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Unread 07-08-2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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Dodge 1500 pull the jeep?

I had a 2000 dodge 1500 with the 5.2L for 5 years but never had a need to pull a big trailer. Sold it last winter Now I am looking for a 94-01 Dodge to pull my jeep with and possibly a camper or boat.

I can pick up a 96-98 dodge with the 5.9L motor for a grand around here with a bad transmission and fix it myself. Would a 1500 with a 5.9L be ok? or do I need to look at a 2500 with a cummings or v10?

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Unread 07-08-2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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I had a 2000 1500 5.9 for pulling my boat and some other things. Better MPG then my other truck. I was pretty dang good truck it would s**t and get with a 21 foot Skeeter with a full tank which is about 2100 pound. Now I dont know how well itll do a trailer. As long as its under 3000 pounds it wouldnt bother the brakes and steering. The engine should have plenty of get up and go still. So my question what type of trailer and boat do you have?
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Unread 07-08-2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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The trailer I would be using is a friends and its a 25ft I think. He pulls it with a 2500 with a Hemi though.
I would use it to tow the jeep 4 times a year so it wouldn't be a all the time thing.
The boat is my cousins speed boat that is not very big, I could pull it with my ZJ.
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Unread 07-08-2011, 11:55 AM   #4
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Well the 3/4 ton would handle it better but its ment to and itd ride rough unless you have something on the back of it. But I think youd be fine that camper is huge, Id say anything over 30 feet Id count out.
My 2 cents. Id find you a nice 2500 with a 5.9. They can be found pretty cheap and then you know you have enough engine and enough supension to handle it. Good luck bud
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Unread 07-09-2011, 06:26 PM   #5
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What are the weights of the jeep, trailer for jeep, camper and boat. Once you know those look up the towing capacity of the 1500 which is probably less than a jeep + trailer or right near the edge of it. I would go for a 3/4 ton so you have some room to grow.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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I had a 2004 Dodge conversion van with the 5.9. It was a half ton conversion van but had upgraded suspension, rear axle, brakes etc. According to the company that did the conversion (elk automotive) it was could tow 7K. I towed my jeep on a trailer with it, just a regular hitch. Other than some loss in acceleration you could hardly tell it was back there.

I live in MO so I have never driven it up or down any mountains so I can't comment on that but the power and stability seemed fine.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 08:04 AM   #7
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A 1500 would probably suffice, but a 2500 wouldn't be a bad idea for towing something that size.
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FWIW - I sold my 5.9 Gasser 1500 for a 2500 Cummins and will never look back. Towing an XJ on an 18' trailer overheated the tranny a few times on some long uphill pulls.
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My dad had an 01 1500 with the 5.9l and it was a dog uphills only towing 2 four wheelers (~2000 lbs). Traded that for the YJ (which I soon bought from him) and some cash to go towards an 01 2500 cummins. HUGE improvement on mpg and power. Go with the diesel otherwise you will regret it.
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My dad had an 01 1500 with the 5.9l and it was a dog uphills only towing 2 four wheelers (~2000 lbs). Traded that for the YJ (which I soon bought from him) and some cash to go towards an 01 2500 cummins. HUGE improvement on mpg and power. Go with the diesel otherwise you will regret it.
Way to revive an almost 18 month old thread!
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