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Old 05-03-2016, 08:39 PM   #31
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I agree. It would have taken quite a bit to move me off of the Ram Megacab. Looks like I'll pair that to a Salem Hemisphere 356QB and call it a day.


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Old 05-03-2016, 08:47 PM   #32
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I have owned all brands recently. I like the comfy ride of the Ram, but not a fan of it pulling a 5er. Could not wait to unload it. Would not sell it to anyone so traded it in. Not much difference between the Ford and GMC 2500 pulling 11,500 5er. Add the heavy Cat and the heavy trailer to the mix and both are overloaded by about 1800#. Only 3 miles at slow speed with a leader and follower vehicle and I would not pull out of the lot with the Jimmy. Thankfully, the new F450 arrived before the Cat was repaired.
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:57 PM   #33
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Ram 3500 vs. Ford F350

I'm not brand loyal, but I know which one I'd chose if I were in the market for a dually.

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Old 05-03-2016, 10:05 PM   #34
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I'm 60 years old, Ive had the F250 7.3 liter 2001 and the 6.0 liter 2004, I have no product loyal. I did my homework and I went with the 2015 Ram 3500 dually 6.7 liter Cummings, 4x4. Today I hit 40,000 miles, I pull 12,000 lbs TT with 3 grand kids in the megacab. I made sure I got the aison transmission with 373 rear end. I average about 18 mpg unloaded and I get 11 to 12 loaded, total rig weight on the scales with camper 20,500#
Its the best truck I have ever owned and I never worry about what I carry and what we put in the bed of the truck 2 scooters, 5 bikes on back of camper - I can tow up to 24,300 # or truck and Load not to exceed 32,000. I set the cruise on the speed limit and let this thing pull - nothing like it. If you look at the professional light load truckers 8 of 10 are pulling for the dollar with the Ram. My two brothers are heavy load truckers and they both think its 10 to 1 Ram in the light load trucking market. I say do your own homework and buy what you like best.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:42 PM   #35
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I'm 60 years old, Ive had the F250 7.3 liter 2001 and the 6.0 liter 2004, I have no product loyal. I did my homework and I went with the 2015 Ram 3500 dually 6.7 liter Cummings, 4x4. Today I hit 40,000 miles, I pull 12,000 lbs TT with 3 grand kids in the megacab. I made sure I got the aison transmission with 373 rear end. I average about 18 mpg unloaded and I get 11 to 12 loaded, total rig weight on the scales with camper 20,500#

Its the best truck I have ever owned and I never worry about what I carry and what we put in the bed of the truck 2 scooters, 5 bikes on back of camper - I can tow up to 24,300 # or truck and Load not to exceed 32,000. I set the cruise on the speed limit and let this thing pull - nothing like it. If you look at the professional light load truckers 8 of 10 are pulling for the dollar with the Ram. My two brothers are heavy load truckers and they both think its 10 to 1 Ram in the light load trucking market. I say do your own homework and buy what you like best.


Thanks Lynn! Appreciate the info. I feel very strongly about going with what you want after doing the research - which is part of what lead me here.

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Old 05-03-2016, 10:42 PM   #36
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I'm not brand loyal, but I know which one I'd chose if I were in the market for a dually.

You Ram/Dodge Fanboys really love this video! C channel frames flex, and they are designed to. It has nothing to do with overall strength. Hydroformed frames don't flex near as much. Ever see a semi or dump truck off road? The springs don't hardly flex at all, it's all in the frame, and they can go 1 million plus. What flexes doesn't break, and what doesn't eventually will. Ever watch a wooden roller coaster flex? If it didn't it would tear itself to pieces in no time flat. This is just pure BS propaganda for the uneducated.
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I've owned them all. The GM trucks ride the best. 2011 and up. The 2015 + is amazing. My 2016 3500 dually rides better then my 2014 3/4 did. You will need a dually for a 15k unit.
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You Ram/Dodge Fanboys really love this video! C channel frames flex, and they are designed to. It has nothing to do with overall strength. Hydroformed frames don't flex near as much. Ever see a semi or dump truck off road? The springs don't hardly flex at all, it's all in the frame, and they can go 1 million plus. What flexes doesn't break, and what doesn't eventually will. Ever watch a wooden roller coaster flex? If it didn't it would tear itself to pieces in no time flat. This is just pure BS propaganda for the uneducated.
Not a fan boy lol. Don't want to start a flame war, but I would be worried about metal fatigue on the Ford.

Frames aren't springs and I thought all trucks had fully boxed frames nowadays, thanks for the education! To be fair though, I think the F350 frame has been around a very long time 1999?, with the Ram only around 2010 I believe.
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I'm not quite 2 years into my Ram, and 37K miles. The truck seems to be really good and pulls well, and I like the looks better than the others. And it's got a Cummins diesel, what more can you say about that? But I've had a few small problems that seem to turn into bigger problems. While some of that was the dealers I've taken it to, the problems existed, none-the-less. No major stuff, but electronics and the like. I can honestly say that if I had to do it all over again, I'd pay the extra $5,000- and get the F-250. GM products are something I'll never own again, but that's another story... and it's LLLLOOOOONNNGGG.......
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Buy What you like not what others tell you to buy. I bought a ram because of the reliable CTD .
I have owned nothing but Fords since 1970. But, when we started towing a larger fifth I wanted torque and reliable. For sure the Fords all had much more comfortable cabs. The RAM we purchased was pretty bare bones. After all, it was meant to work not go to dinner and a show.

Did my homework for several years. Cummins for a number of reasons beat others hands down. Ours is a 2004 which is what, the 5.9? We also have the New Venture six speed manual. My wife wanted to feel like she was in control so she specified the manual trans.

So far 100,000 miles and almost all towing fifth wheels of around 10,000. No problems.

I still wish I had the Ford cab or maybe one of the new RAM cabs.

Just for drill, ask an independent diesel mechanic about the cost of ownership for each of the three diesel choices. What happens if, for instance, you have a turbo failure?

I plan to leave my RAM to whomever has to settle our estate. I will never sell the truck.
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