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I have a 1997 dodge 2500 cummins ext cab 4x4 auto with a single rear dana 80 rear axle. My white door sticker is gone with all the gvwr and such. What is the dodge capable of hauling. Im looking at buying a d3 dozer which weighs almost 16,000 lbs. Would the dodge be able to handle this?
1997 2500 4x4 cummins eclb auto 210,000 miles, dana 80 SRW, all stock, pump turned up1996 2500 4x4 cummins eclb 5spd 150,000 miles, No 3 fuel plate, pump turned up, Aem Bruteforce, 33" Falken tires
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I have a 1997 dodge 2500 cummins ext cab 4x4 auto with a single rear dana 80 rear axle. My white door sticker is gone with all the gvwr and such. What is the dodge capable of hauling. Im looking at buying a d3 dozer which weighs almost 16,000 lbs. Would the dodge be able to handle this?
In stock form you could not buy a 3/4 ton auto with a dana 80 rear end. So unless the 80 was swapped in, you have a 70.16k on what, bumper pull? No way. Gooseneck? Sure, if the trailer is setup right and you know the condition of it"s brakes. You"ll need to watch your pin weight. Dana 70 gross axle rating is around 4,000lbs. Do the math from there. The truck is plenty powerful enough, the issue is stopping whatever you got moving.
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1997 2500 4x4 cummins eclb auto 210,000 miles, dana 80 SRW, all stock, pump turned up1996 2500 4x4 cummins eclb 5spd 150,000 miles, No 3 fuel plate, pump turned up, Aem Bruteforce, 33" Falken tires
No problem going at 16k, I tow 24k almost continuously. Problem is stopping, exhaust brake is almost essential.
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1997 2500 4x4 cummins eclb auto 210,000 miles, dana 80 SRW, all stock, pump turned up1996 2500 4x4 cummins eclb 5spd 150,000 miles, No 3 fuel plate, pump turned up, Aem Bruteforce, 33" Falken tires
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I am sure that truck could haul the bulldozer. You would be past the factory tow rating numbers. You would want very good trailer brakes. 1997 was the year dodge introduced hydroboost brakes. Most say that is fantastic especially when towing.My concern is a bit different. When towing that big a load with single rear wheels you could have a rear tire blow out. That could cause a very bad day. Installing dual rear wheels or buying a ton truck makes sense when hauling that kind of weight. A single wheel truck hauling that heavy will not handle like you want it to. You may well find out that trailer tries to push a single wheeled truck around.As far as I can find out the frame, and running gear is the same 2500 or 3500. I am unsure about the difference in springs. While the automatic has a dana 70 out back for the 3/4 ton the 5 speed and all ton trucks come with the dana 80. Unless your axle has been changed you should have a dana 70.In the old days most ton trucks came with a dana 70. It is not a bad or weak axle.You could find out that the trailer loaded would be close to 20k. Do not forget that the trailer will weigh over a ton perhaps 2-4 tons to be able to haul that bulldozer.My ton truck GVW is 10,500. A cab and chassis is 11,000. As I recall the 2500 is 8,800. However, towing is different. That GVW only applies to the weight of the truck and everything in or on it. That includes trailer tongue or fifth wheel and goose neck weight also. Read this. Factory Specs for the 1997 Dodge Diesel 5.9L 4 X 4 | eHow.comDo not forget that going above 26,000 pounds GVWR requires a class a license. That is the 8,800 gvw of your truck plus the GVW of the trailer. Actual combined weight does not matter.

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1997 3500 club cab 3.54 gears towing & camper pkg. Still stock with a built transmission at 120k. 4" exhaust, 4kgsk, and exhaust brake waiting for installation. 37337 upgrade. Still need ideas for improvements for hauling 15k fifth wheel.