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Old 08-16-2018, 10:41 AM   #81
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Hey all, we just purchased a 2018 Montana 3810MS and I'm trying to make sure I've got enough tow vehicle. Anyone that can give me some advice, I appreciate it.

Tow Vehicle:
2018 Ram 2500
6.7L Diesel
Automatic
4x4
Long Bed
Crew Cab

Keystone Montana 3810MS
Dry weight: 13385lbs
Carry Cap: 3365lbs
Hitch weight: 2745lbs

Again, any help is appreciated. Hopefully we haven't gotten ahead of ourselves.
Thanks,
Bob
Any turbo diesel will pull it. If you want the most stability you need to go with a one ton dually. You'll have much less sway and more stability, as well as more braking power. I have a 6.4 Ford turbo (2009). It pulls quite well but I have a programmer. The newer Ford's with the 6.7 Liter will lay rubber in 3rd gear pulling if you floor it. (Without a programmer). And go with air bags so you can soften the ride when you aren't pulling.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:13 AM   #82
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I had a Chevy 2008 2500 6.5 bed and loved it, daily driver sort of. When we bought the trailer I traded it for a 3500 DRW. I was apprehensive about going to a 3500 (rougher) DRW (wider) and 8' bed but after using it for 6 months now, I have to take a little more care but not allot of difference. I wish I had taken a picture of it parked between two two Prius's at Starbucks, it got allot of looks and head shakes. Haven't found a drive through I cant get through so far.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:44 AM   #83
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GreG, just don't forget and try to go through a Drive Thru with the Monty connected!!
Heard a story lastnight of a couple that bought their first RV and was on there way home when the DW said lets stop for a bite to eat, and they forgot they had something behind them and did a lot of damage to the new RV and the Drive Thru.
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:17 PM   #84
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I had a Chevy 2008 2500 6.5 bed and loved it, daily driver sort of. When we bought the trailer I traded it for a 3500 DRW. I was apprehensive about going to a 3500 (rougher) DRW (wider) and 8' bed but after using it for 6 months now, I have to take a little more care but not allot of difference. I wish I had taken a picture of it parked between two two Prius's at Starbucks, it got allot of looks and head shakes. Haven't found a drive through I cant get through so far.
I love when they look at mine like that. I laugh at the Prieus and say its so cute, I bet your poodle loves it!
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Old 08-18-2018, 06:31 AM   #85
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You're the first to actually give me some hope. Others on other forums are tearing me up. My concern was the payload on my truck is 2,270lbs. The hitch weight is 500lbs over that.
I made the exact same mistake . . . bought a new truck THEN realized after reading the forums that I would be way over GVWR. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 w/ manual XSMN. I tow a 2018 HC 321MK. I went with the HC because of the lower weight. I went to the scale last week (loaded RV w/full fuel). The rear axle weight is 5680. The empty weight at rear axle is 3040. The max rear axle weight is 6500. So, doing the math, after I subtract my 300# hitch, my hitch weight is 2340#. Based on my reading, the number I was told to never exceed was the max rear axle weight and tire load capacity. As I said earlier, my max rear axle weight is 6500#, so with the RV connected, I am still 820# under the max axle weight (tire capacity is not an issue). I added SuperCoils to the rear suspension so there is no sag at all. I have only towed about 3000 miles and so far, no issues. Yes, I am over GVWR by about 700#. I can live with that. Of course, I just added a 46 aux fuel tank so that will put me a little over 1K#. You have more trailer than me PLUS your rear axle max weight is 6000#. A lot to think about. Good luck and be safe
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Always worrying about GVWR

People always talk and worry about enough GVWR. Have you ever taken a gander at what's holding the actual rv up. Mine has a 14280 gvwr i got 6200 lb axles light weight shackles not much for spring hangers more than likley have plastic bushing plus china bomb low rating tires besides the poor workmanship of the rv itself with broken struts sagging roof slideout built crooked. Now getting a ripple in the fiberglass up above the landing gear in that corner
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Old 08-22-2018, 05:38 AM   #87
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When I had my 2015.5 Duramax 2500hd ccsb I thought it would pull anything.
2400 pound payload though. I was going to need to add some suspension help and new higher rated tires to pull the fifth wheel we wanted.

So I traded it for the Ram Cummins/aisin crew cab dually. 5400 pound payload and 25,000 pound tow rating with the 3.73 rear end.

I feel much safer now.
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Old 08-22-2018, 05:40 AM   #88
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When I had my 2015.5 Duramax 2500hd ccsb I thought it would pull anything.
2400 pound payload though. I was going to need to add some suspension help and new higher rated tires to pull the fifth wheel we wanted.

So I traded it for the Ram Cummins/aisin crew cab dually. 5400 pound payload and 25,000 pound tow rating with the 3.73 rear end.

I feel much safer now.
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I had a hard time finding a ram dually aisin, 4:10 auto level in a Laramie or higher..
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I had a hard time finding a ram dually aisin, 4:10 auto level in a Laramie or higher..
Order one. They will sell you as many as you want!
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Order one. They will sell you as many as you want!
Why ORDER ONE? I found one.... Why don't they carry them in their stock? Someone said they are too expensive for the average buyer... Mine had 1200 miles and got it for 16000 under MSRP... that's why I didn't order it..
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I had a hard time finding a ram dually aisin, 4:10 auto level in a Laramie or higher..
Check with Bluebonnet in New Braunfels, Texas. Got our Limited decked out in stock there.
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Order one. They will sell you as many as you want!
This is the best way to get exactly what you wont in a truck. There are so many options, colors, packages and configurations the odds of finding it are remote at best. It generally takes about 8 weeks to order.
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This is the best way to get exactly what you wont in a truck. There are so many options, colors, packages and configurations the odds of finding it are remote at best. It generally takes about 8 weeks to order.
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The thing is is Why does Ram sell a truck capable of towing 30k lbs and not one Dealer Stocks the Truck.. Even Dave Smith did not stock one out of 400 on his lot.. He had duallies with the aisin, but no auto level, He had some with the auto level but they were SRW and the Chrysler trans... this was out of 400.. Towbin in Vegas, McPeek in Anaheim, Sacramento, Carson, Reno... Oregon, Washington.. Idaho... but finally found a used one with 1200 miles and got full trade in on my 15 sRW 3500 Laramie... so it all worked out..
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The thing is is Why does Ram sell a truck capable of towing 30k lbs and not one Dealer Stocks the Truck.. Even Dave Smith did not stock one out of 400 on his lot.. He had duallies with the aisin, but no auto level, He had some with the auto level but they were SRW and the Chrysler trans... this was out of 400.. Towbin in Vegas, McPeek in Anaheim, Sacramento, Carson, Reno... Oregon, Washington.. Idaho... but finally found a used one with 1200 miles and got full trade in on my 15 sRW 3500 Laramie... so it all worked out..
I think you answered your own question. There are too many variables for a dealer to stock everything someone might wont. That is the reason to order. I got an F150 this year. There are 5 trim levels, 3 bed lengths, 6 engine choices and several option packages about 10 colors not to mention all the stand alone options. There was no way going to get exactly what I wonted without ordering.
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