Originally Posted by HHNET
Am shopping Dodge 3500's for my Jayco Pinnacle 38FLSA. I found a really sano-clean 2004 QuadCab 4x4 5.9 longbed, with exhaust brake and hitch. I know with 4-11 or better gearing on a dually you get 29,000 tow. I think this truck can tow our Pinnacle fine. But I have not been able to get anyone to confirm or tell me exactly what to look for buying a 3500. I am looking at 2004 to 2005 3500's on eBay. The guy who moved our trailer showed up with a 2500 and during backup the Pinnacle lifted his rear tires off the ground a couple inches. Freaked him out. I said to him, "I told you > you need a 3500". Lucky his 2500 had an Aisin tranny.
So far a good 3500 friend told me "BUY A 6-SPD MANUAL" which the truck I am looking to buy is a manual, 4WD, tow package + Aisin + Exhaust brake + Hitch + toolbox. Sounds like the truck I need. I wanna haul my FLSA up to Oregon for the summer.
Any opinions or help regarding my plea is appreciated.
P.S. we are LOVING our 2016 Pinnacle and I am VERY impressed with the sit down shower and Ariston washer and dryer!!!
A few different things.....
My memory could be off, but i dont remember any of the 04-05 era diesel trucks rated to tow 29,000....or even have a GVCWR close to 29,000. As I said, I could be wrong about that, but 29,000 sould high for that era truck.
The Aisin transmission has never been available in a 2500 truck. The Aisin also wasn't available in 04-05 cummins trucks. The Aisin is an automatic transmission with pto capability. If your ever looking at a truck that is supposed to have the Aisin instead of the 68rfe, the Aisin dipstick is on the drivers side vs 68rfe on the passengers side. The 68fre is also a good transmission if its not abused. Neither the Aisin or 68rfe will be an option on 04-05 trucks, those only came behind the 6.7 cummins of 2007+....and i believe the Aisin might have even been a few years later than 2007 and only available in the cab and chassis trucks at first.
If your looking for 04-05 year trucks, I'd definitely be on the hunt for a manual. If you find a low miles one, you will have a very dependable non emissions diesel truck.
Hopefully that helps a bit...