1st Travel Trailer for my Ram 2500

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I definitely think it is "better" to service the transmission. Not arguing but just making some comments. The question is exactly what does "better" mean in this situation. Does it mean the transmission will last twice as long if you service it, or only last an extra 10k? I don't know the answer but again guarantee those numbers were considered prior to Ram writing that in the owner's manual. The basic concept is called ROI (return on investment). In my business there are tons of things that you could do to make the process "better", but if being "better" means spending $1,000,000 on new equipment that will save you $10,000 per year it doesn't make financial sense to do so. Not saying that Ram, or any other manufacturer, always makes the best choice but those things are considered. Part of the whole "lifetime" fluid idea is driven by the people who buy the trucks and like that you shouldn't have to service it (let's get real, what percentage of people actually change the trans fluid, coolant, brake fluid, etc... as recommended in the owner's manual!). For ROI, Ram is making a decision if offering "lifetime fluid" will attract more buyers to the truck, along with making sure they have "reasonable" lifespan in the trans by doing so. Also, on average how long do a lot of people own a new truck before trading it in?

Regarding towing in 6th (direct) vs. 7th (OD). Again, is it truly "better" one way or another? If it is better, how much better is it? Nobody on this forum, or any other place on the internet, has any actual data to prove one way or another so it comes down to personal opinion. My opinion is it doesn't matter or make any significant difference in the lifespan of the trans. Other people will adamantly disagree and say the trans will blow up and kill a bus full of nuns if you tow in OD. Neither side has any data to prove one way or another. However I will say I personally was involved in automotive testing around this topic that was performed based on owner's manual recommendations, which rarely ever said anything but recommending using tow/haul mode which typically allowed shifting into OD.

Yep, fair enough, the "how much better" is indeed hard for us to quantify without access to their data. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to take care of my stuff though, so that's worth something right? :cheers:
 

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Hey OP...looks like your camper thread turned into a Transmission thread! I just wanted to say Nice Camper! what model is that? We've been considering the 2205s/22FBS.
 

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Yep, fair enough, the "how much better" is indeed hard for us to quantify without access to their data. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to take care of my stuff though, so that's worth something right? :cheers:
Yep. I think people have every right to their own opinion on how they take care of their truck. They paid for the truck and they are paying for the service, and something like this has zero impact on my life. While in my opinion I don't think it's necessary or helpful to lock out OD when towing, I will also say that if somebody feels the need to do it on their truck.....then go for it! Really don't think it hurts anything to lock out OD either. Same goes for transmission service. Have no problem with people expressing their "opinion" or even "recommendation" on what you should do. I just get annoyed when people start making statements and claims how the truck is guaranteed to fail if you do this or that which is all based on speculation. Most of the time the person making that comment did not even have the issue first hand, but rather read a random post somewhere from somebody else stating this potential issue.
 

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Biggest killer of any transmission is heat, many on here are using trans coolers and the bypass valve for the ZF are working nicely due to the graciousness of a member on here.
 
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Yep. I think people have every right to their own opinion on how they take care of their truck. They paid for the truck and they are paying for the service, and something like this has zero impact on my life. While in my opinion I don't think it's necessary or helpful to lock out OD when towing, I will also say that if somebody feels the need to do it on their truck.....then go for it! Really don't think it hurts anything to lock out OD either. Same goes for transmission service. Have no problem with people expressing their "opinion" or even "recommendation" on what you should do. I just get annoyed when people start making statements and claims how the truck is guaranteed to fail if you do this or that which is all based on speculation. Most of the time the person making that comment did not even have the issue first hand, but rather read a random post somewhere from somebody else stating this potential issue.

Nobody said anything whatsoever about guaranteed to fail.

Please keep it to what was said.
 
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Hey OP...looks like your camper thread turned into a Transmission thread! I just wanted to say Nice Camper! what model is that? We've been considering the 2205s/22FBS.

Looked @ used, they were all too long for downsizing needs. Ended up going new, this is a Rockwood 2104S, Forest River.

Forest River has a crap name for quality, but reviews of the Rockwood sub-brand is much better. Apparently Forest River bought the brand and mostly left them alone - unusual in corporate consolidations these days.

Quality of build is much better than the Gulfstream Motorhome we had.

Airstream was out-of-this-world pricing for outdated designs. Winnebago couldn't find any around here. This brand and model stood out above all the rest we saw and entered.
 

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Forest River has a crap name for quality, but reviews of the Rockwood sub-brand is much better. Apparently Forest River bought the brand and mostly left them alone - unusual in corporate consolidations these days.
See now I've been around the RV industry a long time, and I haven't heard that Forest River had a bad name for quality. Dutchman, yes. Thor, who now owns something north of 75% of the RV industry, yes. Forest River? Not so much.

That said, MOST of the RV industry has suffered the last couple years, and anything built 2020-2022 has been known to be suspect for issues. They have had RIDICULOUSLY high turnover rates in employees, so there's been no consistency in build quality over that time period. It is apparently getting better, but when they couldn't get people to work more than two weeks...it made a major impact.
 
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See now I've been around the RV industry a long time, and I haven't heard that Forest River had a bad name for quality. Dutchman, yes. Thor, who now owns something north of 75% of the RV industry, yes. Forest River? Not so much.

That said, MOST of the RV industry has suffered the last couple years, and anything built 2020-2022 has been known to be suspect for issues. They have had RIDICULOUSLY high turnover rates in employees, so there's been no consistency in build quality over that time period. It is apparently getting better, but when they couldn't get people to work more than two weeks...it made a major impact.

Yes - the Forest River of 25 years ago was high quality. Not anymore.

I worked at Onan Corporation and got reports on how the major builders were doing. Onan bought by Cummins, was cut loose in 2016. I read the recommendations of a Certified RV Inspector.
 

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the Freedom Express 246RKS we bought in 2017 seemed to be ok made. at least actual wood cabinets and ducted a/c. good appliances and hardware, glass shower. they sure dont spend anymore time than necessary on construction. ours seemed nicer than our son's kz connect of similar size. our a/c worked better, we got more channels on our tv and had nicer wheels and even a roof ladder. we towed that trailer all over the place with our'19 laramie 1500 4x4 ccsb 5.7 with 3.92 rear end and 33 gal tank. didnt get hosed too bad when we traded it for a cruiser aire 5th wheel february. I always use tow/haul
 
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According to the EVIC Display, I'm running 9-10 mpg towing this trailer. Mileage is a combination of weight towed, rolling resistance, and wind resistance. My contractor utility trailer is a flat bed, likely has less wind resistance even loaded with equipment or dirt. I get another 1-2 mpg better with it.

I get app. 15-16 mpg without towing, in mixed driving, using 89 octane 10% ethanol gas. AT tires reduce mileage by 1-1.5 mpg, I think I'll go to all season tires next spring. Currently running General / Continental Grabber ATX. It's a great tire, but I don't run off road much like I used to. More highway now. I've read good things about Goodyear (yes, Goodyear!) Workhorse LT Commercial grade tires. In fact, I much preferred their G670 RV tire to Michelin's XRV tire on my RV. I think Goodyear makes a good commercial tire, but crappy consumer tires. And Michelin has been having problems of late across the board with tire manufacture - balance and separation.

My rig is a 6.4L Hemi with 66RFE trans and 3.73 AAM axle, 20" rims. I tow in 4th limit (1:1), tow mode.
 
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