Originally Posted by clutch
I am confused also. My 98 Dodge diesel had compression braking when the torque converter was engaged. A lot of people with a similar truck had a switch to keep the torque converter engaged. With the switch you didn't have to hit the throttle to re engage the converter if it kicked out. None of the diesel pickups have a Jake Brake. If they have anything it is an exhaust brake. Cummins, Ford, and GM diesels don't have optional cylinder heads to have a Jake.
Easier to just read it here....
There are a few aftermarket people that make exhaust brakes for the Dodge, chevy, fords... pacbrake being one of them. I have it on my dodge... It really does work great, makes hills a non issue. I have at least 60% on my stock from the factory brake pads at 115K miles... of which most were in town hauling 25K worth of equipment for work.
They packbrake actually make an jake style of brake that mounts in the motor it might be the first of its kind on the small motor in the pickup VS semi.
One thing that I haven't seen mentioned is to make sure your brakes are properly adjusted on the trailer, some are automatic but most aren't, a simple search online or from Jayco will have the exact directions for the axles on your trailer but it simple to do yourself but usually neglected and or not know that you have to do it about every 5000 miles.