I'm strongly considering buying a Ram 2500 with the Cummins diesel.
First, what sort of mileage should I expect out of it? Most of our
driving is up and down a mountain.
We'll be towing a light (5500 lb) trailer occasionally; otherwise this
is a family vehicle. I'm thinking about going for the 3.73 gear ratio
to save on gas. (Would it?) I figure there's plenty of power left
over to pull a trailer and so I'm not worried about getting the 4.10.
Is this a mistake?
The salesman suggests getting the long bed if we want to consider
towing a 5th wheel at some point. Is this necessary, or will the short
bed do? We want the quad cab (4x4) so it seems like it's already a
pretty big truck.
Thanks for any comments or suggestions you might have...
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It's a good choice. I love mine. 4x4, QC, 3.73.
I live in Dallas and do 50-50 hwy and city. I get 16 mpg. I drove it
to Missouri 3-4 months ago and on the way up I got 19 mpg. On the way
back I was pulling a trailer with two - three seater SeaDoo's weighing
approximately 2000 lbs. I got 14 mpg coming back with a head-wind all
of the way. Incidentally, I didn't notice that I was pulling anything.
I had it in OD all of the way and it never hunted once.
I also pull a 9000 lb. 26' boat. I haven't pulled it any distance so I
can't speak for the mileage. I would guess 10 - 11 mpg hwy.
You'll like it ... I promise.
The 3.73's will save you a little fuel, sure. For a 5,500lb. trailer,
they're just fine. The 3.73's are rated up to 13,500lbs. Since you said it
will be primarily for moving the family around, have you looked at the Mega
If you're pulling a travel trailer, the short bed sounds like a better fit
for you. As Mike said, a slider hitch will let you pull a 5th wheel with a
short bed, but if you intend at some point to pull a 5th wheel often, than
the long bed is a better choice. The problem is that a short bed puts the
pin closer to the cab, so sharp maneuvers (like backing into a spot, or
pulling out) would get the back of the cab and the front of the 5th wheel
fighting for the same space (with both losing). The slider hitch can be
unlocked, and allow the truck to pull forward, moving the pin back behind
the axle, and giving you the clearance. You need to put it back and lock it
before heading off, then get out and unlock it when doing tight maneuvers.
It would get old rather quickly if you were doing it every weekend.
The brand name escapes me now, but there is a brand of slider hitch that
moves back automatically so you don't have to fuss with it. If the OP is
interested I can do a,little research and come up with the company name.
It depends and the size, altitude, incline and lenght of the grades
because what you can tow at sealevel vs up long mountain passes
regularly is a different matter. Even a cummins would have a tuff time
woth 13K on some moutains passes out west with a 3.73. If you live in
the rockies, I would suggest you get a 4.10 with a automatic. The
automatic has a taller OD gear than the stick does so the RPMs are not
that much apart in OD with a 3.73 with a stick vs a auto with a 4.10.
The Dodge automatic does not have the really deep first gear that the
Allison does so the deeper rear axle will take some strain off of it
and give it better mountain towing.
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