Originally Posted by Camper_bob
IIRC, in that test, he punched the manual shift so he could see what gear he was in, which to my understanding changes the shift programming (ERS Mode according to the manual). Perhaps I'm wrong. Either way though, if the RAM is protecting itself from blowing up by racing up a hill, I'm really okay with that. I don't need to be first to the top, so long as I get there safe every time.
My Ram with 6.4 has 3K payload; no readily available EcoBoost powered truck has that capacity. An ecoboost might beat me up the hill a few times yanking IT'S max load, but it will not "run circles" day in and day out hauling the RAM's max load. Plus, a 3/4 ton truck is designed to work that hard every day of its life.
My point: Max out the Ford, then put that load on the RAM (which will be under it's max) and put them next to eachother and run them. Then run them like that every day. My bet is the RAM will come out on top in the end.
Don't get me wrong, the EcoBoost is a fine motor, very capable. But it's still a 1/2T class truck. AND the heavy duty RAM with 6.4 is no slouch either.
I am not sure what you are getting at as the OP asked about towing a 23MBH not carrying a 3,000lb payload. I have a 23MBH and felt I could give him some direct insight. I am NOT a Ford fan at all, as I said, if I had it my way I would be in a Ram 2500 right now. A year ago when I was looking at trucks I was dead set on getting a Ram 6.4. I have a 10 page thread about it over on rv.net. A few days before I pulled the trigger on the 6.4 I decided to look at an Ecoboost due to a number of people providing positive reviews on them. Towing the same load up the same hill (hwy 26 over Mt.Hood in Oregon) the Ecoboost easily walked from the 6.4. I was shocked as it wasn't what I expected at all. I think Ram made a big mistake by putting the 66RFE transmission behind the 6.4. The gear ratios are just way too far apart for towing, you can go 70mph in 2nd gear!
Anyway, I am not trying to ruffle any feathers, just trying to help the OP sorry if I offended anyone.