Like Tree0Likes

Dodge Ram 1500 '02 ???

Old 10-15-2002, 12:49 PM
Shorty's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: LOTO / Overland Park, KS
My Boats: 1999 Mach1 290
Posts: 375

I'm inclined to believe that's too much boat. I have a 97 Dodge with the 360 (5.9l). I towed my last boat, 27.5', 5600 lbs + trailer + gas, probably 7500# total, which would be similiar to the scarab. It did it ok till a medium+ grade on a hill and then I was crawling. I can't imagine trying it with a smaller engine. Transmission needed rebuild at 68k miles.

Plus, your pushing the rated tow capacity of the 1/2 ton. A 3/4 ton with the 360 minumum. If I had to do it over again, I'd have bought a 3/4 ton with either the V10 or Diesel. Tell him to buy mine so I can upgrade!
Shorty is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2002, 05:21 PM
Team Dysfunctional
Charter Member
Hot Boat's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: PUTNAM VALLEY, Hudson River Valley
My Boats: 28 Scarab, Blown 850+ Hp
Posts: 1,419

Thanks for all your opinions,

Currently I have a 2000 1500 ram with the 5.9 but I ordered a 3.92 posi rear for it and it pulls fine for what it is. . The last truck I had was a 1995 same truck but with the 3.55 gears. The gear ratio change made a hell of a deference. in the truck but I never got to tell the deference in towing between the two because I bought the truck in the winter and I also changed to a much bigger boat that year.

Un fortunately the truck dose not have a tow hitch on it of I would of brought the boat over and took it for a test run. but I did drive the truck around town and it seemed fine. But how it would be under a load would be a deferent thing.

I think that I am going to price out the 2003 with the 5.7 hemi 345 Hp .. That is now the current base line motor for the 3/4 ton trucks. It's 40 more HP than the V10 but 65 Lb's less torque and 100 HP more than the 5.9. Unfortunately they don't offer that motor in the 1/2 ton series. They also come with a much longer warrantee for the 2003 models.

I'll keep you posted on what I get

Paul .
Hot Boat is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2002, 11:05 PM
Posts: n/a

2001 1500Ram 4x4 360 is 10.5 mpg at 65mph
long trips..1100miles..360 miles..27 Baja 4400#
plus trailer..and loaded with luggage..
Keep speed up and can go to overdrive..under 65
do not use overdrive....Good enough for me..
Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2002, 11:54 AM
Charter Member #9/ Moderator
Charter Member
LakeRacer's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
My Boats: 99 Advantage 34 Offshore
Posts: 536

You won't regret it. And there's just no excuse for not getting one. I've gone through them all. 1997 Dodge 1/2 ton with the 5.9, 1996 GMC 3/4ton with a 454, and now a 2000 Dodge 3/4ton with a diesel. I'll never go back when it comes to towing.
LakeRacer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2002, 12:23 PM
26scarab's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: st. clair shores mi ,us
Posts: 1,620

Diesel diesel diesel !!!

Average 13-14 towing my boat @ 80.
I get 18-20 not towing.

Talk to Packinair on this board , he will get you a killer deal.
26scarab is offline  
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Trucks, Trailers and Transportation
10-25-2008 12:31 PM
Trucks, Trailers and Transportation
02-01-2008 09:38 PM
Trucks, Trailers and Transportation
10-02-2006 05:13 PM
Hot Boat
General Boating Discussion
07-28-2003 08:31 AM
checkmate zt
General Boating Discussion
05-20-2002 10:47 PM

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 On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:22 AM.

Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.