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Old 06-14-2013, 08:59 AM   #1
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3rd Gen Dodge Cummins Towing

I'd like to hear from and see pictures of fellow campers pulling with the 5.9 cummins. What speeds do you tow at? What's your RPM at that speed? What gear do you pull in? What do you pull? What is your average fuel mileage pulling?
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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I tow a 35' TT about 8800 lbs with a '05 Ram CTD 3500 60-63 mph 1600-1800 RPM in OT trans temp holds about 187 degrees if not in traffic I'll have the cruise on
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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We have a Dodge Cummins 2500. Air Lift 5000, with the frame rubber bumper inside the air bag, the Trail Air pin box, and the Helwig heavy tow rear sway bar. Only towed from dealer to the seasonal site, 75 mi. Coach towed much better than our old TT. Our coach is a Prime Time Sanibel 3600. It's 40' long and 12,500 lbs empty.
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Here's my little tow that I pull will my '05.


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Old 06-17-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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Thanks all! When we purchased the truck I really wanted a stick and my wife really wanted an auto so she could drive it... seeing as I was trading in a brand new 1/2 ton hemi and she was reluctant to trade anyways I figured I'd better go along with her...

What are you guys averaging at those speeds mileage wise? I appear to be following suit with the majority of you with that 60-65 mph range... I have hand calculated right at 10mpg over a handful of trips with different trailers tagging along.

Transam, that is an awesome looking rig! Love seeing these 5.9's tuggin a train like that! Very clean looking truck! What kind of tires are those? How do you like them?
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:53 AM   #6
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I average 12–13.5 mpg which is an improvement than towing with the 2500 Chevy 6.0 gasser 7-8 mpg I had before this Dodge
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:11 PM   #7
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Thanks all! When we purchased the truck I really wanted a stick and my wife really wanted an auto so she could drive it... seeing as I was trading in a brand new 1/2 ton hemi and she was reluctant to trade anyways I figured I'd better go along with her...

What are you guys averaging at those speeds mileage wise? I appear to be following suit with the majority of you with that 60-65 mph range... I have hand calculated right at 10mpg over a handful of trips with different trailers tagging along.

Transam, that is an awesome looking rig! Love seeing these 5.9's tuggin a train like that! Very clean looking truck! What kind of tires are those? How do you like them?
Thank you, and the tires are Mastercraft C/T 285/70/17. I like them really well they are just a little noisy at highway speeds.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:47 PM   #9
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my wife and i are looking at upgrading to a larger fifth wheel with a large bunk house.. right now we have a 25 foot puma and looking at the 2014 crusader 360BHS the dry weight is about 12400 and after we load it it will be pushing 13500+. my question for all members is i have a 2006 dodge 2500 with the cummins 2wd is this two much for the truck we do live in louisiana and will not be hauling in the mouintans but maybe once a year but i dont want to invest in this kind of unit if i cant pull it. any sugestions?
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I get between 12 & 13 at 60-65, most usually I try to keep it at 63, just seems to be its sweet spot. I have the Trailair Tri Glide and it was a great improvement over a stock pinbox. I use the tow/haul mode in the normal Drive/OD position
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