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99 dakota pull 863 bobcat

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by dodgeguy99, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    my brother has a 99 dakota 318 5 speed manual tranny. is there any way he could pull an 863 bobcat with a tandem axle trailer? the truck has a trailer brake controller but i wonder if that will be too much for it. thanks.
     
  2. Wesley's Lawn

    Wesley's Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Maybe once but not on a reg basis.
     
  3. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    how far
    whats the speed
    even know you can dosen't mean you should
    it may be cheaper to have it delivered.. if your axle seal go you''ll know why
     
  4. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    probly 4 hours round trip at 70 mph on the freeway
     
  5. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    allot of people will say yes............ but i say NO......... if you get stooped by a cop, he'll take it..(for weight reasons) and if you hit my car because, you were over weight and killed my kids..how would you feel??
     
  6. Wesley's Lawn

    Wesley's Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Just go rent a truck from boyer ford.
     
  7. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    or test drive for the day.....lol
    good idea
     
  8. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    well how much can the truck tow and not get into trouble by the police. i see durangos and dakotas pulling huge boats all the time in the summer and they seem to be doing ok. and i am not worried about stopping the truck handles a trailer preety good and as i mentioned before it has a trailer brake controller
     
  9. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    read the sticker in the door (also may be on the hitch or bumper) than try to figure the trailer tung weight, and your front tires may be off the ground.... the weight on the truck in my opinion is triple what you should run...thats a big skider!!!!!!
     
  10. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    i guess i could let my brother borrow my 99 2500 ram but it would be nice if the dakota could pull that 863
     
  11. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    i just looked on msnautos.com maximum towing is rated at 8800 pounds how much does an 863 weigh on an average sized bobcat trailer
     
  12. zman9119

    zman9119 Member
    Messages: 42

    The max towing for that truck is around 3,000lbs. Anything over 2,000lbs you have to have active trailer brakes.
     
  13. zman9119

    zman9119 Member
    Messages: 42

    That might be the GCWR, but there is no way a dakota could pull 8800lbs.
     
  14. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    as mentioned earlier the truck has trailer brakes and on msn autos 8800 pounds is max towing
     
  15. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    i am not sure the truck is preety torquey and is geared at 3.92
     
  16. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Dont do it, you will never get it up to 70 and if you did it would be a death trap. 280 miles is way to far for that truck. Why do you need to move it ?
     
  17. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    You should really have a 3/4 ton truck;)
     
  18. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    my brother needs to do some landscaping at his cabin up north he could take back roads at 55mph but it would be 5 hrs then
     
  19. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    i know i think i might have to loan him my 3/4 ton ram
     
  20. RODHALL

    RODHALL Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    NO

    I don’t care what MSNautos said the tow weight for a Dakota is, Dakota can safely tow in the 4000-5000 range at speed with trailer brakes. My 96 2500 CTD has a 8800lbs trailer tow weight, I can’t see a 318 Dakota even being close to what the ¾ CTD can tow. the bobcat weight is around 6000lbs trailer weight light weight car trailer 2200 steel car hauler 2600 steel/wood floor Skid steer 3000.

    hitch for a Dakota – umm there has never been a manufacture that has made more then 500/5000 (class 3) hitch for a Dakota