system. The rig handled this very well, power was a non issue, with the 3.92 rear and in tow-haul mode wiith the engine brake was very manageable. This load was to me at the top of end of capability for the ED even set up as solid as this truck is, for longer trips and thru mountains I would say a 2500 is a safer rig, would the EcoD do it..yes…would I go climb mountains with it..no. Like the other post from Watson earlier this was the only one we could get to rent. This was 50 mile both ways tow on flat ground across Phoenix to the superstitions, so an easy tow for this truck under these conditions.
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MPG (Pump calculated): 17.4 mpg
Trailer Weight (estimated using mfg spec sheets): 4,060 lbs
Tongue Weight: 415 lbs
Total Payload including passengers: 1560 lbs *I know its over my payload rating by 400 lbs
 
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