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Old 09-30-2016, 11:04 PM   #11
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Definitely check out the actual payload on any RAM 1500 you are looking at. Higher trim levels such as the Big Horn can have rather low payloads, especially if you get them with 4x4 and full crew cab.

If you can find one with the 3.92 axle that would be ideal but given the size of the 22BHM you would still be fine with the 3.21 axle along with the 5.7L Hemi and 8-speed tranny. That is still an 8000lb tow capacity but you'll probably be short on payload before you reach that in the higher trim level.

Also, the larger fuel tank is great to have when towing so I'd recommend that. It's a separate option from the factory tow package.

I looked at F150's as well but at the time, almost 3 years ago, with the available incentives I got a better appointed and more comfortable truck for less $$. With 10k towing miles over the last two seasons we are pleased with how the whole set up is working.

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Old 10-01-2016, 06:08 AM   #12
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Very exciting - Happy for you!

Our Hemi RAM 1500 is a (std cab long bed) Tradesman model with a full tow package (drivetrain, rear end, electric/digital, and hitch). Excluding the chrome package (bumpers and wheels), she is a plain Jane in a summer dress, a work truck with a shiny lunch box. We do not want or need a lot of bells and whistles. We wanted the drivetrain and tow equipment.

Our RAM is a very solid, reliable workhorse and performer (cruises and hauls like a champ). With 65K on the OD, we have had zero issues. It gets super mpg and rides great. We feel our RAM is the best vehicle investment that we have ever made, even better than our Camry. I know a lot of Ford owners feel the same about their F'ees, and they should. Both are proven trucks.

I installed Sumo Super Spring coils (rubber helpers) to the front because we mounted a class III receiver for bikes and a nice rack; they also help with the WD under load. I also installed Firestone Work-Rite "bump stop" springs in the rear. Both have been worthy investments. They make a difference with cornering, spring travel over bumps and rolls in the road, sudden braking, and windy conditions. They do not impact the unloaded ride and handling, but they help just enough under a load to maintain handling and stability at speed. It is fine without them, but INMO the suspension helpers are a wise investment; they are an easy and affordable mod that provide a decent performance nudge under load.

With a good WD hitch, you will love either truck. I would keep your budget and go for the one that feels best to you when you drive it. Don't focus on the digital gizmos and superfluous adornments. Which one do you want to drive the most? Sometimes, when vehicles flesh out equally with performance pros and cons, it comes down to the lines and visual aesthetics. For me, I think about the overall visual appeal since I will be the one detailing it. It may sound weird, but I do think about how much I will enjoy cleaning and caring for a particular vehicle. That's why I wanted some chrome on our modest RAM. I put a lot of sweat into the maintenance of our investments, so I look for vehicles that look sweet to me after I bust my butt on them - helps me stay motivated in their care. I definitely enjoy detailing the RAM more than the "jelly bean" sterile pedestrian Camry. Just me, and I am a bit of a fanatic. Pick one and post your pics!

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Old 10-01-2016, 06:18 AM   #13
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Looked at both Fords and Rams myself before buying. I went with an F150 w/the Ecoboost. I personally like the F150 better. They are both good trucks.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:58 AM   #14
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I can only speak to my F150 purchase, but I would assume there are similar towing and payload options available to equip the Ram. Pick the one that puts a smile on your face while driving it.

The F150 on the dealer's lot, will not have the same capabilities as the F150 in the brochure that is rated to pull 12,000 lbs and has 3000 lbs of payload. While these capacities may not be necessary for your current TT, if you are hoping to leave your self the option of a larger trailer with the same TV, try to find a truck factory equipped for towing. On the F150, the Tow Package is not the same as the Max Tow package and Max Tow Package is not the same as a Heavy Duty Payload Equipped truck. These packages are available, your dealer may have to look a little harder for them. In most cases, payload will be your limiting factor not what the truck is rated to tow. The more luxury items you have on the truck, the lower your available payload will be as the truck advertised in the brochure as having the highest payload and tow ratings is not the Lariat or Platinum.

Pay attention to the payload and tow ratings of the truck you are buying, not what is in the brochures.
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Both are adequate enough for your needs. It all comes down to price and what you like.
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:47 PM   #16
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Purchase made.

2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn Quad Cab

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Old 10-03-2016, 06:02 PM   #17
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2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn Quad Cab

Love this Truck!

Nice! You'll be happy you went with the Ram.

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