RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Dodge 2500 5.7 Hemi

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Towing

Open Roads Forum  >  Towing

 > Dodge 2500 5.7 Hemi

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next
Sponsored By:
Targa

Castle Rock, Co

Senior Member

Joined: 08/07/2010

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/18/11 09:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello all, I sold my 2500 6.7 diesel a couple of weeks ago and am looking at another 2500 Dodge, if I go with a diesel it will definitely be a 5.9 liter, 2003 to 2007 era. If brand new I will most likely go with the Hemi. I hear alot about the 6.0 and V10 gassers from Chevy and Ford, I would like some input on the Hemi and towing experiences. How has the motor been holding up (reliability)? On paper it would seem that this would be a better choice than a GM 6.0. I won't be using it for anything that a 1/2 ton can't handle immediately, only towing a boat(3,000 lbs with trailer) but hope to in the near future have a truck camper up to 2,000 lbs and I live in Colorado so it will spend most of the its time in the mountains and climbing passes, I know this is effortless with a diesel and the gasser will not handle it nearly as well, but I would think it would still be pretty effortless with the Hemi. These are only my thoughts reading the engines output on paper, I have absolutely no experience with this motor so please correct me if my thoughts on this are off. Thank you.

scgator

On a South Carolina River

Full Member

Joined: 01/18/2011

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/18/11 09:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hemi is an excellent choice; we tow a 30' Puma with our 2004 Dodge Quad Cab......average around 9.5 in mileage, and have reached as high as 12 mpg while in Texas last year. With the weight distribution hitch and "real" truck tires ( Firestone Transforce w/ highway tread )it pulls like a dream. Most of the time with cruise @ 55, the hemi is at 1500 rpm. One trick though is to set your cruise slightly above the speed you want to run, then once you attain it...decell the cruise until you get to the "real" desired speed and the transmission will shift to high and as a result your engine speed will decrease. If you need any advice send me a phone number in an email and I'll give you a call.

HobbyTalk

NFM

Senior Member

Joined: 08/23/2009

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/18/11 11:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tow the trailer in my sig. Only have had it a bit over a year but have towed my 5th wheel (7700 lbs.) for over 8K miles with no problem. Truck currently has 55K miles on it. I average 8.5MPG doing 60 to 62 MPH.... 1850 RPM in OD. Some hills will drop in down a gear (2600 RPM) with larger hills dropping another gear (3000 RPM). If the hill is large enough where speed drops more I will kick off cruise and just let the speed drop so it doesn't drop another gear and jump the engine to 4000+ RPM.


Sold the RV, bought a house in North Fort Myers
tgif: let's RV - Facebook

DrBaker

Oklahoma

Senior Member

Joined: 09/02/2009

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 05:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I switched from a half ton hemi to my current diesel. I loved the truck, but it was a bit short on payload so I swapped. If I had started with a 3/4 ton hemi I think I would still be driving it.


2011 Chevy 2500HD CC/SB 4x4 Victory Red
2003 Crossroads Cruiser CF27RL
Champion Screamer, Reese 16k, and a Blue Status Symbol

Targa

Castle Rock, Co

Senior Member

Joined: 08/07/2010

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 05:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great, thank you for the replies. Looking at what you all are towing around, I will not have a problem with a Hemi. My 6.7 was a wonderful motor (aside from the numerous CEL's I had for the 1st 10,0000 miles thats the EPA's fault, not the motor's) but the gas mileage perks are not what they use to be, now the difference in gas mileage is more than made up for at the pump with the price difference between gas and diesel and I just can't get around the premium price tag for a diesel, (although I was thankful for the resale of the truck because of the diesel when I got rid of it)

VintageRacer

Tatamagouche Nova Scotia

Senior Member

Joined: 04/02/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 07:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I run my 2003 2500 quad-cab Hemi hard, and it does what I ask it to do. I routinely run at 16K lbs, which is 1,000 over the suggested GCVWR for the 3.7 rear axle. I have the 5 speed manual, which I really like since it lets me pick the gear for climbing hills. Payload is also a big plus, my truck is fairly light, few options, 2wd shortbed, and has a payload of around 3100 lbs. It has been extremely reliable, the only thing I found odd was it needed new rear brake discs due to corrosion.

Brian


2005 F250 Supercab, Powerstroke, 5 speed automatic, 3.73 gears.
20 ft race car hauler, Lola T440 Formula Ford, NTM MK4 Sports Racer
1980 MCI MC-5C highway coach conversion
2004 Travelhawk 8' Truck Camper

Bionic Man

Colorado

Senior Member

Joined: 04/03/2009

View Profile



Posted: 01/19/11 08:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've towed my 5000 pound boat up and down I70 with a Hemi powered Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's considerably slower up the hills than my CTD, but will easily get the job done. I will say it's hard to see the engine running above 4000 RPMs when you are used to running half that (or less)with the Cummins.


2012 RAM 3500 Laramie Longhorn DRW CC 4x4 Max Tow, Cummins HO, 60 gallon RDS aux fuel tank, Reese 18k Elite hitch
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 QC SB 4x4 Cummins HO NV5600 with Smarty JR, Jacobs EB (sold)
2002 Gulf Stream Sea Hawk 29FRB with Honda EV6010

Targa

Castle Rock, Co

Senior Member

Joined: 08/07/2010

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 08:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bionic Man wrote:

I will say it's hard to see the engine running above 4000 RPMs when you are used to running half that (or less)with the Cummins.


Funny you mention that, I was just cringing yesterday when my wife and I were towing our boat up a grade with our 5.3 liter Avalanche at 3,700 RPM'S. It is difficult to listen to a motor work so hard when you are used to lazily lugging up 8 percent grades at the speed limit and only turning 2,000 RPM'S or so. From what I understand this won't hurt our gasser at these RPM'S, from time to time anyway and to just let the transmission and motor do what they are designed to do, but it does take some getting use to.

SoCalDesertRider

Arizona desert

Senior Member

Joined: 12/14/2003

View Profile



Posted: 01/19/11 08:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want to haul a truck camper, go for the longbed 3500SRW, rather than a shortbed 2500. More weight carrying capacity in the 3500 and more choice of campers with the longbed truck.

If looking at new gas trucks, the 2011 F350SRW with 6.2 gas V8 and 4.30 axle ratio has great payload capacity and high towing rating, almost as much as the diesel with 3.31/3.55 axle ratio.

If looking at older diesel trucks to haul a truck camper, a Dodge 3500DRW longbed with 5.9 diesel would be my choice.


01 International 4800 4x4 CrewCab DT466E Allison MD3060
69Bronco 86Samurai 85ATC250R 89CR500
98Ranger 96Tacoma
20' BigTex flatbed
8' truck camper, 14' Aristocrat TT
73 Kona 17' ski boat & Mercury 1150TB
92F350 CrewCab 4x4 351/C6 285 BFG AT 4.56 & LockRite rear

kemo 1

ontario canada

Senior Member

Joined: 12/11/2005

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 08:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a new hemi HD2500 in 2003. I was pulling as 27 tt. IT WAS A DOG. I kept it for 2 years and got rid of it, traded and got a new diesel.

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Towing

 > Dodge 2500 5.7 Hemi
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Towing


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2019 CWI, Inc. © 2019 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS