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Old 03-29-2015, 07:07 PM   #57
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Jethro, as stated before, all 3 are great trucks. But please show some credibility to your posts. The Allison/duramax combo in my opinion was and is the best around. Recently with the aisin/cummins combo there is some major competition and with a few more years of data will likely be at the top. I am a GM guy so I'm a little partial but I would rate the the GM and ram "power train" at the top with ford coming in a distant 3rd. Duramax/Allison has been tried and proven for quite a few years and the newish cummins/aisin is as well. In my opinion it goes, cummins, duramax, powerstroke for engines and Allison, aisin for transmission which at this point I have no experience with the aisin.
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:55 PM   #58
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I just look at the guys that own their trucks and haul RV's and other commodities. Most are RAM's with GM behind them and Ford way at the back of the pack. Same goes for full timers RV parks.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:28 PM   #59
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Rams are more popular because they cost less. Now the newest ones might be up in price but through out the years this has been the case.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:30 PM   #60
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The popularity of truck brands varies across different regions.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:03 AM   #61
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Rams are more popular because they cost less. Now the newest ones might be up in price but through out the years this has been the case.
Yup, that's true, they used to be about 10k cheaper, for good reason. It's amazing how much better they've gotten in the last few years though. Ive always seen way more Fords towing and when driving through the rv parks. Seen a few motor homes towing Chevy half tons though, haha
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:30 AM   #62
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The biggest thing about staying within the manufacturers ratings is for those that haven't towed a lot or are just beginning, when you are at or above the maximum specs of the truck, you have to drive them a little different. Those of us that have been towing for a long time know this automatically, but those that are new to it may not and they can get into a compromising situation relatively easy.
The manufacturers don't help this any when they state that you can tow this much weight, then in fine print tell you not to exceed any of the weight specs.
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:06 AM   #63
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Rams were more popular also due the engine. Cummins has alot of name recognition. Fiat has dumped a whole bunch of money into. Ram and it shows in all areas. They are much better trucks then even five yrs ago.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:51 AM   #64
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You should be more then fine
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:25 PM   #65
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There has been some terrific information shared here and I have learned a lot, I have been pulling my 5th wheel for the last few years with my 2006 Dodge 2500. I have had to put in a torque converter, then a complete new transmission. I was leaning towards a Chevy because of the Allison tranny. When I read about the new Aisin I thought that Dodge has realized they have a problem and are taking steps to fix it, lets hope they have, the Cummins engine I really like. My 2500 when I dropped the trailer on it dipped down a bit and I felt like I was on the edge for the weight so I stuck air bags into it. Now the question was should I put them into the 3500. I think the answer is no.

Which is a good thing as my kid and his buddy have taken an old Ford 1/2 ton we have at work and are turning it into a moose hauler.



They got an old flat deck and stuck it on.





The truck is ending of what they call phase 1, click on the small picture it is a video



Now it needs a set of ramps to load the quad with and to double for skidding the moose up onto the deck. That and some bush bars/'A' frame with a snatch block.

A moose is quite heavy, so with the deck and etc. I believe the perfect place for those air bags will be under the moose hauler. If it turns out I need air bags under the 3500 I will put in a set with an on board compressor.

Here are the "Moose Hauler" creators, a cutting outfit and a welding machine and a few beer will create just about anything.

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Old 04-02-2015, 08:32 AM   #66
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I just can't understand why a manufacturer would outfit a 1 ton truck, with almost the exact running gear as their same 3/4 ton truck. I don't think there is any difference between the Ram 2500 and the 3500 except the door jam sticker that says it as more payload capicity. Yes the 3500 has another small set of leaf springs. If your going to build a 1 ton, put the right frigging size wheels on it. Like 19.5's.

In all honesty, my 2014 Ram 2500 sat the exact same way as my new 2015 3500 DRW does.

I had the Firestone ride rite, with on board compressor, and it was pretty nice. I could level the truck with about 11 psi in the bags. It did make a difference.

I didn't like the ride pty however. I felt that even with the required minimum air psi (5lbs), the bags and the coil spring system rode worse than just a stock truck. The coil springs were a good ride though.

I went 8,000 miles with a 5er that weighed, 16k. When I got the next 5er that was 17.5 k I thought I needed everything I could get to level it out.

Ended up biting the bullet and bought a 3500 drw. Still isn't perfect, but it works a whole lot better, and is very stable. I'm broke now but I'm safer.



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I treat an airbag just like a tire. It is made of rubber, if it is rubbing on something, hit with a sharp object or not cared for properly it will fail. However I have dealt with people running our airbags for 20 years without a bag failure.

The nice thing about adding on an airbag load support kit is that if the bag happens to fail, you are still relying on your leaf springs so you are still able to drive despite having a damaged bag. In short a failed air bag is not the end of the world and should not prevent you from getting to your destination.
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Of course you can still drive with a conventional leaf spring rear suspension with airbags and have a failure in the air system. There have and will be failures, as I'm sure you know.

They do work. They worked for me on my 2014 Ram 2500. No question about that.

I'm concerned about a pickup with just air bags on back and no springs, like the new Ram pickups.

I can add bags to my Ram 3500 drw, but I don't think you could add springs to the new Rams with air suspension very cost effectively.
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That would definitely concern me. I would think though that Dodge has took this into consideration and incorporated a stop in bag maybe. That would be something I would research if I was in the market for one.
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I'm sure they have, but Murphys law and all.
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