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One of the first drives of my new to me 78K mile 07 1500 will be a long run towing ...


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Old 11-13-2016, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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One of the first drives of my new to me 78K mile 07 1500 will be a long run towing a 7800lb load from NJ to the Florida keys. Is there anything I should be doing to prepare the truck for this haul? I am thinking to drain and fill the transmission maybe 3 times in succession since the trucks service history is unknown. Anything else you would do to prepare?
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Old 11-13-2016, 08:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd just do normal maintenance plus inflate the tires to their max rated pressure before leaving.
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Do you have the tow package? You could upgrade to a ram 3500 trans cooler to help, I see lots of guys who tow a lot do it. If I towed I probably would.

Make sure your spare tire has air in it just in case! Also wouldn't hurt to take it down from under the bed (if you haven't) to make sure you can lol.


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Old 11-17-2016, 12:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Good Suggestions! I was thinking to add a trans temp gauge. Are there any write ups or suggestions of how to add a trans temp gauge and which one are best?
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Also thinking about changing the internal filters both pan and spin on when I change the fluid. Might change the pan to one with a drain plug too while I am at it for easier future fluid changes.
Anyone here doing stuff like this? Any brands to use or stay away from?
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If you're changing the fluid then definitely change the filters too. Oem ones will be the best.
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Yeah use oem, I've heard too many issues with other filters not having the right flow rate, etc., causing issues.


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Most Mopar oil filters are made by Purolator now, so you might as well just buy the Purolator and save some money. Wix filters are also high quality and are used by many other car companies as their OEM filters, so I don't shy away from them either.
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Good to keep in mind. I want to do my trans in the next year or so..


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I may know someone with a 24 row cooler for sale.

Also have a Superchips Flashpaq 3840.
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