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Old 12-22-2015, 12:19 PM   #11
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I have a 2013 Ram 2500 Cummins and love it. Pulls my 30' Puma and my 10,000 lb boat with ease. Had a Ford 350 diesel prior. Nuff said.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:27 PM   #12
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I find it amazing that all the discussion is about Ford and Dodge. I sold my (old but good) 7.3 F-350 last year and bought a Silverado 3500 dually D-max. Could not be happier! Stock, and 9.5 MPhil towing 18k, 17+ empty. Power to spare. Remember, real trucks don't have spark plugs!
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:30 PM   #13
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goduc." Anyone that says get a diesel is not spending your money for you very wisely. A diesel is total overkill for a 7000lb TT" When looking to buy a TV IMHO there is no such thing as overkill. Reason. 1 or 2 years they are go to start looking at a bigger TT or go to a 5er.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:34 PM   #14
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I have a 2013 Ram 2500 Cummins and love it. Pulls my 30' Puma and my 10,000 lb boat with ease. Had a Ford 350 diesel prior. Nuff said.
I like the Cummins Diesel. Just not crazy about the Fiat truck. Even when it was Dodge.

But for a Cummins, I might bite the bullet. Nothing like a Cummins Diesel. Nothing.

Hope you know a good transmission guy.

The 6.0l and the 6.4l Navistars in the Fords sucked canal water but the new 6.7 by Ford itself?

Pretty darn good. And pretty darn expensive.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:45 PM   #15
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I have a Ram 5.7 1/2 ton and want to upgrade to 3/4 ton truck. I am pulling a 7000lb Flagstaff 27RLWS TT. Current TV is close to its payload limit and with 3.55 gears seems to be in 3rd and 4th gears alot. will a Ram 6.4 with 3.73 gears be an easier pull or a Ford 6.2 with 3.73 gears work better.
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We pulled a 7,900 # (empty weight) Windjammer 3008W all over the country with a 2013 Silverado 2500HD with 6.0L gas engine. We had the 3.73 differential, and Chevy listed the max towing capacity at 9,400# We did not have a bit of trouble with that truck, up and down mountains in Wyoming and Colorado or anywhere else we went. Our trailer, loaded and ready to camp, weighed in about 8,800 - 8,900 pounds.

That same truck with 4.10 axle ratio would have boosted the towing capacity well over 12,000#.

I just traded that truck in with 54,000 miles. We are looking at a 5th wheel so I needed additional towing capacity. (I even asked the dealer about changing both the front and rear differentials to 4.10 gears, but that was cost-prohibitive. I drove a Ram 2500 with a Cummins and a Silverado 2500 with a Duramax, and opted for the Silverado. (Of course, I've always been a Chevy guy.)

But to your original question, the Hemi in the Ram and the 6.0L in the Silverado would both do a good job on your TT. Check gear ratio and towing capacity closely. MAX TOWING CAPACITY in salesman-speak doesn't always mean what it implies. It means that the truck set up (with receiver hitch, built-in brake controller, etc.) to tow the maximum that is safe, given the drive-train set-up.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:51 PM   #16
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If you don't need a diesel, don't buy it. All you need for that trailer is a properly equipped 1/2 ton. My recommendation is the Ford Ecoboost Max Tow. We have towed our 829FKSS Flagstaff About 12000 miles with ours with absolutely no problems. We did the Canadian Maritime Provinces with ease even thru mountainous Nova Scotia, 4500 miles. We also went around the great lakes, 4400 miles. The truck handled the Adirondack mountains with no problems when we camped near Lake George.. Diesels are good for larger trailers but be prepared to hang on to your shorts when you have to maintain or repair them. When manufacturers had to add pollution controls to them it became a whole new ball game. They have major problems with regen issues, EGR valves, plugged injectors, converters with heat build up and plugging, air pumps etc.. We are getting rid of out diesel powered vehicles and replacing them with the larger displacement gas engines. Our engine of choice is the Ford V-10. While it is less fuel efficient, we are finding that the decrease in maintenance and repair costs far exceeds the extra cost of fuel. If you really need a diesel, the Dodge Cummins is not a bad choice. I would definitely steer clear of the Older Ford 6.0L diesel. Chevy duramax is not a bad choice but has a tendency to build up carbon in the EGR valve.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:53 PM   #17
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We are pulling our 27RLWS with a 2009 Suburban LT, and are averaging 9 MPG. We have pulled the T.T. almost 18,000 this way, with no problems
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:02 PM   #18
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My 2 cents. I have a Duramax diesel 3/4 (pulling a 13.5k 5th wheel) and a "C" Chevy G4500 gas 6.0 with a Malibu toad. Both do extremely well pulling, so while diesel is more "desirable", that's different from "necessary". If you go gas, get a 3/4 HD with 6 speed tow/haul transmission 4.10 rear end, and any trailer under 8000# is not a problem. If you go over 10,000#, diesel is a practical necessity for comfortable driving under all circumstances. Dodge, Ford, Chevy/GMC all have suitable offerings in these vehicles. I've had all of them and differences mainly came down to the dealerships. Others will have a lot to say, but I've pulled several hundred thousand miles over 45 years, and this is my 2 cents.
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:33 PM   #19
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I have a Ram 5.7 1/2 ton... with 3.55 gears seems to be in 3rd and 4th gears a lot
In 2013 I bought a (2 year-old) 2011 Ram 2500 CC ST w/5.7 Hemi, 3.73 gears, & 3,000 payload for $14K to tow a 8,000 (loaded) TT. Compared to the 2012+ it only has a 5 speed tranny but even in Tow Mode it stays in 5th most of the time. I had no trouble maintaining the speed limit throughout the Smoky Mountains this summer. However, the Hemi develops its peak power at higher rpms, so it needs to shift down to 4th in the hills & 3rd in the (steep) mountains...

I got a good deal because this truck was formerly commercially owned... However, a year later, at 96K miles, my Hemi blew on my daily commute... Thankfully Ram honored the 100K Powertrain Warranty & replaced the engine - even though I was the 2nd owner & my dealer could not obtain maintenance records from the first owner.

While my truck was getting a new Hemi I looked at the new Ram 3500 w/6.4 Hemi & 4.1 gearing. With a payload of 4,000 & tow rating of 15,500 they offer the most towing/hauling bang/buck. In my area I can get a 3500 w/Bighorn options for under $40K. However, now that my 2011 has a new engine (& still no Ohio rust) I plan to keep it for my boys to drive & will just get another TV when I pass this one on to them...
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