Towing with 2500hd will in most cases be the best choice. If you keep under 14,000lbs. After that a 4500.
Question: What do you consider a standard bed. 6 or 8 foot!
I prefer the 8 foot bed. You can simply do more with the larger bed.
Cont'd from an earler posting!
Hi: As for the Dodge V-10's. The 1994 & 5's. Dodge did experence problems with the V-10 series engine's, ie: head, and No. 9 piston failures. Somewhere or somehow it was trace to the timeing setup.
The only real repeating problem I have encountered, is leaking water pump seal, and leaking radiators this all external the engine.
If I hold the engine in low gear a lifter will chatter (float)(R/S) bank, back off it quits. It isn't there after that.
I am looking into just re-building the engine, and going with a '97 or '98 disc brake configured axal that will accept my existing L/S unit.
Hi. Welcome to Christmas Eve.
I have a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500hd Extended Cab w/the V-10. It has remained stock from dodge.
It now has 280,000+ miles, daily travel as well as Towing a 31' Aplinelite 5th Whl. from coast to coast(e-w) and border to border(n-s).
There were two issues with the truck: First was the brake system to lite for use by this truck. Second was the transmission 3rd gr. o/d section bad design. Oil holes to small.
When dodge went to all (4)wheel disc brakes the lack of stopping was reduced.
The transmission issue was corrected, by the rebuilding of the transmission.
The truck gets 11.5 to 14 mpg. But! When you are limited to 55 when towing 13,000 rock around. I stop worrying about the mileage. My driving day is 3-400 miles a day or two fills.
It is getting tired. Rear main seal is leaking, and the compression is getting lower.
I have kept up a 3000 engine service the whole time I've had it. Coolant service every two years. Trans. sreviced every year, cheep insurance.
I have 1996 Dodge V-10 in an Ram 2500hd supercab. The V-10 488ci,(8.0)ltr. This was the 3rd year that the V-10 was placed in the Dodge Ram P/u series, 1994 being the starting year. I know for a fact it came in the 2500 & 3500 P/u's. Mine was manuf. in Mar. 1996 in Mexico. Its the SLT version w/bench & bench jump seat. The engine has 280,000+ miles, and is getting tired. It still has good oil Pressure w/o fluctuation at idle, and 11 to 14 mpg even though its 17 years old. It has been coast to coast & border to border a lot, pulling a 31ft, RL Alpinelite 5th wheel. There were (2) problems with 1996 ram, First being the Transmission, second being the Braking system these problems were a design issue. Transmission was fixed and is now the AAmco worry. The brakes I have up grade as much as I can and still keep it legal by California limits. in 1997 or 8 Dodge did improve the brake system. I one thing I like is the Trans-cooler is external of the engine cooling system. NO ADDED heat to coolant. Dodge stop putting the V-10 in California P/U truck's in 2003 or 2004, maybe later, simple they refused to let them be sold here.
Hope this helps!
Oh! By the way I still have the V-10. Screw California.
I had a Ford F-150 from 06/1975, I drove it for thirty years, Just because California said it wasn't legal to drive here, it didn't meet, and exceeded the smog requirements, It tested cleaner than most the P/u's, including the newer one's. It passed the smog test every 2yrs. I did it just for spite.
Make it simple. A vehicle batterie is designed to last 4 to 5 life cycle (years), there maybe some sell at a higher price maybe have a 5 or 6 life cycle (years). Batteris manufactures warrantee them for just so long. And you go back, and get a new one its the timing. The batteris will fail at the most inopportune time. I change mine out wien it starts acting uo or 3 to 6 months before warrantee runs out.
First thing: What Size of, and type of RV are you looking for or at?
Then find what will it handle ie: wieght, pulling and STOPPING?
Rule of thumb guide: up to 24 foot, a 1500 series should handle it well! 25 foot, and up a 2500 should be OK, 32+ foot, a 3500 is ok, after that a 4500/5500 is your last chance.
An HD really dosen't make that much difference.
Hope this helps?
What Type of TV do you have? Remember! You will have to stop what you are pulling!
How high will you go?
Hwy 50 has some good grades on it! The west to east route has a long windy steep down hill. Unless it has been changed. I took a sole low
2500 long bed to get to Portola.