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Old 09-21-2018, 06:08 PM   #1
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Thinking of upgrading tow vehicle from ram 1500 hemi to a diesel. Pulling a jayco 212qbw with weight around 5000lbs. I'm thinking the diesel will give me better fuel mileage. Looking for input from others. Thanks, Jim.
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:36 PM   #2
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What towing mileage are you getting with your current setup?

I can tell you that my Cummins averages between 11.5 and 12 mpg pulling my 5500# 22BHM. Wind resistance, trailer frontal area, etc. play a big role in towing mpg. The diesel is going to achieve better mpg than a gas powered unit in almost any towing situation. However, the difference may not be as great as you think.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:28 PM   #3
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I am getting around 10 towing and 16 non-towing.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:41 PM   #4
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2016 Chevy 2500 silverado diesel 4x4, Hwy 19-20 mpg, towing 28RLS (@8000 lbs) about 12-14. HOWEVER, from what I've read in the forums and online. Gas guzzlers have about caught up to the diesels, only diesel advantages are if you tow alot where the gallons per mile advantage is worth it, if you plan to keep the vehicle well over 100,000 miles, diesel is worth it. Diesels have higher maintenance costs and you need to know where you can get fuel, some off the main roads there is not always diesel available. Search the theads here, there are a few with alot of different inputs.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:45 PM   #5
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Thanks for your input, I have checked out some other posts. Deciding if the higher cost of diesel is worth it.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:54 PM   #6
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Thanks for your input, I have checked out some other posts. Deciding if the higher cost of diesel is worth it.

For 'higher cost', did you mean purchase price? Unless you do your own maintenance, diesels will cost more to maintain, too.
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I meant more in general, cost of truck, fuel, maintenance.
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Thinking of upgrading tow vehicle from ram 1500 hemi to a diesel.....snip
Jim,

Are you referring to a Ram 1500 diesel or 2500 diesel?

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We, too, have an SLX 212 QBW and tow with a 1999 F-250 7.3L diesel. I’m getting about 12.5 mpg towing, much of it through multiple mountain passes. Get over 16 mpg in daily driving. With an auxiliary tank, finding diesel isn’t a worry. I’m a newbie to diesels and TTs but I love the stability of the 3/4 ton. That is more important to me than mpg.
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I had a Ram 1500 hemi and decided to get a trailer. Because of this I upgraded to a Ram 2500 CTD. I average 10 to 12 mpg towing a 33' 8,000 lb trailer at 65mph. Personally I love the diesel. The engine brake and tow mode make downhills a breeze. I tap the brakes and just steer. The truck uses the engine brake and downshifts automatically. I never use my brakes on downhills. And uphill the Cummins pulls like a monster. The truck gets up around 20+ mpg vs the 17 or so mpg of the Hemi just driving. So I would expect better mileage IF you drive reasonably...

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More expensive maintenance (don't ask me about the $600+ per year my Sprinter cost me compared to the $70 per year for the Ram hemi). And more expensive repairs. The ride of a 1500 vs 2500 is like a car vs a truck from the 90's. That being said I love my diesel.
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