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Old 08-04-2022, 03:07 PM   #15
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There is a lot of difference between a 2019 Ram 1500 and 2004 Ram 3500. I traded a 2011 F-150 on a 2012 F-450. The bigger truck was easy to get used to. But I did not loose technology.

I bet the 2019 Ram 1500 was a pretty nice truck with rear camera, satellite radio, big screen, power everything. The 2004 probably as crank windows.
Lol...I can handle the ribbing, tuffr2. Yeah, older truck BUT it does have power EVERYTHING. No rear camera, which I miss, but I can fix that. No satellite radio but I never was an XM subscriber. Better speakers in the '04 by far. Better A/C in the '04 by far. Crappy P-rated tires on the '19; nice new Michelin LT's on the '04.
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There is a lot of difference between a 2019 Ram 1500 and 2004 Ram 3500. I traded a 2011 F-150 on a 2012 F-450. The bigger truck was easy to get used to. But I did not loose technology.

I bet the 2019 Ram 1500 was a pretty nice truck with rear camera, satellite radio, big screen, power everything. The 2004 probably as crank windows.
None of those things matter when it comes to a safe and stable tow vehicle. I know you love new things and the latest gadgets but the 2004 Ram 3500 is twice the tow vehicle a 2019 Ram 1500 is.

Oh, and my 2003 Ram 3500 has power windows, power seats, power adj pedals, back up camera, bluetooth, etc. ;-)




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Old 08-04-2022, 03:20 PM   #17
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I forgot about the pwr adjustable pedals! My DW loves them.
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Old 08-04-2022, 03:39 PM   #18
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I wished I had the adjustable pedals. My Tradesman does not, and I am way too close to the steering wheel. I have to be to get the clutch all the way down.

Need to find a ('03-'04) straight shift in the salvage yard with the adjustable pedals. They can be manually set to position if there is no connector in the wiring harness, no need to adjust them in the future.

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Old 08-04-2022, 03:51 PM   #19
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Nice truck, I had an '06 Big Horn dually.....a beast!
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Old 08-06-2022, 07:34 PM   #20
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My 2004.5 Ram now has 116k. I bought it used 10 years ago with 61K. Under my ownership, the truck has been to the shop one time (not counting the tire shop) for an air bag recall. I keep a simple note card in the glove box documenting date and mileage of the routine maintenance items which I easily do myself. Most of the miles put on by me have been towing a 10K fifth wheel. My confidence level of getting to my destination without truck drama is high.

At 110K, I did a front brake pad slap which improved the braking feel. The OEM pads had plenty of meat but were rock hard.

Get yourself a PacBrake if your truck doesn't already have one. It will double your towing pleasure as the 5.9 has little or no compression braking.
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Old 08-07-2022, 05:12 AM   #21
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I'm on my third pre DPF/EGR/DEX/whatever else 24 valve Cummins. I'll never go back. Some may say that my 05 does have an EGR valve but they are misled by the nomenclature. Cummins ground the cam to mimic EGR in those years. They (Cummins) are way ahead of Ford and Isuzu diesels in doing things the easy way.
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Old 08-07-2022, 04:20 PM   #22
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Congrats!

Looks like a really nice truck. With that type detail in the service records it has obviously been well taken care of and will last you forever.

On my first Ram truck 2022 Laramie, SWB, Cummins. So far, extremely happy with it. I hope all the things you guys have been saying about these trucks is true as I plan to drive the wheels of of it.

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Old 08-07-2022, 04:33 PM   #24
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Ram 3500

I have a 2002 Ram SRT dually diesel with the 5.9L ("million-miler") engine with only 170k on it, and have no issues pulling a 28 ft TT that comes in around 9,500#. I don't bother using the equalizer hitch even tho the hitch weight ranges from 1,200-1,500#, and sway in cross-winds is minimal with the dual wheels. (I realize the equalizer hitch makes everything more rigid.) When in the Rockies or if facing strong winds I take the transmission out of overdrive. I love the truck's 8ft box for bikes and bulky camping paraphernalia....
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Old 08-07-2022, 06:01 PM   #25
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I just bought a 2004 Ram 3500 SLT Laramie CC SRW to replace my 2019 Ram 1500. It has only 113k miles on it and has been well taken care of by the one previous owner (who was a mechanic for the local power company). He had a 2" thick folder with all the service records and receipts. I'll be setting up the Andersen No-Sway this weekend for mountain camping the following weekend.

We've towed with a 1/2-ton for the last 6 years, at times a little white-knuckly, especially with the Nash. I'm hoping this will be a pleasant experience with the new TV.
Nice Truck!
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We went from an 07 gmc 2500 duramax to a 17
Ram 3500 ctd dually.
There was a big difference in handling and power. No difference in fuel mpg.. I'd stick with using a wd hitch..it only takes once . We have a Hensley arrow we tow an 11k gvwr travel trailer.
Exceptional ride..no white knuckles and the exhaust brake is a godsend..enjoy your new rig.
I cant even imagine towing our rig with a 1500
There is no such thing as too much truck..
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We used to pull a 2005 33 foot Sandpiper bumper hitch (10,800 GVWR) and even with two sway controllers, we had sway. First we towed with an 8.1 litre V-8 Chevy Suburban 3/4 ton. Then we moved to a heavier 3/4 ton Excursion diesel. Still had sway.

We replaced the Excursion with a brand new 2008 Dodge RAM Laramie Megacab dually with the standard 6.7 litre Cummins turbo diesel. Curb weight was about 8,200# so the tail no longer wagged the dog. The rear of that truck was planted solidly on the highway like it had roots, even without sway control.

Splat, you made a good buy. You will be happy. Be sure to report back after your first trip.
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Congrats on the new truck.
We enjoy our 2005 Dodge dually. We've had it for four years and it has 225K miles and runs great. We've had a few minor repairs that can expected for any vehicle that is 17 years old.
I make sure to only use the Cummins fuel, oil and air filters. Also, use Valvoline premium blue oil. Genos' garage is a great source for parts and accessories. We take it on most our long roads trips even when not taking the camper. The wife's Accord gets more than double the fuel mileage as the truck but I just love driving the truck.
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