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Old 11-25-2020, 02:55 PM   #1
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I am thinking about replacing my Ram 2500 with a 2021 Ram 3500 Diesel HO.
Does anyone have any comments or suggestions? I have a Columbus 5th. wheel. It is 42 feet and weighs about 13,000 empty.
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Old 11-25-2020, 03:15 PM   #2
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I pulled a 18000 lb 5ver with a RAM 3500 dually. It pulled like a dream. Suggest that you get the Asian transmission and 4.10 rear end. I loved that truck. Sold it when we got the motorhome. I'm a dually fan but I'm not sure you need it, but close.
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Old 11-25-2020, 04:24 PM   #3
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Should do you well. They've updated the fuel pump so hopefully you have no issues with that. All of the big 3 (and other manufacturers) had issues with the CP4 pump when it came out to replace the CP3. Then it turned into the CP4.2 and it's been updated again.
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I am pulling 19K plus with my 2018 Ram Dually long box HO, Aisen and 410’s.
Absolutely no issues in more than 40K miles towing. Average 9.8 mpg towing and 17 mpg empty.

I bet the 2021 will be a sweet truck.

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Old 11-26-2020, 08:33 AM   #5
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I have a '19 RAM 3500 SRW with the HO. My thought is you are right on the line with what I would guess your trailer gross weight is, between the HO, and the regular engine. The stock will have no problem pulling, along with the regular tranny. The HO is about 2-3 mpg less unloaded, and the AISIN isn't the smoothest. The 3.73 gearing will handle the pulling just fine, but if it is a DRW, than I would opt for the 4.10. The revised fuel pump just introduced is too new to know if it is anymore (un)reliable or not than the one it replaced.

I bought the HO, because I wanted it. If I were to buy another one, I would not get the HO, unless I was pulling 18K+ lbs.

My truck is stock, and the best is 17 mpg highway unloaded, about 11 mph currently pulling a 10K lb TT. Upgrading to a 15K lb 5th in the near future.

One more thing, if you get the long bed, you have the option for the 50 gallon fuel tank.
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Old 11-26-2020, 01:38 PM   #6
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I have a 2018 Tradesman Pulling my 2018 Wildcat just over 12 unloaded been a great combo. The 2021 has more torque and HP I enjoy my drive time pulling you should too.
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Old 11-28-2020, 01:58 PM   #7
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I am thinking about replacing my Ram 2500 with a 2021 Ram 3500 Diesel HO.
Does anyone have any comments or suggestions? I have a Columbus 5th. wheel. It is 42 feet and weighs about 13,000 empty.
If it's an HO, it comes with the Aisin.

You didn't say 'why' you want to replace what you've got? Because of the best reason in the world, "Because I want to" or -- What.

SRW or DRW, it'll do the job. No doubt about it. Those things pull like a freight train.

DRW gives you more stability and more carrying power, but is a liability on the road when unhooked. I hate 'em. Not really. 'Hate' is too strong a word. They're really fun but after a while, they can get on your nerves. And unless your wife is a born and raised Farm Girl, forget sending her to the store with it. It's a lot of truck.

Whatever you decide, good luck. That Cummins is hard to beat. They sell more street diesels than anybody else in the world for a reason.
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Old 11-29-2020, 10:31 AM   #8
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Ok so was cleaning trailer out after out Thanksgiving trip, no worries just me the wife daughter enjoying camp fire and great outdoors. Any way found two previous weight tickets I had mostly out of curiosity. The first was taken on return trip from Yellowstone with same trailer except with my 2016 F-350 4x4 SWD. I think the tanks were empty but obviously I was loaded for the trip. The second was with my 2018 Ram DW 4x4 with I believe 3:73 gears. It was taken when I pulled the trailer out of storage and other than bedding, dishes and other things that stay in trailer it was empty. Since we were headed to Pikes Peak, Estes Park with a few days of dry camping mixed in. I filled the fresh water tank added two 55 pound generators and a few extra tools to the truck plus clothes food ect. Truck and trailer did great Click image for larger version

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