Originally Posted by roadmaven
Jeff - Perfect segway! On another forum where I posted this, I had a responder contact me offline regarding an '06 Ram 2500 with a Cummins diesel and 56k miles they're selling for just under $23k. I know squat about diesel engines, but was intrigued with his ad. I'd never have to worry about any towing concerns for sure! Anything you can share in regards to yours for a novice like me?
I wish I could have found an '06 with only 56K for $ when I was truck shopping. Is it a 4wd 4dr for that price?
The 5.9 Cummins engine is FANTASTIC. I tows like a tractor.
The weakest link in that combo is the 48RE transmission. I purchased mine knowing that. When I was truck shopping I was specifically looking for a Duramax/Allison or 8.1gas/Allison truck figuring that was the better all around combo but found a GREAT deal on the Dodge. I specifically passed over 6.0 Fords because of the many issues with those.
The big plus for the Allison is smart enough to keep you from destroying it. It will reduce power when it senses slipping. The down side to an Allison is building an Allison = BIG $$$$
I have come to learn that the 48RE can be built to hand much greater loads for less $$$ than the Allison or the new 68RE found in Dodges. In fact there are kits for putting the 4 speed 48RE in Ram trucks that originally had the 6 speed 68RE. The reason is because it can be built to handle more power than anyone has figured out how to build a 68RE to hold.
(In fact I was talking with a fella in Virginia that drag races his Duramax equipped GM truck with a Dodge 48RE Transmission behind it over with over 1200HP---THAT BLEW MY MIND. )
I have had my transmission built (billet flex plate, billet input shaft, & kevlar fictions, and a few other things) to tow heavy do not expect to have a problem with it again.
Having towed with gas trucks for years I do not have any regrets on going diesel except that I did not do it sooner. Diesels do have lots more of expensive parts to replace when they break. Those stories we why I waited so long.
If you go BIG on the truck now you will have room to "GROW" campers later on. Campers are like boats...you get "2 foot-itus" after a few years and want to go bigger