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Old 10-21-2018, 10:35 PM   #31
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Hankster, did I read that the dealer installed a 1,200 lb (I assume 12,000 lb gross) rated Weight Distribution hitch? I'd like to get other's opinion on this, but that seems like overkill.
Do you know the tongue weight?
I pull a Crossroads 26ft, 6500 lbs, 600 lb tongue, with my F-150. I use the hitch that the previous owner sold me with the TT, and it is 600/6000 lb hitch. I have bags, and keep the pressure at 25-30 pounds. When I first got the trailer, my bags were not working for the first few trips, and I had no problems, no sway, no dip. It rides level and smooth, and frankly better than I expected.
I would think that yours would buck like a bull.
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I just saw a video on e trailer and there guy recommends at most a one class jump on equalizer hitches. They range about they 200 pounds for the equalizer hitch I have. 600 max, 800 max, 1000 max, etc. If your trailer only had 600 or even 800 pounds on the tongue I'd bet 1200 pound bars will ride really rough as the bars aren't getting into their "normal" range of use. Think adding f350 shocks onto a ford ranger. You might be able to do it, but it probably would ride like you didn't have shocks.
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:41 PM   #32
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So 4 months ago I got a Cougar half ton 27res. I had at the time a Ram 1500 with the same gear and engine as you have. The Ram people, the trailer people and the tow site all said it was OK. I too looked into air bags because of the sag from my trailer. Then it all became clear, the payload of my truck was 1000lbs. the tongue weight is 850, my wife and I were 300 combined. So not including the Equalizer 4 hitch we were over payload and that is not a good place to be especially legally. So open the driver door and check your payload. Yes I did tow the TT with the 1500 for one trip, but then I was told by my wife ---a true and great lady--to upgrade the truck, which I did and now tow with a Ram 2500 with a payload of 2700 lbs.
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:09 PM   #33
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Congratulation!!. We looked at that trailer too. It's a nice one.

I'm towing a 27SABWE Cougar with a F150. My only complaints have been the porposing and the truck body moving in wind while the trailer stays straight. Porposing, IMO, is the result of under dampned shocks so I'm trying the Rancho 9000 with the adjustable damping and adding a sway bar so the truck body stops rolling although that could also be a function of the under dampening. Interestingly I've never hit the stops so I have plenty of spring it's just the bits connected that I think are weak.

Just some ideas.
Hi Tuf,
Also had some light porpoising on my trailer, might have neglected to load properly, I got the air lift 5000 air bags, next step will be the Bilstein mono shocks. Towed it with air bags on a 100 km run and was very smooth at 20 lbs.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:47 PM   #34
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So 4 months ago I got a Cougar half ton 27res. I had at the time a Ram 1500 with the same gear and engine as you have. The Ram people, the trailer people and the tow site all said it was OK. I too looked into air bags because of the sag from my trailer. Then it all became clear, the payload of my truck was 1000lbs. the tongue weight is 850, my wife and I were 300 combined. So not including the Equalizer 4 hitch we were over payload and that is not a good place to be especially legally. So open the driver door and check your payload. Yes I did tow the TT with the 1500 for one trip, but then I was told by my wife ---a true and great lady--to upgrade the truck, which I did and now tow with a Ram 2500 with a payload of 2700 lbs.

After experiencing the same thing so many of us have, you made the PRUDENT choice to do what was required to be safe. Good on you. It's unfortunate that so many can't "read numbers" and believe they mean nothing.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:24 PM   #35
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Your Ram 1500 is more truck than a lot of people think it is. You can upgrade to LT tires and add air bags in the rear coil springs and have a great tow unit. I really like the way that 8 speed transmission works. I am towing a 5th wheel with my 2016 Ram 1500 with no problems, Alaska and back in 2016.
Not to start a towing war with regards to the towing "ability" of a Ram 1500, but I see in no way that a 10,000 lb GVWR 5th wheel can be safely mated to a 4th gen half ton Ram. Assuming 20% pin weight of the coach, the problem there lies in the max payload capacity of a 2016 RAM 1500 in its regular cab, bare bones form (1880 lbs). Air bags, shocks, sway bars, tires will do NOTHING to change the overloaded condition. As the RV gods have said more than once, "just because it can be towed, doesn't mean it should be".
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:35 PM   #36
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After experiencing the same thing so many of us have, you made the PRUDENT choice to do what was required to be safe. Good on you. It's unfortunate that so many can't "read numbers" and believe they mean nothing.
I agree! There should be a towing guideline on prudency and due diligence for RVers.
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