New to towing a travel trailer - Dodge Diesel - Diesel Truck Resource Forums

Towing and Hauling / RV Discuss towing and hauling here. Share your tips and tricks. RV and camping discussion welcome.

New to towing a travel trailer

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-19-2017, 11:08 AM   #1  
Registered User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 1
New to towing a travel trailer

Hey guys, i could really use some advice and i apologize if this subject has been beat to death. I have an 04 ram 2500 6 speed manual Cummins. (305/555) and just got my first travel trailer. It weighs about 5500#. I towed it for the first time a couple weeks ago and found fuel consumption higher than expected (for towing) and power seemed low. The steepest hills i encounter in my area are about 8% max. I know the peak tourque is around 1600 rpm but the truck seemed to do better at 2000+ . I don't try and race up any hills and i would always drop to 5th gear but 5th gear at 2000 rpm meant only about 50mph. 6th gear even on light hills felt like i was lugging it. The truck is bone stock and the first diesel I've owned so i don't have anything to compare it to. I'm not sure if this is about right or if i should get my waste gate checked and is 2000- 2500 rpm hard on it? The truck (power wise) has always seemed great not towing and my trailer really isn't that heavy but when f150s are passing me on the hills i gotta wonder. Thanks for your time.
Durrt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2017, 12:29 PM   #2  
Registered User
Desert5600's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Nevada
Posts: 134
Sounds right on an 8% grade. Shifting into 5th and keeping the RPM above 2000 lowers your EGT (which you should have displayed) and is easier on the transmission. In my NV5600, fifth gear is direct. Your G56 is the same.

G56 6 Speed Manual Transmission Specs & Ratios

Don't worry about the F150's unless they're towing the same weight.

Fuel mileage will go down when towing.
Desert5600 is offline   Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any tips on making a tractor / utility trailer out of a 33ft travel trailer? sled4fun Towing and Hauling / RV 11 09-08-2006 05:54 PM
Oklahoma City Travel Trailer Parks KSwanner Towing and Hauling / RV 2 05-20-2003 06:38 AM
Info on a Prowler travel trailer Xplorer Towing and Hauling / RV 2 03-13-2003 08:03 PM
1st time travel trailer towing Xplorer Towing and Hauling / RV 6 03-12-2003 08:59 AM
5th wheel or travel trailer mike jorna Towing and Hauling / RV 18 01-04-2003 10:23 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:22 AM.

© 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.