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Old 08-27-2014, 10:15 PM   #11
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"...ease of towing with the 2500 is night and day..."
I feel like I have complete control now.
Ditto!
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:21 PM   #12
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I would not be worried about MPG's. You know the saying "if you have to ask you can't afford it". The larger brakes on a 3/4 or 1 ton are worth the upgrade. I have F150 Raptor and a new F350. Even with small trailers I can not believe how much better the braking and load handling are on the F350.


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Old 08-27-2014, 10:25 PM   #13
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I get around 21 - 23 MPG unloaded freeway, around 16 - 18 MPG unloaded around town and I get between 12 - 14 MPG while towing. This is with a 12 F250 with the 6.7L Diesel
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:25 PM   #14
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what confuses me is my 3/4 ton is working less hard than the 1/2 was, rpm's are much lower...same rear end diff, I just assumed it would be as good or better than the 1/2 when towing...but I guess different motor, different transmission causes the difference.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:04 PM   #15
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DITTO with Twisty....

2007 Dodge RAM 2500 6.7L Diesel w/Air Brake
18-20 no tow
11-14 w/tow (AS TT 6000 lbs. )

350 hp/ 650 Torque

Need I say more ?
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:37 AM   #16
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I think some of you are missing the point. I now have a RAM 1500 pulling a 6000 pound 5th wheel. I'm thinking of buying a RAM 2500 with the same engine, trans, and almost rear end. Will my gas mileage increase or decrease? The truck will be working less. I'm not concerned with braking or handling as I am pleased with the 1500. I'm asking whether my gas mileage will go up or down?
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:44 AM   #17
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Working less? If it's the same engine, and the same trans, and the same rear-diff, but in a heavier vehicle then wouldn't it naturally be working more?




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Old 08-28-2014, 08:56 AM   #18
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Same engine, same trans and heavier vehicle=less mpg assuming gear ratios are also the same.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:58 AM   #19
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I think some of you are missing the point. I now have a RAM 1500 pulling a 6000 pound 5th wheel. I'm thinking of buying a RAM 2500 with the same engine, trans, and almost rear end. Will my gas mileage increase or decrease? The truck will be working less. I'm not concerned with braking or handling as I am pleased with the 1500. I'm asking whether my gas mileage will go up or down?

From what I read in what most people are saying is that not to expect improved mileage from going to 3/4 from 1/2 ton. My experience is moving from a 1/2 ton dodge like yours with the same gear ratio to a Ford f250 3/4 ton diesel did not show any improvement in mileage. The difference is the power on the hills. I was also happy with the braking on the RAM, but the brakes didn't not last too long stopping all that weight. I also tow a similar fifth wheel to yours. I bought the 3/4 ton because I thought I may want to getter a bigger fifth wheel, but for now I've decided to stay with the same trailer. If I had my time back, I may not have traded my RAM.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:11 AM   #20
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I think some of you are missing the point. I now have a RAM 1500 pulling a 6000 pound 5th wheel. I'm thinking of buying a RAM 2500 with the same engine, trans, and almost rear end. Will my gas mileage increase or decrease? The truck will be working less. I'm not concerned with braking or handling as I am pleased with the 1500. I'm asking whether my gas mileage will go up or down?
You say almost the same rear end gearing...it'll be higher in the 2500 to be able to have the same or higher towing capacity than the 1500. Expect the fuel mileage to be slightly lower while towing and significantly lower when not towing due the gearing (engine rpm) and the extra weight.

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