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RE: Vintage RAM.... what to do?

aside from emissions the 2004 does nothing better then the 2016. Are the latest trucks getting better fuel consumption again? When the first set of emmissions equipped diesels came out I remember hearing that the mileage was quite poor.
davelinde 03/23/19 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Vintage RAM.... what to do?

I like the idea of going through an older truck and making it as relible as new. But for the money ... I guess I can probably run some numbers and evaluate this... For now my truck is a dandy daily driver that costs me nothing and without towing heavy should last a long time. I guess in my mind it does not have a trade-in value, but that is not true. I guess I could also decide just how much longer I really want to have a truck (at least another decade I'd say) and maybe a used truck could be a reliable tow vehicle at a good cost and also hold value? I think that my unknowns on what the emissions did to 3/4 ton trucks makes me wonder... Initially I thought it killed efficiency? I have one buddy who is an owner/operator on a big rig who said the emissions junk makes his life miserable in the HDT realm... So despite being old tech I do kinda cling to my pre-emissions truck instinctively.
davelinde 03/12/19 05:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Vintage RAM.... what to do?

I appreciate the opinions here, thanks for chiming in. Some reactions. Yes, I've picked up a lot of the parts I needed to refurb my truck from Geno's and they have most of what is still broke too. So far the busted plastic junk in my cab is all repairable. In terms of rough numbers... back in the day I paid 36K for my truck new. I bought the Volvo for 35K and ended up selling it for scrap at 5K (if I had not let the maintenance get away from me it would easily have sold for more, my bad). I mention that to note that paying 50K (or more) for a truck is hard for me to wrap my mind around. But yes... I'm contemplating about 10K in refurb as someone noted... and that does give me pause. Also yes... I bet I could sell mine as-is. I have two neighbors who have mentioned they'd love to buy it, though we never talked price. For the interior, I've already fixed the grab bars, the busted tilt steering and installed a modern radio/bluetooth. What remains is fixing the busted lock/mirror/window control cluster and fixing one rear door lock... the real challenge is making the seats comfy enough to do 10 hours (I can barely stand them for 3 now). The exterior paint is still just cosmetic and pro-active against letting it degrade too much. The big ticket would be a pro-active rebuilt tranny and maybe an engine brake. Finally... I know me - if I go drive a 2018 I might write a check.
davelinde 03/12/19 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Online sales... a good idea?

Other than the trend of small dealerships getting bought by chains it sound like little has changed in the last 10 years. These posts reminded me of the games we played with buying our Cyclone... We went to see it at a dealership 60 miles away, and had a price in hand from an on-line dealership with the 1000 mile ride to pick it up. After being treated wonderfully... seeing the rig, even hitching it to my truck to measure how much it squatted we started talking price. After letting the sales guy posture and make his best pitch I told him he was off base by more than 5 figures, was he sure. He told me my price was SURELY wrong and missing options so I said THANKS. I guess we walked so fast they had not been ready for that because while we were driving home they called to tell us that we were... in fact... correct on the bottom line pricing and they could match it "just for us". So I gave them a verbal on a deposit against a credit card with the promise of a contract to follow. When we got the contract there were a dozen items not clear so I sent them back my list of written questions. Apparently they were unfamiliar with actually doing business because after two days I called to find out why my questions were not answered. I was told that my contract was completed and my deposit was not refundable. Since I had never signed anything I called the credit card company, disputed the charge and signed a contract with the on-line folks. I got several calls from various managers and general managers there and told them all that I no longer cared if they beat the price - their business practices were unacceptable to me. So now to today... I guess the drive up to Indiana is do-able and I might consider on-line direct sales one more time if we decide to pull a trigger on our third (likely last) RV.
davelinde 03/12/19 05:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Vintage RAM.... what to do?

Volvo's are a PITA to work on It was a challenge - the clutch and Eaton autoshift got wonky on me and once I could not drive it to be serviced things got complicated. Towing it was not a simple thing... It really was a joy to drive while it ran well but not so joyful once I could not fix it myself.
davelinde 03/08/19 08:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Vintage RAM.... what to do?

Its definitely do-able. I think so too... just not sure what I might be missing. The rap on the Dodge back in 04 was that the Cummins would keep running while the plastic **** around it would fail. This has actually been true and my grab handles, diverter doors, and window control console have all cracked and failed. However fixing them was cost effective and not too hard. I don't see any reason I can't get another 10 years and 150K on the frame/power-train - especially if I drop a few grand on an overbuilt tranny. If a new truck was more reasonable I might be tempted to trade-up but at the prices I've seen it seems crazy to buy a new diesel?
davelinde 03/08/19 08:26pm Tow Vehicles
Online sales... a good idea?

It's been a while since I read these forums regularly. When we bought our 2004 Jayco and later a 2009 Heartland there was still a lot of debate about on-line sales. Was it a good price? Could you get service? Shouldn't you have a local dealer? From those decade old experiences it was a no-brainer. We bought the Jayco, never needed service, and sold it for nearly what we paid for it. For the Cyclone, we really tried to buy from a local dealer but they were too shady and we ended up buying on-line again for a substantial discount. We actually DID need warranty service (in a big way) and a different local dealer did is (though reluctantly and it took a long time). Ironically since we were moving then the reluctant dealer ended up doing us a favor by storing our RV for "free" and after we got it back we moved 1000 miles away so "local" was no longer meaningful. In the next few years we may trade in for something smaller (and lighter) than our hauler and DW does drag me to the shows to look and wish. We have a ton of local dealers but I still think the national on-line guys must be a good idea? What say you all? What has changed since 2007?
davelinde 03/08/19 07:47pm General RVing Issues
Vintage RAM.... what to do?

I cannot believe how long I've been away from this forum but it seems like just yesterday. In 2003 I agonized over diesel v gas and would the Dodge 48RE tow heavy. I can surely say that now I KNOW and diesel is a great choice and with 160K on my 2004 5.9 48RE auto with some time towing both 10K# and 14K# the tranny seems to have held up. I did a multi-year diversion into the HDT truck world and I've gotta say that a Volvo HDT is fantastic TV but not easy to maintain. At this point the Volvo is sold and I still have the RAM and in the foreseeable future we will be towing something again. But wow oh wow oh my... I could buy TWO MORE Volvos for the price of a new decked out Dodge?? Not gonna happen. I'm thinking about putting a new paint job on my 2004, replacing the interior (not sure how) and getting a rebuilt trans with engine brake. The truck is great for current use (a daily driver) but the front bench is not ideal for long hauls, the paint is fading and I would not trust putting 10K# behind it and taking a long trip. What say you all here?
davelinde 03/08/19 07:35pm Tow Vehicles
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