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Old 12-27-2014, 07:19 AM   #1
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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 4x2 Remco drive shaft coupler

I hope the title covers my needs. I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 4x2 automatic transmission I'd love to be able to tow without using either a tow dolly or trailer.

Has anyone done this? Is it even possible?


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Old 12-27-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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I have a driveshaft disconnect on my wrangler.It completely disconnects the rear axle so it stays in park and no mileage is recorded.Google remco

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Old 12-27-2014, 08:13 AM   #3
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I've been on Remco's website, I'm not what you would call a mechanic but I did find a dealer close to me in Virginia Beach who I'll call on Monday.

I was more curious if there's anyone out there who has done it on my model truck or similar model. I don't even change my own oil.

My impression is that anything can be flat towed with the remake kit.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:21 PM   #4
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The end result is that I am now flat towing my Dodge Ram. It is a bit on the heavy side back there but tows pretty good.

I paid about $700 to Remco for a stub disconnect kit. I actually thought I was getting the entire driveshaft. My local driveshaft experts had to build me a new driveshaft. My initial experience wasn't that great. At 40mph it started vibrating, not too bad but noticeable. I took the truck back and they verified that it was balanced. Vibration was still there. However, the mechanic told me I could turn the yolk 180 degrees and it should be better. Not being a mechanic meant that information meant nothing to me. However after this recent trip the yolk must be in the right place because there's no vibration so for me, the none mechanic, it's going to be hit or miss.

The driveshaft cost a further $450.

The baseplate is a blue Ox. Brake system is the Air Force One.

Total cost was approximately $6,000 to get rid of a tow dolly.

The jury is out on the vibration. I'll update in a few months.

The actual operation of the disconnect kit is simple. It pulls out real easy. Reengaging takes a few minutes but nothing to worry about.

Lessons learned time:

All common sense.

Don't disconnect the toad on an incline. Even though it's in park it does roll, hence the driveshaft being disconnected. Could have been disastrous for me. Engage the park brake if I'm not on level ground.

Don't drive onto railroad ties and think you're going to disconnect the toad with one wheel still in the railroad tie. It was my first trip!!!!

BLUF. I'm very happy to tow my 2005 Dodge Ram.
2005 Newmar Dutchstar 4010, Spartan Chassis
Blue Ox Avanta LX towbar, AF One Brake System
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 4x2, Remco DS Disconnect Kit
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:55 AM   #5
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In hindsight you would have been better to order the complete driveshaft with coupler from Superflow Industries in Des Moines...who bought the rights to the disconnect from Remco. They make driveshaft balancers and know exactly what they are doing. Remco had problems selling just the couplers because all sorts of shops were cutting and welding the customer's driveshafts with varying results.

Mine is working better today than 3 years ago when I first had it installed. It does vibrate at around 62 mph if it so happens to engage 180 degrees out from the ideal balanced position. Just pull over, disengage and reconnect.

Oh...and do remember to set the parking brake before unhooking. My Yukon almost rolled backwards over the DW's leg in Silver City, NM the first year. I had to pull her out of the way.

And another thing...remember to disconnect the driveshaft after hooking up to the motorhome...say the night before and after a few beers. Toads don't roll very well behind the motorhome with their rear wheels locked in park.
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