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Old 02-29-2016, 03:26 PM   #31
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I have the 15 Ram 3500 dually 6.7 cummins cc 4x4 and the seats are great for me and at 6-4 290 I have plenty of room.
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:31 PM   #32
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Not a 3500, but I have a 2500 CTD and LOVE it. Towed my 8500 lbs travel trailer with ease down to Florida and back. 2600 miles round trip at 68-71 mph and averaged 11.7 mpg... including heavy wind on 2 days of travel. Tached a hair over 1500 rpm's at 68-71 mph, stayed in 6th gear the entire time except for a very steep bridge on I295 east of Jacksonville Florida.

Exhaust brake did a great job of scrubbing speed for me too. We have a crew cab short bed and loved the trip!
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:43 PM   #33
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I have pretty much decided that the SRW, 6.7L diesel with the Aisin tranny, CC, LB 2wd is for me. I have a 16k DrawTite hich that is on rails that I have no problems using if the rails can be can be attached to the Pucks. Sure save me buying a hitch.

I am not sure what trim pkgs are between the Tradesman and the Laramie.
Also my chart shows the rear end as 3.42:1. Is that the std diff that you get with the 2wd?
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:14 PM   #34
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I have pretty much decided that the SRW, 6.7L diesel with the Aisin tranny, CC, LB 2wd is for me. I have a 16k DrawTite hich that is on rails that I have no problems using if the rails can be can be attached to the Pucks. Sure save me buying a hitch.

I am not sure what trim pkgs are between the Tradesman and the Laramie.
Also my chart shows the rear end as 3.42:1. Is that the std diff that you get with the 2wd?
You can only get one rear ratio with the SRW Cummins. Only DRW give you all three options.

Picture frame puck adapter will accept any standard rail hitch. It will increase your height by about 1.5 inches, but you will need it with the Ram bed.

Trim is all over the place, so make sure you check. You want the integrated controller and exhaust brake for sure. 2WD might limit your options at leftover or used depending on location of the US, but I am sure you can order one!
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:33 PM   #35
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I read some bad things about some 2015 Ram brake controllers in that link that was posted somewhere in the forum.
If at all possible before you hand over your $$ see if you can pull your rig with it first.

I have a problem controller in my F350. I have very poor braking. Will probably have to put in an aftermarket controller. Certainly not the look I paid for.
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:30 PM   #36
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norty, sounds like you will be getting a nice truck. As classic mentioned, some people have had issues with the factory brake controller on the 3500's. Apparently their is something in the programming that limits the maximum output, not sure if that has been fixed with any of the new PCM flashes.

As stated, getting a SRW 2500 or 3500 limits you to a 3.42 rear axle ratio. I don't have any problem with that ratio towing 8500 lbs, but I can't comment on how it effects at nearly double my weights.

The Tradesman is the bottom of the line truck, but you can add options that you like and make a pretty nice truck out of it. I have a Tradesman with the popular equipment package and the chrome appearance package. I also have the Snow Chief package which adds cab clearance lights, a bigger alternator (I think) and factory auxiliary switches for lights and whatnot. I have the factory radio, which I wish was upgraded. The Tradesman does not include any ability to install factory fog lights either.

The upgraded radio, the 5.0 or the 8.0 put the backup camera on radio screen, rather than in a smaller picture on the rearview mirror. If you get a cargo camera to see a 5th wheel hitch, I believe that image would go on the 5.0 or 8.0 radio and the traditional back up camera would be sent back to the rearview mirror though.

I also found that the Tradesman lacks some adjustability in the seats, which makes mine a little less comfortable. Some of the higher trim options start to offer more adjustment options, which would make the seat way more comfortable.

I bought my 2015 used and saved a good chunk of change, so I will live with the lowest option radio and non adjustable seats. If I was buying new I would probably get an SLT or Big Horn.
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:32 PM   #37
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diesel power magazine article on ram 3500

there is an article from diesel power magazine june,26th of 2015 on how 2015 ford f-450s and ram 3500 trucks are engineered. it explains the difference between the ram with the 68rfe and the ram with the aisin transmission. basically, engine calibrations,transmission and ring gear diameters differ. its a decent read., http://www.trucktrend.com/how-to/tow...O-3PGao.emaile
good luck and have fun with your search.
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Norty, I went from and 03 F350 6.0 to the 14 in my sig and it's a beast. Exhaust brake, suspension, tranny and motor. Not much difference from a 15.

When I hook up, my rear squats an inch where the Ford would squat 2-3. The spring pack is significantly more that what I had. Comfort is good.

I would search out an Aisin, 5th wheel prep, preferred rear ratio and whatever trim package you desire. 14 and on have the 69 version of the Aisin which is better than the 68 version (2.0) since the drive shaft was beefed up.

If you get a vin # you can see the build sheet here to check all the specs.

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Go to your vehicle and equipment listing then enter the vin#.

With a 15K 5'er I would say Dually, but the SRW can handle them, just puts you close to or over the limit depending on your pin.

With the 3.43 you might hunt towing heavy.

Just my 2 cents. Hope it helps.
Thanks for the link. Entered my VIN for the build sheet. Saw something listed that may have been omitted ( by the dealer..those rats ). Waiting for a call back from RAM.
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I wouldn't get to hung up on the rear gears. My Aisin pulling 16k behind it with the 3.42 rear ratio hums along at 65 mph at about 1800 rpm getting 11 mpg. FYI the Aisin 69 was available in 2013 as an option.

Norty, get the nicest trim package that the bank, your conscience, and the dw will allow.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:03 PM   #40
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I love my rig. So much torque that gear changes are few and far between. The Aisan trans is very well made and will do 500K miles or more, depending on how much you haul and the weights you pull. 18K+ pounds trailer max is more than most will ever need. The engine is a beast.

The stake bed makes loading much easier. No fussing with tail gates and throwing things over the bed sides.
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