Originally Posted by Bamaman
The new generation diesels are plenty strong to pull most RV's--forward.
What's lacking is the ability to brake well and handle super heavy loads given the relatively low truck weights and short wheelbases.
At one point, which may be some larger toyhaulers, a medium duty truck is warranted for towing.
Too bad that owners with enough money to buy larger tow vehicles may be too old to climb up into such tall vehicles.
I can tell you the braking system on my new 3500 DRW hauls a 17,500 pound 5th wheel down quite fast. I'm not sure if the brake surfaces on the 3500 is any larger than my 2500 (I haven't looked), or if the integrated brake controller is working better, but it stops fast.
I have noticed that on my new 3500 the braking is a whole lot better than the 2500 was. The 2500 seemed to have a vague brake feel, and fade. The 3500 drw has very positive braking. No fade that I have felt. Yes I might be bias because I have a new truck, but the truth is this truck is meant to tow. I think Ram hit it out of the park with this rig.
Off the the subject, but in tune with the towing theme, most of the the Hotshots you see towing on the highways these days from what I see s a fulltimer are mostly Ram 3500 dually's. There are also Ford dually's out there also, but far and away the majority of the trucks are Rams. Just saying!
I remember back in 1997 I was 1 of 2 Cummins techs at a Dodge dealer, and I got to service all the Loggers Dodge Cummins trucks, and a whole fleet of Dodge trucks from a large cattle ranch, so these trucks got trashed every day towing heavy loads. All they ever required was valve adjustments, and the fluid and brake changes.
During that time I was up hunting on our property up in the mountains, and I was taking a break. I heard what I knew from the sound was a Dodge pickup with a Cummins in it climbing up the 7% grade below me. Believe me as a tech yu can tell a Cummins a mile away. Anyway when he cam around the turn, and I could finally see him,, It was an older 3500 dually pulling a very long flatbed trailer with a load of logs on the back that would rival any semi truck log trucks load, and he was making time.
I said to myself that if I could ever afford to buy a diesel pickup it would be a Dodge with a Cummins in it. Now I've had the pleasure of having 2. I'm a lucky man. Oh and a hardcore Cummins fan.