This morning I had the Grand Caravan at the dealer for some repairs and had some time to wonder around the lot. The Hemi logo on the side of one of the trucks was calling my name so I got the keys and took it for a spin. Wow, this thing was awesome, I was totally surprised by the power. I drove the 2011 1/2 ton since there were no 3/4 tons on the lot with the Hemi (it's a small dealer, they only had one 3/4 ton on the lot). So, for you guys that have driven both, how does the power compare? I know the 3/4 is heavier and the rear end ratio makes a difference but, in general, how do they compare? If the 3/4 ton is anywhere close to being as fast as the 1/2 ton I will seriously look at getting one.
FWIW, the interior of the new Dodge is as nice as I have seen in a truck. Much better than what I call the hard plastic Playschool type interior of the older Dodges.
I have a friend who has a 2500 Hemi 4x4 and he loves his truck.
My Dad has a 2500 5.9 diesel 2wd and he tows a heavy triple slide travel trailer. His is a 2003 with 150k. He loves his truck too and has no intention of trading it in.
IMHO, test drive the other brand trucks before you make a final decision (unless you are brand loyal). The Hemi is nice (drove a few) but so is the v10 Ford, and the 6.0 GM is a good motor too. The Tundra and the New F-150 are stout motors in their own right.
Good luck, I don't think that you would be disappointed with the Hemi in a 2500 truck.
I did test drive a used '09 Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 that was sitting on the Ford lot next to my dealer. IMHO, this thing did not even come close to the power of the Hemi. Maybe there was something wrong with the truck but it felt heavy and slow even when comparing it to my '02 Chevy with the same engine. I also drove the new Ecoboost and was impressed by the power but the payload rating was only 1400 lbs.
The payload for the 1/2 ton Hemi that I drove was even lower at 1109 lbs. So, it's going to have to be a 3/4 ton for me.
The truck tows our 5er with no problem. Great acceleration and ride while towing. I have the 4.10 gear. At 65 mph, I can squeeze 9.5 to 10.0 mpg's. This is comparable to the 10.0 I used to get pulling the same 5er with my previous diesel powered TV.
For me, the Hemi has surpassed my expectations.
Robert, Anne Marie & Joey
One spoiled Labrador, Max
2004 Holiday Rambler Savoy 27RLS 5er
2011 Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab, Hemi, 4x4, Long Box
2012 Ford Escape
HRCampers - Thanks for the info. What mpg do you average when not towing?
Any others out there pulling with a 2500 Hemi?
Right now, not towing, in the city I'm averaging a little over 13.0 mpg's. I work 8 miles from home and most of it is all under construction so there is alot of stop and go. I'm sure if my foot wasn't always on the brake peddle, I could squeeze more out of it for city travel.
On the interstate, not towing, @ 70 mph, I can average between 18.0 and 18.5 mpgs.
We towed our 10,400 lb 5th wheel all over the southeast with our 2005 Hemi powered 2500 4X2 with auto/3.73. Did a fine job. If you like the sound of hotrod music, you might like it. If you cringe at the sound, you'll hate it. Mine was pretty peppy around town. Mileage for my 345hp '05 was 13-14.5~ light city, 17mpg at 70mph and 8.5~ towing 65~mph. It was a very reliable truck for the 120k miles I owned it.
'10 F250 XLT CC SB 5.4L 5spdTS 3.73 78k miles
ex '95 Cummins,'98 12v Cummins,'01.5 Cummins,'03 Cummins; '05 Hemi
'07 KZ Jag 28JFSS.