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chrizg
04-30-2016, 11:29 PM
Trying to decide if I should try to upgrade my current truck (in sig) or purchase a new one. Truck is not chipped and the only mod so far is a 5" exhaust from the turbo with some kind of high air passing muffler. Truck is pretty loud.


At the end of last year we took our Big County to the factory to fix some frame flex and while there we went to the local dealership and they had a deal on a Landmark we couldn't pass up. Problem is the new camper is overweight for our truck. Rated towing cap for the truck is 13.5 and we are prob 15-16 loaded up.


Truck pulls it pretty decent and did ok on the 8 hour trip home, but the truck runs at around 200deg when pulling old camper(12k) and when empty and when pulling the new camper it runs 205 deg. Not a big deal, just notice that stuff. The only issue we had was a 10 or 12% grade up hill over in eastern iowa that I thought we weren't going to make it up the hill. Truck had to work hard to get up and almost sounded like the trans or something slipped. Truck didn't get hot or anything, just was working like crazy. I know that being over weight is enough to upgrade, but then I read stuff that this is a good year of truck, and people using older models pulling heavy.

jnbhobe
05-01-2016, 07:48 AM
I would shop for a different truck

Bones
05-01-2016, 08:05 AM
I agree you maybe pushing the truck a little hard.

Kbvols
05-01-2016, 08:09 AM
Just curious what truck do you have?


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MikeR
05-01-2016, 08:37 AM
It's listed in his signature.

Kbvols
05-01-2016, 08:57 AM
Got it ....signature doesn't show on Tapatalk...and is not listed in the profile on TApa


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wehavefun
05-01-2016, 09:01 AM
The good thing is your truck even though it is 2 wd has great value because of the Cummins!
A new truck has way more torque and horsepower you will be shocked!
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I have purchased a truck from them for a friend. One of the easiest, cleanest deals I have done and I have purchased many vehicles!

chrizg
05-01-2016, 07:43 PM
Just curious what truck do you have?

2006 Dodge Cummins Mega cab 2 wheel drive dually 3.73

caissiel
05-01-2016, 08:09 PM
Gages are an asset. The 5.9L is a great engine with a weak transmission. A transmission gage and slower speeds in the hills might save your truck.

Hansel
05-14-2016, 05:56 PM
10-12% grade I think most truck's might have some issue's, I find it amazing that you are over weight with a 3500 DRW, but again I don't know that much about Dodge truck's. Sounds like you are trying too talk yourself into a new truck, I know I do all the time but I can't afford another mortgage payment right now.

SNOKING
05-14-2016, 06:10 PM
New RAMs are really sweet. I say new 3500 DRW, Aisin tranny, rear air suspension and 3.73 or 4.10 gears(if you have 10-12% grades then 4.10's. However I question that?). Trim level is our choice, we have a Laramie and friend has Long Horn! Quiet, smooth and loaded with bells and whistles. You will get top dollar for your 06.

Chris

codycarver
05-14-2016, 06:27 PM
(if you have 10-12% grades then 4.10's. However I question that?).

Got'em here. Our truck has 4:30's.......love'em

Gaffer
05-15-2016, 12:31 PM
If you like your truck, keep it. Change your rear end gear ratio to 4.30 or even 4.56.

SNOKING
05-15-2016, 12:37 PM
If you like your truck, keep it. Change your rear end gear ratio to 4.30 or even 4.56.

That is a very slippery slope. 06's came with 3.73 or 4.10 gears. the 4.10 will get it up hills much better, however that is only half the battle as you have to come back down which means an exhaust brake. Then a beefed up tranny, a chip for more power, on and on.

New RAMs do that out the door! Yeah, I know that the other two do it also, put I am a three time RAM owner. 1993, 2001.5 and 2015.

Chris

Gaffer
05-16-2016, 10:42 AM
Yes the tranny will still be the weak link and I would not have another truck without an effective exhaust brake. I love heading down a 6% grade with the exhaust brake on and never touching the service brakes. I got 100k out of my front brakes thanks in part to the OEM exhaust brake.
That is a very slippery slope. 06's came with 3.73 or 4.10 gears. the 4.10 will get it up hills much better, however that is only half the battle as you have to come back down which means an exhaust brake. Then a beefed up tranny, a chip for more power, on and on.

New RAMs do that out the door! Yeah, I know that the other two do it also, put I am a three time RAM owner. 1993, 2001.5 and 2015.

Chris

JohnD
05-16-2016, 02:33 PM
I have a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD without any of the exhaust brake options . . .

If you know how to ride the tranny . . . going downhill in the Rocky Mountains ain't no issue!

While I wish I did have the exhaust brake option . . . I will have it when I purchase my next new truck.

Until then . . . I do know how to drive the Rocky Mountains . . . !

chrizg
08-02-2016, 09:16 PM
Ended up ordering a new truck. 2016 Dodge Ram Limited, 4.10, rear air, Aisin. Looking forward to that first pull with it.
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JWalker
08-02-2016, 09:25 PM
Sweet. You won't be disappointed. It's a towing beast.

