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Old 09-18-2015, 07:15 PM   #57
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My 2011 HO Dually did fine with the 3:42's and 68RFE where it did not shine is getting the load rolling. With the Aisin the starting gears are lower. I towed 28-30K combined for 65K with zero problems.

Running in 5th with 3:42's is the same as running in 6th with 4:10's.
For me I'm only towing about 5 times a year. I'm questioning the added $5000. (includes the 5th wheel prep and auto leveling rear suspension)
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My 2011 HO Dually did fine with the 3:42's and 68RFE where it did not shine is getting the load rolling. With the Aisin the starting gears are lower. I towed 28-30K combined for 65K with zero problems.

Running in 5th with 3:42's is the same as running in 6th with 4:10's.
Yeah, my 2014 Ram ctd with the 3.42 gears and the 68 rfe worked good also, until I would get in stop and go city traffic while towing when it was warm outside. The Trans would get pretty darn warm. I didn't like it at all. The Aisin and 4.10's never get above 170 deg, usually right around 163-165. Sooooo much nicer.
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Everything I've read, and the Ram owners I know, all love the Aisin transmission and say they'd never go back to the 68RFE. The air level would be nice but if I had an option I'd do the Aisin for sure and probably pass on the air level.
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I guess my only question is do I need it for the added $5,000? The more horsepower (15 more hp) truck with Aisin (65lbs more torque) also comes with 5th wheel prep, auto level suspension and cargo box camera.
Everything else is the same Lariat package with 6.7 Cummins except with 68RFE trans.

What would you do? Like I said, only an added $57. per mo. over the full term.
NO QUESTION!!! Go for the GOLD!
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Yeah, my 2014 Ram ctd with the 3.42 gears and the 68 rfe worked good also, until I would get in stop and go city traffic while towing when it was warm outside. The Trans would get pretty darn warm. I didn't like it at all. The Aisin and 4.10's never get above 170 deg, usually right around 163-165. Sooooo much nicer.
I had stop and go thru Palm Springs with the 11 Dually and the temps did hit 225. Other then that they stayed cool even in hot weather towing 6% grades.

The Aisin stays cool in all conditions. This pic is 5 miles into Vantage Pass Westbound I-90 coming up from the Columbia River towards Ellensburg, WA. It a very long steady grade about 5%. Trans stays the same on long 6% grades. Notice outside temp.

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Everything I've read, and the Ram owners I know, all love the Aisin transmission and say they'd never go back to the 68RFE. The air level would be nice but if I had an option I'd do the Aisin for sure and probably pass on the air level.
If there were no such thing as the Aisin I would be happy with the 68RFE. Mine performed very well for 65K.

The rear air is really nice! I leave mine in "alt trailer" all the time. I like the truck riding near level. Don't like the AZZ end high look.

The money spent for a "quality" on board air system, bags and in cab independent bag controls is not much less then the $1,350 option for the factory rear air ride.

My truck rides GREAT loaded or unloaded.
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NO QUESTION!!! Go for the GOLD!
You're quick to spend my cash LOL! I guess I asked for that with a loaded question.

Thanks for your continuous replies Cummins12V98.

Like anything, once you've bought it, you're stuck with it long term. I just want to make sure I've covered all my bases. By all I've read, I'm leaning more to the truck with the Aisin Trans. I've asked my dealer to look into finding one with 3:73 rear end.
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"I'm leaning more to the truck with the Aisin Trans. I've asked my dealer to look into finding one with 3:73 rear end"

That combo will have a Dually wrapped around it.
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Had dealer check.
No 2015 Laramie 3500 SRW's with 3:73 gears already built in Canada. All have 3:42.
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Go big or go home Brother. Naw just kidding ya. The DRW for me works best.
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I Bit The Bullet!

I bit the bullet and signed on the dotted line today for a new 2015 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie 4x4 SRW SB. c/w 6.7 HO Turbo Diesel 385hp, Aisin Trans 865fp torque, 220v alternator, 5th wheel prep, auto level rear air suspension, cargo cam, Pullrite 18k 5er hitch, Trifold Tonneau cover. She's loaded to the nuts.
I'm surprised it doesn't have a dishwasher and a fireplace LOL! It's white with tan interior.

It should be here Monday.

Heres the beauty part.........payment almost fully covered by my monthly truck allowance at work!

Im so excited, I think I just pee'd a little!
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I bit the bullet and signed on the dotted line today for a new 2015 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie 4x4 SRW SB. c/w 6.7 HO Turbo Diesel 385hp, Aisin Trans 865fp torque, 220v alternator, 5th wheel prep, auto level rear air suspension, cargo cam, Pullrite 18k 5er hitch, Trifold Tonneau cover. She's loaded to the nuts.
I'm surprised it doesn't have a dishwasher and a fireplace LOL! It's white with tan interior.

It should be here Monday.

Heres the beauty part.........payment almost fully covered by my monthly truck allowance at work!

Im so excited, I think I just pee'd a little!
Holy Crap! Good for you. You will be really happy when you hook up and tow.

Throw some weight in the back and set auto level remove weight and it will stay running in alt trailer mode until you turn button off. That will lower the rear a bit and will ride near level.

Does the truck have the hitch towing prep? If so I would highly recommend the B&W RVK3600. Most people don't need a slider just mount the hitch in the rear position. Best truck deserves the best hitch. Rock solid no banging or clanking.



Just noticed you said PullRite. If you don't have it yet I would re think.
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Welcome to the Ram CTD owner's. You've got one heck of a towing beast there .Cummins12v98 is absolutely correct on the Hitch. Once you see one, the others just look weak in comparison. Not knocking the folks that have other brands, but check out how much material is in the B&W. It's friggin solid .
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Welcome to the Ram CTD owner's. You've got one heck of a towing beast there .Cummins12v98 is absolutely correct on the Hitch. Once you see one, the others just look weak in comparison. Not knocking the folks that have other brands, but check out how much material is in the B&W. It's friggin solid .
I agree on the quality. I am accused of being a B&W "FanBoy" all the time. My comments are for people that are new to this or are wanting a new hitch or they are not satisfied with what they have.
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