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  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    here are the rev limits:

    in gear Neutral
    Cummins 12v w/ manual - 2800 rpm 3000 rpm
    Cummins 12v w/ auto - 2700 rpm 3000 rpm
    Cummins 24v - 3200 rpm 3500 rpm
  • stanfordstanford Posts: 606
    That 24v revs high! That's gotta be nice on the highway.
  • I started looking for a truck a few months ago to pull our travel trailer - 24', 5000 lbs. As we love the mountains I wanted to err on the side of power so have been researching F250 & Ram 2500 Diesels.

    A few weeks ago I decided, reluctantly, to review the Town Hall boards. Reluctantly because my experiences with BBs and/or chats has been limited. Rather than finding meat I seem to find cow chips (most should be called "Bull Boreds").

    I started with the Dodge Ram board and was shocked. Nearly every post was by interested, and interesting, people who were informed and helpful.
  • (I just found out I have to keep it shorter)
    I also checked out the Ford & Dodge board and was, again, pleasantly surprised by the helpfulness and civility - fully expecting to get die-hard, one brand only, hard-noses. (Only when I went to the Ford, Dodge & Chevy did I see the "my thing is bigger/better/tougher/faster than your thing" - there's something about those Chevy people)

    Anyway, I found the right dealer & price and yesterday drove home my SLT2500 Quad 4x4 Cummins. Thanks for the help and for a great board.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    The increased rev range was one of the things Dodge requested of Cummins. Add in the fact that a diesel can easily hit its governor in overdrive, and you've got some speed. My Ram can hit 94 in overdrive at 2600, so if I had a 24v engine, I could easily get to about 110 (the torque is there to do it).
  • Thank you, LadyBlue and you too Mharde2. As much as these 2500 cost, I will for sure make my choice wisely. Maybe I will get to meet yall at a Cummins rally somewhere. Do you subscribe to the The Diesel Register? It's really helpful. Happiness always, earsonly [email protected]
  • A friend who owns a 99 2500 Cummins, 5sp. man., QC, SB, 3.54 had it up to 120 MPH. Said there was still pedal left and didn't realize it was going that fast until she looked at the speedometer. On a trip to Texas it got over 24 mpg empty.
  • Is there a Ramcharger in our future? I have heard
    rumors of a new Ramcharger for the 2000 models.
    Has anyone else heard about this? My dream would be for a Ramcharger with a Cummins! Should I wait
    or be happy with a Ram 2500? In advance, thanks for all of the help.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    There already is a Ramcharger - just one problem - you can't have it:

  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    Why would they market the Ram Charger only in Mexico? The American market would have to be 1000 times greater, + Canada. Whats to stop someone from buying one in Mexico and bringing it north of the border? Plus you could make a nice little mark up if you had some buyers. Or would that be considered smuggling?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Mexican Rams and Ramchargers don't meet US safety or emissions specs, and there's no fuel economy regs since Mexico is a major oil producer. The Mexican Ram 1500 originally offered the V10! There is even a full medium duty Ram 6500 in Mexico that looks terrific - would give the Ford F650/750 and GM C6500/7500 a run for their money.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788

    Any web site offering pixs/specs of the Mexican Ram 6500?

  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Chrysler Mexico's webpage ( used to have great pics and stats of it, but the truck is still available. I'll drop a pic to you in the mail if you want to see it. The Chrysler Mexico site does have the Ram 4000 (a match for the GM 3500HD and Ford F450). I love the mirrors on it - I wish they came on US spec trucks.
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    Called Chrysler again truck should arrive in Delaware by Saturday. That's only about 4 hours from here, but the rep said it probably won't get here until Monday at the earliest. I guess they have to slow down for a lot of RR X'ings between there and here.

    The suspense is killing me......
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Looks like we're gonna have to strap some gym weights or something to ladyblue to keep her from bouncing off the walls til next week :)
  • I'd tell you what a great time I'm having with my new Ram but I better not or you'll really feel bad about having to wait.
  • sd99sd99 Posts: 65
    The last few days are the hardest ladyblue, but hang in there. Just think, in a week you'll be telling all of us how great your new truck is. Good luck.
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    kcram, wilbro & sd99:

    Thanks for the encouragement guys! You have more patience with me than I have with this waiting thing!

    Talk about obsession, I even got out a map and tried to find where the rail yard in Linden is - like I could sneak in there and find my truck. Yeah, right! However, it IS easier to type since I've bitten all my nails off.........
  • wpeng1wpeng1 Posts: 12
    I am planning to buy a ram 1500 2wd 5sp as my first truck, and never driven a truck before. Any comment about the manual tranny, the feeling of clutch and shift? pros and cons?
    Any comment is highly appreciated!
  • Just stumbled onto this site. Am researching D's and F' trucks. You guys are a crackup.
    Ladyblue and her ramcharger......
  • ronb2ronb2 Posts: 3
    Its good to hear of a lady that knows, likes, and is interested in trucks ... I asked my wife what kind of truck I should by to replace my F-150 ... She said "A red one"!

    (I'm now shopping for a Red 1500 series Ram.)
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    You go, ronb2!

    Red was my second choice, but it's very popular and I like to be different. ;)

    I've loved trucks since I was a child and could never understand why my brothers always got those really cool Tonkas and I got stuck with dolls. At the age of 4 I set out to prove that Tonka trucks are not indestructable. With a bread knife and some patience, they can be completely disassembled. (Boy, did I catch it for that!)

    It's taken me a lot of years (I won't tell you how many) to work up to the truck of my dreams. If the Ram 3500 dually had been practicle for my needs, I probably would have gotten that. More power! Argh argh argh!!

    Good luck with your shopping. I've seen some of those red Rams on the road, and they're really beautiful.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Awwwww Boooo - get the dually next time anyway - we can drive side-by-side up the GSP and keep the car people from seeing past us LOL
  • akjbmwakjbmw Posts: 231
    Isn't that GSP like the Grand Central Parkway Parking Lot on Long Island?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    yep, akj, it is most of the time. The fun part is, the norther\n half of the GSP has many stretches with severely narrowed lanes (the Drisocll Bridge is downright scary now).
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    Well, here it is Monday and STILL NO TRUCK! So far I've harrassed everyone I can think of and I can't get any info on when it will be in. To make matters worse, today I was at Bradlees and I saw a Ram 1500 with the sports package in the same color I'm getting. I'm glad I didn't get the sport package - those blue bumpers and grill do nothing for me.

    I just have to keep chanting - patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue, patience is........
  • Whew! LadyBlue, I drove down to the Dodge Dealer in Arkansas and Drove off with a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT with the Cummins Diesel. Man, what a ride. I hope that I can get 24 mpg like the lady from Texas that was doing 120 mph. The dealer told me to drive the heck out of it to break it in, since I wasn't gonna haul a trailer right away. Hang in there and soon you'll have that big grin like I have. Earsonly Happiness always.
  • LadyBlue

    Be happy! I ordered my 99 2500 cummins QC the beginning of Jan and still don't have a build date yet. :( . I ordered the six speed so I don't know when it will be here. Have fun when you get yours.
  • 606zp606zp Posts: 57

    You may want to check out the following chat board
    for the 6 speed transmission status:
  • Can anyone help me? I am doing research for my new Pick up. I have heard a lot of great things about the Dodge cummings diesel. The only thing I haven't heard is what type of mileage it gets. I have friends who own the ford Powerstroke and they tell me it gets better mileage that the dodge. Can somebody out there give me some information on the mileage of the 5.9 diesel? the last thing I want to do is to be forced to buy a Ford for the mileage !!!!!
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