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Posted: 11/02/21 07:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Currently towing a Grand Design Reflection with a RAM 2500.
My truck is a HEMI and the truck is within specs for towing the 5th.
We are getting ready to start spreading our wings and take some long trips in order to see the country.
I recently retired and my TV is no longer a daily driver.
I want to upgrade from my 2018 2500 to a similar 3500.
Have been looking at used vehicles for a few months now - they are scarce.
I had about talked myself in to my first diesel.
Today, I see a truck that has become available that is identical to my 2500 HEMI, except in 3500. It is SRW. It has almost 6,000# cargo capacity. Basically, exactly what I was looking for when I first started looking, before I started considering diesels.
Knowing that I am currently towing with a HEMI, can anyone convince me that I need to zero in on a diesel and forget the HEMI?

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The 3500 hemi will tow just like your 2500 hemi, except more payload. Same power (or lack there of in mountains), same gas mileage (or lack there of again). Etc

Get a diesel and you’d have a smile on your face when pulling…but maybe not when buying [emoticon]


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With the Diesel you will wonder why you waited so long.


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If the 3500 is a 19, it goes to the 8spd, and everyone is raving about how much better the Hemis pull with the 8spd.
Look at the new Ford 7.3 gas with the 10spd. It is the king of the gassers.


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Posted: 11/02/21 08:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

op wrote:

Today, I see a truck that has become available that is identical to my 2500 HEMI, except in 3500. It is SRW. It has almost 6,000# cargo capacity.

There is no one ton SRW any brand gas or diesel that can carry 6000 lbs in the bed as pin weight/5th wheel hitch/load of mill feed/etc.
A gas or diesel 3500 srw Ram rear axle (7000 rawr) weighs close to 3400 lbs leaving approx 3600 lbs for a in the bed payload.

Payload stickers are gvwr based and come from both truck axles.

You have the same engine in a 2500 truck so the engine in the 3500 srw won't have any more pulling performance. Just more payload capacity.


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My 2015 Ram 6.7 Cummins diesel crew cab long box SRW has a net payload of 4300. To get to the 6k you need a dually.

Truck weighs about 8000 lbs empty with a GVWR of 12,300.

It's a moot point now, that truck will be sold by tomorrow anyway.... [emoticon]


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Without more details, we can only speculate. Better if you provide:
- Model Years
- Full drivetrain (including transmission)
- Payload per the door sticker
- SRW or Dually for the 1 ton

Assuming the current truck is in good condition and the alternative is the same drivetrain and your current truck is within ratings, there is pretty much nothing to gain pulling the same trailer.


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Go DIESEL and DON'T LOOK BACK........ There are soooooooo many reasons

just to name 2 biggies in my book -
The torque with the diesel is great
The exhaust brake is fantastic to have especially if travelling in mountains or even to just save your brake pads....

* This post was edited 11/03/21 09:40am by ford truck guy *


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MNRon wrote:


Get a diesel and you’d have a smile on your face when pulling…but maybe not when buying [emoticon]

No smiles when paying for maintenance either or at the gas pump ! Remember you have to buy DEF.

My guess is you need to log about 50K/year before the small fuel economy benefit tips in your favor.

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Fact, Exhaust Brakes are the Best. Traded in a 2011 Chevy that spent most of it's life pulling heavy, 17000 - 19500 and had 115000 on the odometer and was still on the OEM Brake pads. I run with the Exhaust Brake on all the time.


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