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Old 07-12-2008, 10:10 AM   #1
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waiting for our new 3400 to come off line and I wish to upgrade my tow vehicle, i'm looking to buy a used 4x4 DRW Diesel auto transmission, somewhere between 2002 and 2007. Can someone give me some input on gas mileage, and capability for towing this rig.
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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Jack, Welcome to "The Best Darned Forum on the WWW!!!" This website will save you lots of money, give you great ideas on where to go and not to go and be a very valuable resource during your ownership of your new Montana. I pull a 3400 and I upgraded my truck this Spring from a Chevy 2500 to a Chevy 3500 Duallie. Both Duramax. Your question usually starts a very heavy debate as to which truck is best. The answer is the best truck is the one you feel comfortable with. As you "Work the Weights" you may find that most 3/4s are very close to, or even over their GVWR for the truck alone or with the trailer GCWR. Does this mean they won't pull, absolutely not. Most later model duallies are weight capable, although some will still be right at gross weight. I particulary like the Duramax/Allison combination in the Chevy/GM. Others like the Dodge or Ford combos. My gas mileage will vary from about 9.5 pulling to 13.5 pulling. Mostly I am around 11 mpg. I think all the big three get around the same. As you may know there are a lot of variabiles when it comes to mpg. i.e., how you drive, am or pm, wind or not, uphill or downhill,and of course, speed. Some say they get better or worse with certain brands of fuel. My feeling, AND ONLY MINE, is if I have to closely monitor my fuel usage, I probably should'nt be RVing.

What I have said is, by no means, gospel. Everyone has an opinion and this is mine.....Good luck and hope to see you at one of our rallys.
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:41 PM   #3
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I recommend staying away from earlier Dodges pre-2003. Their automatics can not handle the weight. All three of the newer trucks can pull the trailer. Milage will be somewhere between 10 to 12 towing for a general average.
Welcome to the forum. Your truck question will definately get some opinionated personal replys. Do your research, ask question like you have, and enjoy the RV.
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:31 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on the 3400RL. Happy RVing......
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:35 AM   #5
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One thing my dad and husband agree upon is 4WD is a definite advantage! (Dad has a 2wd Dodge and we have a 4wd Dodge both 2500 Diesels a couple of years apart.) Fuel mileage on both when towing averages about 11.9 mpg.


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Old 07-13-2008, 10:28 AM   #6
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I agree with the 4 WD. I just left my brother's yard and had to engage the front wheels to pull Hanna off the grass. Tomorrow I leave Cedar Ridge CG and it is all grass including about 150 yards to the road. I'll use 4wd high range to assist me. I don't think you would regret getting 4WD.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:50 AM   #7
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Any of the DRWs should be fine. Anything less may be doable, but you are on your own so far as compliance with weight limitations is concerned. Get real world weight numbers. Trucks tend to have lower carrying capacities than you expect, and trailers tend to weigh more than you expect. We have a 4 WD. Partly because we sometimes have to deal with snow, sometimes mud or soft ground, and sometimes it is just handy to be able to drop it into low range, and creep along. A lot depends on where you live and where you go.

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Old 07-13-2008, 12:56 PM   #8
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The more recent model trucks have much improved transmissions over the older ones. Seems to be across all brands. Our 2006 tows much better than the 2001 just because of the transmission.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:18 PM   #9
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Welcome Peggy and Jack, Love your taste in models (3400RL). The hard part is over, at least you know what you will be towing. You'll find a lot of good experianced advice from RV'ers here who use thier respected TV's everyday/somewhere. I own a 07.5' Dodge 3500 4x4 DRW and tow a 3400RL as you will. Love the DRW and the Monty does not even make it squat. Do your research on the new models as they all seem to have problems with the new emissions, mine has allready had a new turbo @8300 miles. Steve
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:00 AM   #10
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In my personal opinion and it is mine; I love my new Silverado 2500 HD with the Duramax/Allison set up, it pulls my 3600 RE with no problems and the trans is designed for heavy loads after all it is from a truck family. I do not have a dually but would like to add airlift springs for extra leveling.
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