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Old 07-08-2014, 04:15 AM   #141
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Virtually none of the Dodge dealers I have visited have a truly qualified diesel mechanic. They give the least qualified chap the job of oil changes and these chaps often strip the threads on the oil pan....

I use an independent shop where they specialize in the Dodge diesels. The owner and his son both have Dodge trucks and their staff of 16 top tier trained mechanics can do modifications and support to these Cummins engines.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:01 PM   #142
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Towed the 2014 International Serenity 28' today for the first time. The sales guy who is a trailer and camping guy himself during the test ride said that was the best ride he'd ever had -- the combination of of VM diesel, the eight speed shifter, the Hensley Arrow hitch, and an Airstream. The integrated tow package with the integrated brake controller was very, very sweet too.

This is with a factory base weight of 5,979 lbs and a factory specified hitch weight of 976 lbs. I still need to tow it to a CAT scale to get some of the true weights in question. It's pretty hostile for a deaf guy to try to get a CAT scale weight, but I have hope in the form of their iPhone app.

It towed really well, though there was some bumpiness due to I4 being remarkably shitty in Orlando -- I may need to adjust the tension some. Parked at the Fort Wilderness resort for the next couple of nights.

What does make me smile was the 19.5 to 20 MPG that I got towing today on the freeway!
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I thought I'd throw my two cents in after pulling my 30' FC with my ED.
My truck has the 3.55 rear end with the air suspension. Before the ED, I towed with a '12 RAM Hemi with the 3.92.

I have put about 3000 miles of towing so far, often through the mountains of I89 (VT & NH). I'm still smiling. It tows beautifully always keeping speed even when climbing the mountains. I'm getting between 15-16 mpg while towing.

I know it's not a 2500 CTD, but it was never a consideration for me. I don't like the ride of the 3/4 ton; there's a huge difference between those and the 1/2 ton PU's.

On a side note, the air suspension is absolutely amazing!!

I can't recommend the EcoDiesel enough.
How were the engine and tranny temps going uphill and from stopped could you get up to speed well?
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:07 PM   #144
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I keep the transmission temperature gauge always showing (you can configure this on the Ram). It gets to the same temperature point indication whether I'm towing, solo, uphill, downhill or drinking coffee
There's absolutely no temperature issue whatsoever.

Acceleration from the get go is a non issue. Remember, it's a freakin' 8 speed tranny.

Hell of a truck!!
Buy it!!! But get the air suspension!

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Old 07-10-2014, 10:51 PM   #145
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L o v e the EcoDiesel in my Overland Grand Cherokee!!!
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:03 AM   #146
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Just towed our new 28' International Serenity home to the Atlanta area with our EcoDiesel truck. It tows beautifully, and for most of the trip, kept within the 1550 RPM range. It would go up to 2000 RPM, and occasionally 3000 RPM to accelerate up hills.

Results from towing 450 miles from Orlando FL to Marietta GA -- the terrain was relatively hilly, and definitely not flat -- so keep that in mind when thinking about the mileage numbers below.

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  • 55 MPH - 20.5 to 22.0 MPG - ~$78.00 for 450 miles - 546 miles per tank
  • 60 MPH - 18.5 to 20.0 MPG - ~$90.00 for 450 miles - 494 miles per tank
  • 65 MPH - 16.0 to 16.5 MPG - ~$103.60 for 450 miles - 416 miles per tank
  • 70 MPH - 14.5 to 15.0 MPG - ~$114.82 for 450 miles - 377 miles per tank
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Glad to hear of your success!
Can I ask what differential you have; 3.55 or 3.92?
As well, do you have the air suspension?
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:19 AM   #148
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Hooray! Another EcoDiesel Airstreamer! My wife and I picked up our 28' International today, and it's still parked on the dealer lot while we overnight there.

My truck has the 3.55 rear end, but doesn't have the air suspension. I may have a different experience to report.
Sorry, I forgot about your previous post.
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Glad to hear of your success!
Can I ask what differential you have; 3.55 or 3.92?
As well, do you have the air suspension?
3.55, and no air suspension.

The 3.92 rear differential is something that you need to order from the factory apparently -- I had a lot of trouble finding any on dealer lots. Same goes for air suspension.

Doesn't seem to have hurt my truck's towing or mileage much.
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I was never able to tow in 8th gear, which means I'm towing always around the 2000 rpm range around 65mph. Note: I'm always using tow/haul mode.

Are you using tow/haul mode?
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Yeah, using tow/haul mode, which from my understanding and observation, appears to reduce the aggressiveness of the gear shifting.

The main difference between the speed bands is where on the 1500 to 2000 RPM range it lies, and the commensurate fuel being consumed. It's amazingly smooth about shifting across the gears, keeping within a certain RPM range.

I wasn't terribly comfortable with pushing 70 MPH for especially long -- the truck could handle it, but the Airstream seemed to protest a bit. Probably due to the 15' wheels and trailer tires.
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I was never able to tow in 8th gear, which means I'm towing always around the 2000 rpm range around 65mph. Note: I'm always using tow/haul mode.

Are you using tow/haul mode?
2000 rpm is most likely the sweet spot for the engine power band. My question is will the convertor lock in any gear other than 8th. If the convertor is locked in 7th you got the best of both worlds, the sweet spot and a cool transmission.
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I picked up my RAM 1500 EcoDiesel today. Wow! What a wonderful truck!
I ordered it on 2 June and it arrived this morning. 42 days. Not too shabby.

I'll post some pics on a new thread when it is all cleaned up. It rained a good bit here today.
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