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Old 07-09-2014, 12:34 AM   #21
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Hello Vince; Sorry, we got back so late last night, I didn't get this to you sooner. We did put the hitch in and I though just a picture would be helpful to show you how we have the hitch installed (Cab is to the RIGHT in photo). Let me know if I can help further! Theresa
Hi Todd,
No problem at all on the delay. I just appreciate the help! I am interested in knowing what position your Trail-Air is in...upper or lower. You mentioned a picture...but I don't see one other than your sig photo. Theresa did post a photo earlier of the hitch installed in the bed, so I have seen that one.
Anyway, thanks again!
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:39 AM   #22
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I just traded in a 2010 F350 DRW for a Ram 3500 DRW and I installed the 3600 B&W like TNT did and I pulled the first time with it yesterday and let me tell you I love that hitch. I had a Reese 25 k in the Ford.
Also all you Ford guys (which I used to be) let me tell you there is no comparison in my opinion between the Ford and the Ram, the Ram out performs in all respects, pulling power and the feel of you being in control instead of the trailer. I pulled for 5 years with that Ford so I had a few miles. I am very pleased with my swap to the (dark side) as some people say.
I love the Ram as well. I'm a first time truck owner, and my original plan was to go with the DuraMax/Allison. But after driving all 3 brands, I definitely liked the Ram the best. And, I got a loaded Laramie at a great price and for less than the others, so that sealed the deal. But as others have said, these trucks sure have come a long way and they are all amazing! Driving it home from Tampa the other night, we got nearly 21 mpg in total comfort with all of the luxury and comfort you could want. Now if I could only get that mileage towing!
Thanks again to all for their kind words and help.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:42 AM   #23
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Hi Todd,
No problem at all on the delay. I just appreciate the help! I am interested in knowing what position your Trail-Air is in...upper or lower. You mentioned a picture...but I don't see one other than your sig photo. Theresa did post a photo earlier of the hitch installed in the bed, so I have seen that one.
Anyway, thanks again!
I see the photo now. Thanks!!
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:23 AM   #24
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Hello Vince; Sorry, we got back so late last night, I didn't get this to you sooner. We did put the hitch in and I though just a picture would be helpful to show you how we have the hitch installed (Cab is to the RIGHT in photo). Let me know if I can help further! Theresa
Hi Todd,
When you get a chance, I would appreciate knowing what position your Trail-Air is in...upper or lower. On mine, there are four holes for the three bolts, allowing it to be adjusted to the top or bottom three holes. Just wondering where yours is set up, since it seems you have almost exactly the same combination as I do. I haven't ordered the Companion hitch yet, but that's my plan.
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:09 AM   #25
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HI Vince, it's "stock" so whatever came from the factory. I am having Todd take a picture of it now. Looks like the middle three holes are used. We are leaving on our first real trip tomorrow. About a 200 mile tow. I am a little nervous, but hopefully everything will be fine. Here it is:

Let me know if you need anything further, happy to provide if I can! Good luck! Theresa
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HI Vince, it's "stock" so whatever came from the factory. I am having Todd take a picture of it now. Looks like the middle three holes are used. We are leaving on our first real trip tomorrow. About a 200 mile tow. I am a little nervous, but hopefully everything will be fine. Here it is:

Let me know if you need anything further, happy to provide if I can! Good luck! Theresa
Thanks Theresa. Much appreciated. Have a terrific trip! I'm sure everything will be fine. What with the truck and hitch set up you have, coupled with that Redwood...how can you go wrong! Enjoy!
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:35 AM   #27
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Thanks Theresa. Much appreciated. Have a terrific trip! I'm sure everything will be fine. What with the truck and hitch set up you have, coupled with that Redwood...how can you go wrong! Enjoy!
Perfect. Thanks so much! That's the same as mine is now. I was afraid I'd have to move it up...and for sure it has to be heavy once those bolts are out. Looks like I won't need to change a thing.
Thanks again, and have a wonderful trip. Where are you off too?
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I don't have the Dodge, but do have the B&W & you will really like how easy it is to use, hitching/unhitching is a snap other than having to have a stool to reach over those truck hips.
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Good luck to you ... Exciting times!
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:01 PM   #30
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Thank you Alan. Yes...for sure.
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HI Vince, it's "stock" so whatever came from the factory. I am having Todd take a picture of it now. Looks like the middle three holes are used. We are leaving on our first real trip tomorrow. About a 200 mile tow. I am a little nervous, but hopefully everything will be fine. Here it is:

Let me know if you need anything further, happy to provide if I can! Good luck! Theresa
Interesting picture. On my factory Trail Air I have 6 bolts on each side whereas you only have 5. I wonder why?
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Interesting picture. On my factory Trail Air I have 6 bolts on each side whereas you only have 5. I wonder why?
Not sure. But mine looks exactly like Todd and Theresa's shown in the photo.
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I also have 6 bolts on each side of the pin box on my 2012 36RL with the Trail-Air.
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I also have 6 bolts on each side of the pin box on my 2012 36RL with the Trail-Air.
Interesting. Mine was built around June 2013. Wonder if they realized 6 was overkill and cut them back to 5 on each side at some point late last year?
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I love the Ram as well. I'm a first time truck owner, and my original plan was to go with the DuraMax/Allison. But after driving all 3 brands, I definitely liked the Ram the best. And, I got a loaded Laramie at a great price and for less than the others, so that sealed the deal. But as others have said, these trucks sure have come a long way and they are all amazing! Driving it home from Tampa the other night, we got nearly 21 mpg in total comfort with all of the luxury and comfort you could want. Now if I could only get that mileage towing!
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What rear end is in your Ram? 4.10, 3.73, or 3.42. We are looking at a new Ram and I think I would prefer the 4.10 rear, but am not sure.

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Every knowledgeable person I've talked with recommended the 4.10, and that's how we went.
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My Ram has the 3:73 just like my F 350 had and My Ram pulls my 38GK just fine, and I get 16.8 mpg when not pulling. I am a very happy camper and Ram owner.
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My Ram has the 3:73 just like my F 350 had and My Ram pulls my 38GK just fine, and I get 16.8 mpg when not pulling. I am a very happy camper and Ram owner.
In doing my research, it seems that I want the Aisin transmission too. That option adds quite a bit of towing capability. A Laramie dually CC with 4.10 and Aisin will tow 29,000 lbs. The same truck with the 68RFE tows in the 23,000 range. With a 3.73 and Aisin, it tows 23,000, The same truck with a 68RFE tows around 19,000.

I'm thinking I want the Aisin transmission and the 4.10 gears. That way I could tow just about anything I want. However, most trucks I have found on the dealer's lots are sporting the 3.42 gears. Some have the 3.73's, but the 4.10 geared trucks are hard to find here in Iowa.

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If you are going to pull two Redwoods in tandem then yes a 4:10 with Aisin is what you need.
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I don't know about Dodges, IMHO I think the 3.73 would be a better all round gearing, you won't be towing all the time, just my 2cents.
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