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Old 06-09-2014, 11:39 AM   #15
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Last time i towed with a dodge cummins combined with a 26' van trailer I tipped the scales at just a touch over 26K and I got a ticket at the Louisiana scale for proof.
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Thank you for the feedback. I will search around in the forum and see what year models and truck specs are found to be good.
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Old 06-09-2014, 01:37 PM   #17
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The Cummins design life is over 350,000 miles and many have over 500,000 miles. Both the Duramax and Ford offerings are sub 250,000 mile design life....
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My god what have you been smoking?
The gas engines are expected to go 250k.
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My god what have you been smoking?
The gas engines are expected to go 250k.
I was told by a person employed by General Motors that most all gasoline engines designed today are designed with the objective of going 150,000 miles. The same person told me Ford and GM Diesels are designed to go 250,000 miles, and the Cummins, 350,000 miles.

That's not to say they won't go more miles, but that is what he said the manufacturer's design criteria was.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:16 PM   #19
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Your original question has been answered several times over so one more won't hurt. I tow our 30' AS with a 2006 Ram 3500 diesel 4x4 w/ auto trans. Tows great and I have not found any front end issues. These heavy duty trucks will cost a bit more in labor and parts when they do need work but the ease of towing is great. I do think that fuel economy alone is not enough to justify getting one but if you want one they do make towing heavy a joy.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:52 PM   #20
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I will search around in the forum and see what year models and truck specs are found to be good. Craig
I did just that research 14 years ago, and decided that the 1998 12 valve Ram Cummins diesel was the best for me. Mechanical fuel injection, so no electronic control, and no expensive high pressure fuel injector pump to fail if the lift pump delivered at low pressure, as can the post 1998.5 24 valves. I do my own maintenance, so I don't want a vehicle that has to be taken to the dealer for fault-finding, or re-flashes of a computer. The 1998 incorporates a major change in styling, with quad cab option, and simple mechanics.
All the body panels are zinc plated, so there's no corrosion I can see. (I've injected the sealed compartments with rust-proofing fluid). It's as good as new as far as I'm concerned, after 170 k miles.
Towing a 25 foot 6500 pound Excella I get 13 mpg at 63 mph, 12 mpg at 70 mph, 18 solo round town, and 22 when I try, solo, and keep off the Interstates.
Oh yes, and it's a dream machine to tow my Airstream.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:25 PM   #21
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The 2003 Dodge/Cummins 4 x 2 is the 3rd Dodge that I've owned. This one just turned over 98,000 miles, on a short trip last week. I finally broke down a couple years ago and installed a Diablo tuner, whichgave me more power and torque, and increased mileage.
Mine is a 6 speed manual, and a U.S. Gear exhaust brake. No major problems, 2 new batteries, and a water pump at 75,000 miles, I new set of Michelins just before an Alaskan trip. I like the Laramie trim package, very comfortable and well done.
The fuel mileage is the best of any tow vehicle I've ever had, and if I can hold the speed to 55, the mileage is really, really great. At 65 MPH, I get an average of 14 MPG, I won't say what it is at 55, as I don't think many would believe me....
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:56 PM   #22
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I tow with a 2002 Dodge Cummins 2x2 with 310,000 miles on it. I pull my new to me 1973 26' Argosy. I barely know its behind me and I can actually tow with the overdrive off unless I hit a steeper grade. 21 mpg not towing and 12 to 14 towing.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:30 PM   #23
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I actually thought about buying a GMC(Isuzu)W4500 crew cab (I have chiclets) with a flat bed and doing the same thing.

Load a toad and pull a trailer…….or was it the other way around……load a trailer and pull a toad

Either which way the W series trucks have an indestructible turbo big four cylinder diesel, rated to go 500K's+ without any major engine repairs.

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So I used to tow with a 5.3 Expedition. And it could do it but you had to work at it, all the time. In 2 years that SUV aged 5.

Looked for a 1996 or older straight 6 cummings for smog reason and ability. Took my time to find the Dodge that the motor had not been modified. Found a very clean 1996 with 150,000 miles and I did overpay a little. I Installed a cummings diesel "killer dowel pin" and now it is that known to be "million mile motor". Endless amount torque. If your really going to tow that airstream, it is amazing! You can take the stiffness out of the ride with a W/D hitch.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:21 PM   #25
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Last time i towed with a dodge cummins combined with a 26' van trailer I tipped the scales at just a touch over 26K and I got a ticket at the Louisiana scale for proof.

OOOHHHH snap

you have to take a travel trailer over the weight scales??? did not think of that. that can be a real pita as i remember getting to the scales and there was a line.. but that was 20 yrs ago.. now they have the weight in motion thing I see on I-85/40 near burlington nc area. but still a pain having to slow down and cross the scales.. what are they looking for, bad tags, over weight etc. we just to do log books and they would sometime ask to see them.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:19 PM   #26
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This trailer was a 26' van trailer. I had a 45' paint booth, a 1,500 pound bandsaw, and a fair size drill press on the trailer. The empty weight of this combination is about 14,000, i had a touch over 12,000 pounds on the trailer.

200 pounds over cost me $500. It would have been even more if not for my valid CDL.....

They haven't started pulling RVs across the scales yet even though many of the large units are well in excess of 26K lbs.
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They haven't started pulling RVs across the scales yet even though many of the large units are well in excess of 26K lbs.
Is 26,000 the point where you need a CDL?
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:36 PM   #28
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yeah when we got our first travel trailer years back, we had a gas Dodge Ram with a 5.9. It did good until you got to the hills and mountains of SWVA. 3k rpm 8 miles to the gallon. Work to keep it at 50mph. It was geared wrong too.

So we found a 2005 CTD 4wd, that had been on the shelf two years and had 8320 miles. Guy put it up for sale to finish his house. I bought it after driving it 5 miles down the road. That was in 07. Now its 2014, it has 30k and some change. I think the CTD is just getting broken in. I had changed the transmission fluid in it last year. You see people complaining about the automatics, but when you juice up the motor to way more than 800 ft-lbs of torque and you don't build the trans, well yeah something is gonna break.
Mine has not had any of those 'tuners'. Don't need it. It pulled our new 28' International like it was, a Palomino Pop-up camper.
Great fuel mileage, if you can keep your foot out of the throttle. I don't mind the three gallons of oil on a oil change. I change it myself, it is quite easy on this truck
Fuel filter is way easier to change than spark plugs. I always carry a couple extra fuel filters, but I watch where I get fuel. Never had an issue.
Good truck. I just hope no 'crazy' hits it. I don't know if I can go back to a gas truck. I kinda wish I had bought one of those Volkswagen Jetta's back before the EPA went Ape-_ _ _ _. I hear they run good too.
Not to get political, but I hate the EPA.
Have a good one !
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