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Old 07-04-2011, 12:00 PM   #29
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I wish I could find a 2010 clone of our 2004. We have been very pleased with the performance of our '04 Quad Cab Hemi. We towed an '07 20' for about six months, and then an '08 25' FB for the past two years. It's been through the Ozark and Colorado Mtns, from the Florida flatlands to the Maine/Canadian highlands.....with never a towing concern for 16,000+ miles. But, no matter how I still averages 10 mpg for any extended trip. The only problem we have experienced was the torgue converter going Tango Uniform at 69,300 miles (700 prior to expiration of the powertrain warranty )'s demise was probably due to operator error!

I'm quoting myself here, as I would like to provide an update to my previous posting. We had been very happy with the towing characteristics of our Dodge.....and, chalked up the transmission failure to my own stupidity of not always using the "Tow/Haul Mode" when we towed 3,000 lbs. of motorcycle trailer. However, a couple of months ago the ring/pinion gear went out during our trip to Springstream in North Georgia. We managed to make it home, albeit with some concern about the rearend making it. I did some research and took the truck to a highly recommended independent repair shop. Two new sets of gears later, and the rearend was still making noise. The technician said that he had never had one that he couldn't fix, but after consulting with other rearend specialists (real ones....not the kind that I pretend to be), he recommended getting a complete remanufactured rearend from Jasper Automotive in Indiana (included complete housing). He wrote off the previous attempts to rebuild, and only charged for the parts and labor of the new installation (also installed new brake pads, that I purchased, for no charge). Now, $2,500 and 900 miles later, I have gear noise at 50-55 mph. Since Jasper warranties their rearends for 3yrs, 100k miles, it appears we are headed for yet another replacement. Truck goes back to the shop this week. I know the tech is getting sick of seeing it, and is certainly losing money on this repair. I am fortunate in that the shop wants to maintain their reputation, and is determined to get it right. We only use the truck for a TV, so being in the shop doesn't affect our transportation needs.

Bottom line, after losing both a transmission and rearend, is that I now believe that 1/2 ton Dodge drivelines are not up to the task of being a reliable TV. We have towed the 25' around 23k miles, and loaded for extended trips it weighs under 6,500 lbs......usually around 6,000 lbs. We have never abused the truck....and, I am anal about taking care of my "stuff."


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Old 07-11-2011, 02:24 PM   #30
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i've been towing my 29ft excella with a 2010 1500 5.7 hemi for a year now, the power is great, average around 10mpg, the truck pulls great but now i'm upgrading to a 2500. The tongue weight of the excella is about 850lb, i've got a cap on the back which is about 200lb, full tank of gas, extra person, etc and you're very close to the payload capacity and that's before i've put anything in the truck. Also the 2500 is completely set up for towing, tires, built in brake controller, towing mirrors, big brakes, big tourquey diesel, better fuel consumption etc, etc. Don't get me wrong, the 1500 does the job, but i'm going to be doing a lot more extended trips soon so want to be able to load it up with generator and other stuff that makes a long trip more comfortable. Good luck, Dan

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