Have to agree with Scott on this one, a Cummings is a cheap knock off of a "Cummins" So it is a buyer beware with one of them.......
Reality is, if you travel at elevations above 5-6000' a lot, then get a induction style motor, ie a "TURBO" diesel, or a gas rig like the "Ecoboost". If you are below the 5-6K foot mark, and only travel above occasionally, then it really will not matter much tween a hemi or the gm 6.0 gas rigs vs either brands diesel. ALL will get the job done if setup properly.
05 Chev CC D/A LS Dooley
92 Navistar dump truck, 7.3L 7 sp, 4.33 gears with a Detroit no spin
00 Chev C2500, V5700, 4L80E, 4.10, base truck, no options!
92 Red-e-haul 12K equipment trailer
3 Single axle utility trailers
As a 2010 2500 Cummins owner, I would advise that if you can afford the diesel, by all means go ahead and do it. My trailer weighs in at about 9,000 lbs when in travelling trim. I have taken it through the Appalachian mountains, and the truck barely knows the trailer is there. When in tow/haul and with the exhaust brake active it pulls and stops the trailer effortlessly. Just recently, I hauled a 12,000 lb skid steer loader, and the truck basically "shrugged it's shoulders" and said its about time you gave me something to do. My average fuel economy when towing is 11-12 mpg. Lifetimes mpg is 15.4 mpg, combination city, hwy, and towing. (I track every ounce of fuel via a computer program). As far as 2wd vs 4wd, if you can do it, go ahead & get the 4wd. I have 2wd, and have come close to regretting it severakl times on construction sites. When you have 650 ft/lbs of torque going to the rear wheels as soon as you hit the gas, it will bury in a heartbeat if the ground is at all loose. I have only gotten stuck once, & that was after the last trip with my trailer as I was putting it away. I keep my trailer in the back yard, & it had rained heavily the day before I got home. As I backed the trailer through the gate, I got stuck in a soft patch where the gate is. It was great fun jacking the rear of the truck up and placing boards under the wheels with the trailer attached. I have since vowed that the next truck will be 4wd even though I'm in "flat" Florida.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving
safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out and defiantly shouting "Wow, what a ride!".
2002 3500 6 Speed
Just 72 feet!
Hi, deciding between a Diesel or Gas truck don't even try to compare them by fuel costs. I have seen Diesel costs below Regular Gas and quite a bit higher than Premium Gas. I thought California was high until we took our Alaska trip. Just buy the best truck for your needs.
2005 Airstream Safari 25-B
2000 Lincoln Navigator
If you want "haulin' ass horsepower and torque", go for the diesel. It's an expensive option but the engine will still be running when the rest of the truck is a rusted hulk. Any of the "Big Three" diesels are good choices.
Helen & George VE3INB and Max (Bichon Frise) 2006 Silverado 2500HD D/A, Isspro Gauges, Linex, Westin Nerf Bars, Fold-A-Cover 2006 Cruiser CF30SK.
Reese 16K Slider, Bedsaver, Prodigy Controller, Rearview Camera, JT StrongArms
I've owned and towed with both the Cummins and Hemi. I believe all male humans should own at least one Cummins powered Ram. If you're towing high altitudes, you might actually need it. Either way, I don't think you'll regret it. When you get over it, there will be plenty of silky smooth, whisper quiet gas engine pickups to choose from.
'10 F250 XLT CC SB 5.4L 5spdTS 3.73
ex '95 Cummins,'98 12v Cummins,'01.5 Cummins,'03 Cummins; '05 Hemi
'07 KZ Jag 28JFSS.