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Old 10-19-2019, 02:45 PM   #1
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Nissan vs. Dodge Ram Dually to tow Egg

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For our relatively flat area of Florida I've found our Nissan Frontier 4 Cyl does a good enough job of towing EggCamper. For an upcoming trip in state I can use Mom's Dodge Ram Cummins Dual Wheel. She has a brake controller, ball likely a bit higher than mine.

I don't need the bigger truck for the trip but thought I could learn - experience the difference in towing with a larger truck. If we ever decide to go to Cherokee or Hiawassee I would need the bigger truck so this could be a test run.

Besides brake controller and hitch height - what should I pay attention to? Advice appreciated - still newbie to towing.

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Old 10-19-2019, 03:24 PM   #2
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One truck is too small, and the other one is too big.

Too bad she doesn't have a Ram 1500 to loan you.

The 3500 Ram dually is not something one needs to get used to, or practice in for a later truck purchase. Extremely stiff suspension, very wide. But it will go up any hill, at any speed you wish, and pass others while doing it.

The brake controller might tip the scales toward the Ram.
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Get the trailer tongue level. Will probably need a different receiver hitch.
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Thanks John and Bill -

I have a brake controller on Nissan too. And the hills are minimal. So maybe Iíll stick with my truck. Dadís Dodge Ram is smaller but stick shift, Cummins with over 700,000 miles on it. Too tricky vs. Momís automatic
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Thanks John and Bill -

"So maybe Iíll stick with my truck." Good plan.


"Cummins with over 700,000 miles on it." Cummins. Gotta love 'em
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Thanks John and Bill -

I have a brake controller on Nissan too. And the hills are minimal. So maybe Iíll stick with my truck. Dadís Dodge Ram is smaller but stick shift, Cummins with over 700,000 miles on it. Too tricky vs. Momís automatic
What year is that truck?
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What year is that truck?
Dad has 1991 Dodge D250 and that is the one with over 700,000 miles on it. Momís Dodge 3500 is a Ď98 with lower mileage- would be perfect for a Bigfoot- had a truck camper on it when she bought it.

I like my Nissan Frontier- but will consider an EcoDiesel Dodge 1500 when time comes... Then weíll have a complete set
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Dodge dually? How many campers did you say you wanted to pull at once. Seriously I see them pulling two and three Airstreams down I-75 all the time.
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Dodge dually? How many campers did you say you wanted to pull at once. Seriously I see them pulling two and three Airstreams down I-75 all the time.
Hmmm - no Airstreams- was tempted by an Avion for sale by my folks place. If I found a 5th wheel Bigfoot Iíd borrow Momís truck for sure
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Goldilocks says, ďWhereís my third choice?Ē
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Goldilocks says, ďWhereís my third choice?Ē
Let's just say it's a good thing we live in town. I've got the EggCamper in the driveway but that is the limit. If we had a ranchette in the country who knows what kind of trouble I would get into.

Well maybe I do know. My parents settled on a few acres in GA and have two RVs and three trucks... Two rescue dogs, three cats and thankfully a barn so there was someplace for me to put the tandem kayak
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We had a 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel when we were towing a 25í bumper pull Toyhauler with our Jeep Wrangler inside, but also used it to pull our 13í Scamp. The truck actually got better milage towing the Scamp than going solo....must have had a better slip stream with the Scamp, as milage went up from 21mpg to 22mpg.
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For the weight of your camper a good V6 SUV or truck may be best suited. Definitely, if you use the big Dodge Ram a coupler that levels the trailer would work best. The main problem with pulling the Egg Camper with the 4 cylinder truck is the strain it will place on the transmission. Florida is not 100% flat, some of the Central area has some considerable grades.
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For the weight of your camper a good V6 SUV or truck may be best suited. Definitely, if you use the big Dodge Ram a coupler that levels the trailer would work best. The main problem with pulling the Egg Camper with the 4 cylinder truck is the strain it will place on the transmission. Florida is not 100% flat, some of the Central area has some considerable grades.
Thanks to Dan and all who weighed in. It may take a bit but I'll trade up in truck size next time I'm in market. I'll check into a leveling coupler too in case I need Mom"s Dodge 3500 for a trip. Having hauled it home from North GA I agree the 4 cylinder lacks the power for grades.
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I think most 4 cylinder pickups are rated between 1500 ans 2000#. The main problem would be overheating the automatic transmission. For example back in 2005 I was moving from Jax to Dunnellon when I had an Aerostar van with a utility trailer in back. The load would be about 2500 on the trailer and another 700 in the van. The day was 95 degrees and I saw the temperature rise which called for a down shift. The transmission was checked after and the fluid was changed. That time I dodged a bullet. For my Casita I tow with a GMC Envoy Denali sporting a 320 HP V8 and a towing package standard, it works well anywhere. The closest to the Envoy now would be a Yukon or a Chev Tahoe. What I like there is the fuel management of the 5.3L V8. On the highway not towing I get 23 to 24 mpg and towing nets me 16. Most V6 trucks and SUV's struggle to get 16 towing unless they are diesel. Good luck.

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Thanks John and Bill -

I have a brake controller on Nissan too. And the hills are minimal. So maybe I’ll stick with my truck. Dad’s Dodge Ram is smaller but stick shift, Cummins with over 700,000 miles on it. Too tricky vs. Mom’s automatic
Actually, the 1500 would be easier. They're actually easier to shift than gas with a stick. Revs are lower, and no need hurry shifting. The Cummins will run all day and and nite, no biggie.
If it has 700 on or, he's taken care of it, will go over 1000 easy.
The 3500 is wider than your trailer.
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Actually, the 1500 would be easier. They're actually easier to shift than gas with a stick. Revs are lower, and no need hurry shifting. The Cummins will run all day and and nite, no biggie.
If it has 700 on or, he's taken care of it, will go over 1000 easy.
The 3500 is wider than your trailer.
Dad's truck is 29 years old, held together with steel plates and duct tape. The body is gonna fall off one day and the Cummings engine will still be running
Growing up - diesel stick shift vehicles were most of what we had and drove -but a truck of that age and wear is finicky to drive if you don't know how to finesse it.


From the advice - Mom's 3500 is best suited for another truck camper - maybe a Bigfoot. Who knows what the future holds... More trucks, more trailers, maybe even a project trailer
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