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Old 04-11-2014, 07:15 PM   #11
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When I bought my SD I wanted an auto because I was tired of running a stick.

Two pedals = less complications.

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Old 04-11-2014, 07:38 PM   #12
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To maximize your payload, you might want to look at auto 4x2...
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:27 PM   #13
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What year Dodge Diesel? If it's a 08' up, the TurboBrake feature works great to slow the rig down.

As far as durability, a fully built Auto(proper build is essential) is actually stronger these days than a stick with any upgraded clutch...especially the 6 speed Dodge stick.

The only time you might regret a stick is being in traffic or slow maneuvering and getting started with the trailer.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:36 PM   #14
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Some years back I pulled a travel trailer with a truck that had a manual transmission. Most of the time all was fine but occasionally some camping spots would require a lot of jockeying around to get into position. Then the clutch would overheat and you could smell it burning. If you plan to do much backing in tight spots I would go with an automatic.
Also, in very hilly terrain, you may wind up up-shifting downhill, and down-shifting uphill (because yo can't hold your gear). That gets old fast. And, under that circumstance, you also cannot use your cruise control. Every time you push in the clutch, it disengages.

Don't need to hear about not using cruise control when towing. Do it all the time and it works fine.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:42 PM   #15
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Once I hit 6th gear I never have to down shift unless I hit slower traffic so cruise works fine if I want to use it.
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Not sure of the years but the automatic Dodge's have higher torque ratings. My 2012 auto is rated at 800 and the manual is like 660.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:13 PM   #17
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Yea the newer ones you have to get a automatic to get the higher torque truck. I like my manual but my next one will probably a automatic. After sitting in traffic for three hours at the beach last year the manual was getting old. That's the only time I don't like it. Plus I'm running a south bend dual disk clutch.
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I've had my powerstroke 5 speed since it was new in '97. The only time I ever regret a 5 speed is reversing with my 5'ver up a hill. It's 4wd so I shift it in 4Lo so I don't burn up the clutch.
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[QUOTE=acadianbob;585533]Also, in very hilly terrain, you may wind up up-shifting downhill, and down-shifting uphill (because yo can't hold your gear). That gets old fast. And, under that circumstance, you also cannot use your cruise control. Every time you push in the clutch, it disengages.



??? When I use the clutch.... I expect my cruise to disengage.
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Also, in very hilly terrain, you may wind up up-shifting downhill, and down-shifting uphill (because yo can't hold your gear). That gets old fast. And, under that circumstance, you also cannot use your cruise control. Every time you push in the clutch, it disengages.

Don't need to hear about not using cruise control when towing. Do it all the time and it works fine.

Just a FYI, there's absolutely nothing wrong with cruise control and towing. Plenty of Commercial trucks use this and offer "driver incentive" programming in the ECM to promote it's use by drivers.
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