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RE: RAM 3500 SRW - Aisin vs. 68RFE

OP here - thanks again for the comments. I appreciate the real-world experience with both transmissions. I am going to opt for the Aisin if I can find it in a truck on the lot. Will be checking Dave Smith and Dennis Dillon over the next few weeks. Keep us posted if you don't mind.:B
NC Hauler 11/28/14 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Will 2,380 lbs dry weight really make a difference?

The only numbers that make no difference are the GVWR's as they are a rating and not a weight. Generally speaking for any given weight the bigger the GVWR the better as it is more an indication of axle, rim and tire capacity. Happy hunting. If the GVWR makes no difference, why do you go on to contradict yourself by stating that the bigger the GVWR, the better:h The more important number if one is going to ignore the GVWR is the RAWR, which I think you stated by adding information on the axle and tires.....
NC Hauler 11/28/14 07:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tow Vehicle for momentum 385th

I have a Momentum 385TH and tow it with a 2012 F350 with 3.73 rear end. It has no problem towing it and the Momentum is not even close to the heaviest thing I've towed with it. Any newer DRW truck should not have a problem towing it. Although I have heard a few complaints about the newer Ram being two high in the back for some fifthwheels. I had no issues with my Rams back end being too high, but not that big of a deal to make it work...I too could tow far heavier than what I do now, at a little over 26,000# GCW, I could go another 10,000# and still be under my trucks GCWR.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 06:58pm Toy Haulers
RE: Tow Vehicle for momentum 385th

Buy a new F350 and you won't have to worry about weights. Same can be said for a new Ram, Heck, my 13, @14,000# GVWR and a GCWR of 37,500# can handle some pretty heavy 5ers.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 04:47pm Toy Haulers
RE: Tow Vehicle for momentum 385th

I tow my 385 with a 2011 Ford F-350 6.7 duallie. No problems at all. Did see that the 2015 F-450 can tow over 33,000 lbs now. I have a 2015 Ford F450 towing a Heartland 3110. The F450 is an awesome rig. Don't necessarily need a 450, My truck, a 3500 dually with 4:10 will easily handle OPs 5er..My truck is also my daily driver.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 04:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: Tow Vehicle for momentum 385th

4.10 with the cummins 6.7 ? With a GVW of 19,400#, you could easily hit 4,000# of pin weight. I do 99% of my towing in the mountains of SC, NC, TN, VA and WV. Some 7% grades on some of the Interstates and some much h steeper on the mountainous secondary roads that can be quiet curvy. The Ram in my Sig has the Cummins with Aisin tranny, a medium duty tranny. Truck has a GVWR of 14,000# ,with RAWR of 9,750#. GCWR with 4:10 is 37,500#. You could easily handle a pin weight of 4,000#and you'll come nowhere near trucks GCWR. My 5er is loaded to 16,200# with a pinweight of 3460#, and I'm still under my trucks GVWR and well under its RAWR. Almost 25,000 miles on it and just had windshield washer motor replaced..truck tows my 5er very easily all through the mountains. Don't know GCWR and GCWR on an '09 GM/ Chevy 3500 dually, but it's for sure the D/A would have no problems towing that weight.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 04:39pm Toy Haulers
RE: RAM 3500 SRW - Aisin vs. 68RFE

If I were looking at a 3500 it would have to be the aisin. Chrysler is slowly outsourcing it's tranny's for a reason. The initial reason for the Aisin was for it's PTO capability. Don't believe that was initial reason for the Aisin being put into the cab over trucks. The Aisin was already being offered in the C&C trucks. Ram came out with new frame, all new suspension and offered higher HP and TQ with the Aisin to try to compete with the medium duty Allison tranny. Having owned 3 D/A equipped trucks, the Aisin is as good as the Allison, and again, BOTH are medium duty trannys...the offering of the PTO.with the Aisin is just a great addition to an already very good tranny. According to Ram engineers that were interviewed, that was indeed the reason. CC trucks often need a PTO. Not offering that capability would have severely hindered sales. Of course the Aisin competes with the Allison trans, just another reason to buy Ram. Guess you read reasons from Ram engineers, same as I did when I ordered the Aisin in my truck back in Dec. Of 12....At THAT time, the,PTO was just an extra for conventional trucks..but more instrumental with C&C models due to different bed configurations one might use with a C&C truck. Majority, and I say majority of regular trucks with Aisin rarely use PTO option, but purchased to get medium duty tranny offering along with the extra HP and TQ. Though, in a C&C truck, HP and TQ with Aisin has been detuned. Believe we're saying same thing, you're saying CC trucks and I'm saying C&C trucks, meaning cab and chassis, i.e., truck with no bed and owner picks out whatever bed they want. As I stated above and earlier, the PTO would be used more with one of these trucks than say my crew cab, long bed truck.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will 2,380 lbs dry weight really make a difference?

