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Old 02-10-2015, 01:49 PM   #21
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for the Ram 1500 trademan Crew cab, with 3.55 gear ratio and 5.7 hemi the following is online from the dealers website


Specs and Dimensions

  • Compression ratio: 10.50 to 1
  • Engine horsepower: 395hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Front headroom: 1,041mm (41.0")
  • Rear legroom: 1,024mm (40.3")
  • Payload: 653kg (1,440lbs)
  • Turning radius: 6.9m (22.7')
  • Passenger volume: 3,548L (125.3 cu.ft.)
  • Exterior height: 1,969mm (77.5")
  • Curb weight: 2,430kg (5,357lbs)
  • Front shoulder room: 1,676mm (66.0")
  • Wheelbase: 3,556mm (140.0")
  • Exterior body width: 2,017mm (79.4")
  • Towing capacity: 3,901kg (8,600lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 99.6mm x 90.9mm (3.92" x 3.58")
  • Rear hiproom: 1,605mm (63.2")
  • Rear headroom: 1,013mm (39.9")
  • Front legroom: 1,041mm (41.0")
  • Exterior length: 5,817mm (229.0")
  • Engine displacement: 5.7 L
  • Engine torque: 410 lb.-ft. @ 3,950RPM
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,669mm (65.7")
  • GVWR: 3,084kg (6,800lbs)
  • Front hiproom: 1,605mm (63.2")
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:46 PM   #22
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By the specs with tongue weight and passengers only you are about 400 or so shy of max rated payload. So as long as you aren't carrying more than 400 of extra cargo you are within spec, so as soon as you add extra bodies or cargo you might be close. But like I said earlier I'd rather have too much truck to allow for wiggle room. But there are also other factors. Budget and uprading later. If you can afford the 2500 and you think you might upgrade TT soon (within the life of the new truck) I'd do the 2500 unless there is a major constraint you can't overcome.

This is my opinion, others swear by half tons and stick to them saying the specs on them are to conservative. Nothing wrong with that we all have our own opinion......
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Old 02-10-2015, 06:01 PM   #23
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Getting too big of a truck is like a pilot saying the runway is too long...

Go get the big truck, it's a lot of fun
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:38 AM   #24
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Getting too big of a truck is like a pilot saying the runway is too long...

Go get the big truck, it's a lot of fun
Yeah, but the pilot probably didn't pay to build the runway. And he's probably not paying to maintain it. If he was, at some point it would be too long. As long as you are OK with paying the up front cost, feeding it and don't mind the rougher ride, go with the 3/4 ton. But to imply it's all positives with the 3/4 ton is misleading.
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:44 AM   #25
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Just make sure you buy enough truck for the trailer you're going to have and not just the one you have now.
Exactly!..Spot on......
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:01 AM   #26
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So, what would be ok. Under the rating, by how much....exactly of the rating.....or over the rating, by how much. Just curious.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:04 AM   #27
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One of the reasons I went from a 3500 leaf to 2500 coil was ride. I love the ride. I added bags but really don't need them for the 5er.

Another friend of mine rode in my truck for about 500 miles on a duck hunt trip. He traded his 3500 in the next week.

My daughter had a 13 1500 5.7 4x4. I would say 2-4 mpg difference depending on application.

It's still a 3/4 ton truck...but it's a very nice riding 3/4 to truck.

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Old 02-11-2015, 09:05 AM   #28
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:42 AM   #29
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So, what would be ok. Under the rating, by how much....exactly of the rating.....or over the rating, by how much. Just curious.
i would like to have a safety margain, but based on my numbers, people and puppies at 550, tongue at 675, i have 215 lbs for cooler, firewood, generator, tools and i really want a camper shell (camper shell is 200lbs i guarantee)

i would think 10% would be fine while the truck is new in 5-7 years, 20% may be a better margin after that time frame. At no time will I be under, i am gonna be over.

I have pretty much decided that the 2500 is the way to go. I found a sweet one nearby that has everything we need, little that we don't, looks sharp and is in a color the wife approves of.

Now I have to convince her that Valentines day is a great day to buy a truck
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:30 AM   #30
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I'm often amused in here by the many who think everyone needs a V-12 diesel engine to pull a 4,000 pound trailer!

But my Tundra can pull the Space Shuttle...so how 'bout that? ;-)

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