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Old 08-11-2014, 08:24 PM   #11
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Someone on the forums got a new diesel RAM and reported 27 mpg and 15 (to my 11) in tow mode....
This RAM 1500 option uses the Fiat 3.0 TurboDiesel & tows around 9,000 lbs. IMO that's a perfect match for someone who uses the TV as their daily driver & tows a hybrid or other TT with a low tongue weight. IMO the better mileage will help offset the higher cost of a new truck (& diesel).
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:58 PM   #12
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Ecoboost blows the doors off many a 3/4 ton for torque and HP. I towed with a 5.4 V8 and replaced it with V6 Ecoboost. I use the truck as a daily driver and it gets 14 litres per 100 km vs 18 litres per 100 km for the 5.4 V8.
Just came back from from a 3500 tow to Goshen and back. No issues at all keeping up or using dynamic braking to slow it down.

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Old 08-11-2014, 09:39 PM   #13
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That's a lot of money for a V-6 gasser. May owe it to yourself to drive a 3/4 ton diesel. If you are flexible on the options, it may be something to consider...


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Old 08-11-2014, 10:56 PM   #14
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Ecoboost with 3.55 or 3.73. Definitly the best choice out there. Good power band for towing. I would look for a tow package for the upgraded radiator and tranny cooler, but it isn't needed when not pushing the limits. Diesel or 2500+ trucks aren't worth it for under #8000 trailers. Newer 1500's are perfectly suited to tow that and be drivable around town. Plus why would you pay .50 cents + a gallon more for diesel.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:35 PM   #15
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I have 3.73 and towed my 9500 lb Rockwood at 62 mph or 100 kph just fine. Can go faster but that is unsafe for tires on the trailer. I did upgrade to LT tires and have no airbags/timbrens and only 1/2 inch lower than the front. With the lift kit installed last week on the Rockwood it is towing level.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:38 PM   #16
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You DEFINITELY need the 3.73 axel.
I visited the weight police at Goshen and plopped down my $60 for a detailed analysis. Good News: Our EcoBeast is "Just" Enough to yank what we own - well we are 350 lbs over but a weight adjustment will take care of that.

Bad News: If we want to upgrade, we will have to upgrade the TV as well.

Sooooo Based on this, suggest you consider a 250 or 350 series if you plan on upgrading anything in the near future
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:42 PM   #17
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Neither one. Start looking for a v8 or better yet a F250 with a 6.2.
You didn't say what you were planning to tow with your new truck.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:50 PM   #18
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Neither one. Start looking for a v8 or better yet a F250 with a 6.2.
You didn't say what you were planning to tow with your new truck.
Looks like he has a 2012 Rockwood roo 23ss. Eco boost is plenty of truck for it, I have a friend towing an 11000 lb 5er with one here on the east coast and doing fine in the blue ridge mountains with it. That said, I would not get an eco boost without the max tow/hd package. If you are upgrading to something bigger anytime soon, for that money you can get a decent 3/4 or 1 ton truck. When I was shopping this spring I found new 2013 ram 3500 diesel for $36k (base 4x4 model), New 2014 Chevy 3500 diesel (LT/midlevel trim 4x4) for low 40's (lower if your dealership screws up pricing like mine did). The deals are there if your not too picky. I had to give on color and heated seats but got everything else on my wish list. keep in mind that the above mentioned diesels are way more truck than you need for the roo but give you an option for a trailer upgrade.
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Neither one. Start looking for a v8 or better yet a F250 with a 6.2.
You didn't say what you were planning to tow with your new truck.
I would suggest you tow with a V6 Ecoboost. I have first hand experience on the same route, same trailer towing with a V8 and Ecoboost. Ecoboost beats the 5.4 Triton hands done. the V8 was screaming on the hills, the Ecoboost just grunts and digs in and climbs.
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Strange!

The VIN listed as an FX4 does have the 535 towing package, super cooling radiator and the integrated brake controller. However, that VIN also appears to be an XLT not an FX4. Dealer playing tricks maybe? So, this is either the wrong VIN or not an FX4 to start with.

Cannot accurately compare the Lariat without the VIN or full list of options.
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