Max Towable Trailer?

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  1. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    whats do you guys think the max enclosed and or open trailer i can possibly tow with a 2003 Ram 1500 with a 4.7L v8, Auto Tranny
     
  2. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    Question is a bit skewed because it will depend what you are planning to put on it (weight wise) W.A.G. would be a 12' open.
     
  3. J.A.G LAWNCARE

    J.A.G LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
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    you would do better with a open trailer ........................ what you need to think about is stopping the trailer ..................
     
  4. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    when i get the cash swaping on a big brake kit for a Ram SRT-10
     
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    A 1/2 ton means less brakes, less towing, and less payload.
     
  7. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
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    sorry 6300 lb


    2008 RAM 1500
    ST, 4x2, Quad Cab, 6.25 Ft, 4.7-Liter V8 Engine, 5-Speed Automatic Transmission



    With 3.55 Axle Ratio You Can Tow 6300 lbs
    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating(GVWR)=6700
    Payload=1670
    Curb Weight=5030
    Curb WeightFront/Rear=2825/2205
    GAWRFront/Rear=3700/3900
    Gross Combination Weight Rating(GCWR)=11500

    With 3.92 Axle Ratio You Can Tow 7300 lbs
    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating(GVWR)=6700
    Payload=1670
    Curb Weight=5030
    Curb WeightFront/Rear=2825/2205
    GAWRFront/Rear=3700/3900
    Gross Combination Weight Rating(GCWR)=12500

    Look for the Equipment Identification Sticker to identify your vehicle's Axle Ratio. If you are unable to determine your vehicles axle ratio, assume you have the numerically lower ratio and can tow the lesser of these ratings.




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    While it's not listed in the charts, tongue weight is also an important consideration. The recommended tongue weight is between 10 & 15% of the trailer weight. However, the maximum tongue weight on Class III (The bumper ball) is limited to 500 lbs, and Class IV (The receiver hitch) to 1200 lbs.
    This requirement overrides any recommended GTW rating, between 10% and 15% of gross trailer weight (GTW). Additionally, the GAWRs and GVWRs should never be exceeded.
    Secure payload to prevent shifting of weight during braking, acceleration, cornering, or bumps, etc. If loads shift during dynamic conditions, load distribution could change resulting in an unsafe condition, or could exceed limits of recommended tongue weight. Incorrect tongue weight could result in increased yaw or vehicle instability. A negative tongue weight could unload the rear suspension of the tow vehicle decreasing vehicle stability. Negative tongue weight could cause the trailer to squat and potentially become disengaged from the tow vehicle resulting in a runaway trailer condition.

    Towing capacities may vary. Consult your dealer to for full details on the towing capabilities of the vehicle.
     
  8. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'll be pulling a 20 ft. open with my F-150 Friday and Saturday, never done it before. How do you think it will work out?
     
  9. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    I tow an 18' enclosed with a Chevy 1500 with no problems whatsoever. Brakes on both trailer axles will stop it just fine as long as you don't overload it. (Mines fairly light though, and its not loaded to capacity by any means, but I didnt see any sense in getting a smaller one that I would outgrow)
     
  10. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    And I also tow a 2500 lb race car on an open trailer with it occasionally, pulls fine but stopping can be a little challenging, however thats a trailer issue
     

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