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Old 04-02-2017, 05:58 PM   #1
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I'm looking into purchasing a Dodge Cummins. A few questions. 5.9 or 6.7? short bed or long bed? Why do the deletes? EGR and Def. Right now I am pulling a 26ft travel trailer however that will change soon as well. I plan on moving to a 35ft.+ 5r. TIA!!
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:47 PM   #2
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If you are planning on moving up i would definitely suggest the bigger engine. I have the 6.7 in a 2500, I only wish i had of got the 3500 SWR.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:52 PM   #3
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Our 2001, 3/4 ton long bed, 6 speed manual, 5.9 pulls our 32'Cruiser fine. In the Rockies sometimes I need to downshift to 3rd gear going uphill to keep the exhaust temperature down, but otherwise; fine. If I were going to pull anything longer or heavier, I would have the 6.7. The main drawbacks to the 6.7 would be fuel mileage (I get 20 when not pulling, which is 90% of the time we're traveling), I don't have to used DEF, and initial cost of the newer model. The longbed has served us well for 13 years without worrying about damaging the camper while turning tightly. I would have a short bed if there was normally more than just the two of us in the truck.

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Old 04-02-2017, 11:02 PM   #4
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If you get the 6.7, one thing many people don't consider. While you can get it deleted, or one that is, if you ever move to a place where they have exhaust inspections (my county in Colorado does), you have to have the delete undone, and those parts are expensive. When I got my 6.7, the shop I work with said they see it all the time, make sure I don't get one deleted.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:31 AM   #5
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You can't travel through some states and all the provinces with the DPF defeated. Stay away from it.
PS , dollar for dollar, pound for pound - you can't beat the Duramax Deisel.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:38 AM   #6
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You can't travel through some states and all the provinces with the DPF defeated. Stay away from it.
PS , dollar for dollar, pound for pound - you can't beat the Duramax Deisel.
Do the research.
Totally agree! The Duramax/Allison combination is awesome, turn on exhaust brake, press tow haul button, set cruise & enjoy the ride.
I get 8.5-11.5 mpg, depending on terrain, towing a 16.5k 5er at 68-70 mph & don't have to manually shift gears.
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:26 AM   #7
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When towing, bigger is better. I'd go with the 6.7. I have the 6.7 powerstroke, pulls like a dream. 11-12 mpg towing, 18-20 empty. Cummings should be close to that. I like my 4 door short bed. If a everyday driver, much easier to park in tight parking spaces, etc. Didn't know u could buy def delete.
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:52 PM   #8
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I've been reading articles and watching YouTube vids. In a nutshell the general consensus is any diesel made after 2014 is relatively trouble free. My preference is a Ram Cummings, second would be a Ford. I'm more worried about a lemon diesel. They cost more to buy and to repair.
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FYI: While your truck may be able to tow that fast, just so you know your tires are not meant to go over 65. They get hot and will blow out. Just sayin...
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I'm looking into purchasing a Dodge Cummins. A few questions. 5.9 or 6.7? short bed or long bed? Why do the deletes? EGR and Def. Right now I am pulling a 26ft travel trailer however that will change soon as well. I plan on moving to a 35ft.+ 5r. TIA!!
We had a great 2004.5 RAM 2500 with the 315HP 5.9 Cummins and it was a great tow vehicle. The previous owner had modified it with a Bully Dog and rebuilt transmission. We had to watch the EGT like a hawk after the ECM, injectors and front axle being rebuilt we moved on. Oh, it had a short bed and I darn near took out the back window more than once.
Our new 2012 RAM 3500 with high output 6.7 Cummins (no DEF) and 6 speed tranny is a dream. (Exhaust Brake is stock; Trailer Brake Controller is built in, wired for a 7 pin trailer and hitch ready) The long bed is great, you never have enough room. Unfortunately the garage is 8” too short!
And Better Yet: We bought it in Livingston Montana and when we returned to Wisconsin the State audited us, because we couldn’t have purchased a RAM for that price. Ha! We Did.
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