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Old 05-06-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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What a difference a HEMI makes.....

Wow, what a difference in towing the new (to me) 2013 Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi makes over towing with the 2004 5.3L Avalanche my wife and I had! We figure, loaded out 28DBUD weighs in between 6700 and 6800 lbs. You can feel it when you get it going, but overall, no butt pucker factor.

The OEM brake controller is smooth and functioned great! I have it on Heavy electric with the gain set to about 3 and it seems about perfect.

While no one should ever take towing lightly, the overall experience of towing with an actual capable rig was dare I say, enjoyable?
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Old 05-06-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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It is amazing.. Those that argue their prius can do it don't know what they do not know.. Makes the trips SO much more enjoyable!

Congrats on the new ride.

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Old 05-06-2016, 08:31 AM   #3
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I have a GMC Yukon XL mostly for the needed passenger space and i like the SUV for traction(weight) (winter and hunting) and hunting gear inside the back end. Also not having a pickup deters people from asking to move stuff lol. But i wish it would tow better, more power and different gear ratio would be nice. Hope to upgrade in next year or so to something that will tow the camper better. guess i will stick to the white knuckles and buttpucker as you called it lol
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Old 05-06-2016, 08:37 AM   #4
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I have a GMC Yukon XL mostly for the needed passenger space and i like the SUV for traction(weight) (winter and hunting) and hunting gear inside the back end. Also not having a pickup deters people from asking to move stuff lol. But i wish it would tow better, more power and different gear ratio would be nice. Hope to upgrade in next year or so to something that will tow the camper better. guess i will stick to the white knuckles and buttpucker as you called it lol

The 5.3L's now are much more powerful than the early 2000's ones, but the whole truck just handles so much better than the Avalanche did. Plus I think the longer wheelbase helps a little bit. Either way, having more motor just makes it almost effortless.
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:10 AM   #5
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Our 2016 RAM 1500 with the 5.7 and 8spd trans is a powerhouse I pulled a 3 mile 6% grade last week and had the cruise set at the 55mph speed limit and it was wanting more.
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mine is a 2007 that i think is getting tired. Once my mechanic brother has a bit of free time we are going to due some tune ups that i hope helps a little. I haven't checked into it but recently found out this year/model has two different gear ratios, think mine is more for cruising that towing.

Always been a chevy/gmc guy but thinking about Toyota or Dodge pick up next time around. Plus kids are getting older and not always going with us, the passenger space soon wont be as needed. or we drive two vehicles.
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:35 AM   #7
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I just went from an 06 1/2 ton with the 5.7 to a 15 with the 6.4 hemi. HUGE difference in performance. That 6.4 is a beast!!!! Get 8 mph towing and 16 on the highway empty.


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I traded off my '04 Chevy with a 5.3L when I was pulling a 7k TT.. Hated towing that trailer with that truck... Course I upgraded to a Dodge 3/4 ton with a little 6 Cylinder in it though.... That towed much better :-)
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:50 AM   #9
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I would love to see what that 6.4L can do! But Ill take the 5.7L for now. If I ever get a beater and the 1500 is not my DD, can you say upgrade?
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The last time I looked the newer Suburban's/Yukon XL's could not be ordered with a 3:73 rear gear unless you stepped up to the 3/4 ton. That is why my friend went from a Suburban to an Expedition. It had the gears needed and she also needed the extra room inside. The engines were about the same. She noticed a difference especially with the trailer anti sway and built in brake controller which came with the tow package.
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