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Does a Dodge Power Ram 150 have towing power?


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Old 02-06-2009, 09:57 PM
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i have a Doge power ram 150 with a 318 automatic heavy duty hulling hitch would that have anuff power tp pull a John deer M or a farmhall A
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Default Re: dose a Doge power Ram 150.00 have power

I see you're from Pennsylvania, which means some hills. Your outfit will pull a load like you describe, but not well. 318's are kinda gutless, but will do the job. Just not at high speed. I'm assuming you've got 3:73 gears.

You'll need to have a tranny cooler installed. That's a must!

You won't be super impressed with the performance, but it'll get the job done. Oh, be prepared to buy gas too. Those 318's ain't no economy car.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:26 PM
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Default Re: dose a Doge power Ram 150.00 have power

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If your Dodge 1500 is new enough to have the overdrive option be sure to lock it out. A quick look in the operators manual will show you how to do this.
As MoRo said the 318's in the half tons are no power house but if you use your head it'll do the job for you. The load you're pulling really isn't all that heavy.
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Default Re: Does a Dodge Power Ram 150.00 have power

I have a 1997 150 dodge ram with 318 and trailer tow, (160000 miles) it pulls loads okay, but be sure and use the OD over ride, We pull up to 4 ton at a time does ok, milage goes down from 16 to 13, Small tractor should be no problem.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:51 PM
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i forgot to say its a 1991 pushbutton for overdrive ive pulled our cub but little sluggish on hills but is geard low rear is modified because of biger tires huge pumpkin compaird to fatherford my two cents correct me if im rong im no mechanic thanks
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:13 AM
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I have a 1996 ram 1500. 15 MPG tops, maybe 13 when I tow my show trailer. Towed a Oil City/South Penn oilfield engine home 2 years ago, and got 5 MPG for my trouble. The 318 (5.2L)is severely underpowered for the pick up. A better option is either the Diesel (expensive but gobs of torque), or the gas 360 (5.7L).
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The JD M and Farmall A are not that heavy. As said the 318 is no power house but they are one tough engine. I used one in a 1967 Dodge 400 (TON and a Quarter) truck for to haul Fescue seed and pull my combine header trailer and 18 foot header. I went a little over-kill when I built the trailer as it without the header weighs 4 thousand pounds. There were time when I had some wet seed on when the GVW of the truck was over 18000 pound on 18000 license with the tag on the truck saying a max GWV of 16000 pounds. It was no power house, stirred the 4 speed tranny some. I have since installed a 360 I rebuilt and balanced as the 318 was a car 318, The truck originally had a 318-3 truck engine which who ever install the car motor used the trucks flywheel and harmonic damper NOT KNOWING there was a balance difference between the 318 car and the 318-3 truck engine which caused the bearings to not last long. the 318 still ran when I pulled it. It was some what tried and I got scared I might break the crank one day on the road because of the balance issues.

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I have a 99 ram that has the 318 in it. I Overload my truck when going to shows. In the bed I have my 1 hp Famous, water pump, home-ade water wheel, 10x20 tarp/canopy with all the hardware, tools, rope and engine stakes, 10 gallons of water, planks, firewood, and other odds and ends. I also am pulling a 18 ft beavertail trailer that has a 1933 Famall F-12, fire ring, Hercules dragsaw, and coolers and camping gear. I travel around NY and PA and while I cant pull hills at the speed limit, I am happy with the power. Oh Make sure you've got money for gas, LOTS OF GAS
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We have an 82 Dodge Ram 250 with a 318 and 4-speed that we have pulled many different things with. I've hauled an IH 660 diesel, an F12 and F14, Farmall H, and other misc. things behind it on a 25 foot gooseneck flatbed. I haven't broken any land-speed records going up the hills, but it got the job done and still will.

The biggest load we have on it is a load of 15 big round bales at around 1100 lbs each for a total of somewhere around 16,500 pounds plus the trailer. We usually run about 40 mph in 3rd gear as we are on gravel roads and have a short haul.

We have also pulled the gooseneck stock trailer with Farmall A in it with several half ton Ford pickups, no problem.

Remember, getting STOPPED is more important than getting moving. SAFETY first!
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we have a 18 foot dual wheel about 1000 pounds the farmhall A is around 2500 to 3000 i think not positive lots of hills which makes it hard
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Default Re: Does a Dodge Power Ram 150 have towing power?

Does the trailer have its own brakes? Does your pickup have a trailer brake controller?

Like I said, getting stopped has always been what has caused me to nearly soil myself when pulling trailers.

I'm confident you can pull it, probably squat the pickup down pretty good (maybe even bottom it out)... speaking of which, Dad and I made a trip in his 98 F150 pulling a gooseneck trailer with two combine headers on it - a 6-row corn head and a 13 foot dummy with a belt picker on it. Bottomed out the whole way, about 300 miles, but we kept a truckin' at 60 mph and made it home just fine...
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