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Cummins12V98

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Towing out West one gets a lot of opportunities to practice the skills of descending a pass without using your service brake. Which gives you nice cool service brake if they are required.

The worst part is when you're behind a tractor trailer that is going just slow enough that you can't get your speed up to lock the torque convertor so your exhaust brake won't engage.


That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear.


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That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear.


4.10s and little tires will do that!
The brodozer we got with 37s and 3.42s kicks out north of 20mph.
It won't stay on, on anything with sub 20mph switchbacks.

That's where the old 07 shined. She'd brake all the way down until you killed the engine if you let er.
Could let myself down a hill at like 2mpg with the exh brake on in low low.


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That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear.

I wonder if that's due to the difference in rear axle and transmission. I remember specifically one hill we were descending and the truck in front of me was at about 30 mph as we started our descent and never got much above that speed. My exhaust brake never actuated the entire time down the hill.

I've got a 2500, so the standard trans and 3.42 gears. I think I need to be above 35 mph for the EB to engage, but it will slow me down considerably slower that 35 once its engaged. I'm not an expert by any means, so maybe I'm doing something wrong. T/H and EB on.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear.

I wonder if that's due to the difference in rear axle and transmission. I remember specifically one hill we were descending and the truck in front of me was at about 30 mph as we started our descent and never got much above that speed. My exhaust brake never actuated the entire time down the hill.

I've got a 2500, so the standard trans and 3.42 gears. I think I need to be above 35 mph for the EB to engage, but it will slow me down considerably slower that 35 once its engaged. I'm not an expert by any means, so maybe I'm doing something wrong. T/H and EB on.


I think that is how it is with your gears. I will have to see what speed it takes mine to engage.

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That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear.


4.10s and little tires will do that!
The brodozer we got with 37s and 3.42s kicks out north of 20mph.
It won't stay on, on anything with sub 20mph switchbacks.

That's where the old 07 shined. She'd brake all the way down until you killed the engine if you let er.
Could let myself down a hill at like 2mpg with the exh brake on in low low.


On the Ford there is a very easy way to use an upfitter switch to prevent the hubs from locking when you shift the transfer case to 4 low. Could the same be done with the Ram? 2 low could come in handy for navigating sub 20 mph switch backs.


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That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear.


4.10s and little tires will do that!
The brodozer we got with 37s and 3.42s kicks out north of 20mph.
It won't stay on, on anything with sub 20mph switchbacks.

That's where the old 07 shined. She'd brake all the way down until you killed the engine if you let er.
Could let myself down a hill at like 2mpg with the exh brake on in low low.


Yep, my 2013 with the G56 shines in this category! [emoticon]


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Grit dog wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:



That’s REALLY slow. Mine stays locked down to about 13 mph in 2nd gear.


4.10s and little tires will do that!
The brodozer we got with 37s and 3.42s kicks out north of 20mph.
It won't stay on, on anything with sub 20mph switchbacks.

That's where the old 07 shined. She'd brake all the way down until you killed the engine if you let er.
Could let myself down a hill at like 2mpg with the exh brake on in low low.


On the Ford there is a very easy way to use an upfitter switch to prevent the hubs from locking when you shift the transfer case to 4 low. Could the same be done with the Ram? 2 low could come in handy for navigating sub 20 mph switch backs.


BD offers a 2 Low Kit for the Ram which works extremely well. I put it on my truck to use when backing my trailer into tight spots; it is MUCH easier on the clutch.

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"BD offers a 2 Low Kit for the Ram which works extremely well. I put it on my truck to use when backing my trailer into tight spots; it is MUCH easier on the clutch."

I had the same but made by PacBrake on my 98 12V. Loved it and it takes the stress off the auto transmission also.

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packpe89 wrote:

Just got back from a short vacation with my 2016 2500 MegaCab Cummins I purchased last year. Visited Table Rock State park area in upstate SC. Great towing experience!
Stats, 28' TT, 6500#+/- dry, and maybe 7K wet (we traveled lite), hitch weight around 700# and did use WDH hitch. Listed payload is 1900#, so well within range for DW and myself.
Experience, Averaged around 11.5mpg towing (speed limit or slightly under if 70mph), so did not have to fill up on 300 mile trip with the camper attached. Always used auto exhaust brake. Very stable, only felt sway a couple of times from wind gusts. No problem in mountains with going uphill or down. Also used the two/haul mode when coming down twisting mountain roads, six speed did a great job maintaining speed. Never saw the transmission temp go over 169. Did bounce a little on SC roads...
Previous TV was F150EB with 6.5 bed. Also towed well but mileage was only around 7 or 8, and not quite as stable, but not a 3/4 ton, so shouldn't really compare.
Overall, very happy with new truck. If we upgrade, it will be to a small fifth wheel, but purchased the truck to go west and maybe Alaska in the next few years.



You're mpg doesn't mean anything according to some on this forum .... you have to look at Fuelly results if you want to know what your actual mileage is.[emoticon]

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I know exactly what my mileage is as I fill to top at every fill. Is it good? NOPE but it gets the job done VERY well.

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