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Old 08-21-2018, 06:57 AM   #1
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using a friend's 2500 to tow

So after doing a bunch of reading and research (and tips from people here!) for my Laredo TT that comes in around 8,000lbs fully loaded I am not going to tow my trailer this weekend with my RAM 1500 (only 1,300lb payload). Instead I am using my friend's 2500 GMC diesel that has over 2,300 lbs of payload.

My question is, can I just put my WD hitch on his truck? I measured the 2 trucks and his sits 1" higher than my 1500....TIA!!
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:19 AM   #2
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You should be fine. What brand W/D?
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:26 AM   #3
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I'd give you one peice of advice before towing, prepare your wallet, you'll most likely start looking at trading in that 1\2 Ton.
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:05 AM   #4
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I believe it's an e2 wd hitch...

It's funny you mention a new truck after towing with the 2500, my friend said the same thing!! My lease on my 1500 is up in May and I'll look at 2500's then, until then I have full use of his 2500, thankfully!
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:58 AM   #5
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you can always get the 5.7 engine and stay with the 1500.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:03 AM   #6
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you can always get the 5.7 engine and stay with the 1500.
So a bigger motor AND even LESS PAYLOAD???? Really?
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:09 AM   #7
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you can always get the 5.7 engine and stay with the 1500.
Having owned and towed with 2 Ram 1500 5.7s I can attest that the 3/4 ton is by far a better choice for an 8000 lb. trailer.
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Comparing the 1500 gasser to the 2500 diesel is not a fair comparison, its night & day.
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I'd give you one peice of advice before towing, prepare your wallet, you'll most likely start looking at trading in that 1\2 Ton.
X2!
Will DW be with you in the TV? hope so as the sell to move from a 1/2 ton gasser to a 3/4 to 1 ton diesel will far easier!!!
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:16 AM   #10
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my 2016 RAM 1500 does have the 5.7 hemi, plenty to tow with just not enough payload for my TT. With that said, what are pros/cons of going with the new Ford F150 with the HDPP (heavy duty payload package) instead of the 3/4 ton truck? I believe the HDPP would get me close to 2,000lbs payload in a 1/2 ton truck. The reason i ask is this truck is also my daily driver.

My calculations put me around 1,800lbs of needed payload capacity. max 8,000lb trailer * 13% = 1040 hitch weight, 550 lbs of occupants and say 200lbs of bikes, etc.
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