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Old 05-07-2014, 05:58 PM   #31
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One thing I forgot to mention...

The new Ram 2500 has a newly designed coil spring suspension in the rear, with an optional self-leveling air bag assist. The bags don't increase the load carrying capacity, but they keep the rear ride height constant under all conditions.

I haven't ridden in one, but I've been told the unloaded ride is great.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:33 AM   #32
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The Ford Ecoboost is a good engine with great low-end torque for a gasser. However, see the following link - http://www.f150forum.com/f82/cooked-brakes-254457/. With the smaller 6 cylinder 3.5 engine, it can leave a little to be desired in the engine breaking department. Long and steep downhill grades (mainly for those out west) will require more breaking, especially with a larger and heavier trailer.

This is one of the reasons we got rid of the F150 Ecoboost and went to the Duramax. On our trip last year down to San Diego, we had no trouble going up the Siskiyous and Grapevine but going down was quite stressful. Towards the bottom of the grade it was 2nd gear, brakes and white knuckles.
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My 6.7 diesel gets 17.5mpg as a daily driver, 19 on trips. What's the mpg on a 3/4 ton gasser?
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:21 AM   #34
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This is one of the reasons we got rid of the F150 Ecoboost and went to the Duramax. On our trip last year down to San Diego, we had no trouble going up the Siskiyous and Grapevine but going down was quite stressful. Towards the bottom of the grade it was 2nd gear, brakes and white knuckles.
Just so. Everytime I read about downhill problems I'm reminded of a phrase someone posted when I was new to these forums. Can't recall the exact words but to the effect that as important as Go Power is Whoa Power!
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Ford's 6.2 gasoline engine is good but it is also very pricey in an F150. While the diesel engine is not cheap, you will recover over 50% of the extra cost at trade-in time and your gas mileage will be considerably better. Our dealer only stocks the heavy dutys with the diesel engine. I looked at the price of ordering one with a 6.2 versus buying a diesel off the lot during the yearend closeouts and came out almost as good with the diesel. I bought mine in September when they were discounting $9000 on all 2013 Heavy Duty Lariats.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:54 PM   #36
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I have 2013 F150 Supercrew with the long wheelbase. 5.0L engine.
No problems uphill and ok downhill.
6 gears and tow mode really help.
My TT is 5000lbs. 26BH
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:31 AM   #37
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7 out of 9 guys in my shop have gone over to diesels from gassers and all wondered why they didn't do it sooner and all were in similar situations as yourself. Yes more $$$ but as stated earlier you will recupe some of that in fuel savings but most of all you will be much more comfortable and confident on the highway and especially in the mountains. In my mind you can't put a price on that.
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My 6.7 diesel gets 17.5mpg as a daily driver, 19 on trips. What's the mpg on a 3/4 ton gasser?
Same mileage with my 6.7, plus it tows like a dream. When I bought mine, Ford had it discounted 7K.
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I recently switched from a 2103 Ram 1500 Hemi to a 2014 Ram 3500 CTD. I wish I would have went diesel last year. Just a completely different feel driving...smooth power and torque...no gear hunting...much better mpg also. Not to mention the massively increased stability. So far getting about 17 with 70/30 city driving. Hemi was good for about 14. Should get towing numbers first week of June, but I am guessing it will be quite a bit above what I was getting with the Hemi
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I agree with Bobx2, I would opt for a low miles 2 year old used 3/4 ton with a diesel. That is going to be my next move.
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