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Old 04-07-2015, 07:13 AM
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New Ram 3/4 Ton Tradesmen

I am looking at replacing my work truck that I also use as a tow vehicle. I currently have a 2011 Silverado 1/2 ton and I would really like to upgrade to a 3/4 ton. Not so much to haul the boat but because I may start pulling an enclosed trailer for work and the ultimate goal is to buy a tow behind camper in the next two years.

I have had Chevy, Dodge, and Ford before and like them all but I have been interested in the pricing on the new RAM 3/4 Tradesmen Truck. They seem to give a lot value for their price.
I am looking at a gas motor. They offer a 5.7 and also a 6.4 now. I wanted to check and see if anyone on here is running one of these and how they liked it. Any recommendation to the 6.4 over the 5.7?

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Old 04-07-2015, 07:23 AM
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Go Cummins and you'll never look back, not sure on the newer ones but I know on the older diesels got way better fuel mileage. Not to mention it wouldn't notice an enclosed trailer, camper, or boat behind it. Heck, put all three behind it at the same time
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:42 AM
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I don't know if the Diesel is in the budget this time around or I think I would consider it.
I have had only one diesel box van and it was a nightmare with repairs. But it was a Chevy pre-duramax
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:02 AM
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My neighbor had a v-10 in a Ford 350 pulling a 5th wheel, and then upgraded to a diesel 350. Night and day. If your pulling big trailers long distance which would included hills, you gotta go diesel. IMO
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I don't plan on getting anything that crazy in regards to the trailers.

No 5th wheel or car trailer. We looked at a 28 foot camper at the camping show this year and for work we were looking to buy a 14' or possibly 16' enclosed V front trailer for smaller deliveries and picking up material here and there.
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I have been running Dodge with Cummins diesels since 1991, and have never considered anything else for my pickup truck needs. It sits the majority of the time during the week, but weekends it's usually heading all over Texas, frequently with a variety of sizes of trailers/loads. I ran the Chevy 6.2 and later 6.5 Turbo but those don't even come close to comparing with the Cummins (or any of the later big 3 diesels for that matter). I can run highway empty and get around 19 mpg or hook on the boat or 22' gooseneck with tractor (~13k load) and run highway getting in the 12-14 mpg range (w/boat usually 15-15.5 mpg). The maintenance other than oil/filter/fuel is minimal (or has been with the 9 we have owned, almost 2 million miles and counting) other than normal wear parts (brakes, belts, batteries, tires). I have a commuter car for to/from work but when I need to tow, it usually requires 3/4 ton or 1 ton is why I keep the truck parked. I average about 30k miles on the commuter car and 30-40k miles on the truck annually. My brother bought a 3/4 2wd Dodge hemi (not sure engine but think 5.7?) to pull his camper trailer (recently bought 5th wheel) and he is not very pleased with the 8-9 mpg towing but gets 17-18 highway empty with a light foot. The big plus on the diesel is torque and better fuel economy for towing.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:32 AM
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I don't plan on getting anything that crazy in regards to the trailers.

No 5th wheel or car trailer. We looked at a 28 foot camper at the camping show this year and for work we were looking to buy a 14' or possibly 16' enclosed V front trailer for smaller deliveries and picking up material here and there.
Ahh, you say that now kemo-sabe, which is the perfect starter camper. I guess when you move up to the bigger trailer/camper, you can upgrade the truck as well..

3/4 Ton would be a good starter. IMO Wish I could help you with the Ram question.....
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3/4 Gas Rams are being advertised here around 33k-35k. This is the tradesmen edition. Has power windows, lock, back up camera.

The 3/4 Diesel Trucks are 40k and up. That is a little more than I think I will be wanting to pay right now.
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Old 04-07-2015, 02:40 PM
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I have an 07 3/4t Ram with a 5.7 in it. 4.10 gears and a 5 speed auto. I have no problem with my 9.5' camper in the back and my 205 behind me.

I average 10mpg loaded up and 15 empty on the highway

The difference in fuel $$ to go to a diesel is justified for me. I only drive 10k miles a year.

The new Rams have more HP/Torque than mine and get better fuel economy with the VVT as far as I know too.
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I am getting around 15 right now in my 1/2 ton 5.3 Chevy. I figure as long as I don't get worse I will be okay. I don't think I have diesel in my budget this time around nor do I want to drive around looking for fuel when I have to travel back roads for work.
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