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Old 02-11-2021, 06:05 PM   #21
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I'm towing a 16ft Scamp with a 2007 Dodge Ram 4x4 1500. The truck has a 4.7 liter V8 and 6 speed standard transmission. I feel the truck is underpowered. Shifting and patience is required in the mountains and even on hilly roads.
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Old 02-23-2021, 03:44 PM   #22
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Hi is anybody towing A 16'-17' Casita travel trailer ( or scamp/other of about the same weight & size) with a Ram 1500, if so what motor, rear end gears, or other other equipment are you using,
Also dose it do well climbing over mountain passes .
we live in Phoenix (1086' elevation) and there are several mountain passes to cross just to get to Payson Az (one of them is 4800'elevation) and that's not even talking about the mountains to climb over on the way to flagstaff or Showlow Az.
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The only way to really answer your question is to look at the sticker on the drivers side door and check the actual weight listings for a particular truck.

If you don't know what gross vehicle weight and the other items listed on that door sticker mean, Google those. You can Google Ram vin number website, enter the vin # and it will tell you how much carrying capacity and tongue weight that particular vehicle has.

If you can safely tow those weights, then there should be enuf power. Way better to have too much truck than not enuf. Much easier to do engine mods and add power. That said, a 1500 hemi should be fine. Depending on the truck and trailer, you may or may not need a stabilizing hitch.

You also need to weigh the truck, fully loaded as you intend to drive it, including passengers. That will affect how much weight you can safely tow.
You can beef items up for better handling, but once the factory sets specs, they will not change.

I get a little fussy about weights, mostly because I drive an 80,000 pound tractor/trailer. I've seen way too many wrecks and people pulling loads that are obviously too heavy for their car or pickup. When the trailer looks like a dog wagging it's tail going down the road, or the tv or trailer is anything but level, those folks are lucky to get where they're going. Safety is way more important than salespeople tell you it is.

It's not about how much weight you can pull... it's about how much weight you can safely stop.
Seeing what was someone's RV literally laying in splinters on the road while responders shovel it up into a dump truck is not a happy sight.

Take care and good luck. The more you learn about towing, weights and safety equipment, the safer and happier you'll be. Rving is fun, but stay safe.
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