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RickLIght

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Posted: 11/05/18 05:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think I've found 2 really good choices, but deciding between them is getting hard.

The trucks are both 2015, crew cab, short bed with a nice trim package and almost exactly the same price. Otherwise:

Ram 2500HD 6.7l Turbo Cummins 17Klbs towing
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Chevy 3500 6l Vortec gas 16Klbs towing

I'm not interested in re-waging the gas/diesel wars, or the Brand wars. I've been reading a lot about all that here and it's been very helpfull! What I'm looking for is the fine points about these specific rigs.
"What are the likely problems over the next 5 years."

Our trailer is 95% certain to be a Grand Design Reflection 150 273MK. Under 10,000 gross! OK, we may want to upgrade someday but we certainly don't need more room. The purpose is month long trips to national parks or other cool places. Alaska (again [emoticon]) visiting the kids wherever they drift to, etc. 10-15K miles a year.

Thanks!

* This post was edited 11/05/18 06:44pm by RickLIght *


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At first glance the nod would seem to go to the Ram, but a question. 2500 with the Cummins leaves you with what payload cap? Some of the 2500's are very low.
I know you said the trailer was to be light but the possibility of a larger one later may cause an issue then.

https://www.ramtruck.ca/en_dir/pdf/2015/specifications/2500.pdf

If thats not a concern, look at miles and if not outrageous, I'd go Ram.

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Posted: 11/05/18 06:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you interested in their payloads? What are they re-waged? “Pulling” is only one of the numbers.


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RickLIght wrote:

6.7l Turbo Cummings


OH NO!!! Another post about a "Cummings" engine.
never buy one, they are evil.


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I'd skip both and look for a 3500 SRW with a diesel.

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trail-explorer wrote:

RickLIght wrote:

6.7l Turbo Cummings


OH NO!!! Another post about a "Cummings" engine.
never buy one, they are evil.


Yup, my fingers are faster than my brain! I've corrected the post!

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A bit depends on what you put into the crew cab. Not much, really though, with the package you are planning. Just do watch the carrying capacity and despite the tow rating (they rate them towing a flat bed loaded with steel), go for the diesel.

And don't ever go into a Cummins repair shop asking them to fix your Cummings unless you want to pay double, unless you decide to get an Artic Fox instead of a Grand Design. LOL


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trail-explorer wrote:

I'd skip both and look for a 3500 SRW with a diesel.


I would if I could, that's another $10-20K.

But not your money... [emoticon]

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

At first glance the nod would seem to go to the Ram, but a question. 2500 with the Cummins leaves you with what payload cap? Some of the 2500's are very low.
I know you said the trailer was to be light but the possibility of a larger one later may cause an issue then.

https://www.ramtruck.ca/en_dir/pdf/2015/specifications/2500.pdf

If thats not a concern, look at miles and if not outrageous, I'd go Ram.


Looks like 2350 lbs, pretty boarderline! Our 3rd choice trailer is 2000+ dry pin weight! Yes that's the Arctic Fox! (so many choices...)


Mileage is almost identical 33K vs 36K!

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I had a 6.0 2015 3500, and I pulled 31K combined frequently. The pickup handled it very well. It was pulling an equipment trailer so I wasn't fighting much wind. The 6.0 is about as bullet proof as they come. Pulling that kind of weight I was 6-7 mpg.


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