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Old 08-08-2015, 03:37 PM   #1
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advise on ram 2500 or 3500 6.4 hemi

first, if you a diesel lover do not steel this thread, I have owned all the diesals and am not as impressed as some with them,
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im thinking about buying one of the new 6.4 hemi 2500 or 3500 with 4:10 gears, the tow guides shows that truck rated for 15600 pds. my 5th wheel is 11500 empty, and at the most 13000 loaded, do yall think this truck will handle this camper ok, I hope some of you who have them can help me with this thanks
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:01 PM   #2
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I'll be watching this thread closely as I'm thinking along the same lines as you. Not so much not being impressed with current diesels, but having a hard time justifying the cost. Like you say, the 6.4 numbers should be able to handle <15k gvw trailer. The thing that has me more concerned with regard to Ram are the reports of paint issues and excessive rust.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:11 PM   #3
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What is the torque rating on the 6.4 Hemi? First I have heard of any paint or rust issues. I have a 2010 2500 Laramie and I have no issues like that.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:41 PM   #4
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Maybe it's a regional thing (aka - excessive road salt use in winter), but I see a lot of 3-5 year old Rams with more body rust than my '01 F350. The frame on my nephew's '12 was is such bad shape, he decided to bail on it. I can't find it now, but I was reading some posts on a Ram/Dodge forum last night where multiple posters with '15 trucks were talking about an adhesion issue.

Ram 6.4 rated at 410 HP and 429 lb-ft
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:52 PM   #5
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I can't give any advice on pulling a 5th wheel, but when I'm pulling my 8,000 pound Windjammer I can't tell it's even back there.
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:48 PM   #6
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they have a five year 100k mile on rust... the payload is also very high on the truck, but I need to know it will pull my camper before I drop the nickel, my hitch weight is 2250 (according to specs) I think payload on that dodge is about 3800
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Old 08-09-2015, 12:23 AM   #7
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I'd go 3500. Think you'll love it! My old ford v10 pulled 13k+ with ease and I'm sure the new 6.4 and better transmission will be leaps better.
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I'd go 3500...
That raises some questions I've been kicking around:
1. Given there's only about 200# payload difference (4100 vs 3900) and 100# towing between 3500 & 2500, if going 3500, would it make more sense to go DRW? You pickup another 3000# payload and 150# towing vs SRW, not too mention stability.
2. Does it make "sense" going DRW without going diesel?
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Old 08-09-2015, 09:18 AM   #9
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I have a friend with a Chevy dually gas burner. He runs a water purification/softener business and hauls everything in his extended cab, 2wd, drw with a 6.0 6 speed. Says he can haul or tow anything and that the drw is much more stable than his old srw truck.
As for me, I went from a 3/4t gas burner 5 sp to a drw diesel with a 6sp. The diesel is nice, but drw is very stable pulling and hauling.
My advice, is you live in an area you're comfortable with the dually, go for it. You won't regret the stability
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Unless you tow mostly on the flats or on occasion in some rolling hills you will be fine. If you are in the mtns much you'll be winding the 6.4 out pretty good and often. Problem with the 6.4 tranny is the gear spacing. 13,000lbs is a lot for any gasser regardless of rear gears. To the question though. 3500 would be my choice.
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