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Old April 1st, 2012, 10:31 AM   #61
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 12:25 PM   #62
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Last night in North Carolina I lost 5th gear, so for now I'm driving a four speed, at 50 mph!

So, I just ordered up a G56 six speed from a 2011 Ram. It should be at my place by the time I get back from Florida. Let the swapping begin!
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 08:10 PM   #63
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Besides loosing 5th gear everything has been working good as a dually. However, I now have this weird intermittant clunk when stopping. The noise seems like it is coming from passenger front. I've crawled under, around, and through truck and can't find whats making the noise. At this time I'm theorizing it may be my floor jack (under my toolbox) moving, or something else in the bed, but won't know for sure till I get down to Florida and empty the truck at my mom's place.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 03:18 PM   #64
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Well, it made it to it's destination (in fourth gear) on it's shake down run (Sarasota Florida).



Only other issue was the clunking. I finally figured that out. It appears the passenger side caliper is sticking, and the brake pad walked out. I'll be repairing that this evening or tomorrow.

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Old April 4th, 2012, 09:53 AM   #65
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The issue.

Those were brand new pads 2 months ago!

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Old April 4th, 2012, 10:26 AM   #66
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Looks like the bottom caliper slider may be sticking. Being that the calipers are only old brake parts on the truck, I'll probably replace them when I get home. But I'm good for now!
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Old April 4th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #67
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Glad you found the issue, nothing is worse than hearing a clunk and cant figure out whats causing it.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #68
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i haven't had fifth for over 2 years, i drive 60-65 all day long and still get 16mpg. and the sticking right front caliper thing must be common, i just bought a new brake line today... but i love this conversion and the cummins
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Old April 4th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #69
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i haven't had fifth for over 2 years, i drive 60-65 all day long and still get 16mpg. and the sticking right front caliper thing must be common, i just bought a new brake line today... but i love this conversion and the cummins
I was fairly shocked I got 20 MPG without overdrive. The thought did pop into my mind to leave it as is, but I really have wanted the extra gear for awhile, and think the G56 is going to be the way to go.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 07:54 AM   #70
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Picked up the new trailer yesterday. The one I went to florida for ended up being complete garbage, so I didn't get it. Found this one a few miles from my mom's house. It's in ten times better condition than the one I came for.

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Old April 8th, 2012, 08:00 AM   #71
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nice trailer.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:32 PM   #72
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Well, it made it back home. I just pulled in. Trip back was uneventful for the most part, and the truck got around 12-13 MPG every tank pulling the big new trailer without overdrive. I've got some taller tires and a new trans coming soon, so I hope to improve that number a bit. Overall I've been very pleased so far.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:42 PM   #73
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Dang. That's a big ass trailer.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:48 PM   #74
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Damn dude. You must really love what you do!
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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:53 PM   #75
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Damn dude. You must really love what you do!
I really do. I'll probably never get rich doing it, but it pays the bills, and others pay me to travel, which isn't all bad :)
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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #76
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One other small update. It was 90 degrees in Georgia on the way down to Florida, so I grabbed a couple of cans of R134a and recharged the system. It fired right up and I'm glad to report it is still working.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #77
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I really do. I'll probably never get rich doing it, but it pays the bills, and others pay me to travel, which isn't all bad :)
That's all that matters! My dad loves to drive. He'd love to do what your doing, but on a much larger scale such as reliable transportation. He's been offered a couple jobs hauling stock cars for NASCAR before. He works for Waste Management. Only reason why he is still there is because he gets paid pretty damn good, he loves to drive and that's all he does, and he is close to his family. Being close to his family is the big one.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #78
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That is a BA trailer. If you don't mind me asking, what kinda deal can be found on something like that down there?
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Old April 11th, 2012, 08:02 AM   #79
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That is a BA trailer. If you don't mind me asking, what kinda deal can be found on something like that down there?
It's not that Florida is the "deal" place for trailers. I searched the entire country for one that had 1. 7 foot or more ceiling height (this one is 7 1/2) and 2. One with 35 foot of floor space (this one may be slightly less)

After several months of searching, having no luck finding one with the ceiling height, a member on here found one in Ft. Lauderdale for me. For all purposes it seemed like the "dream" trailer and I struck a deal. When I went to go pick that one up I found it to be grossly misrepresented, trashed, totaled, burnt, bent, rotted, and generally ready for the scrap yard. (Sellers fault - not the gl4x4 guy)

I had a few small jobs for the way home and I knew it meant either renting or buying a trailer. I hit craigslist with the intention of picking up something small I could resell and found this one. It was from the show "Pinks All Out".

I ended up getting it for $6,800, which is more than I wanted to pay, but I think I ended up with something much much better.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 08:07 AM   #80
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that's a bad ass trailer, I realize it wasn't fully loaded, but did the dually add a lot of stability while towing? worth the effort of the swap?
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