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  • How to Tell Weight Rating of Weight Distribution Spring Bar
  • If your spring bars are manufactured by Reese or Curt, there's really no easy way to tell by looking. Closely examine the bars for a part number. If you would reply with that part number, along with the manufacturer of the spring bar, I'd be happy to look into it for you.
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  • 2012 RAM 1500 Brake Controller Recommendation and Install Harness Recommendation
  • All you need to install a brake controller in your 2012 Ram 1500 is the correct harness, part # 3021-P for a Tekonsha brake controller. This adapter plugs into the 4-pin connector on your vehicle's built-in brake control wiring harness. The harness is located underneath the dash, to the left of the steering column, taped to another harness near the emergency brake pedal. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake...
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  • Sidewinder Recommendation for a 2012 Dodge Ram with Short Bed to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Yes, a Sidewinder would be the perfect product to tow a fifth wheel trailer on a vehicle with a bed shorter than 6 feet like what you have on your 2012 Ram 1500. Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have know in order to pick out the correct one. There should be a sticker or a stamping on the OEM pin box of the trailer that will list the pin box number that is on the trailer. Once you figure out which pin box you have you can check the...
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  • What are the Dimensions of Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System # TDR1500DQ
  • I will be happy to provide some dimensions for you for the Timbren rear suspension enhancement system, # TDR1500DQ, for your 2012 Ram 1500. First, the height of the spring by itself is 5-1/2 inches. The springs have a diameter of 4 inches. I have included a picture showing the spring dimensions and a link to the installation details for you as well as a FAQ article on Timbren suspension enhancements for you to check out.
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2012 Ram 1500 Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • Either suspension enhancement like a Timbren or an air bag system would work great for your 2012 Ram 1500 to help it tow level. Personally I like the Firestone Work-Rite Custom Helper Springs Kit # F8620 these will provide you with additional suspension support when you are towing and won't affect your ride quality when unloaded. The Timbrens are similar to this setup, but have a much harsher ride. A coworker of mine here has basically your exact truck and has had the Timbrens and...
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  • Can a 2012 Ram 1500 Tow a Trailer with Dry Weight of 8,358 lbs and Pin Weight of 1,892 lbs
  • According to the research I did, your max trailer weight you can tow with your 2012 Ram 1500 is 8,150 lbs and the max weight you can tow in the bed of your truck is 1,146 lbs. I would strongly recommend you do your own research though by either contacting a Ram dealer or look further in your owner's manual. Based on the dry weights of the trailer you are interested in this trailer would be too heavy. You would either need to find a lighter trailer or upgrade your truck.
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  • Can Reese Fifth-Wheel Hitch Work With Curt Bed Rails On 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 With 5-1/2 Ft Bed
  • Per the manufacturer recommendations, the Reese fifth wheel hitches, part # RP30047, or part # RP30866, require a Sidewinder to be able to be used with a truck that has a bed shorter than 6 ft. Both of these fifth-wheel hitches are able to work if your rails are industry-standard above-bed rails. If you want to send me the information for the pin box on your fifth-wheel I would be happy to make a recommendation for a Sidewinder that will work for you. I have attached a helpful artticle...
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  • How to Use a Dexter Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator with a 2014 Ram 3500
  • You are going to need to install a brake controller designed to work with electric over hydraulic brakes as the integrated one in your 2014 Ram will not work with the Dexter Electric Over Hydraulic Brake Actuator # K71-650 and Dexter does not offer any adapters for this actuator for integrated controllers like what you have. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and...
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  • Tire Chains for a 2012 Ram 1500 with 265/70-17 Tires
  • You would want chains on the main drive wheels. On your 2012 Ram 1500 that would be the rear wheels. If you put chains on the front as well it will help with braking and turning as long as there is snow or ice on the ground. If you do not anticipate needing to use the chains often then a simple set of twist link chains, # PWH2228SC, would work well. But for chains that will basically last forever and offer the best traction, go with reversible square link chains, # PWE2228SC. Please...
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  • Can P2 Trailer Brake Controller be Moved from a 2000 Chevy Silverado to a 2012 Ram 1500
  • Yes, you can use the P2 brake controller # 90885 in your 2012 Ram 1500. You just need the proper wiring harness, # 3021-P, to plug the controller into the Ram. If you are keeping both trucks and want to move the controller from one to the other you will need a second bracket, # 7686.
