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post #1 of 25 Old July 19th, 2017, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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1/2 ton enough?

I figured this would be the best place to get answers from real users. I would like to go from my 18" open trailer to an enclosed. I am hauling a Rzr and 2 utility atvs. I usually will be hauling the RZR and a Sportsman Touring , but will occasionally include a King quad. We are mainly in the midwest, but would like to ride in the western part of the country. I plan to free up some garage space, by using it to store them. For now, I really want to keep my 2011 Ram 1500. It has every whistle and bell, including the tow package and brake controller. I am currently looking at a 7'x29' all alum snowmobile trailer, with 12" extra height. It is essentially a 24' box with a 5' Vee nose. Curb weight of 2600# and max of 7000#. Every dealer says I should have no problem handling the trailer with my truck. In real life, would this be the case? My tow rating is 8600#, but I don't really want to be dragging butt either. Has any one had any experience with a 1/2 ton pulling this type of trailer?
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post #2 of 25 Old July 19th, 2017, 12:54 PM
 
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

While one of my trailers are smaller than the one you are considering I have weighted it down as much as yours would be and pulled it with my 1/2 ton SUV and did not have any troubles.
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

Weight wise you will be fine. Your MPG will be around 8-9 because it's big and tall which equal a lot of wind drag.
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

been there done that i towed a 26 with a race car and the tools plus my motors. weighed in right at 8200 lbs had a hemi half ton it pulled ok but no rocket mileage was horrible most the time 7 mpg.
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

i would say your ok.. for the limited amount of miles you will be using it to haul the trailer the difference in fuel cost to the cost of a bigger truck that would get maybe 15mpg does not justify expence of the new truck..
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

Thanks guys. I figured my mpg would be poor, but its better than a truck payment. My next one will be a diesel anyways. I didn't want to abuse the one I have, or have the hitch dragging on the ground. The trailer I'm looking at is a left over 17, marked down to 7100, from 10500. So the extra length is pretty inexpensive, but have to be able to pull it.
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Thanks guys. I figured my mpg would be poor, but its better than a truck payment. My next one will be a diesel anyways. I didn't want to abuse the one I have, or have the hitch dragging on the ground. The trailer I'm looking at is a left over 17, marked down to 7100, from 10500. So the extra length is pretty inexpensive, but have to be able to pull it.
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You won't have any issues. Just costs Gas. Well within the limits of a 1/2.
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

You should not have any problems. Tow my 17 foot enclosed with a full sized motorcycle in the front V and the RZR XP backed in to balance the tongue weight.
Use a 1500 Yukon without issue, mostly towing in the mountains of CO.
Definitely have to slow down when climbing one of the high passes.
Cuts my economy to about 9 1/2 GPH.
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

I pull a 35 foot 8000+# travel trailer with no issues at all with my Ram 1500, So you should be just fine! If you don't have the air ride suspension I recommend air bags to put in the rear coil springs. Really help stabilize everything!
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I pull a 35 foot 8000+# travel trailer with no issues at all with my Ram 1500, So you should be just fine! If you don't have the air ride suspension I recommend air bags to put in the rear coil springs. Really help stabilize everything!
I don't have the air ride. I think it came out in 12 or 13. I'l have to look in to that,
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

You can get the firestone Ride Rite air bags, that will help out tremendously on your rear suspension squat and level out your load. Plus it will save the heavy compression on your leaf springs which over time will flatten them out. I just priced a set for my 2014 Silverado and it's like $345 and it says takes about an hour install time.
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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

I think mfg tow rating states you must use a weight distributing hitch for trailers over 5 or 6 thousand lbs. look in your owners manual. Air bags will not transfer any weight to the front which you will want to make it handle way better. All 1/2 tons I've seen pulling long bumper pull campers have weight distributing hitches.
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I think mfg tow rating states you must use a weight distributing hitch for trailers over 5 or 6 thousand lbs. look in your owners manual. Air bags will not transfer any weight to the front which you will want to make it handle way better. All 1/2 tons I've seen pulling long bumper pull campers have weight distributing hitches.
The OP doesn't have any leaf springs The 2011 dodge has coils on all 4 corners
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1/2 ton enough?

Would strongly recommend a wd/anti sway bar. I had a 2013 ram 1500 for one year and towed quite a bit (less trailer than u r looking at). Hemi has power, but the rear suspension is terribly soft. Ram half tons have the worst payload rating of the big three trucks (check your door jam...I bet u have less than 1400lbs payload capacity on your truck...mine was a loaded Laramie and mine had 1061lbs...terrible!). Air bags do nothing to increase that number either. I hated the squishy suspension when towing and ordered a ram 3500 cummins after owning the 1500 for a year....problem solved


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Re: 1/2 ton enough?

Been there done that... I'd opt for at least a 3/4 ton to do things safely. Or put a 3/4 ton suspension in your 2011 Dodge.
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