This is going to be interesting.
Indeed it could be.
But please do remember that although specifications are different (IE horsepower, torque, whatever) between the two vehicles, it is not always those differences that jump out and grab the operators attention.
For example, my 2011 Ford 6.7L is what, 390 or 400 horsepower.
The 2003 Chevy Duramax I previously owned was 300 horsepower.
Now both vehicles were/are in crew cab dually configuration and both have/had the 3:73 rear axle ratio.
But I tell you, that Chevy was a rocket off the line compared to my current Ford.
LOL, childish, maybe, but I loved beating folks away from a stop light with that Chevy. Really quick off the line.
My Ford is not that quick, at all. Despite having almost 100 horsepower more than the Chevy.
The Ford is a heavier vehicle, not sure of exact figures here since I have forgotten the exact weight of the Chevy, but I am guessing in the neighborhood of at least 300 pounds heavier.
Both vehicles were also four wheel drive.
Lets see what Ricatic has noticed.
Probably all the torque management keeping you from tearing up your transmission with that 800 ft/lbs of torque when you stomp on it at a stop light. LOL
Not harsh at all, so don't fret none about that.
I just hope you don't have any problems sleeping at night for the next few weeks. It is tough to snooze when one has that big a smile on your face!
LOL, enjoy !
I am fretting now, I wanted to take the truck to work with me tomorrow. I work on a drilling rig in north Dakota for a few days. Lots of gravel roads and such. but my mud flaps aren't in yet.... I was still gonna take the new dually but found a rock chip on the dually fender when I was washing it today. So I am going to leave it behind and take the wifes Raptor since it has flaps on it. I absolutely hate rock chips.
Um, ah ???????
Aren't you supposed to put some 500 miles on a vehicle BEFORE towing??????
Of course, I could be reading this all wrong. I'm just assuming you just got it new at the dealer and hooked up/towed immediately.
Whatever, it is a great looking combination you have there.
It was a dealer trade so it had 178 miles on it when purchased (drove from a dealership in Wyoming to Billings, MT)' then about another 50 from the wife and I cruising around. Close enough for me. My last Ram I had I bought with 8 miles on it and hitched up right away. Who reads the manual anyways?
Edit- sorry if the above sounds a little harsh. Yes, for the rear end gears I know. I also am into some motor sports and we put new gears in and track the cars right away. Engine wise.....well I would rather drive it like I stole it from the get go. I break in all my engines the same. By flogging them.....especially two strokes.
I'm interested to hear a towing report comparing the old Ford vs. the new RAM.
Okay, not a lot of towing with the new ram....but here goes. The mileage towing with the Ford (exact same load as we traded during our trip).... ford got 1 MPG better towing and the Ford mileage was through the Rockies and the Ram towed on fairly flat land....so the Ford mileage may be even better, but it was broken in also. The Ford pulls harder.....maybe not from a dead stop, but once things are rolling there is no comparison....the Ford has way more pull and that's even with the Ford having 3.55 gears. Unloaded ride, Ram wins....loaded, the Ford rides better but I have not adjusted my setup on my TT hitch and it rides nose high right now. Seating comfort is a toss up....very similar to me. Ammenities.....ford wins. Power extending and power folding and plain better mirrors on the Ford as well.
To be totally truthful....and I am a diehard Ram/Dodge/Mopar guy......I feel like I downgraded in trucks in performance other than exhaust brake. I forgot to mention the Ram exhaust brake is much better! The Ford transmission seems better which is funny, because when I traded my 2010 Ram for the Ford I liked the Ram trans better.....perhaps the Ram trans still has some learning to do.
Looks wise, the Ram wins. To me it is hands down the best looking truck on the market. The Alcoas, the dually fenders, the nose....all beautiful. Perhaps some bias there, but I honestly tried to give them all a fair shake.
In all, I consider it a lateral move. I gained payload but lost some seat of the pants performance. Gained in the looks department, but most importantly I feel like I am reacquainted with an old friend. No more sitting at the campfire listening to people pull in and telling my wife, "Hey, that sounds like Cummins!" and having that empty feeling in my gut not owning one myself. Call it trivial, crazy, whatever....but I am all smiles looking over the hood of a Ram driving down the road again. The sound of the Cummins just makes me grin.
Congrats on the new truck...looks sweet...
Thanks ricatic, I was wondering if you would chime in. But I figured you would have more to say about my previous Ford. Lol. Thankfully mine was trouble free......lets just hope I get as good of service out of this truck.
Is this a new or used 2012? Why did you trade off a 2 year old Ford?
Cause it had Michelin tires?! I usually get a new truck every couple years. The wife was starting to look at fifth wheel toy haulers also. No complaints about my Ford, it was a towing beast.
My complete rig. I know it's not as pretty as most here, but it is functional and very nice for its age.
Looks great! And looks far better than our 2007 with all the decals peeling off.
I assume you bought a new truck so tell us about it.
Good luck with the generals! Mine were over 1/2 worn out at 25K and the passenger side front tire developed a bubble on the tread.
So they went into the scrap pile and bought a set of 6 Michelin M/S 2 from Discount Tire in Vegas for $1,408 inc tax.
I guarantee I will get 3 times the mileage. Mexican made General's are JUNK!
Let's see some pic's of the new ride!
Good luck with your overpriced******tires. Did you check them for sidewall cracks when you bought them? Mine came brand new with cracks on my F350. :M
The new truck is a 2012 ram 3500. A new 2013 was unloaded right next to it, but the price difference was just to far apart for me to go with the 13. This is the cheapest truck I have bought new out of the last four....or is it five. And it's loaded. Sunroof, rear DVD, longhorn, spray in bed liner, B&W turnover ball, nav, etc.
Spent two days looking at and test driving trucks. Two Ford duallys, this Ram, and a fleeting glance at a Chevy crew cab dually as well. One glance at the Chevy interior and we moved on. The weird looking fenders on the fords were starting to grow on me until I got to really looking at them and that they are just flimsy feeling plastic. The 2013 ram was mineral grey and great looking, but again....the deal on this truck was cheap.....very cheap. Especially for being so loaded.
I had a sled deck with two atvs and a box full of stuff when we made the deal. The dealers lot looked like a yard sell as we swapped stuff from one truck to another today. Atvs, fishing poles, firewood, cases of beer, lawn chairs, coolers...pretty comical. Took four salesmen to lift me deck out by hand and put it in the new truck.
Crappy cell phone shot.....