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Old 03-29-2016, 04:37 AM   #1
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What is your tow rig?

I am curious what is everyone pulling there voltage with and how well does it do. I'm sure everyone will say mine pulls with no problems but I'm curious about how it handles it and stops it!
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:13 AM   #2
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I have a 2015 F350 dully rated for 14k GVWR. It starts and stops fine. Have the engine braking always available is handy, especially in the mountains. I can definitely tell its back there, I get about 11 mpg towing, and that is with a 98 gallon TransferFlow tank in the bed.

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Old 03-29-2016, 09:47 AM   #3
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2015 F350 dually also. No complaint. Same tow mileage as Cale. Getting 16 or 17 now without the Voltage.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:15 AM   #4
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Ram 3500 dually does very well. The Aisin transmission is very solid and the automatic exhaust brake is excellent. The truck has a payload capacity of 5,675 lbs. 14K GVWR, and a max trailer weight of 20,500 lbs as configured with the 3:42 gears. Just under 1,500 RPM at 65 mph, average 11 mpg (added 60 gallon transfer tank). It handles with a very sturdy feel of control and on the highway, yes, you actually can forget its back there. So far I’ve not encountered a hill where I couldn’t maintain the speed limit or better (so far). Braking with the automatic exhaust brake is real nice (a manual setting is also available). On the highway tap the brake and it will engage and maintain your current speed downhill. Stopping it will downshift through the gears requiring very little service brake until the final stop. Very nice tow-haul system.

The Ram 2500 that I traded it for was another story. I had convinced myself that it would do the job if I added air bags, sway bar, Bilstein shocks and load rated tires. The Cummins would tow it all day long without breaking a sweat, but the handling was another story. The rig never settled in on the highway, always rocking, bouncing and moving in an uncomfortable way. It felt like I was aiming it down the highway, not driving it. Suspension was too soft and the air bags only helped make it level, they didn’t help dampen out the road motion. I knew better after 30 years of towing RVs, and kissed the ground after returning home from the first trip to Florida with the new Voltage. I had to plead temporary insanity with a dose of cheap skate.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:21 AM   #5
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Tows great
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Old 03-30-2016, 05:24 AM   #6
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2005 Chevy dually 3500 quad cab duramax diesel allison transmission, upgraded in 2015 (when we got the Voltage) with Banks intake, exhaust, intercooler, and engine brake, and all new belts, hoses, batteries, and tires, Reese 22K. 11-12 mpg, low engine, tranny, & EGTs, solid on the downhills, air conditioning on the uphills if wanted.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:18 PM   #7
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:27 PM   #8
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Kinda pushing it --- 2015 dodge Cummins 2500 crew with airbags pulling V3305.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:15 AM   #9
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:25 AM   #10
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2005 Chevy 3500 DRW, Heavily modified. Estimated 600hp at the wheels, Banks braking system and meth injection.

I can be a little impatient when going down the road. We usually cruise around 70-75, we pull through the mountains with no issue. Not sure if you are familiar with the drive up 211 to Luray,VA but that is one of the steepest and hairpin turns you will come across and we maintain 25-30 all the way up with no issue. I do have to put it in 4 wheel drive because the rear tires will break loss pulling up that mountain.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:24 PM   #11
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:13 PM   #12
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2011 Ford F-350 DRW Crew Cab 4X4 long bed 6.7L, pulling 2015 Voltage 3805. Pulls great, but I didn't like the "squat" when hooked and occasional bucking when crossing bridges. I added Timbrens and that seems to have helped.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:21 PM   #13
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When not towing 20-21 mpg highway if I stay 65 mph or less. I did 9.5 mpg 3400 mile round trip Pa. to Sturgis and back last year, but was towing 65-75 mph with my previous TH. Crew cab long bed, 29000# towing capacity. No complaints towing.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:16 AM   #14
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Pulling with a Ram 2500 cummins now with no issues. However, trading up to a Ram SRW 3500 Cummins because I want a little stiffer rear end. Thanks Denny again for the info.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:58 AM   #15
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2007 Freightliner M2-106. 330HP Mercedes with Allison 6 speed auto putting out 1000# torque. Haven't had much time to tow with it but we'll know more next week as we depart on a 6,000+ mile adventure

Have to say we love the room and the air brakes will stop on a dime! We got 12.2mpg coming home empty. Hoping for 10+ towing
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:06 PM   #16
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2016 F350 Super Duty. Rock solid. Pulls better than my 2000 F550 which we just traded. My unit weighs 18,500 DRY. Going uphill cruising at 65mph I can actually accelerate to 75mph.
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:26 PM   #17
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I am curious what is everyone pulling there voltage with and how well does it do. I'm sure everyone will say mine pulls with no problems but I'm curious about how it handles it and stops it!
what do you have for a truck and trailer ??

2013 cab chassis duramax. 30K reese. no troubles at all. bunch of work done to the truck. i have gotten as high as 14mpg, 5th gear and 60-62 mph. can't stand to stay there long,lol... most times i'll get 12, but never worse than 10mpg. (2016 voltage 3970, 44' 18-19,000lbs ).
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Old 04-06-2016, 04:03 PM   #19
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2013 F350 SRW, deleted, 90 gal bed tank. pulling a 3805. I keep it around 70 and I don't have any problems.
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Old 04-06-2016, 05:20 PM   #20
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2010 f250 6.4 short bed with air bags pulling 2016 3605 no problems, will up grade to a f350 drw one day
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