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Old 03-16-2016, 06:06 PM   #15
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I have the same vehicle. I pull a Montana. No problems whatsoever. I did install rear air bags. MPG pulling is about 9-10.
What is the weight on the Montana?
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:50 PM   #16
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Over on the "Cummins Diesel Forum" you will find a forum just for the 2500 and 6.4 with guys that tow and have had diesel and gone to the 6.4.
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:52 AM   #17
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Over on the "Cummins Diesel Forum" you will find a forum just for the 2500 and 6.4 with guys that tow and have had diesel and gone to the 6.4.
LOL! Those poor slobs must really catch it! I may check that out, has to be the popcorn capital of the world.

We have (or had) a lot of oil industry locally. Biggest oil county in the nation. Lots of 1 ton dually service trucks/welding rigs. Recently I was at the local Ram dealer and he had at least 1/2 dozen shorty 1 ton cab chassis with the 6.4 Hemi. He said the demand for them is pretty high due to the 9-11 K lower price and slightly larger payload. My brother in law in Texas said the same about a lot of ranchers there getting the 6.4 over the CTD due to cost.
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The diesel guys understand. For me, 1 year of driving= $130 fuel filters, $30 oil filters, 6 gal of oil, $60 in DEF. $30 air filter. I do all my own service. + the diesel option of $9K. But it sure tows the TT sweet. Would I do it again? Hummmmmmm.
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Some one asked what model Montana. It is a 2015 Mountaineer. 39 feet in length. You can install air bags (shocks) I have the coil spring suspension. Brand I used was Firestone. Purchased from Real Truck web site. Did not get inside automatic air compressor. I drilled hole in bumper and fill from there. I went slow took a full day to install. Well worth the $250.
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I use synthetic motor oil. $100 a change which I do myself. Took out air filter use life time air filer. If I could find a cold air induction kit would use but none are made for the 6.4 hemi.
There have been 5 minor recalls on truck involving seat belt, air bags, computer reprogramming. The ride is great, power great.
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You can 'comfortably' tow the smaller to mid size 5th wheels. You can not how a 42' Toy Hauler.

What I always felt would be perfect to tow with a 3/4 ton gasser truck would be the 5th wheels advertised to be 1/2 him truck towable.
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I just traded that same truck in cause I got a bigger fifth wheel. But pulled my grand design 318bhs no problem, plenty of power and I was within all the capacities. I only got about 7mpg towing. Still used a slide hitch too.
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The real plus of a Diesel is the down hill braking with the exhaust brake. Coming down mountain grades with 5 tons pushing you is not the time to ask yourself are my brakes adjusted and will they fry before l get to the bottom. I have used jake brakes in class eight truck for over three decades and would never own one without one.
If you can't afford a diesel with an exhaust brake remember this old truckers rule.
Never go down the mountain any faster then you went up.
You can go down too slow many times but you can go down too fast just once.
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The real plus of a Diesel is the down hill braking with the exhaust brake. Coming down mountain grades with 5 tons pushing you is not the time to ask yourself are my brakes adjusted and will they fry before l get to the bottom. I have used jake brakes in class eight truck for over three decades and would never own one without one.
If you can't afford a diesel with an exhaust brake remember this old truckers rule.
Never go down the mountain any faster then you went up.
You can go down too slow many times but you can go down too fast just once.
Very well said. Most people not used to towing OR driving a heavy vehicle think they will stop like a itty bitty car... NOT.... Go slow, leave 5 times as much room to stop. (at least) Don't ride the brakes down hill. If you need, slow down and manually down shift the trans into a lower gear.
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