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Old 12-01-2021, 07:23 PM   #1
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What is your rig megathread?

1. What truck do you have? What are the specs?

2. How much weight do you tow fully loaded? How good does the truck pull it?

3. How reliable, or not, has your truck been? Things like check engine lights, DEF, DPF, etc.
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Old 12-01-2021, 07:48 PM   #2
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2007 Dodge RAM 3500 Quad Cab Longbed SRW with 5.9L CTD with Exhaust Brake and 4 speed auto 4:10 Differential

Tow 2007 14K 34' 5th wheel (13,873# scaled weight)

Towed it FT for 7yrs traveled weekly all over the USA

2 issues with truck
*New tranny at 42K under warranty cause Dealer Mech overtightened 1st/2nd bands and burned them up plus the clutches
*water pump leaked at 82K. I changed it while traveling ---we were staying on Dauphin Island at the time

3 issues with 5vr:
*GY 614 Tires blew out...defective tires. GY paid for damages which we took to Factory in KS for repairs
*Driver side front 7K axle leaf spring cracked....changed all four to 8K spring sets in Buffalo WY
*Water heater hot out fitting failed.......flooded living room/slideout/kitchen. Happened while sleeping and connected to City Water with Adjustable Water Press Reg. $6000 in total costs/2 weeks for all repairs. Failure while at Devils Tower CG with repairs done in Caspe WY (Insurance covered)

Truck pulls like a freight a tractor motor LOL
Truck handles 5th wheel like a champ. Great match cause I set it up to be a matched set
*I ordered truck and trailer in Sept 2006

Now truck is Daily Driver and towing is secondary. Still have the same 5vr but it is much lighter now than when we FTd's a keeper. Can't envision any reason to sell it buy a new one!!!
Trailer...probably WILL and go smaller
Is it time for YOUR Medication or Mine?
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Old 12-01-2021, 09:29 PM   #3
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...I'm not your average bear

1. What truck do you have? What are the specs?

1993 F350 Crew Cab Dually, 7.3L IDIT (IDI Turbo Diesel, before Powerstroke) with an upgraded Banks Turbo and custom built injecton pump. Produces power/torque similar to a 7.3L Powerstroke. 5spd manual transmission, 2 wheel drive.

2. How much weight do you tow fully loaded? How good does the truck pull it?

Loaded my TT is around 7,500 lbs, with an additional 600 to 800lbs of people, pets, and stuff in the truck. Pulls great. I can generally keep up with 7.3L Powestrokes, but can't keep up with 6.0L / 6.7L Powerstrokes. I'm happy with it, I'm never in a rush when on the road anyways. Loaded I get 8 to 9 mpg.

3. How reliable, or not, has your truck been? Things like check engine lights, DEF, DPF, etc.

No check engine light, def, dpf... not even a computer . My old mechanical diesel needs exactly one electrical wire to keep the fuel cutoff selenoid open.

Put new valve springs and seals on it at 180k miles when I found a broken exhaust valve spring. Didn't even know about it, ran great. Found it when I was replacing a valve cover gasket that was seeping oil.

Put a new clutch in it and replaced u-joints at around 200k miles.

Only "stranded" once in Fredricksburg, TX (great place to be stranded!). Was really due to my own dumb fault, I accidently bent an injector line at the tip the year before, and it cracked on me. Found a replacement in the junk yard and was on the road the next morning.

I do all my own maintenace and have also upgraded components over the years before they had a chance to wear out, like replacing front suspension rubber bushings and cab mounts with poly bushings/mounts. Custom built Red-Head steering gear and a Borgeson Steering Shaft. I've also replaced the carpet and added sound deadner mats under it. I'm a bit on the overcautious side with it. If something gives me any reason to believe it is getting tired I replace it. I'm a fan of paying for high quality parts, like the Gates Green Line** heater hose and the aformentioned Red Head steering gear and Borgeson steering shaft.

I do foresee needing to rebuild my turbo soon, shaft end play is getting a bit out of tolerance.

Other than that, belts, hoses, oil, etc as general maintenance. You do have to pay attention to the tensioner as replacenents like to wear every 20k to 30k miles.

Cirrently have 230k miles on it.

**Side story about the Gates Green Line Heater Hose. Went to NAPA and asked the young guy behind the counter specifiaclly for it, he came back with the all black stuff, I told him "no, it literally has a green line on it" looked confused started to say that's all they have... but was interupted by the old crusty guy manger who told him to check again and that I knew "my stuff" as the green line is higher quality. He went back and found it.

