I have a 2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman, regular cab, 8ft (open) bed (no cover), 5.7 hemi, 3.55 rear, 2400 miles on truck so far. Bought it brand new in September 2011. 99% of my driving is highway. I don't have that fancy instrument cluster, so I have to calculate my MPG by hand. I've kept scrupulous records. I've been using 87 Octane with out ethanol. Was getting 17, then 18, then 19, and now when I filled up today, 21.28 MPG!
My little 2001 Toyota Tacoma only got 22MPG
. I drive my Ram like an old fart (probably because I am an old fart at 66). Hey ! Us old farts gotta stick together ! I do a little towing of firewood that weighs maybe 3500 to 4000 pounds. No problem for the Ram. Thinking of getting an RV in the 4000 to 5000 pound weight class. Should be no problem as my truck is rated to tow 8900 pounds. With factory rebates, I got my truck for $18995. If you have a family, you'll probably want a bigger cab. My truck is perfect for the "occasional" towing I do. I have no problem with the 3.55 rear. It all depends on how much you'll be towing, and how often. I wanted the better MPG of the 3.55 rear. If I were towing a lot and often, then I'd go with the 3.92 which is rated to tow 10,400 pounds (given my trucks other specs). Here's a link to the Ram towing charts. http://www.ramtrucks.com/shared/pdf/..._Tow_Chart.pdf
If ya want a lot of truck at a really good price, check this out: http://www.lynchchryslerdodgejeep.co...46cc2d8926.htm
Check out it's specs. Pretty impressive !
MPG (13 & 19) and towing capacity (8,750 lbs) are down just a smidge because it's a 4X4.
A truck like this should do anything you realistically
expect to do.
You should be able to find deals like this in your area.
Hope this helps and I luv this forum !