Ram 1500 hotshot?

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  1. Akaacosta

    Akaacosta Bobtail Member

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    I was just thinking how viable would y’all think towing with a 1500 ram with a 3.0 diesel with a tow capacity of 12,500, gvwr of 7200, and payload of 2,060 and 3.93 gears. Combined with a 24ft mega ramp aluminum gooseneck trailer gvwr of 16,000 and payload of 12,500 with a weight of 3,400lbs. Considering this truck gets 30 mpg unloaded I assume the mpg would be good on loaded and unloaded miles. With that combination I am assuming you could possibly tow 8,000,-9000 lbs safely on the trailer and not exceed payload on the truck as well. Any thought or possible issues other than maybe the truck won’t hold up. Would insurance be cheaper because it’s a 1500?
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Half tons aren't built to tow regularly. While the diesel will probably handle it better than the Hemi I have doubts the rest of the truck is up to the task. Just too light.
     
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  4. Akaacosta

    Akaacosta Bobtail Member

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    I completely agree but it is a concept I am thinking about as these trucks continue to get better and better and now with theses new Diesel engines getting 30mpg I may be a thing of the future. Obviously it would be for non cdl use. Also until someone tries this we will never know if theses trucks will hold up.
     
  5. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Problem is, the tow rating is really designed for the occasional tow of your RV. It's not a real rating for using it 100% of the time.
     
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  6. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

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    I would advise not doing this. A friend tried with a brand new 16 ecodiesel a few years back after the oilfield company he was working for went belly up to try and make his payments. It basicly destroyed the truck after a few months.

    In a 5 month period it warped the frame, actully bent the transmission mounts, caused him to lose said transmission due to overheat issues, destroyed his leafsprings and ate through tires on a regular basis. Not to mention destroying the engine. A lot of parts just started to fail at random.

    To be fair a big part of it was he started accepting slightly overweight loads towards the end because the light loads werent consistant enough but still.

    Honestly to be frank its a stupid idea when you can get a brand new 3/4th ton for just 2k more assumeing base specs that will do a far better job or a used 1 ton that would be perfect for the same price. Sometimes Power>Economy
     
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  7. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    The real question not towing but smugling :)!?
    Of course you can !
     
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  8. little cat 500

    little cat 500 Road Train Member

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    1500 series truck won't hold up to everyday towing don't matter what make it is
     
  9. bonder45

    bonder45 Heavy Load Member

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    Even with an empty trailer you won’t get the mileage either.

    Just a thought.
     
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  10. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    I would be concerned the transmission and rear end on a truck like that won’t be up to the task. Particularly the pin weight over the rear axle. Half tons don’t use full floating rear ends like 3/4 ton and up do and don’t tolerate being loaded heavy (relatively). Keeping the transmission from burning itself up into an early demise would also be a question.
     
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  11. baha

    baha Road Train Member

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    1 Ton truck with all the heavy duty springs and brakes is the way to go, but you may buy a single axle real truck for the same money.
     
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