Has anyone done any investigatin to see whether or not you can install an exhaust brake on the Ecodiesel? I would love having that instead of having to down shift or use my brake pads excessively.
This really has nothing to do with the trailer brake being sufficient enough. It's more about being able to slow the truck down while driving steep grades, and not having to ride the brakes because down shifting isn't slowing the truck sufficiently.trailer brake is more than enough for this trucks
Sorry for the confusion but, that is what I mean when talking about "riding the brakes". I'm braking correctly, I pump my brakes as taught in school. I do not hold my foot on the brake. I didn't think it was necessary to explain that. But try keeping 30mph down a steep grade for 4 miles by pumping your brakes all the way down. Your brakes will still heat up to much or start smoking. This is the predicament I face every day. My wife has a Hyundai Accent and she can pump her brakes all the way down the hill with no consequence because her car is light enough for her brakes to manage. The same cannot be said for my Ecodiesel.The posters above who talk about riding their brakes down long grades are doing it wrong. The recommended method is to apply the brakes in short intervals, but hard enough to drop your speed. Then release the brakes to allow them to cool while your speed increases again, when necessary apply the brakes again and repeat until you reach the bottom of the hill. I found this technique to be effective when towing a 16,500 pound 5th wheel with a Ram 3500 CTD with an exhaust brake. It is equally effective on my new Ram 1500 ED towing a 6500 pound travel trailer.
IMO, if you really need a Jake Brake, you really need a 2500.