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Old 06-05-2015, 10:08 AM   #21
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You need to look at the energy content of any fuel before you decide on using what pick-up to buy.


So say unlead regular gas equals 125,000 BTUs/US gallon and is what is used as the baseline for comparison of fuel energy content.


Diesel fuel equals 138,700 BTU's/US gallon. So it takes less fuel to do the same work as a gas engine. So to me it is a no brainer on what to buy.


We have two diesel vehicles; my Ram 6.7L Cummins the TV and the wife's VW TDI for every day driving.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:23 AM   #22
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Do you care about performance? The diesel at over 8 seconds to 60 is quite slow compared to the gas engine trucks. F150 is around 6 seconds.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:24 AM   #23
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Do you care about performance? The diesel at over 8 seconds to 60 is quite slow compared to the gas engine trucks. F150 is around 6 seconds.

Easily made up as you pass the F150 at the next gas station.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:46 AM   #24
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Easily made up as you pass the F150 at the next gas station.
You'll need a bathroom break by then anyway. And good luck with that line of thinking when trying to merge into traffic on an on-ramp. Back on topic, though. Either will work for towing your rig. Buy the one you like best. With that being said, I kind of agree with the comments about letting some of the bugs get worked out on the diesel. I know there are some videos on Youtube describing some of the issues they've been having. Some are posted by a Ram mechanic.
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You'll need a bathroom break by then anyway. And good luck with that line of thinking when trying to merge into traffic on an on-ramp. Back on topic, though. Either will work for towing your rig. Buy the one you like best. With that being said, I kind of agree with the comments about letting some of the bugs get worked out on the diesel. I know there are some videos on Youtube describing some of the issues they've been having. Some are posted by a Ram mechanic.

I've been quite surprised by the capability of my baby diesel, merging is no issue. It's mostly due to the 8spd tranny keeping the engine working in its max power band.

I'm not sure why, but by all accounts of people at the 1500 diesel forum, these trucks seem to by rated very conservatively. Mine has 7850 listed as towing max, and I won't go above the that, but I'm sure the truck could with little problem.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:35 PM   #26
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Go for the diesel
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:56 PM   #27
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I've decided on the RAM 1500 Quad Diesel with 3.55 gears with anti slip diff. Tow package included with tow mirrors. I test drove one and it was a great ride. I am in the process of negotiating with dealer to order it with delivery in August. Payload 1600 and trailer cap is 7950. Next step will be ordering a Rockwood minilite 2503S in January for delivery in March-April. Thanks for all the feedback.
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:25 PM   #28
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Which vehicle

My wife and I are using a RAM 1500 Hemi Quad cab with 3.55 rear towing 35ft coachmen freedom express around 7500lbs loaded with no problems.
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jd48, do you use airbags to level the truck due to the tongue weight.
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jd48, I forgot to ask. Do you have LT tires and which hitch are you using.
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