SNOKING
08-02-2016, 09:33 PM
Ended up ordering a new truck. 2016 Dodge Ram Limited, 4.10, rear air, Aisin. Looking forward to that first pull with it.
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You did it right! Chris

Bones
08-03-2016, 05:59 AM
Ended up ordering a new truck. 2016 Dodge Ram Limited, 4.10, rear air, Aisin. Looking forward to that first pull with it.
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Sweet. You'll love the auto level.

DMaxRocks
08-03-2016, 02:50 PM
I have a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD without any of the exhaust brake options . . .

If you know how to ride the tranny . . . going downhill in the Rocky Mountains ain't no issue!

While I wish I did have the exhaust brake option . . . I will have it when I purchase my next new truck.

Until then . . . I do know how to drive the Rocky Mountains . . . !

Is your truck gas vs. diesel? The exhaust brake is a must for diesel vehicles pulling heavy in the mountains. I'm not even sure if you can put an exhaust brake on a gas engine.

Power247
08-03-2016, 05:49 PM
Ended up ordering a new truck. 2016 Dodge Ram Limited, 4.10, rear air, Aisin. Looking forward to that first pull with it.
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Good lookin rig. Congrats!!

Greg
2012 | RAM 2500 | CCSB | Custom tuned by Double R Diesel
2016 | Heartland Pioneer | DS310

Sarge
08-03-2016, 06:09 PM
Great minds think alike - ENJOY !!


Ended up ordering a new truck. 2016 Dodge Ram Limited, 4.10, rear air, Aisin. Looking forward to that first pull with it.
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JohnD
08-03-2016, 10:43 PM
Is your truck gas vs. diesel? The exhaust brake is a must for diesel vehicles pulling heavy in the mountains. I'm not even sure if you can put an exhaust brake on a gas engine.

It is a 2015 Chevy 2500HD gasser with the Vortec V8 and the 4.10 rear end.

It is my daily driver so I didn't want a diesel for that.

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SNOKING
08-04-2016, 09:54 AM
Compared to compression braking of a gas engine, diesels engines more or least free wheel down hills. Also the I-6 Cummins does this more than the two V-8 diesels for some reason. Thus the exhaust brake is more or less a requirement.

Loved the Bank EB on my 2001.5 RAM, and still learning to use the one on my 2015. The Banks brake was more predicable, coming on quicker and working better at lower RPMs. The 3.42 gears in the 2015 vs th 4.10's in the 2001.5 might be in play.

Chris

JohnD
08-04-2016, 09:21 PM
All I know is this . . .

Even though I have the gas engine, having the 4.10 rear end is awesome!

My 2015 Chevy 2500HD gasser with the 4.10 rear end is a trailer hauling beast!

And so far none of the big Colorado mountain passes haven't slowed down this truck!

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Notice the Ford F150 in the background with the hood up . . . and it isn't even a camper trailer in tow!

We'll be going over this pass again one week from today on our way to Blue Mesa (Gunnison), Colorado!

Photo in my sig line is where we are going next week.

Jim.Allison
08-05-2016, 01:11 AM
Why did you order a 2016? The shipping date on my new 2017 SRW is August 20? I ordered it about 35 days ago.


Ended up ordering a new truck. 2016 Dodge Ram Limited, 4.10, rear air, Aisin. Looking forward to that first pull with it.
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JohnD
08-05-2016, 01:42 AM
Why did you order a 2016? The shipping date on my new 2017 SRW is August 20? I ordered it about 35 days ago.

Maybe because of the looks . . .

The 2017 F350 SRW that I saw on the road was butt ugly . . .

SNOKING
08-05-2016, 08:56 AM
Maybe because of the looks . . .

The 2017 F350 SRW that I saw on the road was butt ugly . . .

I thought they were RAM'n it? How does F350 get into this? Chris

JohnD
08-05-2016, 11:20 AM
I thought they were RAM'n it? How does F350 get into this? Chris

I don't know . . . but about a month ago I saw a Ford F-350 SRW crew cab long bed pull out of the local Ford dealership (Omeara Ford in Northglenn) and it was the ugliest truck I've ever seen!

I've never seen one that looked like that so I assumed it was a new 2017!

Doesn't matter what it can pull . . . I'd never buy it because of the way it looked!

Like I said . . . it was butt ugly!

IronJ
08-05-2016, 12:25 PM
I don't know . . . but about a month ago I saw a Ford F-350 SRW crew cab long bed pull out of the local Ford dealership (Omeara Ford in Northglenn) and it was the ugliest truck I've ever seen!

I've never seen one that looked like that so I assumed it was a new 2017!

Doesn't matter what it can pull . . . I'd never buy it because of the way it looked!

Like I said . . . it was butt ugly!
If I only had a nickel for every curmudgeon that said that about the new front and dually fenders (Myself first and foremost!!) When the 6.7 hit the lots , and now owns one, I could have paid for my last new 6.7...lol...no but really

I gotta say I DO NOT like the new dually fenders and the front end does resemble a chevy...does that mean I wouldent buy one?..remains yet to be seen.....

None the less, when it comes to heavy towing and finesse......that there ford is a beast...looks are objective/subjective

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JohnD
08-05-2016, 02:16 PM
All I'm saying is this . . .

I saw one . . . and judging on looks . . . it was ugly and I wouldn't buy one,