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Old 04-04-2016, 08:56 PM   #2481
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Usually it's a 5th gear problem. I have gone through 9 trannys in this truck. The root of the problem is heat. Since installing the quick coolers and temp guage I have had no problems, but I have to shut down every once in a while to let her cool off. Now the newer manuals are aluminum but they have issues also. I have rebuild 1 tranny in the 07. The 68re 6 speed auto is excellent. Just don't boost the power!
Had a customer that let an employee drive his pull'n a flatbed with a cat on it....heat, shifting into 5th to soon, and lugging it did it in....twice..
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:05 PM   #2482
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Get a Ford no good wrench needed.
Sorry. In the rv hailing world you don't see too many fords. They just don't last.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:15 PM   #2483
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Sorry. In the rv hailing world you don't see too many fords. They just don't last.
Is that really true? I steered away from Ford 1/2 tons (EcoBoost) because I've talked to people who own them and say they are great trucks until you hook something up to tow. Then the mileage and performance plummets.

I picked up a Ram Ecodiesel last week and couldn't be happier with it's performance - especially the 19mpg I get when towing our TT:

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Old 04-04-2016, 09:48 PM   #2484
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Is that really true? I steered away from Ford 1/2 tons (EcoBoost) because I've talked to people who own them and say they are great trucks until you hook something up to tow. Then the mileage and performance plummets.

I picked up a Ram Ecodiesel last week and couldn't be happier with it's performance - especially the 19mpg I get when towing our TT:

I'm NOT getting into the old what's best debate. They're ALL good till they break! Over 80% of trucks hauling rv's are Dodge. And the reason for that boils down to one thing......CUMMINGS!
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:53 PM   #2485
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The day we picked up our Nitro305

How do you like the Duramax, I looked at them but do not see many out there mostly Ford and Dodge's

I am also trying to see the diff between all 3 diesel's? I hear Cummins is most reliable, Ford is middle of the row, and Duramax with Allison tranny is about same. I also hear the PowerStroke is Ford's own based off of the old International, Cummings is its own, and the Duramax is a Izuzu made engine? Anyone know the facts on these?
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:09 PM   #2486
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How do you like the Duramax, I looked at them but do not see many out there mostly Ford and Dodge's
Actually, there are a lot more Duramax's hauling than Fords. They are a nice riding truck but have injector issues and it's an expensive fix. PLEASE BARE IN MIND, I am speaking from a haulers prospective. We put on way more miles than the average consumer. For normal use I wouldn't be afraid to buy any of them. Just make sure to buy the right size truck for the job.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:22 PM   #2487
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:31 PM   #2488
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Usually it's a 5th gear problem. I have gone through 9 trannys in this truck. The root of the problem is heat. Since installing the quick coolers and temp guage I have had no problems, but I have to shut down every once in a while to let her cool off. Now the newer manuals are aluminum but they have issues also. I have rebuild 1 tranny in the 07. The 68re 6 speed auto is excellent. Just don't boost the power!
You should have found a different tranny shop after the second or third time the trans went for a crap.
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Odd how Dodge is the only one that offers that?
Not alot of demand I suppose...

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Nice truck but beware of that tranny. You MUST make some changes to the manual or pulling that trailer you will have problems. The 68re auto is a much more durable tranny. I have them both and I love driving the manual, unfortunately they don't hold up very well. You have to install quick coolers and a tranny temp Guage. And don't boost the power. I make my living with these trucks and the manual has left me stranded MANY times. As far as the truck itself goes, she's a beauty and will last forever.
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I will never go as many miles as yourself . I have 20k with big power added pulling this hauler with my previous G56 manual Stock trans other than DD clutch.. I never had any issues. Zero actually.
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