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#1 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 04:36 AM

​After the Montana rally and once we returned home...we looked for a newer truck for the camper. I would love to get brand new truck but the cost is simply out of my range right now. Yesterday after we got home we went and looked at a truck at a local dealership. The dealership was looking for a specific rig that I wanted before we left for the rally. So it gave them a couple weeks to find something. We are repeat customers and the dealership worked with us perfectly.

 

​ So we ended up getting a 2004 Dodge Club Cab 1 ton dually with the Cummins motor. It is a 4x4 too and pretty much loaded with options. It appears the previous owner took real good care of it and added options as well. A big option added was a Pacbrake exhaust brake. We ended up getting new batteries in the truck as the ones in it were bad...that was at the dealers cost after the deal was made. So nope, absolutely no cost to us! We will have to buy new tires very soon.

 

​ Now for the add on equipment needed....I need a new tie down system. Ill of course go with Torklift gear. Ill need the frame tie downs as well as the Fastguns. My other truck used Derringers and they hooked to eye bolts in the flatbed frame.

 

​ Flatbed...well...no flatbed and I will have a ton of figuring out what to do with my gear. We plan (hope) to be getting a new and bigger camper in 3-4 years from now. The bigger camper we have in mind has a ton of basement storage for all our stuff. We just have to figure out what to do for now.

 

​ It is great to have the new big boy toy. It makes my other 1 ton look so tiny. lol.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   Shellback

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:22 AM

NICE!!!



#3 OFFLINE   vanceman

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:25 AM

I have a pacbrake exhaust brake on my 1 ton 03 dodge you will really like it. Most of are camping is in Colorado so we are up and down mountain passes all the time. I can go all the way down Loveland pass and not touch the brake once. Go to ats diesels web site they have a lot of performance products for the dodge trucks. Get rid of that puny exhaust system and get a bigger one and the air filter also afe makes a nice one for the dodge and its easy to install yourself. Your truck will run a lot cooler if these improvements are made. You can make some serious power with tis motor and its easy to work on. Hope you enjoy your truck.



#4 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:29 AM

vanceman -

 

Thank you for the suggestions. I have always had gas motors and this is my first diesel. I am very familiar with diesels though, I work for International Trucks and deal with diesels daily. Owning one is different though.


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#5 OFFLINE   RichConley

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:30 AM

Wow!  Its an awesome truck.  I bet it feels like Christmas for a month!



#6 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:36 AM

Wow!  Its an awesome truck.  I bet it feels like Christmas for a month!

 

lol...sure does! now if Santa will bring me 6 new tires it will be great! Looking at Michelin tires. Looks to be about $1500 for a set of six here in town.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 01:56 PM

Very nice Rich - too bad you didn't get a REAL truck; a Chevy. :happy0064: 


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#8 OFFLINE   Oliver

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 02:22 PM

Congrats on the nu2u truck! Gotta love that Cummins! I'll be interested in hearing how you resolve the storage thing. It seems like that's always a problem!

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:17 PM

congratulations!



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:21 PM

 

​After the Montana rally and once we returned home...we looked for a newer truck for the camper. I would love to get brand new truck but the cost is simply out of my range right now. Yesterday after we got home we went and looked at a truck at a local dealership. The dealership was looking for a specific rig that I wanted before we left for the rally. So it gave them a couple weeks to find something. We are repeat customers and the dealership worked with us perfectly.

 

​ So we ended up getting a 2004 Dodge Club Cab 1 ton dually with the Cummins motor. It is a 4x4 too and pretty much loaded with options. It appears the previous owner took real good care of it and added options as well. A big option added was a Pacbrake exhaust brake. We ended up getting new batteries in the truck as the ones in it were bad...that was at the dealers cost after the deal was made. So nope, absolutely no cost to us! We will have to buy new tires very soon.

 

​ Now for the add on equipment needed....I need a new tie down system. Ill of course go with Torklift gear. Ill need the frame tie downs as well as the Fastguns. My other truck used Derringers and they hooked to eye bolts in the flatbed frame.

