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