I miss when most NAPAs were staffed with the old crusty guys that forgot more about cars than I'll ever know, it's getting rare to find an actual knowledgeable parts guy today.
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Old 12-01-2021, 09:45 PM   #4
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1. Truck: 2020 F250 CCSB 7.3L gasser 10SPD 3.55 rear.

2. Trailer: 2016 Coachman Clipper 17BH. 20FT hitch to rear bumper, single axle 3,400 lbs GVWR. Upgraded the tire to D load rating and N speed rating.

3. How does it tow? I drive 70 mph on the interstate and sometime go up to 80-85 mph when passing. Never had any sign of sway.

4. Reliability? Had a failed rear tailgate step, a failed ac blower, a failed audio control module in 1 year. Not so reliable, especially electronics. No problem with the engine. The transmission acts weird when cold, but shift smoothly under tow haul mode.

Very satisfy with this overkill setup. Maybe after this madness, I’ll upgrade to something under 30ft and 7500 lbs.
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Old 12-01-2021, 09:51 PM   #5
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Stealing the line above..
I'm not your average bear....
Truck is a 1998 Volvo VNL610.... Semi converrted to RV hauler. Baby Cummins M-11 with a 10sp manual.
We tow a DRV Mobile Suite, Memphis floor plan, 46' overall, 4800lb pin weight, 24000+ pound total weight. 3 8k axles that are all underweight, but technically we are a little over GVWR on the RV.
Truck issues have been few considering the age and mileage. We have 600,000 miles on it. We just did the clutch and the front end- Kingpins-steering gear-etc.
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Old 12-01-2021, 11:54 PM   #6
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1. What truck do you have? What are the specs?

2019 F-250 XLT SuperCab LB 6.2L gas with 4.30 gears, 6-speed and 4x4. I have a Leer 122 Hi-Rise canopy which is great for keeping things secure and dry and added a 30 amp DC-DC charger for better charging capability on travel days. Just under 29K on it now with close to 20K towing. Since my short 5 mile daily commute disappeared with Covid and won't be returning it spends the vast majority of miles now towing.

2. How much weight do you tow fully loaded? How good does the truck pull it?

Our ~28 ft ORV 23DBS usually weighs in around 8000-8500. It handles the weight very well and the 4.30 gears really shine in the mountain passes. Generally run the passes at the speed limit and around 3700-3900 rpm. A little more foot on the throttle and it will accelerate with the load. The 6.2L likes to rev but is very smooth and noticeably quieter than my previous RAM 5.7 Hemi. Mpg towing usually runs between ~8.5 and 10 depending on terrain and conditions.

3. How reliable, or not, has your truck been? Things like check engine lights, DEF, DPF, etc.

So far this has been the most reliable vehicle I've ever had. The only issue I've run into is a problem with the trailer brake controller on the first long tow. It turned out to be a little moisture problem in some of the wire harnesses under the bed. Opening those up and filling them with dielectric grease took care of the issue. Otherwise the only time it's at the dealer is for the routine maintenance as defined in the owner's manual.
TT: 2019 ORV Timber Ridge 23DBS, Blue Ox SwayPro 15K/1500
TV: 2019 Ford F-250 XLT SuperCab LB, 6.2L, 4.30/e-locker, 4x4, 164" WB, 3216 payload
TV: 2014 RAM 1500 Big Horn CC (Traded in)
TT: 2015 Jay Flight SLX 195RB Baja Edition, Andersen No-Sway (Traded in)
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Old 12-02-2021, 07:00 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Jbrow327 View Post
1. What truck do you have? What are the specs?

2021 Ram 2500 4x4 Bighorn crew cab diesel. 2242# payload, gvwr 10,000#, max towing 20,224#

2. How much weight do you tow fully loaded? How good does the truck pull it?

Trailer max is 7850# actual weighed last time was 6600# hitch weight measured almost 1000#

3. How reliable, or not, has your truck been? Things like check engine lights, DEF, DPF, etc.
No problems to date.
New Port Richey, Fl
2022 G D Imagine 2600 RB, 2021 Ram 2500 Big Horn CC diesel
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Old 12-02-2021, 07:22 AM   #8
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Truck: 2018 Ram 2500 CCSB diesel Lone Star

Towing weight: 5th wheel weighs 11,120# loaded, truck pulls it great.

No problems with truck except had a front engine cover leak repaired under warranty.
2018 Ram 2500 Diesel CC
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Old 12-02-2021, 10:46 AM   #9
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Truck: 2017 F350 dually CCLB 4x4 6.7 Powerstroke diesel, 4.10 gears, 14,000 lb GVWR. 31,330 lbs towing capacity 5680 load capacity. 40,000 GCWR.

Towing weight: 5th wheel weighs 13300 lbs loaded, 2780 pin weight. 15,500 lb GVWR. 7000 lb axles.

