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FireGuard

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I’m in the market for a new DRW to carry a truck camper and think I’ve narrowed it down to a 3500/350 DRW CC 4x4 4:10/4:30
I’ve had a few newer CTDs and love the motor, but feel one of the new gas engines will meet my need without the cost, maintenance and complexity of a new diesel.
I’ve read great reviews of the Ram with the new 8 speed but it looks like the 7.3 Ford may be a better engine with a more simple design and hopefully longevity.
I haven’t seen many Fords on Auto Trader but it looks like I can get a new Ram Tradesman for around $43-44k.
I will be carrying a TC approx 5k lbs and flat towing a 4K lb Jeep on occasion or similar trailer.
The Hemi seems to be proven but obviously the 7.3L is new.
What are your thoughts which would be better and why?
Could I get a similar Ford for around the same price as the Ram?
Also, I don’t “need” to buy until early fall so I have some time to see how the 7.3 works out.
I know this could go in the TC forum, but I think there may be more experience on this forum for Powertrains.


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You pretty much summed it up.
The 6.4 is proven, the 7.3 sounds promising and with 10spd auto.

Both would handily do what your asking.

I'm going gas on next truck.

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I have no experience with either but I'd say either one would do the job. It might just come down to the price or the truck you like the best.

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How many places are you going to ask the same question?


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I have a ram 3500 drw 2 wheel drive crew with the 6.4 and carry a host mammonth TC over 5k , have no problem with the 6.4 plenty of power and in my configuration just short of 7k payload with the 410”s . if you go with the ram 6.4 and feel you need a rear sway bar there is only the road master available now and there were none in 2018 when I bought my truck due to the 6.4 exhaust configuration I used sumo springs to help reduce sway . Can’t speak on the fords motor .
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Either should do fine. These new gassers and trannys with DRW are a great setup for a truck camper. I currently own the Ram 6.4 Hemi but with the 6spd. I have to imagine the 8spd will be amazing. I am really not brand loyal at all. I like the affordability of the Ram compared to the Ford. All these new trucks scare me with reliability. I'd probably go for the Ram and use some of the money I saved to buy a nice factory backed warranty. I'm currently about 5K ahead with my warranty.

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I really like the the Ford purpose built 7.3 gas, the RAM 6.4 had been around a while but I personally am not fond of of the cylinder deactivation on a HD truck.

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I had a 6.4L Hemi with the older 6 speed auto and 4.10s. It worked really well pulling my 12k 5er. The Ford seems to have impressive power and the 10 speed auto.

With the 8 speed being behind the 6.4L Hemi, I think the performance would be almost the same between the two trucks, though the Ford has the edge on paper. I haven't seen a head to head comparison yet.

Between the two, I'd chose the TRUCK you like best as the powertrains are going to be very close.


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Posted: 02/22/20 04:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From the Ike pull video, I sure like the sound of the 7.3 when it’s working hard. Reminds me of my wife’s Bullitt ‘stang.

Sure hope they don’t change that. Who needs a quiet V8 of that displacement anyhoo?

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I recently shopped them head to head and don’t see any compelling reason to take one over the other. You can find a Ford XL similarly priced to a Tradesman. Pricing competitiveness may depend on who has what incentives at the time. Spend some seat time and choose the one that appeals to you.


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