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Old 04-10-2014, 07:54 AM   #11
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Thank you for the report. I am also looking at 2 products made by Ram Trucks, the Ram 1500 3.0l diesel, and the Ram 2500, with the 6.7l diesel. I am hoping off, both on funds, and seeing how the 3.0 performs. If Ram Trucks put the 5.0l Cummins in the 2500, that would be the deal breaker for me to get a 2500.
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Performance of 2013 Ram 2500 Diesel while towing

Well I was a Ford guy most I my life. Fords 6.0 was their horrible mistake and cost them a lot of customers. Just plain don't like Chevrolet (GM) and the recent issues didn't help their reputation either. The new Ram trucks are awesome and the Cummings leads the pack.
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ChooChooman74 - if the amount you need to tow is not an issue I would go with the 1500, we had a 2010 before we moved up to the 2500. The ride of the 1500 is really a lot nicer than the 2500. The 2500 suspension is stiff when not towing so it can bounce you around pretty good.
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Wilsonseattle, nice report. I have a 2012 2500 with the 6.7.. and automatic that although it doesn't use DEF, it still regens frequently... IMO. When it does the mileage drops considerably. I would like to have this turned off (or slow it down), but its under warranty. There was a recall to have it reflashed and it seems to be 'better.' I have a 4:10 gear ratio and would rather have the 3:42 or 3:73, for the kind of driving - mostly not towing. It takes a mountain for my truck to down-shifts when pulling in 6th gear and gets 10.5 to 11.5 MPG average while towing a travel trailer with about 14K in combined weight. I drive under 65 with the trailer and not much faster without the trailer; this gets me about an 18MPG (or slightly higher) average highway or about 16MPG in town. I like the truck, but would love it if diesel prices were lower than gasoline. I better get used to liking it, huh?
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:29 AM   #15
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ChooChooman74 - if the amount you need to tow is not an issue I would go with the 1500, we had a 2010 before we moved up to the 2500. The ride of the 1500 is really a lot nicer than the 2500. The 2500 suspension is stiff when not towing so it can bounce you around pretty good.
We are still determining what we want for our next camper before we make the decision on the truck. I am making a list in MS Word of all the floor plans we like and whether that would require a 1500 or a 2500.

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I recently drove down to Florida in the 2500. I got between 21/22 mpg not pulling anything. Got the def and 15,000 miles. It's only had 1 refill on the def so far.
Get the deluxe Good Sam Club card and save 6 cents a gallon on fuel.
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I recently drove down to Florida in the 2500. I got between 21/22 mpg not pulling anything. Got the def and 15,000 miles. It's only had 1 refill on the def so far.
Get the deluxe Good Sam Club card and save 6 cents a gallon on fuel.

Where can you use the good Sam card at to get the 6cent a gallon savings?
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We are still determining what we want for our next camper before we make the decision on the truck. I am making a list in MS Word of all the floor plans we like and whether that would require a 1500 or a 2500.

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Just watch the payload on those trucks. I have not actually seen one yet (I am more of a Ford guy these days). But I have read the Payload gets eaten up by the diesel. It appears it was built more for CAFE stds to help RAM, than it was to be a towing machine. That said, with the torque it has, it should tow well, if they put a truck around it that can handle the payload. Before you get to far into your search, go see one on the lot and check the payload sticker of a truck like you would want, just to make sure it will fit the bill. I apologize if you have already done that, I am just trying to help out a fellow camper... Actually, your excercise is how I ended up being a Ford guy these days; Ford is the only company with an HD payload ("heavy half ton") available.
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Pilot - Flying J has the 6 cent savings. Guess they are trying to recover after cheating all these trucking companies. Not a huge fan of them because of the family that owns the company (Haslam). They are based here in Knoxville and a few years ago they had $4.00 gas prices when the rest of the country was lower. But I go for the price on the sign and 6 cents off that.
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Performance of 2013 Ram 2500 Diesel while towing

No offense taken. The 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 6.7 crew with a 3.42. Payload 2900 and change and a mid 17K towing capacity. Our Ford dealer here has ZERO customer service but our Dodge dealer has the top customer service of any dealership that I have seen. The choice was easy. Ford's 6.0 also helped with the decision. That engine will go down as a huge disaster. Have two buddies who had them and lost their wallet keeping it going.
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