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Old 08-01-2022, 10:24 AM   #1
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A new Era in Towing...For Me

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.
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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.
Try it without the WD hitch. You might be surprised that you don't need it.
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Congrats; the difference will be significant.
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Old 08-01-2022, 06:13 PM   #4
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Try it without the WD hitch. You might be surprised that you don't need it.
For once I agree with move on. I have a 3500 SRW LB. CC and would 100% try that 23D w/o WDH.
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Old 08-01-2022, 07:13 PM   #5
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I tow with a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab diesel 4x4. I pull a 28 Ft enclosed car trailer. I always use WDH with anti sway. I tried it without it and was a crappy ride.
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2" thick folder for 113,000 miles?
That sounds like it was in the shop constantly.
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2" thick folder for 113,000 miles?
That sounds like it was in the shop constantly.
A Dodge? Nooooooo, not a chance...
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Could be every gas fill, every oil change, every inspection receipt etc. That truck won't let him down.
That's a good buy Splat. No def, no DPF, only a CAT for emissions other than an internal EGR created by the cam design.
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2" thick folder for 113,000 miles?
That sounds like it was in the shop constantly.
27 oil/filter changes over 114k; 16 fuel filter changes; 5 air filters; 12 tire rotations; injectors replaced; differentials serviced; and on and on with other regular maintenance item receipts. She doesn't drip any fluids. I'm very pleased with this 18 year old vehicle. The owner replaced it with a 2022 Ram CTD 2500. If he sells it in 18 years, I would guess whoever buys it will be just as pleased.
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Old 08-03-2022, 09:37 AM   #10
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Congratulations on your decision.
We are firm believers in Use! Enough! Truck!.
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Accordingly, our foundation for our ExpeditionVehicle is a 1996 Ford CF8000 commercial truck.
'Yes', a Class 8 with a GVWR of 29,000# and a weight of 14,000# across the scale.
A nice comfortable seven ton cargo capacity... and a GCWR of around 53,000#.
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2" thick folder for 113,000 miles?
That sounds like it was in the shop constantly.
I keep a log book in each of my vehicles. EVERYTHING is logged! Fuel stops, with time/date/gallons/price, tire rotations, oil changes, even minor things like windshield wiper changes. Through the years (I tend to keep my rigs forever) all this information has proved invaluable.

So I use a lot of paper - thick logs for every vehicle. Paper is cheap. The information the logs provide is very useful - to me and to whomever I eventually sell the vehicle to.
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Living out in the western portion of the U.S. where winds can get pretty wild, I think I'll keep the Andersen on, if for no other reason than the sway control aspect of it. I agree that weight distribution is probably a non-factor with this TV-TT combination.
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Splat; Ignore any naysayers - I have a small fleet of trucks and the early Gen3 5.9 CTD's have been among the best trucks I've owned.....in fact, I still have an '03, '04 and '06 and the '03 and '04 have been largely trouble free with 155,000 miles on the '03 and almost 300,000 miles on the '04. My '01 GMC diesel had to have the motor rebuilt at 120,000.


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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.
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