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Old 08-21-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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Dodge 2500 V10 8.0L for tow?

I'm looking at a 2002 Dodge 4x4 2500 truck to use as a tow vehicle. It has a 4.10 rear end and the gas V10 8.0L that is rated at 12700 lbs towing. My question is - has anyone else towed with this vehicle or a similar V10 8.0 and what's your opinion of the truck?

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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I towed 30' and 36' Jayco Designer 5th wheels with a 1996 3500 (dually) with the V-10, 47RE automatic and 3.54 rear axle. The biggest limitation you have is the LOW GVWR of the 2500-series truck - you'll exceed the GVWR before you ever approach your manufacturer's trailer tow rating.

The V-10 itself was bulletproof. A word to the wise - if the truck is an automatic, get the largest oil-to-air transmission cooler you can find and then plumb it in the hot line between the transmission and the radiator tank cooler. The instructions will tell you to plumb it after the radiator tank cooler in the return line to the transmission - DON'T. You want to dump all the heat you can from the transmission fluid with the new auxiliary cooler BEFORE it gets dumped in the engine coolant by the radiator tank cooler. This (and a properly working thermal fan clutch) will eliminate any tendencies for coolant overheating towing in low speed traffic or up long grades where the torque converter is unlocked and generating tremendous amounts of heat because of fluid shear. With that auxiliary cooler added, the transmission never had a problem, and engine temperatures were under control.

The 3.54 gears were terrible for towing (55 MPH in 2nd gear @ 3500 RPM up long grades); the 4.10s should be much better. Another lesson learned for me.

Fuel mileage - don't ask!! 6.5 MPG towing a 13,500 GVWR 5th wheel in the Texas Hill Country.


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Old 08-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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Towed my last 5er, 10,000lbs , GVWR , for 5 years , 100,000kms ( 60k miles) with an exactly equipped 2000 , 4X4, Quad cab 4:10 .
The only issue with the unit , is the transmission , reverse gear ratio.
When your towing with the truck , loaded to near the GCWR, backing up any kind of an incline, is difficult. To save the trans , shift into 4wheel low.
Running on the I-5 in CA, where the towing limit is 55mph. I got as high as 12.5 mpg. Climbing hills , if the engine RPM is over 3000, you might as well pour the fuel out on the road . Running empty truck would get 16.
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