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Old 06-08-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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Is a Dodge with a cummins a good tow vehicle? If so, is there a location on the airforum where I can learn what people are pulling with them? Appreciate any information.

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Old 06-08-2014, 11:31 PM   #2
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A dodge with a cummins is an excellent tow vehicle. Imho it is the only diesel offered in a pickup that makes financial sense.

I say this even though i hold a 25 year old grudge against Dodge.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:33 PM   #3
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You'll accelerate going up hill pulling most any airstream with a Cummins. And enugh tow vehicle weight to take up some braking fauxpaws in the trailer. But there's discussion on the diesel truck being too solid and not enough give, for your airstream's comfort, with potential for popped rivets.

But I'd sure hate to put out the money for a new one.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:38 AM   #4
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Is a Dodge with a cummins a good tow vehicle? If so, is there a location on the airforum where I can learn what people are pulling with them? Appreciate any information.

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Hi, on this forum you'll find that people are pulling Airstreams with them.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:11 AM   #5
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I have always been a Ford kind of guy. I love my 2012 F-250 Power Stroke. But when it comes to that particular class of tow vehicles I have to say the Cummins engine is probably the best you can get. So I would have to say "YES"..... it is a good tow vehicle.... steve
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:44 AM   #6
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I have a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 with the Cummins Diesel engine, and overall it is a great engine, and a good tow vehicle. Mine is a 4X4, and they have issues in the front suspension and steering. Not as stable or accurate of steering as the 4X2, but it can be improved. Should you get a 4X4 and want to improve on it's handling, give me a shout and I'll let you know what helps.

Prior to getting this truck I had a GMC 2500 with the Duramax Diesel engine, and I liked it as well. IMHO, it was a better truck, had better suspension and handling, I had no problems with it, but the engine wasn't rated to deliver as many trouble free miles. I traded it at 120K miles without having any problems with it.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:45 AM   #7
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You don't NEED a diesel to tow an Airstream, you may WANT one. Just be prepared to pay a lot more money initially and a lot more money for maintenance vs a gas, and more money for fuel. All of that extra money for additional power and a few more miles per gallon.
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I tow with a Dodge with a Cummins. I think it is a great TV.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:19 AM   #9
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Dodge with cummins

Imo, along the lines of. Pappy's thoughts, a gas engine makes more economic sense for towing an Airstream.

My 5.3 pulls my 6,500 lb trailer very well, and i doubt a new cummins equipped dodge could be bought for twice (or thrice almost) what i paid for my. 08 Chevy 4x4.
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Craig,

BTW, welcome to Airforums you'll enjoy the conversations and the trailer.

I tow with an 05 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L 6 speed.

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We started with the 2007 Ram 2500 diesel and then traded for a 2012 Ram 2500 diesel. I did a lot of research before we bought the 2007 and concluded the Cummins engine was the best. I love the truck, the power, and the stability. It could probably pull 2 or 3 Airstreams.

That said, there are a lot of good tow vehicles out there, and a close look at the towing thread will give you lots of options, including the 1/2 ton trucks.
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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....

2012 models are the last year without the "DEF" fluid inconvenience and expense. Running out of DEF in a remote area can be a negative experience as the engine will not restart after the out of DEF message is displayed until the DEF tank is refilled. The stuff is still not available at every remote Mom & Pop store.

Our rig crossed the scales at 18,860 pounds and tows the mountains without breaking a sweat. If your interest continues, send me a PM (by clicking on my handle to the left) and I can fill you in on modifications to my truck that make the driveline run cooler.

The level ride air suspension by Kelderman softened the ride for both the trailer and the truck passengers. I can dump the rear air bag air and lower the tailgate over three inches which make loading and unloading easier for me as I am relatively short and less agile now at 69.
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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.
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