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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-24-2020, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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First tow with my Ď19

We hit 500 miles yesterday, so today it was time to tow. We towed from Albuquerque to Las Cruces today. I was really impressed. The truck was awesome. I didnít hammer it hard, but held it at 75mph most of the way. So this truck is a 4.10 instead of my old 3.42ís in my Ď13. That in itself was a big difference. The dually was also a nice change. It was more stable, but not ďLife ChangingĒ as some would have you believe. My Ď13 was a great tow as well. I towed over 30K with that truck.

What was interesting to me was that I didnít feel that the truck needs airbags, like I did with the Ď13. It squatted the truck a bit, but I need to adjust the hitch to put more weight forward. I think once I move my B&W hitch from the far back position to over the axle, I should move about 400 lbs to the front axle. The suspension was really amazing. The shocks and the overall setup were dead nuts on. The vibrations are g o n e! I am very happy. The transmission still shifts like a medium duty tranmission. Ride in a city bus, and the transmission shifts like that. The power was really great. With the 4.10, it only downshifted 2 times while towing at 75.

I am happy overall. I am impressed by the new engine. I am impressed with the transmission upgrades too. I wasnít sure about moving from my Ď13 to the Ď19, but a much better towing experience. Tomorrow Iíll change the hitch up and will respond here with the change from the tow down.

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First tow with my Ď19

Nice and thanks for the review. In albuquerque myself.


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I thought I read something about not exceeding 50 mph for the first 500 Miles towing, as to break in the rear end .
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I have a 2014 3500 DRW, after having several 2500's. I would not consider the change as "life changing", especially in normal situations. But I will say, that with the dually, I have never felt out of control or near the brink of disaster.
I tow a 40', 16.5K 5th wheel, several trips through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utsh, New Mexico, over mountain passes and all.
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I thought I read something about not exceeding 50 mph for the first 500 Miles towing, as to break in the rear end .
The diesel supplement says no towing for the first 500 miles. There is no speed restriction on the vehicle. State laws and tire load weight are the restrictions.
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Cummins says to tow as soon as possible. Ram says 500 miles for the rear end. Cummins wants you to tow as often as possible in the first 9K miles, if I remember the mileage correctly. That way you finish breaking in the engine as fast as possible.

Who am I to say no?
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...So this truck is a 4.10 instead of my old 3.42ís in my Ď13. That in itself was a big difference....With the 4.10, it only downshifted 2 times while towing at 75.
Good review, thanks for posting it. I will note that something else occurred with your switch to a dually as well...the tire diameter got smaller than your old single rear wheel truck. That gives you effectively even shorter gearing...maybe like having a 4.30 axle when compared to your old truck.

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The diesel supplement says no towing for the first 500 miles...
And the owner's manual also says no towing over 50 mph for the first 500 miles of towing. But as long as you've memorialized on the internet that you didn't follow the owner's manual, you'll be fine. LOL.
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Good call. You are correct!

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Iíll be the first to be honest here and say I didnít follow that at all haha.


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Iíll technically be second, but only because I did not state it. Better to break it in doing what it will be doing.
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Sooooooo. Mileage S U C K S. In the 8mpg range. That's at 70-75 mph. So here's the thing about gearing; my 3.42 gears in 5th would turn roughly the same RPM at 75 in 5th gear as my 4.10 does in 6th. I haven't calculated the gear inches or the final drive ratios, which I could, but am not going to. The 4.10's were still the right choice for me because of where I tow the most, but be aware that you could run in 5th, and get the same results as my 4.10 in 6th. I know you already knew that, but a quick reminder.

The truck hit 34 PSI boost at a couple of points today. I never saw that on my '13.
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