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Well that vibration issue I was wondering about in my 2006 Ram XLT was a balance issue on with the driveshaft ( 20, 000 out ) and I have a problem with the crown and pinion gear ( it was rocking ) .. which was causing the vibration ...

They Dealer gave me a few comments as .. maybe someone over heated the rear end .. to it was over trailered ... but none the less it has to be reaplaced ...

For the advise .. I bought the truck to pull a 20 to 22 foot trailer .. So if i'm going to rebuild the rear end .. what gears should I have in this rear end

The truck is a 2006 dodge 1500 XLT quad cab with the 5.7 hemi with the tow package .. with a 7000 lb tow max cap.

Any advise to this ...
 

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Well that vibration issue I was wondering about in my 2006 Ram XLT was a balance issue on with the driveshaft ( 20, 000 out ) and I have a problem with the crown and pinion gear ( it was rocking ) .. which was causing the vibration ...

They Dealer gave me a few comments as .. maybe someone over heated the rear end .. to it was over trailered ... but none the less it has to be reaplaced ...

For the advise .. I bought the truck to pull a 20 to 22 foot trailer .. So if i'm going to rebuild the rear end .. what gears should I have in this rear end

The truck is a 2006 dodge 1500 XLT quad cab with the 5.7 hemi with the tow package .. with a 7000 lb tow max cap.

Any advise to this ...
Wow you ram only has a max tow capacity of 7000? My 95 ram van is 7900... Anyways, I would probably keep 3.55 gears, I have 3.55 and I am producing way less HP and torque then you and I manage to tow my 32' travel trailer without a weight distribution. The 3.55 is fine because you can still tow alot of weight and have somewhat of a decent MPG.

I too am having to replace my driveshaft, but I'm upgrading the joints from 7290's to 1350's so who ray. But at the same time part of my axle is shot also, bearings ran dry. DAM IT!
 

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Towing

Your towing a 32 foot trailer with a Ram 2500 ..

I rated my truck here in canada .. for towing .. I won't go past 22 feet as far as a trailer goes .. with my 1500 ...

I'll have to re-check the tow rating on the driver's door ,,,, but 7000 lbs sounds about right
 

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Your towing a 32 foot trailer with a Ram 1500 .. no...wayyyyy

I rated my truck here in canada .. for towing .. I won't go past 22 feet as far as a trailer goes .. with my 1500 ...

I'll have to re-check the tow rating on the driver's door ,,,, but 7000 lbs sounds about right
I have a 95 dodge ram B2500 conversion van. Has the 5.2l v8 magnum and a 46rh transmission nothing spectacular. It has a max tow rating of 7900 lbs and TW of 800 lbs. It has stock 3.55 gears no modifications to anything the whole van is stock the only modifications are the 16 years of rust!
Like I said I towed my 32' thor kodiak from florida to south carolina starting out doing about 60 mph then going up to 70 mph, I managed to get 10-12 MPG with regular gas no engine knocking. Without a weight distribution hitch, just plain old dead weight.

The ram van's I believe have a smaller tow capacity then the pickups but the van is a bit heavier and not as aerodynamic, the benefit of the van is the wheel base and the relationship between the rear axle and the location of the hitch, the hitch is very close to the axle so their is less worry about the front wheels flying in the air.

The 95 2500 series vans GCVWR is 11,500 with 3.55 with 3.9 I think it's 12,500.
 

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I checked with Dodge .. and they sent this ... for " my " truck

2006 dodge ram pickup 1500 1500 SLT, QUAD CAB, 4WD, 6.25 FT Bed, 5-Speed Automatic 545RFE Transmission, Engine: 5.7-Liter HEMI(R) Multi Displacement With 3.92 Axle Ratio Axle Ratio

http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/vehic...+SLT%5EQUAD+CAB%5E4WD&bed_wheel=U%5ET%5ERAM_# You Can Tow 8500 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/vehic...+SLT%5EQUAD+CAB%5E4WD&bed_wheel=U%5ET%5ERAM_# = 6700 lbs
Payload http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/vehic...+SLT%5EQUAD+CAB%5E4WD&bed_wheel=U%5ET%5ERAM_# = 1347 lbs
Curb Weight http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/vehic...+SLT%5EQUAD+CAB%5E4WD&bed_wheel=U%5ET%5ERAM_# = 5353 lbs
Curb Weight Front/Rear = 3120 lbs/3120 lbs
GAWR Front/Rear http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/vehic...+SLT%5EQUAD+CAB%5E4WD&bed_wheel=U%5ET%5ERAM_# = 3900 lbs/3900 lbs
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/vehic...+SLT%5EQUAD+CAB%5E4WD&bed_wheel=U%5ET%5ERAM_# = 14000 lbs
 

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Looks like Dodge recommends using the 3.92 ratio rear end
It is a good choice for towing

If you get into mud, snow, etc. Especially while towing, you might want to add a Anti Slip or some kind of Locker, into the package
 

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I would put in 3.92 or 4.10 gearing and a LSD like GT said. The quad cab and the 4x4 I think both reduce tow rating as compared to a reg cab and 2wd.
 

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The towing capacity isn't that bad, you got about 900 lbs on me, but for both of us we can increase this is we change the suspension. Anyway's I would stick with what they gave you, you have 3.92, I have 3.55 and can tow a hect of weight and you have 3.92 and can tow a hect of weight also. In my case it's best for me to stick with 3.55 because my MPG when towing is 10-12 which isn't bad for it's vintage and engine, as for you 3.92 is fine because you have more HP, Torque, and better MPG's then I. You have more benefits then I do except for maybe a couple things but they're not mechanically associated. I am not going to recommend and LSD or Open, personally it won't make a difference if your towing, if you get stuck your stuck. Between the vehicle weight and the tonque weight it won't make to hoots and a fig if you had LSD but that's just my opinion, if you had 4WD then that's a different story.

Lucky you, you have a 5spd, I got a 4 but when towing I have a 3 because cannot use OD during towing.

I find it amazing that my van can do what it can do, it's not aerodyanmic at all, it's a conversion van, the weight of the van wow and the handling so on so forth.
 
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