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  • Differences Between Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way # HM48470 and # HM47570
  • The Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector # HM48470 is a combination 7-, 5- and 4-way trailer socket for a tow vehicle that connects to the vehicle through screw-down wire terminals on its rear. With this item in place you can connect trailers with either 4-pole or 5-pole flat connectors or a 7-way blade style. Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow Trailer Connector Adapter # HM47570 serves a similar purpose but its connections are different. This part connects to...
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  • Compatibility of Derale Oil Cooler Sandwich Adapter # D15734 with 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 w/ 5.7L Engine
  • The Derale # D15734 is indeed compatible with your 2012 Ram 1500 w/ the Hemi 5.7L engine. The filter sandwich adapter would add an additional 1-3/4 inches between the filter landing and the oil filter. You'd want to make sure you have enough clearance so you'll be able to remove your oil filter in the future.
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  • Availability of Replacement Rubber Cover for 3/4 Inch Bumper Bolt on Hidden Hitch # 87530
  • Hidden Hitch doesn't currently offer that rubber cap as a replacement part. If you'd care to reply to this email with your name, address and phone number, I've managed to talk my Hidden Hitch representative into sending you a replacement cap free of charge.
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  • Installing Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller # 90195 on 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 w/ No Tow Package
  • I'm guessing that you're dealing with a Ram that wasn't equipped with a factory tow package, right? I'm not sure what the wires you speak of are for. Due to the fact that wire colors aren't always consistent, we recommend wiring by function, not by wire color. There's three separate installation scenarios. The way you'd proceed will depend on how the vehicle is equipped. If the truck has an OEM 7-way, and you're using a Tekonsha brake controller like the # 90195 you mentioned, you'd...
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  • Channel Bracket and Mounting Hardware Recommendation for the Demco 2-Tang Clevis # DM05593-97
  • For a channel bracket to go along with the Demco 2-Tang Clevis # DM05593-97 that you referenced you would want the Demco 6-Hole Adjustable Channel Bracket # DM59601. This bracket gets welded on, for the hardware to secure the # DM05593-97 to the # DM59601 you would want the Pro Series Mounting Bolts for Adjustable-Channel Couplers # PS024202.
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  • Can Base Plates be Installed on a 2012 Ram 1500 with Brushguard Already Installed
  • Unfortunately, the base plates for the 2012 Ram 1500 require a stock configuration meaning the brushguard you have would have to be removed to be able to install them. Since you want to keep the brushguard in place the best solution is to use a trailer to tow the Ram instead of flat towing it. If you decide to go ahead and remove the brushguard then the base plates # 52289-1 are compatible with the StowMaster tow bar # RM-501 as long as the truck weighs less than 6,000 pounds. If the...
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  • Timbren Suspension Enhancement for a 2012 Ram 1500 Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • First, it may not be the bags that are leaking. You can use the old soapy water truck on the bags and air lines, valves, and so on to locate the leak. The most common cause of leaks in air bag systems is an air line that was not cut straight using a tube cutter such as # AL10530. If you want to switch to a Timbren system I recommend # TDR1500DQ. They will fit 2 and 4 wheel drive models of the 2012 Ram 1500, crew and quad cabs. Or for regular cab models use # TDR1500DS. These springs...
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  • Weight Capacity of the DeeZee Nerf Bars part # DZ372233
  • I did some checking and it looks like the weight capacity for the DeeZee Nerf Bars part # DZ372233 that you referenced is 250 lbs.
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  • Will Installation of Rampage LED Tailgate Light Bar # RA960134 Interfere with Spare Tire on 2012 Ram
  • The Rampage LED Tailgate Light Bar # RA960134 that you referenced is intended to install in the gap between the tailgate and bumper on your Ram 1500 SLT using included automotive-grade pressure-sensitive tape. If your Ram is like the truck pictured in the linked photo (with the spare tire pulley access point on the right side of the bumper step) then this 60-inch light bar will block access to the spare. To be certain I checked the Ram truck belonging to an associate here at etrailer.com...
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  • Suspension Enhancement for a 2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 with Leveling Kit Already Installed
  • If the rear coil springs on your 2012 Ram 1500 crew cab 4x4 are still stock then I recommend the SumoSprings, # CSS-1168R. These will fit in the spaces of the rear coil springs and will help to keep the truck level while towing. The leveling kit that you have on the truck will most likely affect the fit and/or function of any other suspension enhancement system so the SumoSprings are the way to go. And they are safe and cost-friendly just like what you are looking for.
