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Old 08-13-2020, 09:10 AM   #1
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F-250 or Ram 2500 ride opinion

I have owned numerous Ford F 150, trading travel trailers and will need a 3/4 T. Pickup to pull new trailer. My last 3/4 ton was a 1988 7.3. So I have no experience with newer models. Which one of these two will offer a better ride when not pulling anything. Either one will be a gas, no diesel. All opinions welcome and appreciated.

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Old 08-13-2020, 09:18 AM   #2
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I cannot offer much on the Ford, other than My sons f-350 rides pretty nice for what it is, But my Previous 2016 Ram 2500 I had Rode very Nice. The Coil Spring Rear suspension helped it I believe. I was kinda surprsed at the ride for a Heavy Duty 3/4 ton. I came straight out of an f-150 into that 3/4 ton and it wasnt a horrible experience ride wise.
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:26 AM   #3
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I have owned numerous Ford F 150, trading travel trailers and will need a 3/4 T. Pickup to pull new trailer. My last 3/4 ton was a 1988 7.3. So I have no experience with newer models. Which one of these two will offer a better ride when not pulling anything. Either one will be a gas, no diesel. All opinions welcome and appreciated.

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I'm not wild about GM in any case.

I've driven and owned both the Ram and the Ford 3/4 ton.

The Ford is an excellent truck. Excellent. Downside is; it's big. It's wide, it's tall and it's long. And it's pricey. They are seriously proud of the Super Duty to the point that it's almost ridiculous.

I currently own a Ram 2500 CTD. Love it. If you don't want a diesel, I absolutely, positively understand that. The 6.4 Hemi is an excellent engine. It was designed from the grounf up to be a truck engine for the 2500.

Also, the Ram 2500 uses coil springs, which gives you a better ride.

If you want a diesel, the Cummins wins hands down. Nothing is as good as a Cummins in a P/U. Nothing.

Gasser? The 6.4 Hemi is a little dated technology-wise but it is a very, very good, rock solid engine. The 6.2 Ford is also an excellent engine. The 7.3L Gasser isn't worth what they're asking right now. Over-priced. Bigly.

Keep in mind, the automobile business, including trucks, is a Market-Based industry, not a cost-based industry, therefore they're gonna ask, and get, whatever they can. As is their right.

And it is your right to shop the competition.

The Ford is absolutely a good truck. No doubt about it. But, for the money, the Ram is a runaway winner, IMHO.

Shop hard. Shop.Really.Hard. And don't be afraid to drive some distance to get what you want for the money. Half the vehicles sold anymore are sold before the buyer sets foot on the Dealer Lot.
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:42 AM   #4
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:43 AM   #5
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That 6.4 Hemi will make you get acquainted with every gas station along the interstate. It loves to drink a LOT of gas.
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:53 AM   #6
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A 1/2 ton pickup rides like a car. A 3/4 ton pickup rides like a truck, but they still ride well enough that it shouldn't be a huge factor in deciding what truck to buy. I've been in all three newer 3/4 ton trucks and if you can tell a substantial ride comfort difference between any of them, your posterior is much more sensitive than mine.
I like the interiors of the GMs, I like the looks and features of the Rams but the interior is a little plain. I like Duramax and Cummins. I truly dislike the price tag and interior of Fords. Also it would be nice if Ford wouldn't change engines every few years.
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Old 08-13-2020, 10:03 AM   #7
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I have a Ford Super Duty and my friend just got a Ram 2500 (poor fella.....just kidding). Unfortunately I have to admit that the UNLOADED ride is better in the coil sprung 2500. His truck rides like less of a truck than mine. I think the coils just take up the minor road imperfections better. Both our trucks are similarly equipped diesels. So it is an apples to apples comparison. They both weigh about the same.
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Old 08-13-2020, 10:24 AM   #8
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not sure where you live, but here in CT, you can rent both the dodge and the ford 2500s at enterprise TRuck rental.

Might be worth renting both for a day or two on back to back days and see what you like better.

My opinion is the dodge drives significantly smoother unloaded.
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Old 08-13-2020, 11:21 AM   #9
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That 6.4 Hemi will make you get acquainted with every gas station along the interstate. It loves to drink a LOT of gas.
The One I had returned 19-20 MPG at times, not bad I thought?
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Ram 2500 with 6.4

I will add that the 6.4 is prone to make odd noises and tick an smoke from time to time during startup... Mine was kinda embarassing to start around frinds with much older trucks and quadruple the mileage..Tick, tick, tick, smoke, smoke. Wouldnt do it every time but apparently it wasnt that rare because many posters on ram truck forums complained about the same thing. BUT the Motor is a solid performer.
The Biggest drawback to the the 6.4 Hemi in the 2500 was the transmission. The newer one has the 8 speed.. Older one has the 6 speeed.
6 speed bad-8 speed good. 6 speed was haunted by unrealistically tall gearing and a large gap between 1st and 2nd, the 8 speed (from what I have read) is worlds better with closer gear ratios to get you moving easier.

If for some reason you ever decide diesel, The experince between myself with a Cummins and my son with a powerstroke, is that the powerstroke is more reliable and less troublesome.
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The One I had returned 19-20 MPG at times, not bad I thought?
Nope, that is great! Now what is it while towing
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From a wife's point of view on this subject and just recently being in the market for a new truck ourselves having upgraded from a travel trailer to a fifth wheeler I can without a doubt tell you the Ford depending on the model and how much you pay is by far the most comfortable out of the two. We have the Ford F-350 FX4 diesel and I am often required to ride in the backseat as my older son is over 6 ft tall and well let's face it just thinks he's a big shot and wants to ride shotgun. The Ford F-350 and we had the F-250 prior are so much more comfortable than the dodge. I have plenty of leg room even though he's in front of me and when I have the backseat filled, two kids, myself and a dog on a 15 hour road trip I need to be comfortable. I love our Ford.
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Old 08-13-2020, 01:41 PM   #13
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F250 has leaf springs.. 2500 Ram has coil springs.. ride is much better in 2500.. my 2 cents.. and my 2500 does pretty well on gas.. towing 6500 TT I get 10 MPG
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Also it would be nice if Ford wouldn't change engines every few years

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Nope, that is great! Now what is it while towing
32 I believe!
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32 I believe!
Whatcha pulling, a toothpick you tied to the hitch? Wait, maybe that is after the string breaks.
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Which 3/4 ton to buy

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That 6.4 Hemi will make you get acquainted with every gas station along the interstate. It loves to drink a LOT of gas.
So what truck is not married to a fuel station ,gas or diesel a heavy duty truck is for working it is not car
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Old 08-13-2020, 02:19 PM   #18
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All the different opinions are interesting. I found our '17 Ram 2500 CCSB with factory rear air suspension to ride worse than an older Ram 3500 CCSB we test drove. Even our fairly base model '18 F350 CCLB's at work rode better before I switched out the rear shocks for adjustable Ranchos. Just waiting for some free time to change out the front shocks next. The Fords tend to have a better payload due to the lighter aluminum body.
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IMO I can go almost twice as far with my Diesel when towing. I'd say I'm still married to the gas station but we're less intimate than we were in the past... LOL.
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I have a 2015 Ram 3500 SRW ,but have freinds with 2500,2016. And 2018 and they both ride very nice. My one freind moved up to 2018 3500 with suspension hands down a great ride and excellant if you have TT raise and lower hitch up.
Mine is a 6 speed,and 3.42 rear 37ft 5th wheel gets 12.5 to a high of 14 depending on terrain and direction of tow.
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