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fj12ryder

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Posted: 04/28/22 07:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure whether to put this here, or in the 5th Wheel forum.

I'm looking at a 2018 Dodge Cummins 3500, and am wondering whether I'll have to replace my B&W Companion hitch that I currently use in my 2001 Dodge Cummins 3500. Or whether I'll have to get the puck-type B&W. There's a hole in the center, but it looks round so I don't think my B&W ball will fit, but don't know. The truck is a couple hundred miles away and we haven't absolutely decided.

It does have the 5th wheel package and OEM brake controller. Any information would be appreciated.

Please move this if it would be more appropriate elsewhere. TIA.


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The hitch you have will not work with the OEM ball. You may as well just sell it and upgrade to the 3600, to direct fit the pucks.

Compared to the new FW, and maybe new truck, a new hitch will just seem like change out of pocket! [emoticon]

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Sell what you have on CL. I did and sold my 18k Companion first call for $500 in 2015.

Get what's in the pic and you WILL thank me!!!

BTW, it's a RAM as there is no such thing starting with the 2013 model year as a Dodge truck.

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2015 RAM LongHorn 3500 Dually CrewCab 4X4 CUMMINS/AISIN RearAir 385HP/865TQ 4:10's
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"HeavyWeight" B&W RVK3600

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Does this possible new to you truck have factory rear air and AISIN??? If not I would keep looking. 2018 is a good year!

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Posted: 04/28/22 12:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah, I keep forgetting about the Dodge/Ram thing. LOL

Yes, the new-to-us truck has the Aisin 6-speed, but not sure about the air ride. We're looking at the Tradesman model to keep the costs down. About $10,000-$15,000 difference between them and the same year Laramie. And I'm a cheap bastid. I will be getting the puck mounted B&W hitch for sure. Don't want to lose my membership in the B&W club. [emoticon] And the new one would put me in the heavy weight club.

That truck has a 14,000 GVWR. Sounds like a beast. Not as beasty as the new ones, but a whole lot cheaper. [emoticon]

Thank you for all the info guys. Much appreciated.

* This post was edited 04/28/22 12:37pm by fj12ryder *

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Posted: 04/28/22 12:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MFL wrote:

The hitch you have will not work with the OEM ball. You may as well just sell it and upgrade to the 3600, to direct fit the pucks.

Compared to the new FW, and maybe new truck, a new hitch will just seem like change out of pocket! [emoticon]

Jerry
Yeah, you got that right, Jerry. [emoticon]

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Really no difference in the new ones VS the one you are looking at but a bit more HP/TQ. So you are looking at a DRW then as that is a 14k GVWR. Simply put that is a BS number that keeps the tuck in Class 3 for insurance and licensing purposes. FACT is my unloaded front axle is around 5,250#. Now ad that to the SAE RAWR of 9,750#. HMMMMMMM, that equals 15k. simply buy the tonnage that is correct for your truck and forget the GVWR and go by the SAE axle ratings.

Hope the truck works out for you!

Where are you located?

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Yeah, just comparing the 14,000 GVWR of the new truck to the 10,400 GVWR of the old truck. [emoticon]

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Can confirm, you're not gaining any real world added capability or meaningfully heavier components in the '19+ trucks.
Couple more ponies, a nicer screen on the dash and some minimal "improvements" combined with potentially large headache if you got a CP4 equipped model.
2015/16 through 2018 is still a very viable, top of the heap truck.
If it's a Tradesman, likely it doesn't have air assist. Not sure how I feel about it, not having had one, but I do know that it can't possibly be more versatile, simpler or trouble free (potentially) than a big ole set of leaf springs.


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We're located in Missouri, just north of Kansas City.

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