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Old 10-27-2011, 09:38 PM   #1
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Question Tow Vehicle question - 2008 Dodge Big Ram 4x4

I was told that I had to get a Transmission oil cooler installed on it before I attempted to tow it, I also was told that RV world was the best place to take it ( I live in the Ocala, FL area )
I know all you fine travelers have some good advice for a newbie.

Can someone give me the break down on what is needed for a setup for my truck?
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is it a 1500 or a 2500?
Diesel or Gas 4.7 or 5.7 Hemi?
Do you have the tow package on your truck?

I have never heard of being told to put a tranny cooler on a vehicle that is dragged behind the Motor Home - besides you should already have a tranny cooler installed from the factory - usually has to have a drive shaft disconnect but since you are 4x4 you can put in Neutral unless you have the switch on the dash to engage 4 wheel drive then that is a whole diffrent story
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:08 PM   #3
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is it a 1500 or a 2500?
Diesel or Gas 4.7 or 5.7 Hemi?
Do you have the tow package on your truck?

I have never heard of being told to put a tranny cooler on a vehicle that is dragged behind the Motor Home - besides you should already have a tranny cooler installed from the factory - usually has to have a drive shaft disconnect but since you are 4x4 you can put in Neutral unless you have the switch on the dash to engage 4 wheel drive then that is a whole diffrent story
5.7 Hemi ( yes its fast )
1500
Gas
4x4 has the switch on the fly to engage 4 wheel drive
No tow package
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forgot to add you will need to get a wiring harness that will do the light's on the toad (Ram) and applies the brakes and charges the battery.

My Father had a shop install the harness on his Dakota (Motor Home already had one installed) - they did good except forgeting the 12V to charge the battery so had to fix it for him - I think they charged him like $500 to install it in his Dakota and that didnt include the Driveshaft disconnect.

I can ask what he is using as far equiptment and post it back but wouldnt be till atleast tommorow before I could get you more info.
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forgot to add you will need to get a wiring harness that will do the light's on the toad (Ram) and applies the brakes and charges the battery.

My Father had a shop install the harness on his Dakota (Motor Home already had one installed) - they did good except forgeting the 12V to charge the battery so had to fix it for him - I think they charged him like $500 to install it in his Dakota and that didnt include the Driveshaft disconnect.

I can ask what he is using as far equiptment and post it back but wouldnt be till atleast tommorow before I could get you more info.
I do have the tow package on my truck, dont know why I said I didnt..
i dont want to do drive shaft disconnect, I was told Blue OX, sway bar, tranny cooler would set me up, but what do I know???
I GUESS I will just handover my wallet at RV World and have them do what they do best, chew up my wallet and hand me shredded leather back......Naw, i was told RV World does a jam up job, but its still gonna be expensive....................
The RV is setup to tow, but of course I aint !
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5.7 Hemi ( yes its fast )
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No tow package
I have the Hemi also - Not that fast stock - I have Headers and Superchips to help mine along LOL

switch on the dash - not sure on this one but if I had to guess you are going to need a Driveshaft Disconnect kit to tow it but am not 100 percent sure on this one - I think your drive shafts turn all the time like a awd and has an actuator that engages the front
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I have the Hemi also - Not that fast stock - I have Headers and Superchips to help mine along LOL

switch on the dash - not sure on this one but if I had to guess you are going to need a Driveshaft Disconnect kit to tow it but am not 100 percent sure on this one - I think your drive shafts turn all the time like a awd and has an actuator that engages the front

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Old 10-27-2011, 10:32 PM   #8
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you can do it a couple of diffrent ways - I am no expert at this but have heard my father talk about enough to know some of it.

Get a dual axle car trailer that will accomadate your truck and tow it that way - not an optimal way to tow but can be done

figure out exactly what you need to just tow it behind your camper
IE - Tow Bar, possible drive shaft disconnect, wiring to use lights and brakes, also the break away / brake kit for the truck so when towing it and it comes off the back of the motor home you dont see it passing you up LOL

Here is something else also - go to dodgetalk.com (I am sherdep there also) go under the 3rd Gen Ram section under towing and post what exactly you have (2008 Hemi Ram, electronic switch 4 wheel drive and you want to tow it behind a motorhome and see what people post - there are probably a few with the same setup as you and could give you better insight then I can. Just a thought
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I can tell you for sure you do not need a transmission cooler for the truck your towing behind the motor home ! Thats just nonsense ! Whomever told you that is not real bright !
I dont own a dodge so I am not sure on if you need a disconnect . if I had to guess it would be no . just put her in neutral . trans and transfer .
I cant believe someone told you you need a tranny cooler ?!?!@#$%^
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I would check on the transfer case in neutral thing. I don't know what Dodge is using (t-case wise) in their trucks lately, but some of those NP cases actually lock the front and rear driveshafts together when it's in neutral-it just disconnects it from the tranny. It'll sound real funny going around corners if the front and rear shafts are locked, not to mention major u-joint wear. I used to flat tow my Jeep before I went the tandem axle car trailer route.
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