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Old 08-04-2014, 01:55 PM   #43
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Okay, so the failure? were for a specific model year and you keep repeating it asif it were for all Rams. By the way my factory hitch is not round and it is bolted to the frame. Clarification is nice. I own a 2006 3500. Jim
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:16 PM   #44
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This is a 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel thread, does the frequent hitch failure apply here?
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Correction, my hitch us a round one. The figures you are reading is for the bumper mount hitch hole, if it is like mine. The receiver is rated at 1200 pounds if I remember correctly, wit WD. The forum you are quoting was listing incorrect info by a troll. Turbo diesel registry. Jim
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:21 PM   #46
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I can find no record of hitch failures for Rams. This us I believe someone misinterpreting info from another forum. If someone can show me proof of ram hitch failures I would appreciate it. Jim
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Top, Whats the torque output of the 3.0 diesel? With the great equalizers just to the west of me, its all about the torque.

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Hey Kip! Thanks.
It is 420 lb/ft @ 1,800 rpm.
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I can find no record of hitch failures for Rams. This us I believe someone misinterpreting info from another forum. If someone can show me proof of ram hitch failures I would appreciate it. Jim
I've seen a hitch failure on a GM.
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GM had documented problems with hitch failures on older models. I've seen none on dodge other than from misuse. Thanks jim
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:11 PM   #51
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First Trip

So, the first trip is in the books. Thanks to all of you for your kind words.
Overall, I am very, very happy with this truck. It did take me a long time reading and researching to make the decision to buy this truck. Hopefully all goes well with durability and longevity.
Trip stats-
610.2 miles
42.114 gallons
14.5 MPG (hand calculated)
The roads traveled were two lane US and state highways. I travelled at 65 MPH most of the time. I did pass someone on the way down and had plenty of passing power. I was going 85 when I let off. I wouldn't think of attempting a pass on a two lane highway with the Sequoia. The terrain was mostly flat coastal plains with a few hills between Cameron and Sealy on TX 36.
Steady state towing showed-
Water temp 215-220F
Trans temp 195-200F
Oil temp 230-235
I was in tow/Haul mode.
Most of the time it would stay in 7th gear, but occasionally it would shift to 8th.
I tried the cruise control on the way home and didn't like how it seemed to stay in 6th gear, so I shut it off. I never use cruise control, I just wanted to see how it worked on this truck.
On the way out, we went by the CAT scales to check loading and hitch rigging. These weights are fully loaded for a week of camping, three adults and one old furry feline, full 50 gallons of fresh water and two full 30# propane tanks.
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I have good weight transfer with the old Reese Dual Cam and 750lb bars.
This combo tows so wonderfully I don't think I'll mess with it.
I was surprised to see that the calculated tongue (or is it reciever ) weight at 1,100lbs.


In summary, I don't think I could be happier with any other new truck.
It's working for me!
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You neglected to point out that you were towing in Genuine Texas Summer conditions.


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Yes, I did. The lowest ambient temp while towing was 84F.
Most of the towing was 90-95F.
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Again - that EcoDiesel is a great engine, luving mine in my Grand Cherokee!
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