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Hello Moses, I am a first time diesel owner as of Friday of last week. I tow a 10,000 pound tandem axle trailer for my plumbing company and I put 171,086 miles on my 2006 Dodge Ram crew cab SLT 1500 with the 4.7 pulling this rig. Due to a thermostat failure I did major damage to the motor and did not have time to rebuild that motor even though I just rebuilt the tranny at 156,743 and put new computers in it 3 weeks ago was getting ready to order a fully rebuilt motor from a reputable sorce but this happened a little to soon. So I put on my big boy pants and bought a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 dully short cab 8 foot bed it is the ST model with 5.9 high output Cummins turbo diesel with only 26,324 miles on it and as an added bonus it came with a fully working very good condition liftgate. I loved my 1500 and I couldn't believe all of the work it was able to do and how comfortable it was and how little problems I had with it for all of the abuse I put it through so when it came to getting a new truck there was no question who I was going with. my question one of many is I had four doors on my other truck so on a weekly basis I'm out of town 4 or 5 days a week so I take luggage extra boots just anything I think I'll need this truck does not have the back seat so I am in desperate need of getting rid of the liftgate and putting a bumper, tailgate and a topper on the truck. have a little bit of money and whatever I can sell the lift gate 4 to purchase those items I have found the bumper and all the brackets brand new for a relatively good price and the tailgate. my question is do you think that one of the flat tonneau cover type is better for gas mileage when towing my work trailer or A large camper top style. I believe a nice camper style with the stepped roof would be more beneficial and also have a better look over all for the styling of the truck. thank you for any information you can give me by respect your opinions.
In the late 1980s, Dodge Truck sales made a dramatic comeback when Chrysler partnered with Cummins, offering a 5.9L inline six-cylinder, 12-valve Cummins engine option. I test drove one of the earliest models with a three-speed A727 Torqueflite transmission. What a difference that powertrain made in contrast to gasoline engines of the era! Since that time, the 12- and 24-valve Cummins ISB and 6.7L options have made Dodge and Ram trucks a major contender at hauling and performance. The 4WD Mechanix Magazine fleet vehicles include a 2005 Ram 3500 4WD with 5.9L Cummins 24-valve engine, featured in projects and for towing chores. Dodge-Ram Cummins owners will find an enthusiastic community at this forum!—Moses Ludel At left, the magazine's 2005 Ram 4WD Cummins model gets showtime at the BFG booth, Off-Road Expo, Pomona! Upgrades like the Mopar running boards or re-valving the 48RE automatic transmission for longevity are some of the details available at the magazine site. Routine maintenance and recommended lubricants, coolant, fluids and filters for the Cummins can be found at the magazine's Dodge-Ram Truck Workshop!