Originally Posted by myates3158
Good to know. How does the 2500 with the cummings pull it?
The Cummins engine is an absolute monster and I expect the other diesel motors perform the same or similar. I was a little nervous about going diesel at first because I've never owned one but it was by far the best decision I made. Get the diesel and you wont have to worry about towing anything.
Now with that said your biggest concern is the hitch weight and that is what you need to watch very closely. On the Ram's they are generally rated a little lower on the hitch weight because of the additional weight of the engine and other bells and whistles that you may get. You need to factor in additional weight of the hitch you get installed which sits directly on your back axel. With the trailer you are looking at you are going to be pretty close if not over the hitch weight.. it may be okay to be a little over but you don't want to go to far.
The difference between a 3500 and a 2500 RAM is interesting, they really aren't that much different. I believe it's an additional spring or something that they add in but it does raise the hitch weight rating. BTW don't trust the dealership or the RV dealership when it comes to this stuff.. all they care about is selling you a truck and a RV.. and will tell you a 1500 could pull it.
Do you own research!
On the trucks themselves I ultimately went with the RAM. I started out focused on a Ford but the 250's had not been updated in years and the interior was dated, that is what drove me away from them. I wasn't buying a work truck but rather a towing truck and was looking style (wife requirement) that we would enjoy on long trips.
BTW, if you do go with the Ram make sure you get the factory installed holes in the bed where you can easily drop a hitch on to it. If you go aftermarket and want to do a goose neck then Ram requires the hole to be drilled closer to the cab which can cause problems when turning with the trailer. Also do your homework on the hitch, Mopar doesn't necessarily mean the best and when it comes to the hitch you want the best.