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Old 01-27-2010, 12:34 AM
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There shouldn't be any reason why you can't do several things to your truck to tow that trailer . Don't have anything against buying a diesel but your not pulling an enclosed trailer with a race car and fully loaded with the essentials for a weekend excursion . I would say do the necessary things , cold air intake , set of headers , Superchips programmer , maybe a gear change . A nice set of 4.10s would help you out dramatically . You probably have 3.55's now (?) .
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There shouldn't be any reason why you can't do several things to your truck to tow that trailer . Don't have anything against buying a diesel but your not pulling an enclosed trailer with a race car and fully loaded with the essentials for a weekend excursion . I would say do the necessary things , cold air intake , set of headers , Superchips programmer , maybe a gear change . A nice set of 4.10s would help you out dramatically . You probably have 3.55's now (?) .
I agree with Tom, your not towing a horse trailer and the mods mentioned would certainly help to some degree. Really depends how much your lookin to spend. But then again you asked what LITTLE things you could do, and as far as my wallet is concerned not much of what Tom suggested is little, thats just me though. It might very well be worth it to you to invest in those things rather than go out and buy a different truck. What gears do you have now?
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this is what my build sheet said from one of the nice members on this site
yup 3.55


towing package with auxillary trans cooling.
The front axle is the 195mm and the rear is the 9.25in with 3.55 gears.
The trans is the 46RE coupled to the 231HD transfer case.
GVW is 6600 lbs.
You also have a 26 gallon tank
and 136 amp alternator.


i am bidding on a superchip 3715 on ebay it is used a few times by a previous owner and i am high bidder at 130 bucks
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I'm having the same issues..
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If you absolutely go for a new truck, a 1500 with a Hemi would do fine. I suspect though that with a Superchips programmer, and even a couple other small, easy mods you should pull that thing just fine. CAI would be the next best step, and see where you sit from there. Maybe a tune up with a nice set of plugs and wires?
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To get my 5.2 Ram to pull better I changed the axles to 3.92 from the junk 3.55 and added oversized exhaust. I have a better response and torque and only drop one gear(5 spd) going up hill. Before playing with engine mods put the power to the ground and work on your gear ratios. Also work on an air intake system. 3.55's are ok but I don't beleive they were made with heavy towing in mind-they are good for fuel mileage and light duty towing. Any heavy towing over time will wear them out and I have run across a few Dodge Rams with busted 3.55's that were overused in hauling heavy loads.

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if your pulling/trailering all the time, just change from the 3:55 differential to a lower geared one, like 3:9* or 4:11s, 4:56 for farm work or drag racing
3:55 are for highway mileage definitely only good for MPG & once in a great while towing
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hi, I am strugling to pull a 3000lb outboard boat with my 5.2L 5 speed. I have no power at all in 5th gear when I am pulling unless going downhill. is that normal? Even when I am not pulling anything, my truck can not speed up on a incline when I am in 5th. I just purchase this truck and new to Dodge. I am scared to tow anything with the truck cause I dont want to mess up the engine or gear box because it's 4th gear all the time. I am considering changing the axle like you mentioned. I am wondering if it will really make a differance or should I just wait till my current ones goes bad then change. I've got a intake system in there now but not sure if the exhaust is stock or aftermarket. Do you know any ideas that will help me with towing? Please let me know. Fishing season just started and I dont want to ruin my summer because of some minor mods needed to be done on the truck. Thanks
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Wow, a 318 with 3.55's and your pulling a car hauler with a Jeep on it...about #6000. I'd say your doing real good if your even getting up to highway speeds. That combination is NOT the recipe for success.
The trailer tow package does not give you the ability to tow bigger trailers, it makes your towing connection bigger, stronger, safer. The ability to tow is a combination of power and gearing, and that is something your missing on both accounts.
If you want to pull that trailer, with that truck, skip the 3.92's and go straight to 4.10's. It will pull much better.....then you can look at other mods, like tuner, exhaust, intake, etc. but without the gearing, you'll be spending a bunch of cash, and just not getting big results.
If your pulling that much, and often, consider buying a truck that is better designed for the application....like a Hemi with 3.92 or 4.10 gears, or just about anything diesel. If your looking 2500 gas, they usually come with 3.73's, and that trailer load will be close to the comfortable limit with those gears, so even there, consider one with 4.10's.
Even with a standard trans, you won't be using the top gear....much.
BTW - I have an 08 Ram 2500 Hemi 3.73 6sp std. I regulariy pull a closed in 12' trailer weighing 6400lbs. I use top gear down hill/with wind. I also use 1st gear to start off (clutch saver). Pulls great, mileage sucks...wish I'd ordered it with 4.10's. I've just replaced it with a 2010 1500 Hemi 3.92's....we'll see!
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I am running a 1996 which was a V-6 5-spd, stuck in a 5.2 super easy swap. It is a little doggy pulling a 20ft gooseneck, she's getting a 3.55 rear end right away. Somehow the V-6 had a 3.23 rear end in it. I am hoping the 3.55's will do it but may do a cam as well. The engine seems happy when it's screaming but the grunt isn't there without the Rpm, to me that seems like a cam issue. I would love a diesel to but as great as they are can't justify the price for all the days I pull, also parts for 3/4's are a big step up in price.
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