Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-27-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
blwilder
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1
1999 Dodge Ram - What Gear?

I have a 1999 Dodge 2500 Ram Quad-Cab, 4X4, 5.9L Cummins, 4 speed auto transmission. The transmission is in overdrive automatically unless I press the "unlock" button at the end of the shift selector handle.

I just returned from my first trip towing my new (used) fifth wheel trailer. Owners manual says to lock out overdrive when "towing a trailer" or "hauling heavy loads", both of which qualify to lock out the overdrive. Dealer where I purchased the trailer also said to lock out the overdrive.

However, with the overdrive locked out and traveling at 55 mph, the tachometer registers 2200 rpm, which seems excessive to me for any sustained period of time. Just the slightest increase in speed and obviously the rpm's go up. The engine doesn't sound good at this rpm.

If I shift into overdrive at 55 mph the rpm's reduce to 1500, which now seems slightly low, but sounds much better. Now I am in a quandry because I believe that if something doesn't sound good it probably isn't good but both the owner's manual and one person, the dealer who sold me the trailer, say to tow with the overdive locked out.

Any help will be appreciated.
__________________

blwilder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
Jack in Alaska
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Anchorage & Ninilchik, Alaska
Posts: 291
dealers and the truth or lack of

In the long run you will be much safer NOT believing anything the RV salesman or truck salesman tell you about towing capacities.

They know it has 2 or 4 doors maybe, is pretty or not, is real durable for doing what ever you want to do with it. Sure that 1/2 ton will stop that 16k lb. 5th.whl. just fine. And that is about it.
__________________
2012 Jayco 40FER Bungalow TT
2004.5 Dodge 3500 DRW 4x4 Quadcab CTD 325/600 6 spd 3.73 HiJacker Hitch;Access bed cover; Prodigy; PacBrake; DZ boards;air horns;Westach combo gauge;Sirius;Smarty Jr, Lite Force road lites
Yamaha iSEB 3000 genset

Start Out Each Day Real Easy.......Then Taper Off
Jack in Alaska is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×