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  • Suspension Enhancement or Weight Distribution to Fix Sag on a 2012 Dodge Ram
  • When vehicle sag is caused by a trailer then the best solution is to use weight distribution. Suspension enhancement is better for loads that are in the truck or 5th wheel/gooseneck trailers. For weight distribution you will want to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Typically tongue weight...
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  • Recommendation For Reducing Sag On 2012 Dodge Ram Quad Cab Towing 4000 LB Trailer
  • If the weight of the trailer you are towing is more than 50 percent of the weight of your towing vehicle a weight distribution system is recommended. I found that your 2012 Dodge Ram Quad Cab weighs approximately 6000 to 6200 lbs, and since you said the trailer weighs 4000 lbs, a weight distribution system would work well for you. The Timbren Suspension System, would help level and stabilize your Dodge Ram but when you are towing a trailer that is causing the sag, the problem would...
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  • Replacement Air Bag for AirLift 1000 Helper Spring Kit # AL60818 in 2012 Ram 1500 4 X 4 Quad Cab
  • The AirLift Helper Air Spring Kit # AL60818 that you referenced fits both 2- and 4-wheel drive versions of the 2012 Ram 1500 Quad cab. We do offer the appropriate replacement air spring, which is sold as a single unit. The part is # AL60318. I verified with my contact at AirLift that this is the correct replacement part for your rear-axle kit.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a P3 Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ram 1500
  • If your 2012 Dodge Ram came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector then all you will need is the controller, # 90195, and the correct wiring harness, # 3021-P. If the truck just has a factory 4-Way connector then you will need the above 2 items and # 37185 to add a 7-Way. You will need to do a little hardwiring by cutting the blue wire from the end of the 3021-P that plugs into the vehicle, then run a length of wire through the firewall, under the truck to the back of the 7-Way...
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  • Will Towing Mirrors # LVT-3100C Fit 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Longhorn Laramie With Chrome Backed Mirrors
  • I just spoke with my contact at Longview about the custom towing mirrors for your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Longhorn Laramie. They said that although the # LVT-3100C is listed as a fit for your truck, if you have the chrome skin on your mirrors, these will not fit. It seems the mirrors with the chrome skin are wider than the standard OEM mirrors, and will not allow the clips to secure the mirror in place. I recommend the K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror, part # KS3891 for your truck....
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  • Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Ram 1500 with a 5 ft 7 inch Bed
  • Yes, there is a gooseneck option for your 2012 Ram 1500 with a 5 foot 7 inch bed. You would want the Curt 600 Series Gooseneck Installation Kit # C60657 and the Curt Double Lock, Flip and Store Gooseneck Hitch # C60607. The ball of this hitch can be removed if needed.
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  • Will the Tekonsha Plug-In Adapter # 3021-P work on a 2012 Ram 1500
  • As long as you have a factory 7-way at the rear of your 2012 Ram 1500 the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3021-P that you referenced would be the correct product for you. If you do not have a trailer connector you will first need to start with a 4-way. For that I recommend the Draw Tite Hardwire kit # 119178KIT. Next you will need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way. For that I recommend the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions...
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  • Should Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller # 90195 Be Reprogrammed to Install in 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
  • Your Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 will only cause you to re-program your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Big Horn if you had a factory brake controller installed and then added the P3 later. The OEM controller would have to be turned off by re-programming the computer. If your truck did not have a factory controller and has a factory 7-Way, you will have no problem. I have provided a link to a video showing the typical installation of this product and a link to the installation...
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  • 5th Airborne Sidewinder for Fifth Wheel Towed by 2012 Dodge Ram Quad Cab
  • If your Ram has the 5-1/2 foot bed, the Sidewinder would be your only alternative to possibly gain enough clearance for sharp turns. To determine if you will be able to make 90 degree turns while using the Sidewinder, take a look at the clearance formula on the Sidewinder FAQ page I have linked you to. You will need to measure the distance between your hitch jaw and the rear of your cab. Add 22 inches (length of Sidewinder arm) to this measurement. From this sum, subtract half the width...
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  • Will the Roadmaster Rear Anti-Sway Bar Help Reduce Sway on a 2012 Ram 1500
  • Yes, the Roadmaster Rear Anti-Sway Bar # RM-1129-135 that you referenced will help reduce sway and help stabilize the vehicle, especially with the other suspension components that you are also upgrading. However, a properly loaded trailer is the best defense against trailer sway. You will want to make sure you have as much weight as far forward on the trailer as possible. Another option you have to fight sway is a weight distribution system. Weight distribution systems do what their...
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