Dodge shortbed too short for fifth wheel
By Denny on
Vehicle2005 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (5.9L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
ReviewHaving driven this for 16,000 miles,towing a 15,500# fifth wheel trailer I hate it. 1. Distance from center of rear axle (center of hitch) to back of cab is 5- 6" shorter than a Chevy. The 6'3" bed coupled with the 140" wheel base places the nose of the fiver too close to the cab even with sliding hitch. I have damaged cab. 2. You can't put an exhaust brake on any Dodge AT older than a 2006 without extensive modifications or risk burning up the tranny and losing warranty coverage. Dodge fine print says this truck is only good for 10,000# without an ebrake. 3. Dodge does not come with rear inner fender tubs. You have to buy these at $100/set. 4. Headlights very poor.
Best FeaturesInterior layout and interior storage. Cummins Engine, Dodge toughness and 7year /70,000mi warranty.
Worst FeaturesBetter climate control where you can set a temp and it keeps it there, automatic daytime running lights, factory installed tranny temp gauge, better ventilation (cab gets stuffy), factory installed rear inner fender tubs, and a 6'6" short bed.
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