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Old 11-14-2015, 06:40 AM   #1
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Just got a new tow vehicle

Just bought a Dodge Ram 1500 Big Horn crew cab 4x4, my poor Dodge Dakota could take it anymore it was over it capacity. The new truck has so much power i am almost scarred of it. My camping season is over this everything is put away for the winter. So i have to wait till next season to see how well it pull my Solaire 190x

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Old 11-14-2015, 07:18 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new TV. Got some pics you can show?

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Old 11-14-2015, 08:07 AM   #3
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Our V6 Dakota managed the old Hybrid....barely....was looking for a Ram but a Chevy for a deal landed in our lap. Son just got a 08 Ram 4 door and loves it.
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Old 11-14-2015, 06:11 PM   #4
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Which engine did you get? V6, Hemi or Ecodiesel?
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Old 11-14-2015, 06:21 PM   #5
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Congratulations on the new toy, off season will be a good time for you to put some miles on it prior to towing your TT.

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Old 11-14-2015, 06:58 PM   #6
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Old 11-14-2015, 08:45 PM   #7
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it a 5.7 hemi I would have liked to have the 3.6 l penstar for the fuel mileage, but i was worried it would not have enough power to pull with. The 3.6 l pestar has almost the same a little more horsepower than the the old 4.7 v8 motor but just little less torque. the ecodiesel is powerful enough, but when i calculated the annual mileage i do it would take over five years for it to be profitable, and that is without calculating the interest on the cost of the diesel the higher expense of maintenance the diesel exhaust fluid. Another worry i had was the cold winter for starting. So after factoring everything i went with the tried and tested 5.7 liter Hemi. It has the muti-displacement cylinders so when you do not all 8 cylinders it runs on 4 it also has the 8 speed transmission. MY jeep compass was averaging 22.5 mpg 10.5 liters per 100km my truck i am getting 17.7 mpg 13.7 liters per 100km.
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:40 PM   #8
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Great looking truck. Congrats! I like the bed cover too. You will have plenty of power with the Hemi for your trailer. The truck rides really smooth with the rear coil springs but you lose just a little on payload. I had a 2011 with the Hemi and loved it but only got about 15 mpg and only 8 towing my trailer. Now have the ecodiesel and averaging 27 mpg and 15 towing. I live in California and diesel is a $1 less per gallon then unleaded and I drive 30,000 miles a year so the diesel option pays for itself in 2 years in my case. You will love the truck! It will pull your trailer with ease. Congrats again!
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:25 AM   #9
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Great choice for a tow vehicle. I may be a tad partial since I have one just like it, but based on 2 years experience pulling a Shamrock 23ikss, I think you will share my opinion. I briefly entertained trading it for the eco diesel but in Indiana fuel is 50 cents to a buck more expensive than reg gas. The math didn't add up. That's ok. Very happy with mine.
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