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Old 02-26-2016, 11:07 AM   #11
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My husband is dealing right not on the F-350. Is is a gasser. It is a 2015 with 17,000 miles on it. Don't think we can afford new. Meanwhile he is receiving calls from the dealerships about the GMC 2500 gasser we drove and a Ram 2500 diesel he drove. Any opinions on which would be our best option? Trying to think about gas mileage as well as it also being his daily use vehicle. We have pretty much ruled out any 1500. It is just hard because is loves his RAM 1500. I really appreciate all of the help you all of giving us!
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:14 AM   #12
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Your not going to get very good mileage towing with a gasser.
If those three are your choices I'd go the Ram diesel hands down
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:13 PM   #13
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I had a 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew with the Hemi, and traded in last fall for a 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie Crew Diesel, for the same reasons you are looking at upgrading.

Obviously the capacities of the new truck are significantly greater than the half ton. My goal was to only have to upgrade trucks once, now I can basically get into any TT or 5th in the future without any vehicle concerns. It is a bit overkill for my 26BH, but I'm fine with that.

I actually get better mileage in the 3500 than the 1500 - both on the highway and city. In the city with my Hemi, I'd get around 19-20L/100kms. In the Cummins, I am getting pretty consistent 17L/100kms under the same driving conditions and routes.

That being said, I didn't make this change with fuel economy as a factor in my decision, but it was a nice surprise.

Of the big three, I liked the fit/finish of the interior of the Ram more so than the others, and I like the reliability of the Cummins. Simple motor, makes tons of power and seems to have good longevity from what I've read.

That being said, those are all personal reasons. All three american manufacturers make a beautiful truck at the Lariat/Laramie/Denali trim level, and they all have unique style that makes them appealing to us. Hell, I'd be happy in any of them!
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Old 02-26-2016, 01:00 PM   #14
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Your not going to get very good mileage towing with a gasser.
If those three are your choices I'd go the Ram diesel hands down
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ETA: I guess it also depends on the commute. Mine is really short, so a diesel wouldn't be a good fit as a daily driver for me (one of the reasons I went with a gasser). But for a longer commute, where you can get the motor up to temp, it would be a fine daily driver with good fuel economy towing and empty. And I really like the Cummins.
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Old 02-26-2016, 01:25 PM   #15
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Go with the diesel
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There is endless discussion about the capabilities of the 150/1500s, and virtually no such questioning about 3/4 and 1 tons. In my mind that should be answer enough for those trying to decide.

The OP was talking about 9% tongue weight apparently as a good thing and wasn't adjusting max TW with use of a WDH. That suggests he is where I was years ago as a newbie, so he should not be looking to work at the margins and should just go with a larger TV if that is within his range.
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We pulled our 4400# HTT with a Ford Exprdition with the 5.4 gas and I saw mpg pretty reliably in the 9's. The 350 6.7 diesel pulls our 12700# 5th giving us mpg in the 12's. A diesel will tack some extra $$$ on the price but will pull like nobody's business.
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My husband is dealing right not on the F-350. Is is a gasser. It is a 2015 with 17,000 miles on it. Don't think we can afford new. Meanwhile he is receiving calls from the dealerships about the GMC 2500 gasser we drove and a Ram 2500 diesel he drove. Any opinions on which would be our best option? Trying to think about gas mileage as well as it also being his daily use vehicle. We have pretty much ruled out any 1500. It is just hard because is loves his RAM 1500. I really appreciate all of the help you all of giving us!
I would go with the Ram diesel. The F350 is a very dated platform and the Ram will outperform the Ford in just about every aspect. Last month I made the switch from an F150 Ecoboost to a 2015 Ram 2500 Cummins and will never go back to a Ford.
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:55 AM   #19
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I have a Ram 2500 6.4 hemi 4.10. It pulls my 284BHBE (slightly heavier that 28BHBE) very well. I have put on about 700 miles on it towing the trailer mostly flat to hilly so far. A diesel will pull stronger, but I have not been left wanting more so far. It is kind of a pain as a daily driver vs a 1/2 ton, but I only commute to work 10 days a month and parking at work is easy. I always park waaaaay out at the grocery store. I always do with a new vehicle though I get 14 mpg with barely any highway miles... One of the main reasons I wanted a 3/4 ton is that I definitely wanted to be within specs without having to split hairs about what I threw in the back of the truck or in the trailer. I've been getting solid 9-10 mpg towing.
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I would go with the Ram diesel. The F350 is a very dated platform ...
Yeah, but maybe that's because they didn't have a 400K engine in a hundred K truck!

Just joking. Not trying to start a "mine's bigger" war!
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