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Old 08-28-2016, 08:59 PM   #1
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Anyone use a 6.4 hemi

Have a 2017 322QBUD weighing in at 7788 empty. Been pulling with a 1500 Chevy. Looking at the 2500 dodge with the 6.7 but have a hard time justifying the extra maintenance (lots of oil, fuel filter, 40 cents more per gal). Didn't know If anyone had the 6.4 hemi in there 2500 or even if I would be satisfied with it. Thanks for the help
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:00 PM   #2
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:18 PM   #3
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Good Luck on your purchase. I am interested in seeing what you choose
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:20 PM   #4
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I had one. It will tow your camper all day long, especially if you get the 4.10 gears. I think you are overestimating diesel maintenance costs and underestimating the cost of oil on the 6.4 though. The 6.4 is a $120 oil change at the stealership twice as often as the diesel. Fuel here is 10 cents more than regular unleaded but I'm getting way better mileage with the Cummins so that i not an issue.
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If you don't hate the way the 1500 Silverado pulls the RV, then you'll like the 6.4 in the Ram 2500.
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Shouldnt be a problem, I pull a Prime Time Tracer 3200 BHT with my 2500 6.4 Hemi with 3.73 gears.
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Old 08-28-2016, 11:56 PM   #7
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I pull my Cherokee 294BH (~8500 loaded) without any issues. Do I know it's back there? Yes. But it is a comfortable ride. I don't feel the push-pull people claim they get from tractor-trailers driving by (could just be the 3/4 ton chassis)

Going up hills it will work a bit, but it gets better HP and torque at higher RPM's.

Oil changes suck at $100-110 (dealership) here, all because it takes 7 quarts of 0w-40 at around 8,000 miles. I usually do my own, but while it's under warranty I have the dealership do it for the paper trail.

With 3.73 rear end I get 15 MPG hwy, 11 city. Towing I'm around 8 with the rolling hills of MO.

Would I like the diesel? You betcha, but at the time I had to get a new truck (my old one at 225,000 miles decides to "retire") I could not swing a price I could afford with the oil burner. I didn't want to get a 1/2 ton knowing I was getting a larger trailer, and possible ANOTHER truck to tow it. This one will work just fine until the kids are gone and the wife and I decide to do something different, then maybe diesel will be in the future, but right now I am very happy.

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Old 08-29-2016, 09:58 AM   #8
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You should have no issue with it. That trailer is a tick larger than my 832IKBS that I tow with a 5.7L RAM 1500. I love how ours tows. (FWIW, it a 4x4 with 3.92 gears and no changes to the stock suspension.)
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I pull my Cherokee 294BH (~8500 loaded) without any issues. Do I know it's back there? Yes. But it is a comfortable ride. I don't feel the push-pull people claim they get from tractor-trailers driving by (could just be the 3/4 ton chassis)

Going up hills it will work a bit, but it gets better HP and torque at higher RPM's.

Oil changes suck at $100-110 (dealership) here, all because it takes 7 quarts of 0w-40 at around 8,000 miles. I usually do my own, but while it's under warranty I have the dealership do it for the paper trail.

With 3.73 rear end I get 15 MPG hwy, 11 city. Towing I'm around 8 with the rolling hills of MO.

Would I like the diesel? You betcha, but at the time I had to get a new truck (my old one at 225,000 miles decides to "retire") I could not swing a price I could afford with the oil burner. I didn't want to get a 1/2 ton knowing I was getting a larger trailer, and possible ANOTHER truck to tow it. This one will work just fine until the kids are gone and the wife and I decide to do something different, then maybe diesel will be in the future, but right now I am very happy.





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I'm with MoparMan, I have a 2015 Ram 2500 with the 6.4/3.73 and get the same mileage in the same conditions. I tow a 2015 312QBUD, heavily loaded and I'm very pleased. I switched from a 2012 Ram CTD that was expensive to operate and poor mileage at best. My current Hemi gets as good or better than the '12 CTD. I understand that the Diesel to Gas switch didn't improve my mileage and the power was much more than I needed for the towing that I do, but I really expected better mileage from the Diesel and am very pleased with the performance of the Gasser. With that said, I've owned nearly every configuration of the RAM since it was the Dodge Ram in 1994 and have used all for towing and snowplowing... normal truck stuff. This is by far the best combination of options that I've had to date.
As the other Gas guys have stated, If you're ok now, you'll be happier with the new Hemi. If you need tons of power and hopefully better mileage, spring for the CTD. Good luck and keep us updated.
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I had one. It will tow your camper all day long, especially if you get the 4.10 gears. I think you are overestimating diesel maintenance costs and underestimating the cost of oil on the 6.4 though. The 6.4 is a $120 oil change at the stealership twice as often as the diesel. Fuel here is 10 cents more than regular unleaded but I'm getting way better mileage with the Cummins so that i not an issue.
Well if your listening to your dealer tell you that the costs of an oil change with the 6.4 hemi is $120, your right he's trying to steal from you. I bought a new '16 6.4 hemi back in Feb and the dealer told me the warranty only calls for oil changes at 8,000 miles, but after warranty they said 10k would be ok. And Mopar has oil change coupons available that makes the cost for a full synthetic oil change for $60. Maybe you should get on their mailing list and they will send you coupons every month.

I also get great fuel mileage with my 2500 18mpg empty and 11-13 pulling my 9300# fifth wheel. Couldn't be happier.

And I completely agree...$9k more for the cummins diesel doesn't make good cents.
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