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Old 09-24-2015, 05:19 PM   #121
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There is no going wrong with a 2500 for that size trailer. Night and day difference and I am glad you see it now. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to feel the difference between 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton! I am still partial to the 6.7 but that is a beautiful truck!

It really is an eye opener. I thought my 1/2 ton was getting it done. This is a whole different thing.


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Old 09-25-2015, 09:12 PM   #122
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Tow test #2 today. Still continue to be completely amazed at the difference between the 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton. Headed out for about a 100 mile trek to Carlyle lake in illinois. The truck itself really felt not much different than empty....meaning that everything felt real tight and not sloppy. The bounce was calmed down as opposed to the empty.....it didn't feel as nearly "springy" as the 1500 to quote my wife. She was right. Felt planted to the road in all directions. The power was excellent from the big V8. I did notice that pulling the hills it dropped to 4th and ramped up around 2800 rpm. Nothing really crazy rpm wise nor did I feel it was struggling at any point in time with the 7k load. I intend to do a complete review on all on a separate page. That phrase "I didn't even know it was there" I feel is a bit over used and mis leading...however....with the cruise set to 65 it was a much different experience for me and one might lose track of said towing responsibility's and for a moment "forget" there is 3.5 tons hanging off the rear bumper. So far very, very happy. Let's see where the numbers wash out on mpg at the end of the year. I suspect I will not change my outlook much.


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Old 09-26-2015, 09:06 AM   #123
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I recently traded my 6.0 gasser for a 2015 Ram 2500 Cummins. No comparison between. Torque on the Ram is monstrous. First trip with the new TV was Labor Day weekend. Left on our trip, had to check my mirror to make sure I had to trailer with me.
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:28 PM   #124
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My new trailer is going to be 10k gvw or 12k gvw depending on which one I buy.
I don't think I can get by with the RAM 1500 ecodiesel truck which would save me some money.
Forget the ecodiesel, the 5.7 Hemi 1/2 ton will tow more. The Eco is for one thing and one thing only, bragging rights on MPG's
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:44 PM   #125
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Forget the ecodiesel, the 5.7 Hemi 1/2 ton will tow more. The Eco is for one thing and one thing only, bragging rights on MPG's

I do agree...however that would make a fine hybrid or sub 6k rig. To each is own. Biggest thing for the 1/2 ton mopar breed is payload.


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Old 10-14-2015, 04:36 PM   #126
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Have a little over 1500 miles on the truck and am continuing to be impressed. Took a long highway drive today through mid Missouri. Limit 70mph and the the computer calculated 17.6 or so. Hand calculated was a little lower at 17.2 miles per gallon. Pleased as punch at this point. Have yet to do any full throttle from a stop, imagine there would be no issue turning the tires over. Towing this weekend to Kansas speedway we will see how it does loaded down.Click image for larger version

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Old 10-14-2015, 04:46 PM   #127
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Nice !!! What diff gears do you have ?

I am following your posts on the truck closely as I am thinking about getting he same setup.

Thanks for all the info.
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3.73 is what I have. Also, I have found that the mpg is about .5 mpg better when running mid grade. This might be a fluke however.


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Old 10-14-2015, 05:00 PM   #129
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3.73 is what I have. Also, I have found that the mpg is about .5 mpg better when running mid grade. This might be a fluke however.


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interesting I drove up 55n to exit 187 in Illinois on Saturday and back, I averaged 15.3 mpg traveling 77 mph. I have the 3.73 as well
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Old 10-14-2015, 05:04 PM   #130
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interesting I drove up 55n to exit 187 in Illinois on Saturday and back, I averaged 15.3 mpg traveling 77 mph. I have the 3.73 as well

Is it possible the 7 mph difference can pick up nearly an extra 2mpg??? I guess but it seems like a big % gain. My MDS was pretty active on the flats at anything below 70mph. The truck does seem happiest at 75-78 mph. Still below 2k rpms and in 6th gear.


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