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Old October 24th, 2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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Looking at used 2007 +/- a year Dakotas and Ram's.

2 in specific have the 4.7L V8 and both appear to have some kind of towing judging by the overhaul disable button on the column shifter.

The Ram Quad Cab has a Hidden Hitch on the back and I managed to grab 5000# and 8000# of the label. I wouldn't think the Hidden Hitch brand was the stock receiver installed on them. I've found them on quite a few of the ones with the 4.7's.

The Dakota Quad Cab doesn't have a receiver hitch on the back at all, but there are the 3 holes for a bumper mounted ball. The make or break deal to this would be if I could bolt on a hitch.

Is it safe to assume these already have trans coolers and the works of the towing package installed? I'll probably call a dealer anyways and get the info on them by their VIN's, but would still like to hear some info prior.
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Old October 24th, 2010, 07:09 PM   #2
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i wouldnt assume anything. look up reese.com, or the hidden hitch. im sure you can look up a hitch for the trucks. what all are you looking to tow? im sure there will be more telling you to buy the full size because you are goign to tow. The truth all depends on what you plan on doign wiht it. just remember you will tow more than you plan. Look at the gvrw of the trucks and what your towing.

As for the coolers, you can add aftermarket ones and you should be able to tell just by opening the hood.as for the hitch, mopar has its own so I highly doubt that the hidden hitch was factor.
something else to look at is your space. will a full size fit in your garage, or where you park the truck. would it be easier to get around in a smaller vehicle where you live?

Me personaly, I would go with the full size because I tend to tow towards the gross.
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rams come with trans cooler from factory

if it has a 7pin trailer harness, than it has the oem tow package also
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Old October 28th, 2010, 12:44 PM   #4
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all rams/dakotas have the o/d disable button. the trailer tow package will include a larger trans cooler than the standard one, and one's I've had also had a power steering cooler. without the factory tow package I would make sure the rear axle has good synthetic lube
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i believe all the 02+ rams have the receiver hitch support that also supports the bumper from the factory and its just a matter of bolting on the actual 2" receiver to that under the bumper if it does not have one. its like a $60 part on-line. 06+ hemi will get the same mpg as the 4.7 with way more power. regardless of what you get here is a good link
http://www.dodge.com/bodybuilder/year.pdf
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look in the glove box to see if it has 3.92 rear end. ALso it will tell if it is anti-spin axle. I have a 03 with the 4.7 and 3.92 and it pulls my camper easy.
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do some research on the 4.7..... that is all
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Why is that?

To the OP, I would look for a 2008+ just because you get the 300+ horsepower 4.7 as opposed to the 235hp original. I will say though that the original 4.7 has plenty of power for my Grand Cherokee, and has performed flawlessly over the last 100k miles.

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To the OP, I would look for a 2008+ just because you get the 300+ horsepower 4.7 as opposed to the 235hp original. I will say though that the original 4.7 has plenty of power for my Grand Cherokee, and has performed flawlessly over the last 100k miles.
im sure it has great power for you gc, but thats like saying your peddle bike is gets better gas milage then a motorcycle.


i was just telling the op to do his research and make sure hes looks at the good AND the bad.. for hauling the hemi would be the better option and reliability. the 4.7 has more then a few flaws.
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im sure it has great power for you gc, but thats like saying your peddle bike is gets better gas milage then a motorcycle.
Orly? He did ask about the Dakota as well, which only weights about 400 pounds more than my Jeep. Just sayin...
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do you tow with your GC? and if so, what do you tow? he is looking for a TRUCK for a reason, so I doubt your GC has anything to do with anything here.
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do you tow with your GC? and if so, what do you tow? he is looking for a TRUCK for a reason, so I doubt your GC has anything to do with anything here.
Yup, 5000 pound boat thousands of miles a year. He is asking about the 4.7, which I have in my GC and tow with regularly. I think it is somewhat relevant.
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Yup, 5000 pound boat thousands of miles a year. He is asking about the 4.7, which I have in my GC and tow with regularly. I think it is somewhat relevant.
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