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Old 06-27-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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New Tow Vehicle

Just upgraded the tow vehicle from a 2010 F-150 with a 4.6l to a Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab long bed with a 5.7 HEMI. My fifth Wheel is a Salem Hemishpere Lite (7400lbs) 1030 pin weight. I am hoping this pulls better than the F-150! Any thoughts on the HEMI? I wanted the Cummins, but wa a little out of my price range.

thanks for the input!
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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Ummmm....yeah!
A 5.7L V8 should pull better than a 4.6L V8?
A 5.4L V8 in your F150 would have pulled better than the 4.6L V8, too.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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Down here in SE Texas we all drive pickups and the Ram 2500 with the gas will pull a small 5er, but the men that I know with Rams/Dodges with gas are always complaining about MPG. Not just when pulling trailers but all of the time. They are somewhat cheaper then Fords and less then Cheys. Most of the men with Rams/Dodges with 3/4 tons have the Cummings diesels and they seem to love them. They still don't use the exhast fluid yet, 2013 I am told, but they are made in Mexico.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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Hey whj...I'm just a stone's throw from you here in Roman Forest. Heh...small world.

Anyway, Steve, I think whj has it about right. As well as thebrakeman. The new truck will pull better than the old one, and that fairly small/light 5er will probably do okay. As long as you don't get into the mountains much. It still may do okay, but it will start to struggle when you hit the big boys. And your gas mileage will probably suffer, but maybe not so much. The wind resistance on the front of the 5er will be the telling factor more than the weight.

Anyway, enjoy it, and keep us posted on how it's going.
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Congrats on your new TV! Be sure to let us know how it does after your first tow. Always good to see a fellow Ohio-an on the forums.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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Just upgraded the tow vehicle from a 2010 F-150 with a 4.6l to a Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab long bed with a 5.7 HEMI. My fifth Wheel is a Salem Hemishpere Lite (7400lbs) 1030 pin weight. I am hoping this pulls better than the F-150! Any thoughts on the HEMI? I wanted the Cummins, but wa a little out of my price range.

thanks for the input!
Congrats! Any pics? In the Dodge configuration what is the difference between the Crew Cab and Quad Cab?
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Congrats! Any pics? In the Dodge configuration what is the difference between the Crew Cab and Quad Cab?
About 6 or so inches in the cab. The rear legroom in the Crew is much more than the Quad.
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So do the quad cabs doors open from the rear or suicide style like a Ford Supercab?
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:28 PM   #9
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The quad cab is just like it's always been. The crew is just a little bigger in the back seat area. The Mega cab is just plain HUGE. The Ram don't come in an extended cab anymore.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:48 PM   #10
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I am amazed at the amount of room in the back seat! I couldnt imaging what a mega cab would be like!
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