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Old 07-04-2016, 10:57 PM   #1
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Towing a vehicle

I know it's not the most economical vehicle to tow, but does anybody tow a Ram 1500 truck? I have a 2016 Miramar V-10. My regular vehicle is an all wheel drive that cannot be towed 4 down, and at this point I am not looking into getting a trailer or another vehicle. Would appreciate any feedback on this subject, thank you.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:15 PM   #2
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If it is four wheel drive,
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:29 PM   #3
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Yes it's four-wheel-drive
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:02 AM   #4
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Sometimes 4x4 trucks can be flat towed: If you can put the transfer case in neutral. Have you looked in your owner's manual to see if that says anything about flat towing?

Look at page 711 of the owner's manual here:
http://cdn.dealereprocess.com/cdn/se.../2016-1500.pdf

(not sure if that is your model year--2016--but it does look like a 4x4 can be flat towed )
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:05 AM   #5
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It's a 2015 Ram 1500 that can be flat towed. I am wondering if it would be a struggle for the motorhome to tow this. We would use this as our Snowbird vehicle
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:12 AM   #6
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Have you done the math? (I see the Miramar has an 8,000 lb hitch.)

Have you had your coach weighed and subtracted that value from the GCWR (26,000 lbs) to find out if that value is larger than the RAM's weight? (if it isn't then you should not be towing it).

I've seen many larger (30'+) motorhomes pulling pickups so it can be done.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:16 AM   #7
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I believe it can be towed, just wondering how the V-10 performs, start up, turning, stopping etc
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:41 AM   #8
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Your unit is a bit bigger than ours (10' longer on the F-53 frame, a few lbs heavier) thus my experience may not be relevant.

We pull about 4,000 lbs behind our Axis (which weighs in at 11,000 lbs) when we bring a toad. This amounts to about 2/3 of what your total weight would be. As far as the V-10's performance: It just eats it up asking for more. It does get thirsty though at faster speeds; keeping the speed down in the 60s does make a big difference. We've had no issues getting into and out of tight spaces with a toad in tow. The brakes on the chassis are great as well.. the Axis can stop on a dime.

Our previous camper was a 5th wheel which we pulled around with an F-450 with the V-10 as well (that setup also totaled around 15,000 lbs going down the road but was about 45' long). The V-10 here had no issues pulling the combination either. I could spin the F-450's tires (SRW) with the 5th wheel hitched up.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:45 AM   #9
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Thank you, this information helps a lot
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Old 07-05-2016, 03:43 AM   #10
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I believe it can be towed, just wondering how the V-10 performs, start up, turning, stopping etc
You will of course feel a power difference with another 5K+lb toad tagged on the tail of a V10 rig. Mostly when you take off or go up hills. How much it effects your experience will depend on some perspective and how much reserve power you might or might not have. With an auxiliary braking system properly adjusted on the toad, emergancy stopping distance should only take a minimal hit. However the additional load will require additional braking on descents (use brakes wisely).
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:18 PM   #11
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while we could tow our 2008 Ram 4X4 with our Axis, 12440#, according to the scales it was weighed on, not sure we want to. The Ram on the scales in 2012 in NM was 7500#. Of coarse that was with a 500# + trailer tongue with WDH attached.

We are really leaning towards our 2005 Grande Cherokee as a better choice. Can't load as much junk into it
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:28 PM   #12
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I had a Ford F150 to tow but it was to heavy, so I down grade to a Jeep Cherokee with Active Drive 2. Much lighter to tow.

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Old 07-05-2016, 09:59 PM   #13
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Yeah, I think Iam going to go with a more practical vehicle. Thank you
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Old 07-08-2016, 04:17 PM   #14
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I toll a 2004 Range Rover with a 2004 Georgetown 325SE and it was fine. I had the Blue Ox Patriot Braking system. The Georgetown is equipped with the Steer Safe, full Banks System, Sumo springs, Roadmaster front and rear sway bar and Koni shocks.

We go to Mammoth and Yosemite twice a year and no issue with the incline with the Rover.
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