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Old 07-18-2010, 04:24 PM
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Hi everyone - I recently purchases a 1993 Dodge Ram 2500W w/auto transmission. I understand that these transmissions may not be the best for towing... I am considering changing from a auto to a standard shift transmission. I have a 26ft Bigfoot RV that I tow with my 2500 GMC. I'd like to convert my Dodge so that I'd have a 4wd vehicle to tow with. My 5th wheel is not that heavy - GVW=6,800 lbs w/225/75x15 wheels.

Q#1: What std shift trans would go best for this vehicle? Jake brakes?

Q#2: What 5th wheel hitch for my flatbed is best?

Q#3: Is there another direction I might want to go to do the above?

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Hello Gary and welcome to the forum, glad you joined us here! Unfortunately, I don't have the answers to your questions, but plenty of knowledgeable and helpful folks on here, so stay tuned, someone should be along shortly. In the meantime, any pics of your truck? We'd love to see it! Lots of great people and info here, so good luck with your transmission swap and be sure to keep us posted! Any help you need, just ask and I hope you enjoy the board!

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Glad you joined Gary us and welcome to the Z for Rams from Baltimore . Is your truck a 4x4 now ? If you want to convert it , it can be done . Best thing is to have a donor truck so that you can take your time and do it right . I personally would stick with what I have and see what happens . Maybe have a shop evaluate it before you start to throw the coals to it . If you could go to the top of the page to the User Cp and complete your profile that would be great . Helps us see what you have when your posting a question or comment . Do you have any pictures of your truck ? Have you done any mods or have plans for any ? Any of your friends have Rams ? Tell them about us . We would love to have them . You will find this site is full of a lot of talented people . So if theres any question that you need answered , just shoot away . Talk to ya soon . Tom
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I wouldn't be too concerned with the trans. The one used with the diesels is pretty reliable, and has been configured at the factory for heavy duty work. I'd check to make sure that it hasn't been altered in a way that would affect the cooling, and possible consider an after market trans cooler if you're going to be doing extensive towing. Talk to a transmission shop and get their opinion....they are likely well experienced with the ones that gave issue, and likely know the weak spots if any.

This forum is full of great looking trucks, and packed with great mod ideas and there are loads of knowledgeable and experienced people here.

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