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Old 01-23-2015, 05:31 PM   #41
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Decision has been made: As long as I am getting a new truck built I am going with the 6.4L/4.10 combo for only $1500 more. Price after trade in and kicking in a little extra will be right at $36k. I don't think I can go wrong with this combo.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:37 PM   #42
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No you can't go wrong with that. Loving the 6.4 mega cab and the 3.73's pulls the TT great but if ordering then the 4.10 is the way to.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:43 PM   #43
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My truck does great with our Roo 25RS, I estimate the loaded trailer to be around 6000lbs. I get around 8mpg towing but we live in hilly country and everywhere we go is mostly hilly / mountainous so it might do better on flatter terrain. Even with a relatively light trailer it goes to higher (between 2500-4krpms) frequently on climbs but never loses very much speed. It cruises between 1800-2k rpms most of the time with tow/haul mode on using the cruise control. Mine is the mega cab with 6.5 foot bed so it's heavier than a crew with a standard bed or the shorter bed. Came from a V8 (5.6L) pathfinder which moved the trailer fine but was not stable. The 2500 is very stable and barely sits down with the trailer attached so I don't worry at all about putting the family and whatever we want to haul in it with the payload of 2490lbs. My tow rating is 8500 with the standard 3.73 gears but I don't think I'd go above 7000lbs unless I changed to the 4.10 gears which would push the tow rating to 11500. That would give the option of a 9-10000lb fifth wheel if I wanted to upgrade later. Hope that helps. Any ideas on how to improve my mileage?
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:46 PM   #44
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No you can't go wrong with that. Loving the 6.4 mega cab and the 3.73's pulls the TT great but if ordering then the 4.10 is the way to.
What's a ballpark of how much your Puma weighs? What kind of MPG do you get? Thanks.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:17 PM   #45
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What's a ballpark of how much your Puma weighs? What kind of MPG do you get? Thanks.
7400 dry with everyone packed best guess is 8200 and only one trip so far averaged 9.1 but it had less than 1000 miles on it so it should get better.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:17 PM   #46
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Decision has been made: As long as I am getting a new truck built I am going with the 6.4L/4.10 combo for only $1500 more. Price after trade in and kicking in a little extra will be right at $36k. I don't think I can go wrong with this combo.
Good choice...You will be happy...I have had mine for three months and I am extremely happy with my decision. You will be very happy with the new suspension the rams have. Truck is built for towing.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:26 PM   #47
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Ok, thanks.
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:29 PM   #48
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:00 PM   #49
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Is that with today's gas/diesel prices? How many miles towing?

Diesel:

Unloaded: 16/20, average 18mpg
Cost Per mile @ 2.86 $.159

Loaded: 12mpg
Cost Per mile @ 2.86 $.238

Gas:

Unloaded: 12/15, average 13.5mpg
Cost per mile @ 2.04 $.151



Loaded: 8mpg
Cost per mile @ 2.04 $.255


My calculations using todays national US average fuel prices show you lose with diesel in daily driving and gain with it when towing. This doesn't consider the additional maintenance expense or DEF. There are lots of reasons to go diesel if you can afford it, but at today's prices it's just simply not going to pay for itself.
I would agree. The local Ford Dealer has given me a schedule and cost of Diesel Maintenance. It is double that of gas. You do the same with tranny/axle/brakes etc. this is just engine expenses.

I am still a few years from a upgrade and hope the EcoBoost makes it on a heavier truck. A Turbo Large block would give Diesel Torque on a Gas budget.
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I have a 2011 1500 5.7 and am in the market for a new truck. Was looking at the ford ecotech rated to pull #12,200lbs but after building it online it was really up there in price. Im a dodge guy from way back [1970 Plymouth duster 340] so I really appreciate all the good feedback you got about the 2500 ram. Am talking to a dealer right now about a 2015 2500 6.4 hemi 4.10 rear and it looks really good. we have a 34' TT that tops out around #8550lbs so thers room to grow. thanks for all the good info.
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