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Old 09-16-2015, 02:46 AM   #31
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Both are nice BUT that Cummins is very hard to beat . The truck will wear out long before that engine and it will hold its resale value for a long time
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:46 AM   #32
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I'm buying a trailer in a couple weeks, it UVW is around 8,000lbs and gvw is 10,400lbs.
I was looking to buy the Dodge Ram 1500 with the ecodiesel. I wonder if this is going to pull that weight? Going to the 2500 series will probably another $10k to $20k ?
What should I do? I don't live in flat land Florida, I live in Arizona and will be climbing mountains, elevations from 1500 to 9000ft.
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:49 AM   #33
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Your truck is rated to tow what? I know payload numbers on the 1500 are like 1300lbs

I assume based on my 1500 numbers and experience you will want a bigger truck




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Old 09-16-2015, 10:26 AM   #34
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ryand, where do you live. If you are towing mostly low and flat that 6.4 will make you happy. I chose the diesel simply because it is so sweet hitting the hill here in Colorado and not thinking about the grade up or down. I have a friend that bought a new Tradesman with the 6.4 this summer and pull a 26 foot TT. He has been very happy with his truck so far.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:42 AM   #35
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ryand, where do you live. If you are towing mostly low and flat that 6.4 will make you happy. I chose the diesel simply because it is so sweet hitting the hill here in Colorado and not thinking about the grade up or down. I have a friend that bought a new Tradesman with the 6.4 this summer and pull a 26 foot TT. He has been very happy with his truck so far.

I am in St. Louis. We get into the Ozark Hills pretty often. Nothing obviously like your neck of the woods. My current truck has handled most everything I have thrown at it, however on our trip back from FL this year I had one of those moments in Alabama that my foot was through the floor board and it was struggling. First time ever I have had that issue with the current tow combo. It was 99F that day and I was a little concerned. I think the truck went into life saving mode. It didn't help that I am overloaded I would say the majority of the time towing with it.
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Going to drive both trucks today....the wife gave it a green light. I hate spending this kind of money. "Kindly makes me nervous"-Karl from Slingblade
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Apples to Apples on the big Ram Diesel vs the GM Diesel, which one is better for towing?
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:47 AM   #38
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Apples to Apples on the big Ram Diesel vs the GM Diesel, which one is better for towing?
I think its more about your own preference. Big Three HD's are all awesome and well capable. I think that when you start looking at 1500's that's where your question is more applicable.
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I don't know which one is better. My wife liked the Denali 3500 better because it was easier to see over the hood. I liked the Ram better because the exhaust brake. Guess which one I bought. She is learning to love our newest child.
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I recently had my dealership lemon my 6.4 hemi for the ticking noise that ALL the 2015 hemi's have. This ticking is much louder and more pronounced than the standard "hemi tick" It would actually create a squealing noise when put in drive and idling. I had my truck into the dealership a number of times to have them look at it to have ram engineers tell me this was "normal" as all the 15's were doing it. I agreed it was "normal" but in no way, shape or form acceptable for a $50,000 truck to be squealing and ticking... The truck was embarrassing to say the least...

After a number of months of battling with the dealership my truck actually began to have a slight pulse going down the highway with cruise on. It felt like the truck was hitting a big gust of wind randomly and slowing down just a bit. Once the dealership recognized it they were very eager to trade me out of it.

long story short i feel that there is a serious issue with the 6.4 hemi. I loved the truck for the most part but in my honest opinion i think there is an issue with the push rods in the engine. My feeling is that these are hanging up causing the ticking issue. I also believe that they are hanging enough to where compression is being lost while at cruising speed causing my pulsing sensation.

my suggestion, go with cummins.

Hemi average fuel economy for me (mostly SHORT in town trips) 13 mpg overall 16 highway and 9 in town... towing my 5th wheel only 6mpg

Cummins has been a solid 13 in town, 22 highway and averaging 16. havent had it long enough to get a real good towing number, will this weekend though!
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