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Old 02-10-2014, 03:57 PM
bob8040 bob8040 is offline
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Default 5.2 vs. 5.9 for towing

I drive a '99 Ram 2wd with the 5.2 and pull a 24ft.TT , loaded about 5500lbs. I use an equalizer hitch and sway control and find it a comfortable, controllable tow. I tow with OD off, and definitely avoid any steep grades possible as my set up simply is for flatlands. I am considering a truck that has the 5.9 as well as 4wd. We have run into pretty crappy driving going back north from Texas to Manitoba in March and extra power to deal with those headwinds as well as 4wd would be nice. My 5.2 has been rock solid, and wondering about the rep of the 5.9, and if it is a decent jump in power. Cummins would be sweet but not viable financially at the moment. Thanks for any input.
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