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Old 09-22-2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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3/4 ton dodge, enough umph?

this is an update on a previous post of mine. I came across a 98 3/4 ton extended cab 4x4 dodge with a 5.9lL magnum engine. Not wure what transmission but it has overdrive. it was in excellant shape and less than 90000 miles. I could not pass up the excellant price and bought it. What do you more experienced towers think of using it to pull my 34 ft excella? The excella came with EZ Lift equilizer and sway bar. I haven't hooked up to it yet to see how it will do.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:04 AM   #2
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It should be fine!
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:20 AM   #3
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this is an update on a previous post of mine. I came across a 98 3/4 ton extended cab 4x4 dodge with a 5.9lL magnum engine. Not wure what transmission but it has overdrive. it was in excellant shape and less than 90000 miles. I could not pass up the excellant price and bought it. What do you more experienced towers think of using it to pull my 34 ft excella? The excella came with EZ Lift equilizer and sway bar. I haven't hooked up to it yet to see how it will do.
There are too many unknowns (IMHO) to give a definitive answer. I am biased when it comes to trying to tow large coaches with a small-block V8, but that is probably more of a personal preference. The rear differential will make a huge difference in how the truck handles the coach - - given the small-block V8, I wouldn't want anything less than a 4.10. Without question, the cooling system will need to be examined for any weak points as it will likely be taxed to its limits - - an external transmission fluid cooler should also be added if it doesn't already have one.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Just keep the transmission in 3rd gear. Don't let it go into overdrive. It's the best thing you can do for the transmission. Automatic transmissions are the weak link on Dodge's.
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:43 PM   #5
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I agree with everything Overlander64 said. The engine is marginal, IMHO. Make sure it's rear end gear is right, keep it turning the RPM's, and keep it cool.

The truck should have no trouble handling the weight of the 34, assuming the tires brakes, and shocks are good.
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We tow our 22' CCD (approximately 5,000 lbs. wet) with a 1997 1/2 ton Dodge with the 5.9 L engine and a 4:10 rear end. I don't tow in overdrive, and downshift as needed on hills. This is a very good combination, as I discovered on our recent trip through the mountain west. I know that a 3/4 ton truck has beefier brakes, transmission and differential, but I think this engine would come up short towing a 34' Airstream in the mountains of the west.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:13 PM   #7
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I have a '98 Dodge 3/4 ton extended cab, long box pickup with a 360 cu inch V8. It has a 5 speed manual transmission with a 4:10 rear end. It handles my 26' Argosy with no problem. If there is any drawback to the truck it is that there is too much of a split between 3rd and 4th gear. When traveling thru the mountains of Colorado at elevations between 8000 and 10,000 feet. With the 360 engine I don't have enough power in 4th gear to climb grades in excess of 5%. I have to shift back to 3rd, which limits me to about 40mph. In most cases it's not a problem because the roads are winding. I get a steady 12 mpg on the flat land where elevations are 4000 to 5000 feet. Like you I got the truck for a good price and it had less than 75,000 miles on it. I'm glad it has a manual transmission, it helps a lot when decending the steep grades in the mountains. Saving the brakes on the TV and the trailer.
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TG,

The performance you report is about what I would expect with your truck, and your trailer.

Keep in mind however, the original poster is towing a 34 footer, which could be as much as 2500 pounds more trailer than you are towing. Just saying...........
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