How to Determine if a 2002 Dodge RAM 1500 4.7 Liter V8 Can Tow a Jayco 26BH

Determine Truck Specifications


Determine whether the truck transmission is automatic or manual. If it is a manual transmission, you cannot tow a Jayco.


Determine your truck cab style. If it is a two-wheel drive, it must be a Quad Cab. With a four-wheel drive, it can be either a regular cab or a Quad Cab.


Consult the original sticker for truck axle ratio. If sticker is not available, find the tag attached to the underpanel of the driver's side door and get the axle code from it. Any Dodge dealer---and most mechanics---can determine axle ratio with that code.


Determine truck bed length. The 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 can be either a 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed.


Find the truck towing capacity from the following possible configurations:

Regular cab 4-by-4, 6.5-foot bed, 3.55 axle, 6,150 lbs.

With 3.92 axle, 7,150 lbs.

Quad cab 4-by-2, 6.5-foot bed, 3.55 axle, 6,400 lbs.

With 3.92 axle, 7,400 lbs.

Quad cab 4-by-4, 6.5-foot bed, 3.55 axle, 6,150 lbs.

With 3.92 axle, 7,150 lbs.

Any cab with 8-foot bed, subtract 200 lbs. from the above ratings

Find true Jayco 26BH weight


Estimate the weight of all cargo you will add to the Jayco 26BH when towing it.


Add the estimated cargo weight to the Jayco 26BH dry weight of 4,445 lbs.


Compare the combined weight with the towing capacities from Section 1, Step 5. If it exceeds capacity, you can reduce cargo to meet the tow rating.

Tips and Warnings

  • The information cited is specific to 2002 Dodge Rams with a 4.7-liter V-8 engine. To carry the weight of a Jayco, an underbody frame-mounted hitch should be used. Any trailer accessories dealer can match the controllers to the truck you use and suggest accessories to reduce trailer sway and improve towing stability.
  • Do not exceed recommended weight capacity. It can earn you a traffic citation and expose you to civil liability if you have an accident while towing beyond the rated capacity.
  • To determine how much your 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 can tow, you need more than engine size. Axle ratio, transmission, bed length, cab style and whether your truck is a 4-by-2 or 4-by-4 factors into its trailer towing capacity. You must determine the loaded weight of the Jayco 26BH to find its true tow weight.