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Old 08-08-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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How does the 2500 pull with a 5.7L?

After having two Hemi 1500s I bought an EcoDiesel. I didn't do my research and it turns out I can't tow my boat with it, so less than a year later I'm looking at trading it. I really want to stick with a Ram as it's the only truck I've ever owned, but I hate to say it an F-150 with an Ecoboost is looking pretty good. I almost made a move on a Power Wagon until I realized the 6.4L needed premium. I can't see buying something that will cut my mileage in half AND cost me an extra $200 a month in gas. The CTD is out of my price range, which leaves a 2500 with a 5.7 or an F-150. My boat, a 25' Grady White, weighs 9000lbs plus over 200 gals of fuel, ice, tackle, etc. so I don't want to buy another 1500 and be that close to the towing capacity. Any input?

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Old 08-08-2016, 05:37 PM   #2
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By no means am I a towing expert. I tow my Ram 1500 (5000lbs) on a trailer, probably 1200lbs which together is far less than your boat. I believe it would tow well with a suitable ram 2500 with a hemi. However I use a ram 2500 qc with a diesel without effort. With the weight of your boat IMO you need a diesel.
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Old 08-08-2016, 05:45 PM   #3
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Buy a used CTD or go ahead with the Power Wagon 6.4 - premium won't cost you that much more in the long run and the PW comes equipped with 4:56's.
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I'd buy used if I could, but I've had the truck for less than a year which equals negative equity. Negative equity and used trucks don't make for good deals at the dealer. I looked hard at the cost of premium. I'd be looking at an extra $10-$12 a tank and I'd be filling up twice as much. $60 a tank 8 times a month equals I drive 2-3000 miles a month. As it is I fill up once a week at about $47-50 a pop. I'm talking to a dealer now about a new CTD but I'm not getting my hopes up.
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With the new 2017 models hitting the floor and these guys needing a sale I would think they would deal on a 'new 2016' holdover CTD .
It really sounds like the CTD is the only RAM that will serve your needs without effort.


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Hey, Brett,
Long time know see. How are the kiddos?? How are you??
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They tow great with moderate loads. The chassis and suspension is the same as if the truck has a ctd or the 6.4, both have better engine braking than the 5.7, so IMO they are underrated on paper as far as rated capacity but you definitely do have to drive defensively when you get close to or over the ratings.
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I had a 2012 2500 4x2 with a 5.7 hemi and towed 8200 pounds with no issues....hills made it work a little but I always got 8+ mpg....got 19+ empty hiway

Recently upgraded to a 4x4 that came with a 6.4....I would have bought another 5.7 but the dealer (my son) only had 6.4's on the lot....it does tow better but the mpg is worse.
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I had a 2012 2500 4x2 with a 5.7 hemi and towed 8200 pounds with no issues....hills made it work a little but I always got 8+ mpg....got 19+ empty hiway

Recently upgraded to a 4x4 that came with a 6.4....I would have bought another 5.7 but the dealer (my son) only had 6.4's on the lot....it does tow better but the mpg is worse.
Probably because of the 4x4. My '11 2500 4x4 does 15-15.5 mpg most of the time empty. On a long highway trip one time it got 16.4.
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I had a 2013 Ram 2500 with the 5.7 hemi and pulled an 8500 pound tag trailer. It did very well except for big hills....then it geared down and still pulled ok...

I have a 2016 2500 now with the 6.4 hemi...bought a 5th wheel that is 9000 pounds. Pulls very well and i am totally happy with it.

Since it is NOT a power wagon, I run regular fuel all the time....runs great.
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