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Old 03-02-2016, 12:40 PM   #41
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I am finding some Ram 2500 with the 5.7 engine. I know there is a difference between the 6.4, but how much of a difference? Of course we can get a better deal on the 5.7.
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Old 03-02-2016, 01:01 PM   #42
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If your shopping new rigs, i would eliminate 1/2 ton all together.

I've seen the older 3/4 ton Ram diesel get 25mpg unlaoded.

Mine is a 1 ton diesel. I get about 18mpg combined mileage. I got 9-11mpg towing the 28BHBE
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Old 03-02-2016, 01:42 PM   #43
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I am finding some Ram 2500 with the 5.7 engine. I know there is a difference between the 6.4, but how much of a difference? Of course we can get a better deal on the 5.7.
One of the differences is the lack of MDS on the 5.7 (unless something's changed). The MDS helps with fuel economy on the 6.4 by allowing variable displacement (cutting out half the motor while under no or light load). Other than that, there is some difference in HP and Torque, but really less than you would think. For the 6.4 (in my understanding) the torque curve is shallower in the RPM band, and that's good for towing. There are some other differences too I think, but those were the ones that got my attention when I was shopping.

I looked at the 5.7, but the increase in price (around $1600 on a new truck? IIRC?) was worth it to me to get the 6.4.

All that being said, people have been towing with the 5.7L equipped HD Ram trucks for A LONG time. If I were going with a 5.7, I would most certainly get the highest gear ratio number I could find. It would get crappy gas mileage empty, but it would help with towing.
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I think we may have to go used, which we don't mind at all. It is just finding the right vehicle.
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Old 03-03-2016, 12:58 AM   #45
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When I set out to research and ultimately purchase a new tow vehicle to pull our new 2016 Jay Flight 28 BHBE (smooth sides), I test drove the Ford, GMC/Chevy and the Ram amd I found that the least expensive truck with the most features was the Ram. I loved the way each of the trucks drove but after a long evaluation I bought a 2016 Laramie 2500 crew with the 6.7L Cummins diesel, 3.42 rear. I wanted a truck with chrome bumpers so the GMC was out, the Fords have had trouble in the past with both the 6.0L and the 6.4L powerstrokes, so the only clear choice for me was the Ram with the proven Cummins. I have been averaging 17 mpg with mixed driving and it's my daily driver. I purchase out of state (600 miles away in North Carolina) and on the return trip home I achieved 22 mpg over the 600 miles at 70 mph. Very happy with my choice and look forward to seeing what you decided on. Good luck!
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When I set out to research and ultimately purchase a new tow vehicle to pull our new 2016 Jay Flight 28 BHBE (smooth sides), I test drove the Ford, GMC/Chevy and the Ram amd I found that the least expensive truck with the most features was the Ram. I loved the way each of the trucks drove but after a long evaluation I bought a 2016 Laramie 2500 crew with the 6.7L Cummins diesel, 3.42 rear. I wanted a truck with chrome bumpers so the GMC was out, the Fords have had trouble in the past with both the 6.0L and the 6.4L powerstrokes, so the only clear choice for me was the Ram with the proven Cummins. I have been averaging 17 mpg with mixed driving and it's my daily driver. I purchase out of state (600 miles away in North Carolina) and on the return trip home I achieved 22 mpg over the 600 miles at 70 mph. Very happy with my choice and look forward to seeing what you decided on. Good luck!

Passed up on a GMC because of chrome bumpers? LOL... Most of the GMCs have chrome bumpers. Both my previous and current GMCs were chrome bumpers.
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I wanted the truck loaded so the dealer showed me Denali's which all had painted bumpers. The Silverados (LTZ) I could get with the chrome but as I said saving $$ I got the best deal at the time. Fords best deal was $62,350. Chevy was $61,090 and the Ram in N.C. was $54,030.
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Nobody can really pick a truck out for you. But all can give there opinions and experiences, i guess.

The fact that you have a large trailer and are looking at buying new/used truck, i would highy recommend not even considering a half ton. I would just get that right out of the equation.

As far as gas or diesel goes, well there is posatives and negatives for each. Continue your research to determine what is best for your particular situation.

And as far as brand goes, i really dont think you could go wrong with any of them. Some people are loyal to one or the other, others could care less. Every one of them has had issues. Every one of them has made a spectacular truck for someone. I would recommend driving all of them to get a feel for each one.
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