RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions: Dodge Pickup Trucks  -- Trucks Trailers Discussion Forum and Review RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions: Dodge Pickup Trucks -- Trucks Trailers Discussion Forum

  parts   |   manuals   |   discussion   |   photos   |   podcast   |   reviews   |   specs   |   dealers   |   classifieds   |   contact   |   faq   |   myProfile   |   home          Login Now | Sign Up


FAQ:   What is a tractor?

Forum Index
New As Posted | Active Subjects



www.emerichsales.com - New & Used Equipment
          View Tractors For Sale!


www.partsbynet.com - Lawn and Garden Equipment Parts


Bernardsville Landscape Lighting
Click to Post a New Message!

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Dodge Pickup Trucks Forum

Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>
Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo
 08-03-2004, 12:45 Post: 92607
Blueman



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Washington, PA
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 243

7
Filter by User
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

OK, you guys have helped me before. My grandfather passed away, and I am flying down to Ft. Lauderdale to pick up his 2002 Ram 1500, reg cab, short bed, V6, Auto, A/C, 2WD truck. It has 1600 miles on it, and I will be trailering a Uhaul trailer back home near Pittsburgh this week, before trying to sell it. I would keep it if it were a super cab and 4WD...kids and snow. Is anyone familiar with the bumper hitch that is standard on this truck? What length ball shank do I need for this bumper...I will be short on time, and need to buy a 2" ball ahead of time. Also, what about a 4 pin harness...is there one on the truck already? Any experience pulling a 6x12 enclosed trailer, about 3000# or so with this set up?






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-03-2004, 13:32 Post: 92611
BillMullens

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Central West Virginia
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 649

3
Filter by User
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

My '03 Ram measures 2" from top of bumper to bottom of hole so you'd need at least that plus room for the nut on the bottom (if it is the same as mine). Looks like a 1" diameter shank will fit. Max tongue weight is 500 pounds on the built-in bumper hitch. The 03's had as standard a flat 4-pin connector (even if you don't have the towing package) but don't know about an 02.

That V-6 will have its hands full towing 3000 pounds.

Sorry about your grandfather.

Good luck and be careful,
Bill






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-04-2004, 06:44 Post: 92658
kubotaguy



Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Shepherdstown, WV
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 360
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

Blueman, sorry about your grandfather, but I think that V-6 is going to have its hands full pulling that trailer especially once you get closer to Pittsburgh. I'm not sure what route you are taking, but if you get into the mountains in WV, I know it will really pull down on it. We used to pull 2 four wheelers on a 6 X 10 trailer with a Ford F-150 V-8 and it would really pull it down on Interstate 68 in MD & WV.
Good luck and be careful and remember if it is an automatic, no towing in overdrive. If the truck doesn't have a transmission cooler which I doubt it does, keep an eye on the temp. guage.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-04-2004, 07:24 Post: 92660
Blueman



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Washington, PA
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 243

7
Filter by User
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

Yeah, I know this isn't the ideal trailer towing rig, but I have to get some stuff back from Florida, and the truck itself is too big for a tow dolly or trailer behind a rental truck, according to Uhaul and Ryder. Hopefully, if I take it easy, I won't leave the tranny in WV before I get home...






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-09-2004, 07:58 Post: 93012
Blueman



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Washington, PA
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 243

7
Filter by User
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

Just a follow up...the Dodge did fine, it now has 2800 miles on it, and, unfortunately, I now have to think about selling it...can't afford 3 vehicles and a tractor! I have alway driven Ford pickups, but this Dodge was very comfortable and drove well, even pulling it's maximum recommended trailer weight. Quite impressive.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-17-2004, 10:18 Post: 93721
Blueman



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Washington, PA
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 243

7
Filter by User
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

If anyone isn't too bored with this truck saga yet, I have decided to buy a Dodge Quad Cab with a Hemi. I guess my first choice would be the 2500 with the Cummins (Chief, I know you love yours), but a bit pricey, and more truck than what I need. So I'm looking at a 1500 with the Hemi (more engine than what I need, but man, their commercials are right...SWEEEEET!!!) Any comments? Options recommendations?






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-17-2004, 11:29 Post: 93727
BillMullens

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Central West Virginia
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 649

3
Filter by User
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

My favorite options on my 4.7 2wd Ram:

Premium seat (electric adjustments incl. height and a 2nd "hidden" center console under the middle seat)
Limited-slip rear
Lowest rear gears you can get (highest numerically)
Folding mirrors (I think it is standard equipment but can't remember - have to fold one to get in a standard garage door)
Sport Package - just for looks.

I like my chrome 20" wheels, but the tires haven't come down in price any, can't say I'd do it again.

Good luck,
Bill






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-17-2004, 14:09 Post: 93741
yooperpete



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Northern Michigan
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1413
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

There are some Dodge forums out that discuss the Hemi. From what I understand you will have power to spare to burn rubber, however, they suck gas like crazy and are real poor for towing. From what I've heard they constantly downshift to keep the rpm's up. I don't have anything against them only passing on what I've heard. They are a sweet looking and sounding truck.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-17-2004, 14:21 Post: 93743
Blueman



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Washington, PA
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 243

7
Filter by User
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

I haven't done alot of research yet, and I probably won't tow alot, but I would hope with the torque the Hemi delivers, it would be able to tow OK. Yeah, the gas consumption is my big sticking point right now, especially since the truck will replace my Jetta TDI for my commuter vehicle!!!!






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 08-17-2004, 19:24 Post: 93766
BillMullens

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Central West Virginia
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 649

3
Filter by User
 RAM 1500 Trailer/Hitch questions

I wonder if the downshifting is the transmission, regardless of engine? My friend's 360 Ram is always looking for the right gear. I guess you'd get used to it, but it is annoying to drive occasionally.
Bill






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo


Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Dodge Pickup Trucks Forum

Thread 92607 Filter by Poster:
AV8R 2 | BillMullens 3 | Blueman 7 | kubotaguy 1 | yooperpete 1 |




Most Viewed

+ 5.7 hemi gas mileage
+ Anyone have leaky dodge cummins?
+ 3.73 vs. 4.10
+ replacement tires
+ What Kind of Fuel Milage Are You Getting From Your
+ Dodge Duramax
+ Differential Lockers and Limitied Slip Units
+ shimmy in truck
+ Loose Steering Fix for Rams
+ Got a new truck used truck

Most Discussion

+ Dodge Duramax
+ Has That Thing Got a hemi in i
+ Dodge territory
+ 5.7 hemi gas mileage
+ What Kind of Fuel Milage Are Y
+ Anyone have leaky dodge cummin
+ Differential Lockers and Limit
+ replacement tires
+ shimmy in truck
+ synthetic oil

Newest Topics

+ Got a new truck used truck
+ looking for
+ 1500 or 2500?
+ Dodge slow shift transmission problem
+ my truck
+ Brake Fluid
+ synthetic oil
+ New Engine In the HD
+ 2006 ram 2500 and 3500 with cummins
+ Fuel Gauge













Turbochargers for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Cab Glass for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Alternators for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Radiators for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Driveline Components for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Starter Motors for Tractors and Industrial Machines