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Old 10-11-2006, 01:27 PM
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Is a standard truck ok?

Hello Guys..I have an opporunity to buy a truck, Dodge Ram 1500 with 40,000 miles on it for $10.000. It is a quad cab with some nice extras but it is a standard. I plan on using it to pull a 6x12 trailer with a mower..ect. Should I stay away from a stick and get an auto? How many people use a stick? I dont know what to do because it is a good deal for a truck but the standard thing scares me.
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Old 10-11-2006, 01:43 PM
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you could as long as you dont plan on plowing driveways with it. u will skip alot of gears. that aint good for the truck. but if i was you ide go out and buy a new w/b or somthing.
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Old 10-11-2006, 02:29 PM
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Actually, I believe a standard is better than an automatic if you are going to be pulling a trailer. That is why you see so many diesels equipped with standard. My crew drives a standard and pulls a trailer with it.
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Old 10-11-2006, 02:55 PM
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diesel and gasser trannys are not the same animals

The transmissions that diesel trucks (standard or auto) have for towing are a much more sturdy beast, designed for low end torque to get heavy loads rolling.

The manual/auto argument for me is more about more work for me. If I was looking for a truck to pull a trailer with I wouldn't be so worried about manual vs auto, I would be more interested n a hd trailer tow package which is more likely to have an upgraded trans with a trans cooler etc.

rear axel ratio plays a big part in all this too.
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Old 10-11-2006, 03:15 PM
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I have a 1990 with a standard transmission. 184000 miles. pulls a 16 foot enclosed trailer during mowing and plows in the winter. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.
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Old 10-11-2006, 03:19 PM
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I have a 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 standard, and it does fine. I pull a 16' with Zrider and 2-exmarks 36/48. I am looking to get another dodge again
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Old 10-11-2006, 03:22 PM
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In a 1/2 ton truck I would not want to have a manual trans. They were not desinged to pull. Most 1/2 ton with that trans were designed to get good mileage and therefore also have a tall gear. which will be a killer to pull with, I do not believe this is the truck for you.
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:58 PM
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In a 1/2 ton truck I would not want to have a manual trans. They were not desinged to pull. Most 1/2 ton with that trans were designed to get good mileage and therefore also have a tall gear. which will be a killer to pull with, I do not believe this is the truck for you.

Nah, a manual in a civic isnt meant to pull but in a 1/2 ton truck will be fine when pulling. Granted a 3/4 ton is built heavier, ladda dadda.

I would buy it if you like it, driving a standard is no big deal unless you do lots of backing/tight areas where you need to go slow.
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Old 10-11-2006, 08:02 PM
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I used several standard trucks but it still a little thrilling to pull up to a stop light on an uphill incline with a big trailer. And the car behind you is tucked in right behind your trailer. And if you pop the clutch and the engine stops running..........it is exciting.
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Old 10-11-2006, 08:41 PM
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A standard trans is fine. He's pulling a 6x 12 trailer that most likely has a 3500lb gross. That's easy for a 1/2 ton truck. The Dodge NV trans is very sturdy. 1st and Reverse should be around 4:1. You should have no problems backing a loaded trailer with that kind of gear ratio assuming the truck has 3:55 or 3:92 axle ratio. As long as you don't mind shifting and your employees know how to drive a manual trans go for it. What year is the truck and what engine does it have?
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