I personally am not too worried about door stickers per say. I will say overall, best to stay under the manufactures GAWR, GVWR unless like my navistar where the sum of the axels equals the gvwr, the gvwr is hokey IMHO. Like the c2500 axels total ust shy of 10K, my 3500 the axels total 13300 yet has a gvwr of 11400. BUT, I am legal to 14K per the WSP or any other city, county etc in the state of washington.
You nailed it Marty!
This is why I tell people to take OEM GVWR with a grain of salt - there's absolutely no reason why GVWR should be less than the sum of GAWRs, only marketing and legal reasons. This goes for light trucks as well as sedans / minivans and crossovers.
The GAWRs take into account ALL associated hardware, in terms of safety. Braking capacity, tire capacity, suspension & steering components, etc, are all designed around axle capacity. The powertrain is unaffected by the GVW, as they're already designed for much higher GCWR.
I agree. On my 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie 4X4 the GAWR's are 3700 front and 3900 back (total=7600) but the curb weight is something like 5555 lbs. So one from the other gives 2045 lbs, NOT the advertised payload of 1240.
The warrenty is offered by the Manufacturer, not the dealer. Feel free to take their quote and shop it around at some other dealers.
I bought for my 2012 1500 Laramie with a UNLIMITED milage UNLIMITED time warrenty, with $100 deductable, for about $2800. I'm about 10 years from retirement, so this truck (loaded) will last me into retirement and then some. After that, I will only be able to afford bottom of the line, so I might as well protect it and keep it going as long as possible. The warrenty is transferable to the next owner.
Your truck is different, so expect different costs.
There are a lot of different extended warrenty programs, so when you shop it around, make sure you are comparing Apples to Apples. It would be easy for another dealer to quote you less money by quoting a different warrenty.
If you go with a extended warrenty, keep ALL your maintenance records.
Recently, I traded my 2011 2500 Chevy Duramax "hangar queen" in on a 2012 Ram 2500 6.7. CC. My Ram has as much if not more power than the 6.6 I had and equal milage. neither to be written home about. The Poster that said he gets 22 mpg empty on his 6.7 must be smoking some good stuff. JMHO No more Chevys for me.
He is driving a Diesel and he stated highway. I believe it. I'm getting 16.5 unloanded on 2012 Ram 1500 gasser and that's city driving. In eco mode at highway speeds, I should get 22-23.
My experience with my own accident was the the lawer wanted nothing to do with the vehicle and was only interested in my injuries. Frankly, I'd keep a lawer out of it, your just giving away your money to involve a lawer.
If the accident is CLEARLY the other persons fault, then the other insurnace company may just accept full liability and not involve your insurance company.
Fight for diminished value. The greater the damage to your vehicle, then I believe the greater the likely hood that you can get a new replacement truck.
If not, it's a wonder what modern shops can do for you. I've had 2 deer strikes and one slight tbone and all were repaired to where you can't tell that anything happened.
I -do- think that Ram is going to make some significant in-roads in sales for the next few years. I just bought a 2012 1500 Crew Cab Laramie and I have to say, it's a beautiful truck both outside and in. Stiched padded dash. All the refinements, not edgy or outdated.
One of the things that I think is setting Ram appart from the others is that they are NOT playing the numbers game on towing and payload. Their back suspension is now coil springs (not leaf), which gives a much better ride. So for the 95% of the market that very occassionally tows or hauls, but the rest of the time they want a comfortable ride, this is it.
I also like how the Ram Line-up is built, which gives the consumer lots of choices for standard equipment packages.
I just bought a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie. I've very impressed with the ride, and I think it's very smooth. Dodge Ram's are the only 1/2 ton trucks that have gotten rid on the stiffer (and better capacity) rear leaf springs for coil springs.
Even with the coil springs though, there is plenty of payload capacity in the 1500 to accomidate a wide range of camper tongue weights.
Get your wife to take a test drive of the Ram 1500. I think it will be a smoother ride then any other PU truck. If it's not good enough, none of the others will be.
I use to own a Expedition EL so I'll comment on that. The EL (extended length) had a lower payload due to the extra weight of the cab. We were towing a much heavier trailer then you were and typically had 2 adults and 2 teen agers as passengers. I was right up against the payload limit.
I had a couple of strategies that helped. First off I bought a tongue scale so that I could exactly measure my tongue weight. Next I made it a point not to put anything in the back of the Expedition (and it had a big back, it was a EL), that was not absolutly necessary. So all that camping gear that we could have thrown back there instead went into the trailer. You have to limit your payload weight were ever possible. I also went with a Hensley Arrow, not that it increases your payload or towing, but when your at your limits, I'll take every advantage I can get.
We did look at Suburbans and at Expedtions. What sold me on the Expedition was the access to the back seats. Climb into the back of a suburban and spend some time back there. Then do the same for a Expedtion. There's a difference and for the EL there was a big difference in room.
Also, small kids tend to get to be big kids so it's good that your going to trade out in a few years.
The Expedtiions have no ability to add air-bags or other payload increasing gadgets.
Upgrade the tires as typically Expeditions are riding on 'p' tires.
Hope this helps,
I have switched from a Equalizer to a Hensley Arrow and it was a night and day towing experience. MUCH better with the HA.
If I had it all to do again, I would go with a ProPride though. It has a adjustable height draw bar, powder coating and some other minor improvements and is less expensive. I found that dealing with the Hensley company was not enjoyable. I suspect a little subterfuge in their dealings with me.
I also have the LX package. Besides those upgrades listed above, it includes a upgraded 16.5KBTU AC unit (worth it), a counter extension (I think worth it, but my wife disagrees). I felt it was worth it.