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Old 01-23-2016, 10:08 PM   #31
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Ram long bed vs short bed

Originally Posted by Sledgehammer View Post
From what I've seen, MSRP on a SRW 3500 is about 1000.00 more than a 2500. DRW option is 1200.00. Thats msrp....

I forget the exact numbers I saw but those prices seem reasonable and you don't pay msrp. So the price difference is not much. You can get a DRW 3500 Denali for under 65 grand. My brother in law is looking and I forget the dealer I showed him but they were having good sales about two weeks ago...

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Old 01-24-2016, 03:29 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by 3'senough View Post
I have never had a short bed truck to pull a 5'er so cannot give you a difference in towing comfort. If you are going strictly with the Ram there are few considerations to take into account based on current model year. If buying used then you really need to do some homework.

Does not give you an Aisin option only 68rfe
Rear is only 3.42 with Cummins
Cummins is the same as 3500
Frames are same as 3500
Air suspension for rear
5th wheel prep option
exhaust brake with Cummins

3500 SRW:
Rear options are limited to 3.42 and 3.73 with Cummins
Rear air bags are option
Aisin 69 version in 2014 and newer. Beefier shaft.
5th wheel prep option
Exhaust brake with Cummins

3500 DRW:
Every rear is available, but come mostly with 3.42 or 4.10 if max tow. Very few 3.73's out there.
Aisin option
Rear air bag option
5th wheel prep option
exhaust brake with Cummins

Then there are the mega cab options too.

What you did not mention was the weight and/or length of the 5'er you were looking at which might give you even more specific information from a member with a similar setup.

Is it easy to park, no. But I do it and get a little extra exercise in the process.

There are some comments that a long bed is better for towing comfort vs a short bed, but again I have not done both so cannot confirm.

I would go with more truck than you need when it comes to 5'th wheel towing. Some have said the 3.42's struggle with 10K plus towing and pull in 5th gear to compensate.
3500SRW only has one gear option, 3.42, been that way since 2013.

The Aisin tranny was available in 13' for 3500SRW & 3500 DRW. The Dually can be had with 3.42, 3.73 or 4.10 gearing.

I've towed with both long bed and short bed and prefer the long bed.. If you notice, comparing like Rams, the long bed normally has a higher GCWR than the short bed..

I have B&W 3600RVK, and it works great with Ram 5er/GN prep package.

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