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Old 06-10-2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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Upgraded My Tow Vehicle to 2015 Ram 3500 6.7L DRW

Bought my Ford F350 Lariat 7.3L SRW new back in 2001 and it had served us well towing all these years, but after getting our new Palomino Columbus 3650TH it seemed to be a little to much for the truck on steep hills. Loaded the new Columbus weighs in at 17,000 to 17,500#. We shopped around and investigated Chevy, Ford and Dodge Ram dually's and there tow ratings with different axle and tranny setups and also watch a lot of videos of the tests on the 2015's. We settled on the 2015 Ram 3500 Crew Cab Long bed 6.7L diesel 4X4 dually with the 3.73 axle with the Aisin transmission (which is another $2995 option) so we could get the full 385HP and 865 ft/lbs of torque out of it. It has a GVWR of 14,000#, payload of 5680#, GCWR of 32,300# and a max trailer weight of 23,510#. We picked it up Thursday the 4th and drove it all weekend to put some miles on it totaling 550 miles. The truck is smooth and quiet and the diesel mileage averaged 16.8MPG and we seen it get to as high as 18.8MPG, but I think unloaded non towing 16.5MPG will be about it. Time will tell. I haven't hooked the truck up to the RV yet, but will be doing that this Friday and see how it does towing to our camping sight then I'll report back and let you know how much better it is at towing. Our old F350 we just didn't feel it would be able to take the long trips thru the mountains so that was our only reason for the up grade. I'm hoping it tows as good as all the reports and tests show. Here's a few pics of it and I'll take a few with the Palomino behind it this weekend and post back with my review of its towing capabilities.

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Old 06-10-2015, 10:44 AM   #2
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Awesome! I love the look of the newer Dodges! I have a 2012 I picked up at the end of last year. I couldn't be happier, enjoy it!
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:53 AM   #3
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Awesome! I love the look of the newer Dodges! I have a 2012 I picked up at the end of last year. I couldn't be happier, enjoy it!
Thanks SuicideSaints I'm excited haven't had a new truck since 2001. Technology has definitely advanced but I don't know about this DEF stuff.
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I'm so jealous!
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:07 AM   #5
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Thanks SuicideSaints I'm excited haven't had a new truck since 2001. Technology has definitely advanced but I don't know about this DEF stuff.
I am jealous as well! I wish mine was new when I bought it, but it only had 6000 miles so pretty close. That dually though...... Love it!
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That truck will more than do the job. I actually purchased my 2013 F-250 6.7 in late 2013 brand new with intentions of towing a larger trailer. I actually didn't buy a larger trailer until about 1 1/2 years after the truck but knew it would do everything I needed and man it did. Although not quite as heavy and dually not needed for our 37' 5th wheel it pulls it beautifully. No doubt your moose power ram will pull your rig easily down ( & up) the road. You'll be amazed at the power these newer diesel trucks can put out. I'm constantly impressed mile after mile.
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That truck will more than do the job. I actually purchased my 2013 F-250 6.7 in late 2013 brand new with intentions of towing a larger trailer. I actually didn't buy a larger trailer until about 1 1/2 years after the truck but knew it would do everything I needed and man it did. Although not quite as heavy and dually not needed for our 37' 5th wheel it pulls it beautifully. No doubt your moose power ram will pull your rig easily down ( & up) the road. You'll be amazed at the power these newer diesel trucks can put out. I'm constantly impressed mile after mile.
Thanks for the info that's exactly what I keep hearing. The thing sure rides smooth being empty so towing 18k should ride like a Cadillac. LOL
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Hi mud yapster, You choose a good truck. You will like the pulling power. I Had a 98.5 Ram 3500 6.9 L, and it was a work horse. We used it for 17 years pulling 2 different 5th wheels. We had to upgrade in 2014 so we got a 2014 Ram Laramie Longhorn 3500 DRW Megacab Short bed 6.7 L 2x2 with Aisin tranny 4.10 rear end. Night and day difference in pulling. Our you familiar with site called TDR it's all things Ram Did you buy truck off the lot, was wondering why you didn't get a 4.10 rear end.3.73 is good but way more torque for the mountains. here's mine
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