New 350 400Hp or a used 350 170 Hp Diesel? Even the new one would know the weights back there....simple test; pick a steep interstate mountain road to climb, unloaded...see how fast you can get to 70...now hook only a 15,000# 5er to the truck, take same road and see how long it takes to get to 70 now...yeah, you'll know it's back there, any light duty truck would, though truck is MORE than capable of only towing a 15,000# 5er.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 01:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: gooseneck adapter

Having the B&W turnover ball in my truck I could use the B&W Companion but it is so long that there is no room in front of it for my Yamaha 4500W generator. The goose box would allow me to store the genny against the front of the bed. Otherwise I have no place to carry it. I have no problems with safety chains as all of my trailers (both bumper pull and gooseneck have them). It's just added security. Since I have a tailgate step getting into the bed of the truck is no problem either to hook it up. All I need to know is which fifth wheel manufacturers use the Lippert frames that the Goose Box will work with. Quiet a few manufacturers.use Lippert frames, BUT, I'd STILL call the manufacturer to see what THEY say, I've heard and read on these forums of frame issues and manufacturer says one thing and Lippert says something else. I'd want it in writing that warranty would be covered if not using a traditional 5th wheel hitch.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 01:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RAM 3500 SRW - Aisin vs. 68RFE

I think I can speak of the 68RFE's durability. I tow the West Coast lot's of 6% grades. I have 3:42 gears and will admit they are the wrong ratio for my weight. The trans shifts nice and solid in all gears and downshifts well. I just weighed my TV 14K loaded, RV 15K on the axles for a combined load of 29K. With 55K on the clock the transmission has been flawless! Mostly tow in 5th basically the same RPM's at 60 as if it had 4"10's. New truck will have 4:10's rear bags and Aisin trans. If the Aisin were not available I would be fine with the 68RFE again. Just do it:B
NC Hauler 11/27/14 01:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 3500 SRW - Aisin vs. 68RFE

If I were looking at a 3500 it would have to be the aisin. Chrysler is slowly outsourcing it's tranny's for a reason. The initial reason for the Aisin was for it's PTO capability. Don't believe that was initial reason for the Aisin being put into the cab over trucks. The Aisin was already being offered in the C&C trucks. Ram came out with new frame, all new suspension and offered higher HP and TQ with the Aisin to try to compete with the medium duty Allison tranny. Having owned 3 D/A equipped trucks, the Aisin is as good as the Allison, and again, BOTH are medium duty trannys...the offering of the PTO.with the Aisin is just a great addition to an already very good tranny.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will 2,380 lbs dry weight really make a difference?

I won't get into the whole weight issue for your choice reference needing a SRW or DRW. Expect to add over 2,000 pounds of food, clothing, gear to that dry weight. The 6.7 diesel will never know it is back there and depending on how many miles you have on your F350, you will probably average 11mpg pulling. I always love how some say, "...Will never know it's back there"..So if you're driving empty up a 7% Grade, i.e., literally "nothing back there", then hook a 15,000# 5ers to the truck, they'll be no difference towing that weight up a 7% Grade???? Yeah, right...and the cow jumped over the moon..:B....you'll know it's back there and so would the driver and his truck, be it a 6.6 Duramax, a 6.7 powerstroke or a 6.7 Cummins..mind you I didn't say they can't do it, but you WILL know that weight is "back there"....
NC Hauler 11/27/14 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RAM 3500 SRW - Aisin vs. 68RFE

I've had both trannys, and as stated, the Aisin tranny with Cummins gives you more TQ and HP. The 68RFE is a more than capable tranny.I Had it in a 2010 and '12, towing my 5er loaded to 16,000# all through the mountains of NC, TN, VA and WV with zero issues. Either will work just fine. I ordered truck in my Sig with the Aisin more out of curiosity than anything else. The higher HP and TQ and the fact that it's a medium duty tranny strapped to a medium duty diesel made it my choice for my retirement truck. I have 25,000 miles on my truck and other than replacing the windshield washer motor, truck has been trouble free. ...bottom line, you can't go wrong with either.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 08:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Security from theft

I've left mine at our camp in WVa. for 6 months at a time. Basement doors are locked, propane tanks locked down and king pin had a lock on it. Never had anything come up missing. Never removed the tires, and again, never a problem.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 07:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Will 2,380 lbs dry weight really make a difference?

