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Old 03-01-2016, 07:12 AM   #29
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Those are some very nice reports of happy campers with handshakers.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:17 PM   #30
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If you are comfortable, go for it. I like manuals, they will stand up better. Automatics have came a long way, but pulling an Airstream can be hard on an automatic.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:57 PM   #31
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Thanks to everyone who replied. My intent was to make sure that there wasn't anything universally bad or inconvenient about pulling an Airstream with a standard shift. I am firmly convinced that there isn't.

Will test drive the truck today and we'll see what happens.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:23 PM   #32
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If you are comfortable, go for it. I like manuals, they will stand up better. Automatics have came a long way, but pulling an Airstream can be hard on an automatic.

Yep , there is a longstanding saying about slush boxes " automatics "

It's not a question of " if "one of them will leave you walking ,
it's a matter of when
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:49 PM   #33
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Great anti theft device. You would be hard pressed to find a young hooligan who would be able to drive it.
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Old 03-01-2016, 06:14 PM   #34
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If my dodge had a stick, I would hope someone would steal it....
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Old 03-02-2016, 05:11 AM   #35
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My first big boy tow vehicle was a 3500 Dodge dually Cummins powered with a manual transmission...when the dealer told me just start it in 3rd or 4th if I wasn't towing I thought he was kidding...nope. That thing had too much torque honestly....absolutely the most miserable ride on its own...it lived to tow, so if you're going to use your truck as a daily driver, I'd stay away from the 2003 era Dodge 3500's....pretty sure you can pick one up for a song but not sure if your elbow will say it's worth it...
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Mines an '04. Manual says, effectively, every gear, every time. I'm on original clutch at 210k. The man trans trucks are slower to accelerate.

Yes, the past ten years and more have improved the ride. Hydraulic can bushings, etc.

KONI FSD shocks, developed for ambulances, etc, are an upgrade on 4WD trucks. Same for high end custom shock/spring packages.

Air ride is also available aftermarket.
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when the dealer told me just start it in 3rd or 4th if I wasn't towing I thought he was kidding...nope. That thing had too much torque honestly......

That is a recipe for abusing a clutch and wearing out the facings prematurely.

First gear with a load, Second gear if empty. Engine at idle, no additional fuel, smoothly raise the pedal up and that Cummins and the 6 speed will do its job.

Starting in higher gears requires additional clutch slippage to get everything in motion. Slippage creates heat, heat is the number 1 driver controlled enemy of clutch disc facings.

Not to mention the trans isn't happy taking off in higher gears either.
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Old 03-02-2016, 02:15 PM   #38
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What he said-
Ease out of the clutch before applying fuel to keep the rig from bucking and jumping-
Smooth and fluid is your goal-


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I bought a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500HD 4WD, 6-speed. Awesome truck.

It came with an air ride system and brake controller and full towing package, which of course I will need to pull the Airstream.

And yes, I definitely start in 2nd gear and sometimes do a 2nd, 4th, 6th as I'm driving normally. You really don't need every gear when you're not pulling a heavy rig with a truck like this.

Thanks again for all of your help. Much appreciated.
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I towed with manual trans trucks for years and never had an issue. Stop-n-Go traffic was a pain, otherwise no issues for me. As for backing, the ratio for most reverse gears is very low and I seldom had to feather the clutch while backing.

Just my experience.
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I like driving stick shifts ... 'Cept I keep dropping my donuts & spilling the coffee
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I like driving stick shifts ... 'Cept I keep dropping my donuts & spilling the coffee
I use to hang the doughnuts from the shifter. With 3-on-the tree its easy to grab a bite on the up-shift from 1st to 2nd gear. This does not work so well with floor shifters though.
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