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Old 07-12-2012, 02:23 PM   #11
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Went from an 04 Ram 1500 Laramie to an 08 Ram 2500 megacab Laramie 4x4 hemi and i really would love to get rid of it and buy a 2012 ECO Boost F150 max payload/maxtow as it is rated to tow more and won't try and knock our teeth out doing it. Our V-Vite weighs in at a max of 8800+ lbs. I would miss the room in the cab but we are going to tough out life with the Dodge as I am tired of getting raped by car manufacturers and I do like the looks of the Dodge. For the 3 weeks out of a year that we would be towing the trailer a diesel is a waste of money and a PIA in the winter with our -30 or so temps.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:42 PM   #12
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We had a 27' Flagstaff TT that I towed with an '05 F150. The F150 towed it extremely well and I never had any issues with it.

Last year we upgraded to a fifth wheel which necessitated buying my F250. The new truck tows the new fiver (about twice the weight) even better than the F150 did the old TT. I'm amazed at how relaxing it is to drive this thing. Part is due to the fiver instead of TT I'm sure, but the power and chassis of the 3/4 ton makes it the tow vehicle of choice for me.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:47 PM   #13
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2001 Ram 1500 was not offered with a Hemi it was a 5.9 (360 cubic inch) motor. The Hemi was introduced in 2002 and makes another 100 horsepower. Also the '05 Cummins diesel in the ram is a 5.9 litre straight six (turbo charged). As for you wondering about second guessing a 3500 don't even worry. That 2500 is identical in every way shape and form to a 3500 the only difference is the amount of leaves in the rear spring pack. Put a set of air bags or add helper springs and you have a 3500. I make this statement with absolute certainty. I am currently looking at upgrading my Ram 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton diesel so I will watch this thread intently.
You are correct, my mistake, I'm not a car/truck guy, I'm and IT person. I just know it was the big v8. And I'm sorry about the .1 liter round up.

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Old 07-12-2012, 05:56 PM   #14
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I tow an 8000 lb travel trailer with a Toyota Tundra (1/2 ton). The truck has no problem towing and the gross weight is within limits. It is difficult however to not exceed the truck rear axle weight rating. I never hear anyone discuss hitch weight and that is probably the biggest weakness of using a 1/2 ton truck. Though the tt is a light model and touted as 1/2 ton towable, I really need a 3/4. Upgrading springs, etc., per some dealers recommendations doesn't solve problem of overloading the axle components and the rest of the drivetrain.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:48 PM   #15
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Have a Cherokee 26L empty weighs 6100 lbs, loaded ready to camp it weighs 7200 lbs. Tried towing several times with a 2003 1500 Ram with Hemi and it could pull it on flat roads but struggled with hills and wind. Installed Timbrens and it help some but not enough to get rid of the white knuckles and stop the weary feeling on rough roads. Braking was an adventure so I upgraded to a Maxbrake BC. Finally realized all the upgrades was not going to help my towing experience. Upgraded to a 2008 2500 QC diesel and have not had the weary feeling but still was not comfortable so I went and reweighed everything and found the E2 WDH with 800/8,000 rating was short of handling the 1,060 tongue weight. Upgraded to 4-point equalizer with 1,200/12,000 rating and the trips are now relaxed!

Could the 1500 handled the TT better with the new hitch, maybe, but I was over capacities as I found out.

Bigger truck helped but knowing your actual weights and how to load is the real nugget. Miss the Hemi but the Cummins is a beast!

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:09 PM   #16
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Went from pulling our 2012 Rockwood Signature 8281ss with a 2008 Nissan Titan with Big Tow package and a gooseneck hitch to recently purchasing a 2011 Ram 3500 Cummins HO diesel. With upcoming trips to the Smokies and beyond, I feel a lot safer towing by being under max towing capacities. And as a bonus, the ride is MUCH better!
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:48 PM   #17
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Went from an 04 Ram 1500 Laramie to an 08 Ram 2500 megacab Laramie 4x4 hemi and i really would love to get rid of it and buy a 2012 ECO Boost F150 max payload/maxtow as it is rated to tow more and won't try and knock our teeth out doing it. Our V-Vite weighs in at a max of 8800+ lbs. I would miss the room in the cab but we are going to tough out life with the Dodge as I am tired of getting raped by car manufacturers and I do like the looks of the Dodge. For the 3 weeks out of a year that we would be towing the trailer a diesel is a waste of money and a PIA in the winter with our -30 or so temps.
Most say the Hemi is way underpowered in a Megacab (just shy of 6,600 lbs) as it weighs in about 500 lbs more than a quadcab 2500. It is an awesome truck tons of room out back but The Cummins make for a much better fit in that chassis.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:23 PM   #18
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towing 5th wheel with 1/2 ton but plan on upgrading in a couple (or more) years to 3/4 ton. Have to make due for now.
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We bought our 2006 Flagstaff 831FKSS when we owned our 2001 Dodge 1500. I towed it twice and didn't like the sound the Hemi made trying to climb small grades. I was within my limits, but I was only getting between 6-9 mpg towing and it was only an extended cab. Since the family and I planned on doing a lot of camping and doing some longer trips we felt we should upgrade.

We got a 2005 Dodge 2500 6.0l Diesel (based on some recommendations from my machanic and brother). I've loved every minute of it. I almost forget the camper is behind while towing. I'm getting 19-22mpg day to day and 13 - 16 mpg while towing.

I'm very glad I made the switch. The only concern I have is that I want to upgrade to a Toy hauler 5er and I'm worried that I maybe should have gotten the 3500.

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Almost the same exact story here. Loved my 2007 Dodge 1500 4X4 Crew. Just had no more head room for weight and gutless on hills. Now have a 2006 Dodge 2500 4X4 Crew with a 5.9 Cummins. Used as a daily driver and get better fuel mileage then Hemi. I wanted the same truck as the 1/2 ton just in a 3/4.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:27 AM   #20
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Most say the Hemi is way underpowered in a Megacab (just shy of 6,600 lbs) as it weighs in about 500 lbs more than a quadcab 2500. It is an awesome truck tons of room out back but The Cummins make for a much better fit in that chassis.

I have no complaints about the power (we only have 3.73's as well)and well you can use the back seat as a camper of it's own. We just really hate the ride (A Carli Pro 2.0 suspension would fix that for 3K). We have had 3000lb of water in the box when I used to have a turtle tank and it just barely sags the rear suspension.
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