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Old 12-22-2015, 06:25 PM   #31
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Hand calculated 17.1 over a drive from KC to St Louis for my 6.4 ram. I was shocked and pleased. It's just a hair worse than the 1500 5.7 I traded for. Towing is between 8-9 mpg.

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Old 12-22-2015, 06:29 PM   #32
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6.4l and 3.73

I have a 2015 Ram 2500 6.4l with 3.73.

WnP 30FBW. 36' total length.

GCW 18,500. 9200 truck, 9300 trailer.

7-8mpg towing.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:32 PM   #33
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Must be hard driving upside down!

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Old 12-22-2015, 08:05 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by uhduh camping View Post
Must be hard driving upside down!
Damn thing has so much power it turned the world upside down.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:34 PM   #35
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It all boils down to which truck feels best to the owner. I think Ford, Chevy and Ram nowadays are pretty much equal. Each has both good and bad points. My original Gen-2 '94 Ram 1500 went 293,000 miles before it got totaled by an idiot who ran me off the road into a concrete post. Only unscheduled maintenance was two water pumps and a fuel pump...and it never had any work done on it away from my home garage.

My '03 Ram 2500 Cummins is still running strong at 340,000 miles, over 100,000 pulling a 14K gooseneck horse trailer. Needs more TLC maintenance than the 1500 but I don't have a problem with that.

Those are the reasons I went with the Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi with the 8-speed transmission when I had to replace the wrecked '94. I didn't have plans to get a TT at the time but it does just fine pulling 8,000 pounds. If I had known I was going to get the TT I definitely would have gotten the 3500 Cummins (not that much more $$ than the 2500). Reason: I'm pretty sure I'll upgrade to a 5er and will have to buy one then.

That being said, I'm sure I would be just as pleased with a comparable Ford or Chevy. Toyota wasn't even in the picture because of problems I had with a Tacoma a couple of years back. Worst dealer and factory support I've ever seen. The good news was they had to buy it back under the lemon law.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:45 PM   #36
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Any of the big 3 gas or diesel will make you happy. Diesel will have more power and less whine in the hills as well as better towing mileage but that cones with a trade off in buying price (although they do hold their value better than gassers). I towed a 7300 lb scaled weight tt with an f250 with the 6.4 diesel in it. It handled it beautifully. When I upgraded yo the 3500 duramax in preparation for my fiver, both handled the trailer equally well but the exhaust brake in the duramax is amazing! My biggest caution is when shopping around, check the tire loading sticker inside the door for "occupants and cargo should weigh less than x lbs". You would be surprised at the variations you will find based upon trim packages, options, etc. I have seen a 3/4 ton diesel with a 1500 lb payload (my old f250). I have seen a half ton gassed with a payload over 2000 lbs per door sticker. I have seen a 1 ton diesel with a payload of 4000 lbs per door sticker (my 3500). Shop to match your weights and your wallet. Scale your trailer to understand your true loaded trailer weight and loaded tongue weight. Get the truck that has enough payload to handle that weight plus the Weight of all occupants, pets and gear with some room to spare (allows for growth).
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:10 AM   #37
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I was at a party last week and met a guy who works for a diesel
shop he sounded pretty up to par on his knowledge of the diesel trucks.
he said if he was going to buy a daily driver he would go with a chevy as they ride better and they have quieter ride , if your going to buy a truck for nothing but pulling buy the Dodge /Cummings,as they will out last under heavy pulling, then he said if they could put a ford body on the dodge frame, axles, and motor they would have a great truck as he said that was the ford frame and axles were weakest of the three
he said the ford are the worst to work on and the most expensive to fix he said look at the difference in size of the fuel injectors between the Cummings and the power stroke he said the power stroke are huge with a huge price tag
so they all have there qualities
depends what you like and what your looking for
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:25 AM   #38
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Stay with your choice of gas truck. I'm guessing you do not do a whole lot of traveling so I'd forget buying a diesel. The 6.0 and 6.4 gas will do fine. Yes you may put up with engine noise ascending a fair grade but to me the truck is designed to pull. I have pulled many a times across the mountain from Chattanooga to Nashville which is a 6% grade and set the cruise to 62 and speed never goes below 62. This grade is several miles long. No issues and my trailer is around 9,000 loaded.

When I'm not towing I get between 18 to 19 mpg with 4.10 gear at 65 mph. Remember the new gas engines are not like the old. These engines run and tow very well and are more efficient than ever before. Later RJD
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You get much better than average mileage for a Chevy 6.0 gasser. I have had several and while very good engines none ever got close to what you get. According to 10-13 is average for 2015 gassers so you've got something special.

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