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Posted: 05/07/19 04:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

audiodane wrote:

I keep reading how much more comfortable the coil springs are in the 2500 though, as compared to the 3500. This will be a daily driver for someone (DW or myself).


Like I said - I had a Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi with the coil springs, then went to the 3500 with the leaf springs. My wife says the the 3500 is actually a better ride - and it is my daily driver. The people who write that stuff have never actually experienced the ride in both trucks back to back like I have and are only assuming that coil springs must have a better ride. Not towing, there is no difference to me - towing 12k - lots of difference - more stable and firm feeling towing experience.

And while I agree about lowering the tire pressure - I don't.

Take those comments with a grain of salt - better yet, take both out for a test ride.


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Grit dog wrote:

There's no downsides to a 1 ton save for availability on the used market.
You don't need a CDL, anywhere.
The rear suspension isn't harsh if you lower tire pressure when empty. Softer than a 2500 with 70-80 psi in back to keep the tpms light off.
And for crying out loud, this turned into every thread on here. Your upgrading to a trailer that can still be pulled by a stout 1/2 ton and getting talked into a 1 ton.
Sound like I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth? That's because I'd buy a 1 ton for my particular reasons, given the choice, but there's literally no difference in capability or drive ability between the 2.


Nah, grit dog, I appreciate your comments. I have learned a lot through this thread. I can learn a lot from other people's conversations, but sometimes asking your own helps too. [emoticon]

Now your "pulling at 12K gross with a 1/2 ton" does give me pause, but at this point I have no problem with a 2500 *or* a 3500.

What's changed since my OP is that (a) I understand axle ratings and payloads a LOT better; (b) I'm much more confident with a 2500 as a choice for a 12K rig; and (c) I'm no longer ruling out a 3500 if a good deal comes along but convinced that I don't "need" it. [emoticon]

2012Coleman wrote:

audiodane wrote:

I keep reading how much more comfortable the coil springs are in the 2500 though, as compared to the 3500. This will be a daily driver for someone (DW or myself).


Like I said - I had a Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi with the coil springs, then went to the 3500 with the leaf springs. My wife says the the 3500 is actually a better ride - and it is my daily driver. The people who write that stuff have never actually experienced the ride in both trucks back to back like I have and are only assuming that coil springs must have a better ride. Not towing, there is no difference to me - towing 12k - lots of difference - more stable and firm feeling towing experience.

And while I agree about lowering the tire pressure - I don't.

Take those comments with a grain of salt - better yet, take both out for a test ride.


Yeah, we test drove a 2500 the other day but didn't have enough time to also drive a 3500. I plan to do JUST THAT very soon. [emoticon]

cheers,
..dane


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"Now your "pulling at 12K gross with a 1/2 ton" does give me pause, but at this point I have no problem with a 2500 *or* a 3500."

Sorry I went back and read, thought you were talking about a 9-10klb TT, not a 5ver. Yes, thats out of 1/2 ton league IMO.


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Grit dog wrote:

"Now your "pulling at 12K gross with a 1/2 ton" does give me pause, but at this point I have no problem with a 2500 *or* a 3500."

Sorry I went back and read, thought you were talking about a 9-10klb TT, not a 5ver. Yes, thats out of 1/2 ton league IMO.


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Hi All! I thought I would update everyone on the wonders of a holiday weekend. [emoticon]

We have looked at a *lllooottt* of trucks over the past 6 weeks.. CarGurus, CarMax, Facebook Marketplace... you name it. The outcome was almost always the same:

1) Used / Dealership or Private Party; lower cost, but no idea what they've put it through, etc. I'll be pulling my family with this thing cross-country... and the recent sting on our last Used / Dealership purchase is still too fresh for comfort.

2) Used / CarMax: More confidence in the vehicle quality, usually newer and less mileage, but also pretty steep price premium

3) New 2018 Remaining Stock: Fantastic confidence, full warranty, but additional price premium over the CarMax option.

Long story short, we bought this weekend!

.... ended up with a *NEW* 2018 Ram 3500 (SRW) that had been sitting on the dealer lot for seven months. Had such a discount on it that it was only a few thousand more than a three-year old Ram 2500 from a nearby CarMax with 20K on it. We spent more than we originally planned, but God is good and we're extremely happy and excited. It's loaded, too. Laramie, leather, 5th prep, air suspension, ... all the "tow" things.

Wahoo!!

cheers,
..dane

* This post was edited 05/28/19 10:11pm by audiodane *

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