Total weight: truck and trailer 21900 lbs 55% truck GCWR

Truck pulls and handles trailer without any issues .No problems with truck . It gets 9 - 11 MPG towing.
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Old 12-02-2021, 12:44 PM   #10
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1. 2021 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve 4x4 (5.6L gas / 9 speed / 8,650 lb GVWR, 17,700 lb GCWR, 1,708 lb payload / 151.6" wheelbase).

2. 2020 Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S. Scaled loaded trailer weight of 4,800 lbs (GVWR = 5,692 lbs), scaled tongue weight of 660 lbs.

Total combined scaled weight of 13,080 lbs (74% of truck GCWR). Loaded rear axle weight of 4,300 lbs (Rear GAWR = 4,900 lbs). Loaded front axle weight of 3,980 lbs (Front GAWR = 4,325 lbs).

Truck pulls and handles excellent.

3. Truck has been perfectly reliable (considering it only has 5k miles on it), but with a 5yr/100k bumper-bumper factory warranty and a lifetime/unlimited mileage drivetrain warranty I'm feeling pretty OK.
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Old 12-02-2021, 05:24 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jbrow327 View Post
1. What truck do you have? What are the specs?

2. How much weight do you tow fully loaded? How good does the truck pull it?

3. How reliable, or not, has your truck been? Things like check engine lights, DEF, DPF, etc.
1) I have 8 trucks but my DD is a 2003 Ram 3500 Dually 4x4 QC LB HO Cummins 6spd that I purchased new. 12,000 GVWR and 21,000 tow cap.

2) I have tow/hauled 11,000 - 12,000 lbs regularly though my current TT is only about 8,000 lbs max. The truck pulls it like it's not even there - severe overkill but there's not alot of downside to that.

3) My truck has been extremely reliable over the last 18 years with only wear items required (shocks, brakes, wheel bearings, ball joints, a clutch and exhaust.....oh, and many sets of tires) Since it's a 2003 there is no DEF, DPF, VGT, CAT, EGR, etc. etc. etc.

Outdoors RV 21RBS, 2003 Dodge 3500 dually, Cummins, 6 spd.
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Old 12-03-2021, 11:09 AM   #12
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Tow vehicle: 2022 Chev LTZ Duramax 3500 CC SRW 4x4.

Trailer: 2021 321 Nitro XLR toy hauler 16,500 GVW, but don't load it that heavy.

Everything is so new that I don't have much to judge, but the truck pulls this load easily and when I dropped off of the Mogollon Rim in Az. with 18 miles of 4 to 7% down grades on I-17 the truck held everything at 55 mph with no brake application with tow/haul, engine brake and cruise control on.

Previously I towed a 1996 32' Holiday Rambler 5th wheel with a slightly modified 2002 Chev Duramax 2500 with great success, and also towed the Nitro briefly, 4,000 miles, until I could get the 3500. The 2002 was underpowered for the big trailer, but it handled it fine even though it was overloaded.
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Old 12-04-2021, 11:50 PM   #13
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Truck: 2021 Ram Laramie 2500 Turbo Diesel, 2150 payload, 20150 towing capacity

Trailer: 2021 Outback 260UML, GVWR ~7200

Truck and TT are pretty new, no issues with either yet. I initially towed this TT with a 1500 and it was white knuckle at times. The 2500 diesel is rock solid, tows the TT without any issues, you can almost forget it's even there.
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Old 12-05-2021, 12:50 PM   #14
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1. What truck do you have? What are the specs?

2018 RAM 1500 Laramie 4x4
Crew Cab. Short Box.
3.0 Ecodiesel. 240 HP. 420 lb-ft torque. 8 speed Auto Trans
Max towing: 8560#
Max payload: 1330#

2. How much weight do you tow fully loaded? How good does the truck pull it?

18í Tin Boat at <1500#. Donít know it is there.

23í LOA travel trailer at 4,300# if fully loaded. We are probably closer to 4,000#. Use a WDH. Know it is there, but truck has ample pulling power. Handles long/steep grades. Went over Siskyiou pass between Calif and Oregon pretty much at limit, but mileage of course suffered.

3. How reliable, or not, has your truck been? Things like check engine lights, DEF, DPF, etc.

At about 30,000 miles. So far no issues other than a recall for some emission related part. Fuel economy is great IF I stay in the 55 to 62 mph range. This truck isnít what you want for quick acceleration. It is not going to impress anyone in the quarter mile. It has a lot of pulling power for a half ton truck. Maintenance costs are higher than my previous Nissan Titan V8.
2021 Gulfstream Vintage Cruiser 19ERD.
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