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4girls2dogsandme

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I’m going to buy a Ram 3500 SRW in November and my dilemma is gas or diesel. I have owned a 02 Cummins for 17 years and it was ole reliable. I only drove it 90,000 in those 17 years and really don’t drive crazy miles. We usually take the DW ‘s car on trips as we are seasonal campers at the moment. Anyway I’m retiring and will be traveling the winter months from November to April in the South. Maybe a trip West in summer time. I’m concerned that a new diesel with the all the new emissions and DEF regen won’t cut it as the other 7 months it will be a grocery getter. We are going to be purchasing a FW early next year with a pin weight of 2100 lbs and a GVW of 11,000. Any input would greatly be appreciated.


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Posted: 08/05/21 08:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used my 2015 Ram 2500 CTD as a daily driver for the first 4 1/2 years that I owned it and had no issues whatsoever. Two years ago I bought a used minivan for a daily driver so that I wouldn't be running up the odometer on the pickup and to save it for pulling our enclosed car trailer and our travel trailer as I don't want to be shelling out the bucks for another one any time soon. I do love the truck and would buy another in a heartbeat.

As for the gas vs diesel, there are certainly pros and cons but I much prefer towing my travel trailer with the diesel.


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I’ll wait for Devo’s recommendation…


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If you will only be towing 11,000lbs with your RAM you will be perfectly fine with a gasser. If there is a chance, remote or otherwise, that you will be upgrading to a larger RV, I would go with the diesel.

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Im a tech tech at a CDJR dealer and being diesel certified I would say skip the diesel with your needs. Personally I wouldn’t buy any new diesel unless absolutely necessary. All the stuff that’s been added in to a diesel to clean it up over the years has made them not reliable enough for me to say go ahead. I would just a 6.4 gasser with the lower gearing and you will be just fine.


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2016 Ram, 6.4 hemi, 4WD, crew cab---towing a 10,300 lb fifth wheel and now a 10,000 lb travel trailer. When I buy another truck, it will be a copy of what I currently drive.
16 MPG empty at 70 + miles per hour. 8.1 to 9.5 MPG towing average for over 30,000 miles towing.
The new 6.4 hemi's have a 8 speed trans that would be a great improvement over what I currently have.

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As long as you are only towing 11K you can get by with a gasser.
If that weight creeps up or you upgrade to a heavier rig you will want the diesel.


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What ever you get, best advice I can give you is get the warranty extended and negotiate that into the deal. As far out as possible. With the way things are, you won't find a truck that you want with the equipment. Service is an issue to get done because they are busy for various reasons. Parts are an issue, and you want a national warranty. All the electronics now are suspect and chasing the issue will cost you with no warranty. Also. you may not get a deal if there is an inventory shortage. Economics will dictate this issue.


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4girls2dogsandme wrote:

I’m going to buy a Ram 3500 SRW in November and my dilemma is gas or diesel. I have owned a 02 Cummins for 17 years and it was ole reliable. I only drove it 90,000 in those 17 years and really don’t drive crazy miles. We usually take the DW ‘s car on trips as we are seasonal campers at the moment. Anyway I’m retiring and will be traveling the winter months from November to April in the South. Maybe a trip West in summer time. I’m concerned that a new diesel with the all the new emissions and DEF regen won’t cut it as the other 7 months it will be a grocery getter. We are going to be purchasing a FW early next year with a pin weight of 2100 lbs and a GVW of 11,000. Any input would greatly be appreciated.


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Posted: 08/06/21 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Save yourself $50,000 and use what you have. That Cummins will have no issues with 11,000 lbs. I'm still using a 2001 Cummins dually, and it gets the job done. Yeah, it's not as fancy, and it is noisier, but $50,000 will buy a lot of traveling. JMO anyway.

And now is a terrible time to buy anyway, prices are waaaaay high.


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