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Old 06-09-2014, 10:16 PM   #29
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I had my first diesel ram before my airstream came to live with us.I had a well built Chevy truck prior.I really loved that truck but didn't realize how much I would save by dumping it for the diesel.Before and after every trip there was always something needed to be fixed-upgraded.I will say that 94 has needed less repairs than anything I have ever owned.The Rams have been updated to have all the features of a luxury car while still having a 30k towing capacity.Feel free to pm me for any specific questions on the pros and cons of the different years
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:18 PM   #30
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I began towing my 34' Limited with my 1996 Dodge Cummins in 2001. I sold the trailer in 2013. Towing with the Cummins was a joy in every way! On our first tow I was getting the feel for it on U.S. 30 east bound out of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Previous tows of the Limited were with my 5.7 Chevy and maximum speed over this incline was about 30mph (automatic transmission). Halfway up I was still in fifth gear, and must have been grinning because my wife looked over and said, “You're really enjoying this aren't you.” She was right and the twelve additional years were just as enjoyable.

In those twelve years I never experienced any trailer problems that I felt were attributable to the ride quality of the truck. My hitch was fastened just tight enough to make the unit level.

Since age has made me decide it wise to not continue to tow, I'm now in the process of selling the truck (it is listed in the Forum classifieds). I hate to part with it, but really have no use for it now.
I think I have seen your truck on TDR-an awesome example of the second gen
It would make an excellent first diesel for anyone.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:24 PM   #31
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The only problem with the older 5.9 Cummins is that they are SOOOO LOUD!! Oh yeah, the Dodge trannies couldn't hold up be they auto or hand shaker, both had problems under load.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:07 AM   #32
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I'm pretty happy with my '12 Ram 3500 CTD 4X4 Crew Cab. Lots of power and quiet too.

I've read a few posts on this site critical of heavy duty tow vehicles. I might not need that much truck, but I've pulled several mountain passes over the past twenty years and that power really comes in handy. I started out with an '86 F250 w/ 460 gas engine and the right floorboard (above the exhaust) would get so hot you couldn't touch it (and it didn't have anywhere near as much torque as a Cummins).

When we picked up our new AS (Flying Cloud 27) last month, I had to remind myself there was a trailer back there (after I got up to speed). I stuck with the 60 mph truck speed limit and pulled a couple passes with no trouble at all. (I know much of this is due to the AS design, but our AS and our Ram work really well together.)
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:38 AM   #33
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The only problem with the older 5.9 Cummins is that they are SOOOO LOUD!! Oh yeah, the Dodge trannies couldn't hold up be they auto or hand shaker, both had problems under load.
All transmissions will have problems under load at some point. Their very life relies on consumable materials (clutch wear, fluid, etc.). For every Dodge tranny issue you find, I can find you one from Ford and GM, if not more.

In my nearly 12 years of hardcore diesel pick-up research and 10 solid years of diesel pick-up ownership, I have come to find that Dodge receives an unfounded poor transmission reputation, exactly like the propagated myth that Ford owns Cummins.

In regards to the suggestions for gas vehicles, they will do the work, but at 3-4,000 RPM, versus my 2,000 RPM. Ever drive on a long trip at 4,000 RPM? Let me tell you, it's exhausting, and this difference between gas and diesel is significant and worth every penny!
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:50 AM   #34
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The Gertag 5 speeds that Dodge put behind the first generation Cummins Diesels were "special". Total junk.

After the second one failed in my less than 50,000 mile 1990 truck and Dodge failed to stand behind it I started my now 24 year old embargo.
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Dodge has always had transmission problems compared to the Ford Torqueshift and the Allison. The new Dodge tranny with 8 speeds is constantly "searching" for the right gear according to some conversations in the tranny world. Actually, problem wise, the Ford transmission has had the best record since 2005 of all the big 3 HD transmissions.
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These autos with more than 4 speeds are not performance enhancers, they are used to try to make MPG requirements.
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These autos with more than 4 speeds are not performance enhancers, they are used to try to make MPG requirements.
That is true, however they really do help while towing. In the past I had a GMC with the 5.3 and a four speed auto (07), and it really had a struggle when we upgraded from a vintage 23' to a newer 25' wide body. But, later a friend of ours with an '08 GMC 5.3 and the six speed upgraded from a 25' to a 30' wide body, and I was amazed at how well it did pull the trailer.

Later I let him try my Duramax with his trailer, and a week later he had a new Duramax.
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Dodge with Cummins

The Duramaxs pull great when they are running right no doubt.

I have one that once had an Edge EMS, it was a hoss on "Level 5".

I took the tuner off when it was converted to a work truck.
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Dodge has always had transmission problems compared to the Ford Torqueshift and the Allison. The new Dodge tranny with 8 speeds is constantly "searching" for the right gear according to some conversations in the tranny world. Actually, problem wise, the Ford transmission has had the best record since 2005 of all the big 3 HD transmissions.
Sir, can you qualify your statement? Sources? If so, please do. Thanks.
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These autos with more than 4 speeds are not performance enhancers, they are used to try to make MPG requirements.
Absolutely correct, which is also why you may see the standard shift transmission become extinct in the not-so-distant future.
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Is 26,000 the point where you need a CDL?
You never need a CDL unless you are operating a commercial motor vehicle. RV's don't count- not a commercial motor vehicle. No special training or Driver's license is ever required to operate any privately owned, not-for-hire RV, even those motorhomes as big as a Greyhound bus.
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Is 26,000 the point where you need a CDL?
There are different "classes" of CDL's. 26,000# is the point at which you go from class D to class B or A.
Class B is up to 80,000#, no air brakes- which is silly because vehicles over 26,000# generally have air brakes.
Class A is up to 80,000#, air brakes, haz-mat, the whole 9 yards- think 18 wheelers or big dump trucks-
Class D is for a commercial motor vehicle with a GVW between 10,001-26,000#-
None of these is required for any RV, only commercial motor vehicles.
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