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Old 07-30-2016, 03:46 PM   #1
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6.4 Hemi 2K miles....

Thought I would update my experience after now 23K miles and nearly 4k of that towing with my 15' 6.4 in the last year. I have been extremely....and I mean extremely happpy with the 6.4 gas engine in the 2500. Most of my happieness stems from the 2500 platform while towing however we took I-40 from Nashville to Knoxville this summer and the engine never made me feel like I needed more power. Held the hills, passed and never even belched pulling the hills. I know that the cummins would have been a better experience however most of my miles are spent empty and at the most recent price of gas.....the big hemi was the right move for me. Sure it winds up to 4K rpm on the hills but never ever does it seem to strain and always runs up to the limit with out fail. If you have a trailer less than 10K and want to throw any thing including the kitchen sink in the bed when camping....can't go wrong with the 6.4 in the 2500. Lots of debate on the Gas Vs Oil here. Dont get me wrong, I would have loved the cummins more....but in the end the truck is where it's at for me. The stability over the 1/2 ton is not even a comparison.
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:27 PM   #2
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Ryand, if I was buying now, I would probably go with the 6.4 L and limit my trailer GVWR to about what you have (under 8000#). Do you have the air rear suspension? After the I-40 experience, I got KYBs and Timbrens, which after another pull, I think they eliminate 50% of the bounce. Yes, the torque of the CTD is nice, but maintenance is expensive. I am close to doing a full delete on the CTD, which is long overdue. These diesel vs gas, 1/2 vs 3/4 debates are so much BS.
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Old 07-30-2016, 05:16 PM   #3
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No air on my truck. Use a 800# equalizer set up loosely. Truck only squats about 1/2" without any wd hooked up


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Old 07-30-2016, 07:38 PM   #4
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Hey....I'm feeling very,very pleased with my 6.4 too.My Sabre 5ver has a GVWR of 11400 lbs...and although I've never weighed it...it is loaded up good. I was a Diesel guy for 15yrs...Powerstroke then Duramax..no the RAM doesn't have the torque of the diesels...but I'm really liking the way it handles the trailer...and I can live with the 21L / 100km fuel useage.
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:57 PM   #5
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Sure the 6.4 is not going to be a oil burner...that's alright for us who don't need it. My point is a 3/4 truck with any engine would be far and away better than the 1/2 to offering. Towing 7k for me is night and day. I'm happy with the gas engine loaded and un loaded. The 6.4 is a well capable mill for less than a 10k load and I wouldn't hesitate pulling slightly heavier based on the truck platform. Diesels have their place....just not in my driveway.


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Ironic the way the right post happens to open when you need it. I have the 5.7 1500. I have decided to seriously look at upgrading to the 2500. I have been on the fence regarding the hemi or CTD. After reading this post I think know my questions have been answered. Out of curiosity what kind of fuel econmy does the 2500 with the 6.4 get empty?
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Most of my miles empty are HWY and I avg 17 hand calculated. I too came from a 1500 5.7 hemi. My mileage is just about as good in the 2500 as the 1500. Everything else is apples and oranges. Reguardless of what mill you go with, the heavier truck is where it's at.
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Premium fuel

The 6.4 I looked at recommended premium fuel- true?
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Sure the 6.4 is not going to be a oil burner...that's alright for us who don't need it. My point is a 3/4 truck with any engine would be far and away better than the 1/2 to offering. Towing 7k for me is night and day. I'm happy with the gas engine loaded and un loaded. The 6.4 is a well capable mill for less than a 10k load and I wouldn't hesitate pulling slightly heavier based on the truck platform. Diesels have their place....just not in my driveway.

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X 2 even tho I do not have the 6.4 I almost had one till the dealer made me mad a then I went back to Chevy. I'm like you a diesel is not for everyone and my 6.0 3/4 ton does quit well with my 9000# load and get on average 9.5 mpg towing and almost 19 non. If I ever get another truck will look again at the Dodge. Thanks for the good info on the Dodge. Later RJD
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The 6.4 I looked at recommended premium fuel- true?
Nope. I use plain 'o Regular Unleaded, 87 octane.

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