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Old 08-08-2008, 03:17 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I have a 1992 Dodge Ram B250 Van. Thinking about buying a Camper... Problem dont know what size camper it can handle. Now heres the kicker...it has 5 lug rims instead of 8 lug? So anyone got any ideas what length camper it can safely handle?

Also what size & type of hitch?
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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Check to owners manual. If all else falls, the 'net. Oh what size engine?
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:20 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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5.?L Big V8 no owners manual.
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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1 Get at least an owner's manual, boneyards sell them cheap. Or order a new one through the dealer.

2 There should be a plaque or sticker in the doorjamb, or on the kick panel, that should give max GVW, etc.

3 5-lug wheels in general = 1/2 ton truck, 8-lug wheels in general =3/4 ton. The actual weight carrying and towing capacity of a "3/4 ton" is much more than 150% of the "1/2 ton".

You probably don't want to get carried away with a really big, heavy camper on this truck, IMHO. Based on the incomplete information at hand.
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:31 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I found a sticker that says GVWR....06010 lbs/2727 kg

Does that help?
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Definitely does. Re-reading your original post, this is a van and you are planning to tow a camper trailer, right? Originally when you said "camper" I was thinking pickup truck.

The GVWR says how much weight the van itself can tote - it's not directly related to towing capacity. That same sticker may give towing capacity or not.

You would need to include the "tongue weight" of the trailer in the GVWR. That same sticker should give the empty weight of the van, you subtract this from GVWR and this gives your maximum approved payload.

Offhand I don't think you want to be pulling a very heavy trailer with this van.

Sorry to have gotten side-tracked on pickups.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:07 PM
 
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Be sure to check what is required in transmission;oil cooling and rear end ratio when checking tow weight. Also look at suspension mods if towing alot because that can make a ton of difference.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:27 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Drove a 92 Dodge B250 for a work van a few years ago and I believe the tow rating was just under 8000 pounds. Of course, you don't want to go much more than 70 - 75% of that weight because the handling goes right out the window.
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Old 08-08-2008, 09:01 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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So 8000 - 25% = 6000 pounds. So How long a camper would that be?
Think older heavy instead of new lite weight. Guys this i just an Idea...dont want to be looking for a 30 footer when its likely better to go with a 20 footer...so ball park iis ok.
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:50 AM
 
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Hey, can't go wrong with modern retro! Check out one of these babies! I seriously want one. The only problem is that you have to cook outside and we have grizzlies, but that's what the guns are for!

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