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Old 06-04-2015, 02:17 PM   #1
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Which Truck would you choose?

Two trucks to choose from:
RAM 1500 Crew Cab Hemi, 3.9 axle vs the RAM Quad cab Diesel V6, axle 3.55 both have similar tow ratings(approximately 1600 lbs payload and 8,000lbs trailer). They have the same options while the diesel costs $1500 more

The trailer is the Rockwood minilte 2503 S approx 750 tongue weight. It has max weight at 6500lbs, but I will probably load it to only 5600 lbs

I understand one has more room inside, but I would like to know which one you would prefer for towing and all around driving. I would tow approximately 15% of the time. It is just me and my wife.

Are tow mirrors a total necessary. They both have them, but I passed up other vehicles that didnít have them

Which would you chose
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:24 PM   #2
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I have a Ram Ecodiesel and a 2502 Mini Lite... it tows pretty sweet and I get 25+ mpg daily driving.

That truck is a great towing machine up to 7000# but you have to watch the payload. Mine is 1450# which is fine for our size trailer.

The Hemi is a good choice, too, but will get nowhere near the mileage. My truck gets 14mpg towing, the Hemi will get 9 to 10. That diesel motor is super smooth and the 420 foot pounds of torque keep RPMs low.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:26 PM   #3
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The Hemi with the 3.92 should have a tow rating around 10000 lbs. for payload you really need to say what options you are getting. My 2013 quad cab with ram boxes only has 1100 lbs per the sticker on the door jam. The Diesel really depends on how much driving you do as they are around $4000 more. You would need to see how long it will take to get you money back. Towing my Vibe (smaller trailer than yours) I get 12 to 13 MPG towing
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Hard to say. I just bought the Hemi as shown in my signature line. I wanted a 4x4 for snow and off-road driving in the future when I relocate north.

I wanted the eco-Diesel but it wasn't available with 4x4 in my area for price point I wanted. I prefer the better mileage. But, I also wonder about costs because diesel is quite a bit more at the pump. I figure in the end, maybe its a wash? I don't know.

Either way, if you can afford it all things being equal, I'd go diesel. But, as a 2015 owner of the 1500 4x4 Hemi, I have no regrets. Quiet, powerful and rides carlike. Love it.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:47 PM   #5
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Hard to say. I just bought the Hemi as shown in my signature line. I wanted a 4x4 for snow and off-road driving in the future when I relocate north.

I wanted the eco-Diesel but it wasn't available with 4x4 in my area for price point I wanted. I prefer the better mileage. But, I also wonder about costs because diesel is quite a bit more at the pump. I figure in the end, maybe its a wash? I don't know.

Either way, if you can afford it all things being equal, I'd go diesel. But, as a 2015 owner of the 1500 4x4 Hemi, I have no regrets. Quiet, powerful and rides carlike. Love it.
Where are you buying your gas at. Here in IL diesel is anywhere from $0.25 to $0.30 a gallon cheaper. Check out Gas buddy. com. I filled up my Ram 6.7L Cummins yesterday morning for $2.73 a gallon and the wife went and filled up her Jetta TDI in the afternoon $2.68 at the same station. Go Figure!!!
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If it were me for personal choice I would go diesel. I would do it for the daily mileage gains and here is why.......

You say that there is a $1500 dollar difference, the current gas price in my neck of the woods is 2.80 and diesel is 2.70 (I live in SLC Utah). If you go to Fuel Cost Comparison Calculator you can add in the numbers, but in the hemi it is advertised as 22 highway and the eco is 29 highway, as the calculator states even if gas prices flip to normal (in my area diesel is cheaper) you will save at a minimum of 400 a year on fuel if you go diesel, if the prices stay the same you will save 500 a year with the diesel, for being an initial 1500 more at time of purchase you will gain that back in approx 3-4 years.

I have owned a Hemi and I had nothing against it, I now own the 6.7 and love it. I just prefer diesel and I do not care what anyone tells me I will always love diesel. The choice is yours and this is just my opinion. I am sure you will love whatever you get because it is most likely an upgrade no matter which one you pick.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:05 PM   #7
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Where are you buying your gas at. Here in IL diesel is anywhere from $0.25 to $0.30 a gallon cheaper. Check out Gas buddy. com. I filled up my Ram 6.7L Cummins yesterday morning for $2.73 a gallon and the wife went and filled up her Jetta TDI in the afternoon $2.68 at the same station. Go Figure!!!
Here in Houston and looking at my Gas Buddy app right now, I buy regular unleaded. Price point seems to be about $2.39/gal for regular unleaded. Diesel is about $2.69/gal so about .30 more per gallon. A short while back, there was even greater disparity to the tune of about .50 per gallon diff.
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BTW... OP didn't mention if these were new trucks. If the Hemi doesn't have the 8 spd tranny, it will be much worse on fuel, and towing will be at significantly higher RPMs.
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I don't know what your day-to-day driving is like (city only vs commute), but I would still lean toward the diesel. Even for the limited towing you'll appreciate having it, and as long as you let it stretch it's legs a bit for a Sunday afternoon drive it should keep it fairly happy.

If you're the type that likes to "turn-over" their vehicles every few years or 85% of your driving is low speed stop and go traffic I would reconsider the hemi. If you're in for the long haul you'll be picking up a whole heck of a lot more truck with the diesel.

It seems like gassers always argue the inital price hike and subsequent maintenance costs aren't worth going diesel, but all things considered... they'll be shopping for their next gasser by the time my rigs just getting broken in proper.
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The trucks are both 2015 new with 8 speed transmissions. One of my main concerns was the 3.55 axle with the diesel. I wish I could get the 3.9 axle, but it would be too expensive with all the other options they order them with.
LandJ what is your axle size
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