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Old 09-28-2016, 11:51 AM   #21
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I just bought a new to me 2015 Ram 2500 4x4 Mega cab 6.4L hemi. In two weeks I will use it to tow my new 832OKBS round trip from Texas to Alabama. Pulling the TT home from the dealer was simple even though I had some minor bucking. I'm going to take the TT back out this Sunday for some more practice before the trip.

The dealer tried to tell me I could easily pull this TT with my old 2002 Chevy 1500. I shudder to think of the situation I would be in if I listened to them.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:12 PM   #22
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There is a 6.4 Hemi 2500 hauling in our group. That truck pulls and pulls hard, going up a hill from a 40kph rolling start he can leave my 6.7 behind but is hauling about 3000pds less. Even if he was hauling the same it would leave me behind.

Problem would be if your hauling much, he gets between 7 and 8MPG where my 6.7 get 12 to 13 without the delete kit. His maintenance over the first 40K has been more then mine, I have $129 oil change where his is closer to $200 but they happen around the same millage. Diesel has been 10 cents a litre cheaper here as well for the better part of the year but that will go up and down through time. I tow a lot more then he does, 70/30 for me compared to 10/90 for him. He has no regrets!
OK, so I had a 2015 3500 6.4 and swapped it for basically the same truck with the Cummins. My 6.4 towed like a beast and kept up with my buddy in his built Powerstroke MOST of the time. I am in no way bashing the 6.4 because it was great. But to say that it could leave the Cummins behind is far from reality in my opinion. On steep hills I would be over 4,000 rpms just to maintain speed and I'm close to sea level here. My new truck tows the same 5'er on the same terrain without breaking a sweat.
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Old 09-29-2016, 03:42 AM   #23
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I can pull this all day long, I have the Denali 287REL that weight uvw 8,300 lbs with my 2016 2500 6.4L / 4.10 gears, with all of ours stuff it in about 9500 lbs all most can't tell it's behind me.

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Old 09-29-2016, 03:51 AM   #24
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$200 oil change in a gasser??? Really? Ouch! Where does he go?

Mines don't cost that, unless he is in another state that where the dealer is ripping him off, I only paid $80.00.
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:21 AM   #25
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It's hard to argue the 6.4 vs 6.7 for mountain pulling or full timing. The turbo, e brake and torque alone are hard to beat. If I where full timing I'd have a dually and a bigger 5er.

As far as one pulling away from the other...how fast do you want to run? I'll beat anyone that pulls 55-60 mph no matter what rig they have because I run 65 -70 mph. Anyone running 70-75 mph is going to beat me.

The 6.4 loves to be fed. No doubt about it. But so did my 6.7. I averaged 9 pulling with my 6.7 over 100k miles. I am one of those fortunate guys that never got the bragging rights on mpg on any of my oil burners. Its loves rpm like the 6.7 loves its turbo.

If you're worried about maintanance cost as a budget breaker I would stay home.

As far as major repairs out of waranty the 6.7 is going to eat the cash alot more than the 6.4. For around $2500 you can get a max lifetime waranty that you can't get on the 6.7.

Fuel costs I've always run the lower octane without issue. The smaller tank and a headwind will have you seeking fuel every 150-200 miles.

As far as the OP original question, you Re going to be very satisfied upgrading from the 1/2 ton.

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Well I ended up getting the Cummins. I have a friend with each the 6.4 and the 6.7. They were polite enough to let me hook my camper to each of them and go for a spin. The 6.4 did great not going to knock it one bit. The 6.7 did amazing, really loved the engine brake and the low rpms when towing. Took a lot less effort. The 6.4 was a noticeable difference from the 1500 but not enough to convince me to have a new truck payment. I went with the 6.7 because this is only the start of our camping adventures as a family and our camper is sure to get bigger in the future. I could not justify buying the 6.4 to turn around in a few years just to by the 6.7 anyway. As far as the oil change that has been discussed they gave me 4 free ones and when those run out there $87 from there on. Now the fuel filters are alittle more pricey. Thanks for all the amazing input and suggestions.

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Old 10-07-2016, 04:25 AM   #27
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Congrats and enjoy!
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Nice! Time to delete and tune it.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:45 AM   #29
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Congrats! What configuration did you get?

I noted sticker payload on the Cummins 2500 was about 1000 lbs lower than a comparable 6.4L Hemi when I was shopping. (though they are both built on the same frame/axles as the 3500's)
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Ended up the crew cab 4x4 Laramie. I can only figure the difference in towing capacity is due to the extra weight of the cummins. Like Ford went to the aluminum body and saved weight so they added the weight savings to the towing capacity. Cummins weighs more than 6.4 so can tow less. All I can figure.
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