 

​ Flatbed...well...no flatbed and I will have a ton of figuring out what to do with my gear. We plan (hope) to be getting a new and bigger camper in 3-4 years from now. The bigger camper we have in mind has a ton of basement storage for all our stuff. We just have to figure out what to do for now.

 

​ It is great to have the new big boy toy. It makes my other 1 ton look so tiny. lol.

 

Add a helwig "bigwig"  and upper stabloads, might want to take a look at the rear brake package and axle seals before you get too far along.

 

 

 
 

 

 



#11 OFFLINE   KnightEagle

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:58 PM

Need a Big brush guard bumber like mine. It's already paid for it self. Hit Bambi two years ago and played ping pong with its sister on monday.


  :sign0007: I got it fixed!

 

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#12 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 04:43 AM

Very nice Rich - too bad you didn't get a REAL truck; a Chevy. :happy0064: 

 

lol! Yeah yeah.... in my opinion there is something I like about Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks. If they could put a little of each together it would be perfect. In the end....the Cummins is what I wanted.

 

Hey wait a minute...according to your tag picture...your camper is too ashamed to ride on the back of that Chevy...it is trailered. lol.


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#13 OFFLINE   M & S

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 09:03 AM

Congratulations, I also have a 2004, 2004.5 the difference is in the engine, more horse power in the .5. I think you will like it. I have appx. 34,000 miles on it now. A little under 3,000 miles a year. As you can see I do not drive it a lot as I have been working away from home a lot, been working in Japan for two years. I have the Torklift stable loads ( upper and lower) matter of fact I won the lower in a drawing in Montana. 



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 07:04 PM

Woot! Woot! Looking forward to seeing it. Gonna load the camper on the new truck for Fall Fest?


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#15 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 07:22 PM

Woot! Woot! Looking forward to seeing it. Gonna load the camper on the new truck for Fall Fest?

 

If I can get the Torklift gear in time for me to install it...I hope it comes in time.


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Posted 29 August 2016 - 05:18 PM

You're going to like cruising with that diesel.   I have the 4 door, 4x, 2005 model with the Cummins.   It really just hums down the road with the camper loaded.

 

As others have said, upper and lower Stableloads do fine for me.  No bags or other springs.  I do have the rear anti-sway Big-Wig as well.  Those three things keep it flat in curves.   I too added a Pacbrake and I almost can't stand to drive without it.

 

In the last couple of years, I've found myself trying to drive 60 mph for most of the trips.  About the only time I travel faster is going through cities on the interstates and bypasses because of aggresive drivers.  I found it's best just to keep up with them until you clear the packs of people on the road.   Overall, I probably end up at about 12.5 mpg.   Some tanks are better, some worse, depending on terrain and traffic.

 

Congrats on new wheels.    



#17 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 29 August 2016 - 06:07 PM

Hey Doug, good to "see" you again. Thanks for the reply.

 

 My camper is designed for a 3/4 ton short or long bed. This camper is not very heavy. With my Chevy 1 ton dually it is more truck than needed....as well as this truck. I love extra though! Plus, we will eventually upgrade our camper in a few short years.

 

Driving around town the Dodge is getting over 17 miles per gallon right now and seems to be still averaging upwards. Next tank fill I will get another calculation. I am anxious to see how it does with the camper.

 

As of today...I got the camper off of the Chevy, frst time in about 5 years. The dodge, it will be on and off.


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#18 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 06:15 PM

Just got home from the weekends outing. The new truck did awesome with the camper. We drove up to the lodge at Schweitzer Ski Resort. The power of the cummins on the drive to Sandpoint Idaho and up the ski hill was fantastic. I do have a new love though...the exhuast brake is incredible. Coming down the mountain was great using that brake.

 

On  my other 1 ton dually (Chevy)...I added absolutley nothing extra for suspension upgrades for my camper....and the Dodge needs nothing as well. I do not have a heavy 11.5 double slide camper. The "squat" with the camper loaded is near nothing and the ride is great. Maybe a new bigger heavier camper will need some upgrades but not at this point with my current camper.


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 06:52 PM

You felt what camper did it fall off? kind of power.


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