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Old 08-12-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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Towing with a Ram

I found a 2016 Ram 3500 longhorn edition with 13,000 miles for a great price. It has the 3.42 gears with aisin transmission. Is anyone towing with this combination? Would like your thoughts good or bad. I currently own a 2013 36FL.
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I've towed my 36RL with a 2012 Ram 3500 dually, 3.73 with the max tow package and a 2014 Ram 3500 SRW with the 3.42. Both trucks have the Aisin tranny and removing the stability debate between SRW and DRW and strictly answering your question based off the rear end gearing - the 3.42 will do the job but you will find yourself in 5th gear more often than in 6th. I noted this to be especially true when in rolling hills or heading directly into a headwind. I prefer the 3.73 gearing as it will hold 6th more often on the rolling hills/plains and it does not seem to work as hard in the high mountains. If you are only a weekend camper, the 3.42 will do the job for you. If you are full timing and always on the move, I'd recommend the 3.73. My response is strictly based upon my own experience in towing my 36RL with both of my Ram trucks. The other thing to watch out for is the GVWR between the different gear ratios. The 3.42 has a lower towing rating and GVWR rating than the 3.73 or 4.10 geared trucks. Best of luck in your decision process.
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if the price is really good and its 2 wheel drive a gear swap isn't out of the question. about $1000 get the rear end 4:10
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Are you buying from a Private Party? If so, please ask if you can have it checked by a Certified Mechanic! My curiosity is why are they selling it? Just a thought!
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I found a 2016 Ram 3500 longhorn edition with 13,000 miles for a great price. It has the 3.42 gears with aisin transmission. Is anyone towing with this combination? Would like your thoughts good or bad. I currently own a 2013 36FL.
We wore out our 2008 Larimie Resistol DRW with the 3.73 rear The dealer stated our gear ratio should have been the 4.10 of course he told us that after we spent 10 k in rebuild and repairs to the transmission which didn't fix the problem. Great truck, recommend the 4.10 rear even if you buy the truck and change the gear ratio
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We wore out our 2008 Larimie Resistol DRW with the 3.73 rear The dealer stated our gear ratio should have been the 4.10 of course he told us that after we spent 10 k in rebuild and repairs to the transmission which didn't fix the problem. Great truck, recommend the 4.10 rear even if you buy the truck and change the gear ratio
If your weight was within the numbers for the 3.73's, then he was just giving you lip service.
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Old 08-18-2018, 07:32 PM   #7
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2014 Ram 3500 MC DRW

Iíve been pulling our 2013 36RE, with my 2014 Ram MC DRW LL, for 5 years now... No issues. However, itís setup with the Aisin and 3:73. 106k on it, and doesnít miss a lick. Also helps that I had it deleted @ 90k... thanks to a failing DEF pump=Junk!

Drivetrain wise, no issues.
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If your weight was within the numbers for the 3.73's, then he was just giving you lip service.
Even though our dealer stated our 2008 Ram would pull our RW (16K lbs) before we purchased our RW (2012 36FL) after our transmission failed about 10 miles from our house (we made 3 previous trips out west with no problem) after our 4th trip out west, complete rebuild of transmission, oversized oil pan new cooler it would not pull the Redwood further than 1/4 mile without going into a safe mode. At that time he stated based on review of the VIN that the truck was not rated to pull 16K without a 4.10 rear gear ratio. Of course I asked why that info was not provided after failure of the 1st rebuild of the transmission, never did get an answer. I left that dealer, and purchased a new 2015 Larimie Larado DRW with 4.10 gear ratio, heavy duty tow package 4WD, mega cab and have had no issues towing my Redwood on any type road with surprisingly good fuel mileage.
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Even though our dealer stated our 2008 Ram would pull our RW (16K lbs) before we purchased our RW (2012 36FL) after our transmission failed about 10 miles from our house (we made 3 previous trips out west with no problem) after our 4th trip out west, complete rebuild of transmission, oversized oil pan new cooler it would not pull the Redwood further than 1/4 mile without going into a safe mode. At that time he stated based on review of the VIN that the truck was not rated to pull 16K without a 4.10 rear gear ratio. Of course I asked why that info was not provided after failure of the 1st rebuild of the transmission, never did get an answer. I left that dealer, and purchased a new 2015 Larimie Larado DRW with 4.10 gear ratio, heavy duty tow package 4WD, mega cab and have had no issues towing my Redwood on any type road with surprisingly good fuel mileage.

most transmission shops don't rebuild completely , they put a bunch of used parts in from other units that they have inspected the parts and say they are good enough to get to the end of the warrantee they give you. basically the pull out the unit ( 1 hr) , disassemble clean and inspect your parts maybe put one set of clutches in it . some shops will open the converter up and clean it out and re-weld the half's back together. fill it with 3 gallons of fluid ,road test it , take $5000 ~ 6000.00 dollars of your money and send you down the road. This is where the aftermarket company's that sell to the hot rod diesel guys can really help us. they build trans that can handle in many cases 4 or 5 times that amount of power and still offer a warrantee . I had my dealings with shops back when I drag raced some of my cars back in the 1980's into the 90's . All I got was lip service a warrantee and a big bill never once was a there a cure!


If your rear end was worn out , its not from pulling heavy. Set up and break in is very important. Don't ever take a brand new truck and hook up and pull anything for 500~1000 miles. the amount of heat and the metal floating in the oil just eats the ring and pinion gears. put 500~1000 miles on it dump the rear end fluid , I think you will be very surprised to see what is in there for lube. Every new truck or rebuild I have done this and the oil is always loaded with fine metal from break in. Fresh clean fluids is the only way to keep a truck on the road with low cost of ownership and high miles.
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Even though our dealer stated our 2008 Ram would pull our RW (16K lbs) before we purchased our RW (2012 36FL) after our transmission failed about 10 miles from our house (we made 3 previous trips out west with no problem) after our 4th trip out west, complete rebuild of transmission, oversized oil pan new cooler it would not pull the Redwood further than 1/4 mile without going into a safe mode. At that time he stated based on review of the VIN that the truck was not rated to pull 16K without a 4.10 rear gear ratio. Of course I asked why that info was not provided after failure of the 1st rebuild of the transmission, never did get an answer. I left that dealer, and purchased a new 2015 Larimie Larado DRW with 4.10 gear ratio, heavy duty tow package 4WD, mega cab and have had no issues towing my Redwood on any type road with surprisingly good fuel mileage.
Ah, if it was overloading then I understand. Lost the transmission in my 2000 Ford and I figured it was from being way overloaded triple towing. I bought a new truck instead of fixing the old, because the towing capacities just keep going up and up.

With the Redwood, I went from a 2008 with 4.10 to a 2014 with 3.73 thinking the fuel mileage would be nice and the newer 6.7 would overcome the gear ratio - NOT I regretted not going with the 4.10s. Not only did I loose pulling power uphill with the 3.73s, you loose downhill engine braking with the higher ratio.
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