I have pulled 27' 5er , 30', 36' 38 and now have a 38GK Redwood 42'. Had a F350 srw cc lb. Now 2011 F350 cc, lb,drw. The only thing I have noticed tyo worry about was that in the mountians on 2 lane crookeeeeeddd roads was that the SRW swayed more thn the DRW does and the milage is 10.5 to 12.5 depending on speed and road conditions. Will add a note on looking at the site on tires and which to make sure you have on your NEW 5ER. Thank you. I've been saying this for years; the dually offers more stability on mountainous, curvy roads when towing a heavier, longer 5er.
NC Hauler 11/27/14 04:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Will 2,380 lbs dry weight really make a difference?

The difference in weight and size is significant.The height difference will be as significant as the weight. The F-350 will handle both but it will have an easier time with the smaller trailer. The empty weight of the larger trailer equals the loaded weight of the smaller unit. If you have no need or reason to stay small than go for the bigger unit Agree.
NC Hauler 11/26/14 03:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Will 2,380 lbs dry weight really make a difference?

A 350 diesel will handle either one without fuss. If you have never towed the other one you will have no reason to know what the difference is. Enjoy! Agree, but one would be able to tell a difference, i.e., that it's back there....1 more ton will make a difference. I Know a 1ton will handle the weight of either, but the addition of an extra ton will be noticable
NC Hauler 11/26/14 03:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Sorry to hear about your accident Jon, hope you're ok. Similar thing happened to my daughter several years back, She was driving a mini van with our two granddaughters, and some jerk side swiped her and kept on going. Daughter had to go to hospital for cuts and bruises. Both granddaughters were shook up but ok...finally found the jerk, a drunk, no job, car was a mess, oh, no drivers license. Can't get blood out of a turnip, So her insurance HAD to pay for repairs, so basically, the loser got away with it. We're in Sevierville TN. Got here Saturday. Spend Friday at out camp and drove 250 miles to this campground. Weather has been far more warmer:B Will be here thru Sunday . Hope all is well with all of you and hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend.
NC Hauler 11/26/14 04:40am Around the Campfire
RE: gooseneck adapter

This is a post from 12/2013 re my gooseneck on a 5th wheel. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27423458/gotomsg/27423845.cfm#27423845 Since then we visited the Cedar Creek factory in Indiana and was told they had NO problem with a gooseneck. We purchased a 2014 Cedar Creek 38fls with a Mor-Ryde hitch with the reinforced goose neck adapter plate installed by the dealer Timber View RV in Frankfort, IL We hauled it to Ellenton, FL where we are now and had no problems on the way down. It's really not rocket science. All one has to do is call the manufacturer of the 5er and ask THEM....get it straight from the horses mouth so to speak. If THEY say it will void some of your warranty to use a GN, then I would listen to them. If they say it doesn't matter, then you have the CORRECT answer......so simple that a caveman could do it:) A lot of 5er manufacturers recommend 5ers hitches. I'd listen to the manufacturer before I listened to the dealer.Manufacturer is one that PAYS for warranty issues.....not the dealer...I'd get it in writing that it would be covered if dealer stated as much.
NC Hauler 11/25/14 01:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to campers

If weight of 5er, (figure you're talking about a 5th. wheel), is to be 7,000# or under, sleep 2 and be able to handle temps that you're talking about, you're probably out of luck....not too many around with a wieght of 7,000# that are super insulated as you are wanting one to be. What truck are you driving that you need such a light weight 5th wheel? May want to look at a Travel Trailer.....Lot of variable you've brought up...weight restrictions, sleep 2 and handle REALLY cold weather...
NC Hauler 11/22/14 06:20pm Fifth-Wheels
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