Within a brand
Since joining this site I've learned so many things regarding needs (wants are a separate issue). I've been Dodge brand since 66 with my first D100 with a 318 (that $400 truck made me about $3,800), so I know I'm a Dodge brand.
I got married to a 5.9 magnum 4x4 long ago (it stuck me on having a 4x4 with umph). I raised it a level due to towing needs and chose a Cummins diesel 5.9 (no regrets).
However, I've been listening, asking, observing and developing an appreciation for Hemi's. Right now it's tempered, since current needs are met. But on a case by case basis you Hemi guys can make a point (at least with me and the 1/2 tons). It's 2500 and above I struggle with.
However being biased to Dodge there's no wrong choice. I took a trip to Etown KY today in the diesel and soaked in every Dodge PU I encountered. Believe it or not, many Hemi's 1500's & 2500's carrying a load were evident. I can take a wake up call, even though at 2500 and above I'm Cummins biased.
Don't quit teaching. Thanks team................R...:smileup:
had a couple 5.9 diesels myself. best engine ever made imho. i now have a hemi in a rcsb 4x4 sport. great fun, great vehicle. the hemi can do many things well. but for towing heavy loads on a consistant basis, the 5.9 can't be beat.
Note,................. the answer
Occasional load or constant hauling. However note others will remind you on engine life, rebuilds etc. on gassers vs. diesels/Cummins. I saw a guy the other day with a 2500 Hemi loaded to the gills with tools, diesel fuel etc. On fleet vehicles, it's 5 year write offs for equipment (auction time).
Both the Cummins and the Hemi have their place in the working environment. I believe the diesels slide more toward working while Hemi's can do both. Now I'm sure there are off road diesel enthusiast but listen, you need your ball joints, track bars, tie rod ends and pitman arms to get 15k loads up and down a mountain (consistently).
Yeah I have one that's slightly lifted and 4x4, but I don't take it off road (I've got a Ram 1500 5.9 4x4 gasser for that, that weighs 2,300 LBS. less). I use the 4x4 in a diesel to get a load up my 1800' drive on a 2 & 1/2 to 1 slope for vehicle off load. But I'm sure there's enthusiast out there that want to stick'em in the woods and mud wholes (personal preference I guess).
I think the Hemi has the place (and I've found it, and with me it's a matter of time). The Hemi is the option for occasional loads and all other things, the Cummins, it's a beast for hauling. Personal opinion here guys. R...
agree for the oc towing of a heavy load, the hemi is the way to go.
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