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post #1 of 24 Old 09-27-2014, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Towing 10k?

Did Ram underrate this ecodiesel or can I tow a 10k boat rig with a quad cab 4x4 and 3.92 axle?

Currently we use my buddy's Tundra and it pulls it fine but around 7mpg.
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You can probably pull it with no problem, provided your not living in the mountains and you're not pulling it for 2000 miles. I would have no problem with the engine or truck, but I would be concerned about a light duty transmission pulling this kind of load on a long haul.
Make sure you have a trailer tow package with a tranny cooler and keep an eye on the transmission temperature.
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Transmission cooler is important, like mentioned above it is a light duty transmission that may not react well to that kind of load.
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My boat and trailer are approx.7500 -7900 and I'm deciding if the diesel will handle it , otherwise I like the eco diesel a lot
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I think you will be fine. Like the other post said, not up mountains and not for 2000 miles. but going to the lake or boat ramp 20 min away should be fine
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Overall from what I have seen that others have posted here and elsewhere, it seems like you should indeed be fine
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Just outta curiosity, isn't the same 8 speed Tranny sitting behind the hemi that is good for up to 10500 ish properly equipped? If so why the gap?
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From what I was told it goes by the weight of the truck and the diesel is lighter than the Hemi
even though the diesel has a little more torque
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I guess what I'm getting at is it seems as if many refer to the "light duty transmission" in the eco as the concern with towing over what's recommended by the factory. It just seems odd if the tranny behind the hemi and eco is the same and the hemi properly equipped can go into the mid 10k range why it would be a problem with the eco. Don't get me wrong, if I had something that heavy and was towing frequently then in my opinion there would be nothing less that a 3/4 ton in my shop.
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Truck has enough torque and won't be shifting very often on tow mode.You can rev a Deizel and it just loves it. Unlike the gasoline engines. The tranny will stay cool. Also just revving a 6 cylinder and the boost adjust itself to the amount of fuel given. Nice now just make with a manual tranny.
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