I have a 2007 Dodge Ram with a standard shift and haul a 16000 pound
5th wheel. The problem is backing up with the rig. In order to inch
slowly backwards when getting into a tight spot (specially if there's
any uphill involved) it's necessary to ride the clutch in order to
control the speed. A few times there has been the odor of a burning
clutch, an oder I well remember when I had to stop in a steep hill in
San Francisco a few years ago with a stick shift Toyota pickup. A few
weeks later, in that case, I needed a new clutch.
Is it likely that I will have premature clutch problems with this
truck? Any chance this would be covered by warrantee? Any
suggestions on how to back up with a load and control a very low speed
without damaging the clutch? Please don't reply if your only solution
is to "trade for a truck with an automatic transmission" as I've
already heard this one before :0( There are LOTS of good deals out
there, but then, try SELLING a manual transmission truck today.
Anyone want to trade even?
It seems to me that Dodge should have a very low gear for it's reverse
gear in order to elimate this problem.
Thanks for any suggestions.