I still have my '96 ram 2500hd, V-10, It now has disc brake's all four corners.
This July I will rebuild the power plant, 286,+ miles.
Well its July 21, 2014.
The Dodge went in for the engine repair with 286,438 miles. Two week from now I will get it back with a new heart (engine).
Needs Painting, Seats covers, 3 dent's meed some attention, and the rear bumper.
Hay what do you expect after 17 years on the California's highways.
NOTE: Since MPG has been referenced. Starting 13.8, 13.9, and 14.0 that is 1996.
Ok! Now mostly 11.5 to 14.0. Depending on where I happen to be at the time.
With the 31' 5th Whl. Again when and where I was, it ranged for 10.0 to 12.4 mpg.
I got the truck to TOW! I really didn't care about mileage. I didn't want to add or modify it (gas-oil-water) and go. It did keep me at road speed (legal) W/O anything else done.
Subject Oil Changes: Yes! Every 3,000 miles or as close to it as possible.
Hello Issue: Have you check the rotors for glazing. I have run into this problem twice.
I also ran into a problem one with heat checking of rotor faces (front only).
The biggest problem for me was the brake system was to little for the truck, and load requirement.
Brake system was changed to correct.
Is there any oil build up inside the tail pipe(s)? If vehicle has two pipes look at both. If the is oil build up in side the pipes then there's an internal oil leak somewhere. You may want to check the Cat's for an oil smell. To much oil and the cat's will plug up.
What is the toungue weight of your TT. Check the receiver load limits. You may even have to weld a receiver inplace. No matter what, when you add weight to the bumper any vehicle will drop some. Overloads will help. An assist air bag setup may also be in order. But! There is a limit to what they will handle. You may want to check out a air type hitch. Air ride hitches will remove the shock or road bounce to some degree.
Your FIRST problem is the Government, second is EPA, and then the various states requirements. It was proven the a well tuned gaser was as clean as one with a smog certified one, sometime better! I did have a gaser that would pass smog check's. But! Would be turned down because meet the FEDERAL requirements not the STATE. So every two years smog check time "FAIL", Referee Time "PASS"! 4 hour of wasted time. Just for some MONEY! And I still do. Tried a deisel Smelled and noisy!
With a 2500 or 2500HD, 31 to 35 foot is just about the limit. Your best choice is find the RV you want, and then find the truck to pull it. A 5th wheel may be a somewhat of a better choice. A 31 foot has about 2,000lbs pin, tongue weight.
The 1996 V-10 was the largest power plant on the street then. The V-10, 8.0 ltr. 488 ci power. There were 2 things I was looking for. First! I didn't want to spend an additional money to alter items so the truck would pull. And back then there was very little in the after market. My pick was to simply add water, change oil, add fuel, and go! And for the last sixteen years that is what I've done.
The second! Was where was the transmission cooler located. In the radiator or not? Dodge made is stand alone. NO add heat to the coolant.
At 80,000 miles the trans did fail 3rd/OD section, AAmco fixed! Its there's to keep fixing if there is any additional problems. I did add a limited slip the the rear in 2012.
And next month I will up grade the rear axel to bisc brakes.
I don't know where DODGE got the idea to keep a 7,400 brake system on the 8800HD series PU. But for what ever the reason. I have up-grade mine. to best I can.
I have the 1996 version 3yr inproduction. V-10, with 281,000m. I am going to rebuild the engine before years end. It's a SLT extended cab. I pull a 31ft. 13,000lb 5th-whl. I have gone e-w, n-s coast to coast, border to border.
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?