I whole heartedly agree with other posters about getting a 1 ton. The cost between 3/4 to 1 ton is minimal. Engines is another story.
I have a 2015 1 ton, RAM Cummins, Crew-cab, 4x4, Long-bed.
Empty and not towing anything I get:
- 21 mpg on the highway.
- 16.5/17 mpg in town
My last trip towing my 11,000lb fifth Wheel, I drove 400 miles, with no wind, climbing from 1000' to over 8000', I got 12.4mpg. That included climbing a LONG 8% grade at 65mph, at 1800-2000rpm.
On the return trip, same road, I had 20-30 knot headwind and got 11.5 mpg.
IMHO, diesel is the way to go. I must add that this is my first diesel vehicle and so far,
I LOVE IT!