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Old 03-30-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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Towing with a 2014 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel

I have a 2014 Ram 1500 eco diesel with the 5.5 ft bed. I want to put a 5th wheel hitch in it to pull an Escape 5.0. Does anyone have this set up and what all did you have to do to put the hitch in? Thanks for any and all info. I can give my number so that we can have a conversation on the subject too.

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Old 03-30-2016, 10:29 PM   #2
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The listed payload capacity for your truck is as low as 970 Lbs and as high as 1170 lbs . Neither number is reassuring.
I would suggest you consult your owners manual towing section.

* I own a 2014 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Hemi 5.7 Ltr V8 ,
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:07 AM   #3
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Although this is a Ram 1500 and not a Ford F-150, the length and hitch position situation is essentially the same as 5.5' box F-150 owners. This has been discussed quite a bit recently, and so those discussions are useful - I suggest reading through them to get up to speed. The difference between the 5.0 and 5.0TA is that the 5.0 is 20 cm (8") narrower, so it can get away with a bit (almost 4") less distance from hitch to cab). Here are a couple that I found in a quick search:
5.0TA with 2015 F150 2.7L 5.5ft bed
Towing Escape TA 5.0 with 2011 F150 5.5 bed?
Steve mentioned a reason for the greater popularity (in this forum, anyway) of the F-150 over the Ram 1500 as a tug for the 5.0 (and especially for the 5.0TA): payload. The pin weight of the 5.0 is low as fifth-wheel travel trailers go (and a bit lower than the 5.0TA), but it's still significant. When you add pin weight, the weight of the hitch itself, the driver and passengers, and the cargo in the truck, it is very easy to exceed the capacity of the truck (which is payload). The F-150 is available with substantially higher payload, if the right configuration is chosen.

One issue which is specific to truck model is mounting the hitch to the truck's frame. Those other threads run through the mounting hardware choices - you just need to check for availability of mounting brackets for your truck.
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:24 AM   #4
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I checked and the max payload for my truck is 1390. Where did you get those values??
Thanks by the way for the info.
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I know that a member here on the forum that purchased one of the early 5.0 TA back in 2013 had the same set up, you have the crew cab whereas I have the quad cab, a foot difference in bed size. He had one of the early scodiesel's and pulled his trailer all around the country without issue. The only issue with hauling the 5.0 TA I'm aware of is with the Ram is air suspension and the ram box storage. If you do not have these then you should be ok. Your capacity is a little less but with careful loading and 2 passengers you should be fine, with 5 passengers and a load of firewood plus the trailer, you maybe overloaded.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:33 AM   #6
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I have a 2015 eco diesel 6 ft. bed and had thought about a 5th wheel hitch. I did a quick check of Etrailer. It looks like they don't list a hitch for the 5 1/2' Ram and it appears they may have different hitches for the 6 ft. eco diesel and non eco diesel models. You may want to research their info. or call them.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:37 AM   #7
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I checked and the max payload for my truck is 1390. Where did you get those values??
Thanks by the way for the info.
From the Ram towing capacity /payload website and the Ram eco diesel forum.
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Here you go, look up your specific truck Ram Trucks - Towing Guide - Capacity Chart
Steve, yours and mine are both 1600# (2015 model) payload, but your towing is greater due to your rear end.
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Here you go, look up your specific truck Ram Trucks - Towing Guide - Capacity Chart
Steve, yours and mine are both 1600# (2015 model) payload, but your towing is greater due to your rear end.
The payload in the Ram guide does not make allowances for options .The label on the post of my truck lists my payload as 1430 lbs as built. The dealer added step bars and Line X bed line to my truck .My payload is 1386 lbs after subtracting for the dealer added options.. The Ram 1500 Eco diesel is the identical truck to ours except the engine is about 400 lbs heavier , The GVWR and the RAWR are the same for all the Ram 1500 's thus the eco diesel has a lower payload capacity. The Ram 1500 Limited eco diesel
( The fully loaded 1500 with all the options ) has a payload of approx 900 lbs.. The problem / issue is not with the trucks towing capacity or the diesel engine ,the problem is strictly payload capacity..Even if the OP has a stripped down eco diesel ,there still is an issue with payload capacity.
I had the dealer run my Vin# with Ram and the payload shown
on the truck's sticker matched with the payload shown on the printout from Ram.
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