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Old 02-19-2017, 08:45 AM
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Conventional towing with 5500

Hi guys, I've been searching all over and would like to hear from people that tow 20k with their 5500s (not with gooseneck or 5th wheel though). My plan is to get a 5500 flatbed (4.88 gears and Aisin) that will be loaded to capacity 19,500 gvw (including tongue weight). Behind the truck I'd be pulling a triple axle flatbed weighing in around 19,000 lbs. with either a heavy duty 20k receiver or pintle. This will put the truck at the max gcwr of 38,500. I know it's legal, but for you guys that tow loads like this, how does it really feel? I wouldn't be loaded this heavy all the time, probably 20 times a year.

Also, the trailer will be set up with electric over hydraulic disc brakes to all three torsion axles.

I would really appreciate any input.
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I've bumper pulled 20K with the 02 3500 in my sig. with no issues and I felt quite confident. So I don't see you having a problem.
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I've bumper pulled 20K with the 02 3500 in my sig. with no issues and I felt quite confident. So I don't see you having a problem.

Thanks Johnny, I appreciate your response.
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Kudos for using the proper truck for the job. There was a goofball on the 1st gen page a while back that wanted to tow 40K behind a 1st gen truck. Bunch of people told him it was a bad idea (and buy the proper truck for the weight) but he did it anyway. Then he cried for help when his automatic trans grenaded 200 miles from home. He's lucky he didn't kill himself or someone else.
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Its like wearing spandex shorts it may fit but dose not look right
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4500 verses 5500

Purchasing a 4500 or 5500 ram. Looking at 4500 with 4.44 rear end or the 5500
with 4.88 what kind of fuel mileage can I expect out of each. Probably pull a 40 PJ trailer with average load of 13,000 lb. Any advise on do and don'ts would also help.
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