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    I may or may not be in the market for another truck. My '01 Dakota is doing fine, but it would be nice to have another, slightly bigger truck. I found two used Dodge Rams, one an '04 regular cab, short bed, with the 4.7 V-8 (same engine that's in my Dakota). It's a 5 speed, 2WD, no tow package it seems and has low miles on it. Based on the ad and from information I'm finding, it should have the 3.55:1 axle ratio. I haven't seen it yet nor test drove it, but from the pictures in the ad, it looks like it's in good shape, cosmetically.

    Second Dodge Ram I found is an '06 regular cab, short bed, with a 3.7 V-6, 4 speed Automatic, it does have a tow hitch on it, but I can't confirm it has a tow package. It's also 2WD and low miles. I'm thinking it has the 3.55:1 axle ratio also. I actually test drove that one and it runs extremely well, goes down the road great, and has seemingly plenty of power. Someone put a K&N air filter on it. It does have some minor things wrong that needs addressing.

    I would rather have the V-8, but the it has a 5 speed and I'm not that keen on having to shift again. But, I'm concerned about the V-6s towing power. I will need to tow my 12 foot single axle trailer and possibly my '47 Farmall Cub with wheel weights. Anyone have any experience with either of these truck's set ups for towing?
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    According to an old 2006 towing guide from Trailer Life (found online), that V6 truck has a 3800# towing capacity. It also lists rear end ratios, and lists for that particular configuration, V6, Auto trans, a 3.92:1 ratio.
    For that year on all Rams, they show only 3.21:1, 3.55:1, and 3.92:1.
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    I strongly suggest getting into a 4th gen (2009+). They refined so much for that update. It's what put Dodge from back of the pack to leading it. Ride quality, interior features, power... all excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mo View Post
    I may or may not be in the market for another truck. My '01 Dakota is doing fine, but it would be nice to have another, slightly bigger truck. I found two used Dodge Rams, one an '04 regular cab, short bed, with the 4.7 V-8 (same engine that's in my Dakota). It's a 5 speed, 2WD, no tow package it seems and has low miles on it. Based on the ad and from information I'm finding, it should have the 3.55:1 axle ratio. I haven't seen it yet nor test drove it, but from the pictures in the ad, it looks like it's in good shape, cosmetically.

    Second Dodge Ram I found is an '06 regular cab, short bed, with a 3.7 V-6, 4 speed Automatic, it does have a tow hitch on it, but I can't confirm it has a tow package. It's also 2WD and low miles. I'm thinking it has the 3.55:1 axle ratio also. I actually test drove that one and it runs extremely well, goes down the road great, and has seemingly plenty of power. Someone put a K&N air filter on it. It does have some minor things wrong that needs addressing.

    I would rather have the V-8, but the it has a 5 speed and I'm not that keen on having to shift again. But, I'm concerned about the V-6s towing power. I will need to tow my 12 foot single axle trailer and possibly my '47 Farmall Cub with wheel weights. Anyone have any experience with either of these truck's set ups for towing?
    You might want to read my review in the Ram thread. My 2012 Ram with the 4.7 v8 has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. The Gen 4, 2009 and newer, have an amazing ride, good economy, solid transmissions and higher towing capacities.

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