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Old 04-26-2013, 05:19 PM
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I went through this same predicament. My father drives an F350 6.0 PowerStroke, but for him it's more of a work truck than a grocery getter. It's a Lariat crew cab, so it has the bells and whistles, but still a work truck. It probably hauls our Bobcat skid steer and excavator more than our Duramax 4500 does. Believe me, I wanted a 2500 with the Cummins, but I couldn't justify it. We have a big enough fleet where my pickup is not used for work. I use a Sprinter 2500 as the work horse, along with the dump truck when needed. If I tow 10 times a year, that's extreme. Plus, it would never be more than 6k lbs or so. Diesels are great engines, but if they're not worked almost everyday it really doesn't pay. Whether it's a Cummins, Powerstroke, Duramax, Caterpillar, etc...it needs to be worked. They're made to work...that's why for me, I went with the Hemi 1500. I love diesel, but I knew it would be a waste of money for me to go diesel on my personal pickup. For work, every truck we run is a diesel. The decision ultimately comes down to you AND your wallet haha!
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:41 AM
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I think there's a rumor about the 1500 getting the diesel motor in the next year or so Should be cheaper than the 2500 and get better mpg Hold out if u can and get both worlds
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I would get the cummins. You will need it and most likely not want a gasser after it haha. I couldnt settle for a 1500 after driving a 2500, but I got mine with the Hemi. Needless to to say my next truck is going to be a cummins. I am glad I got the Hemi now because I am in school and dont drive a whole lot. But when I graduate I will be looking into an 04-08 cummins
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So my dealer picked up my 1500 for a fender flare repair from purchase and left me a 2012 CC 3500 outdoorsman diesel, I had it for two days, I ran it through the paces hooked up my TT and went for a drive, it did well of course, I like how much more stable the truck/trailer was, I will see what they may give me trade for mine, if the deal ain't right I won't buy, I am curious about the ram 1/2 ton diesel,,
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the 2500 cummins . i when from a ford ranger 4.0 to a 2500 dr diesel i love it. it get better mileage than the ranger and has a lot more room and can pull a loaded trailer like it is not even there
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go for the 2500 truck. wheather you get the hemi or cummins is up to you. if the extra cost of diesel and upkeep is worth it for you, go with the cumins. lower mpg in the hemi but cheaper gas may cxld out the mpg gains from the diesel. either way the 2500 will tow better.
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FWIW, I just learned the hard way.
Bought beautiful '12 Hemi Laramie Hemi last Feb. to tow my 240 Sundancer. Dealer said tows 10500lbs ("all day and night). I was a dummy and took his word. Cars I know. Trucks not so much. Towed with it all right, till one day, after reading on this forum, I inputed my VIN and got my actual tow rating (8350 with my 3:55). My boat with options all kitted out is over 9k wet. Doable, but not comfortable, and I like to do things by the book.

So last week, I snap and flip it on a new '12 2500 Cummins Laramie Longhorn Limited (Crew). Wow. World of difference. Hauled it home (6 hours return) saving 30% on fuel with 100% less stress.

Love this truck!

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FWIW, I just learned the hard way.
Bought beautiful '12 Hemi Laramie Hemi last Feb. to tow my 240 Sundancer. Dealer said tows 10500lbs ("all day and night). I was a dummy and took his word. Cars I know. Trucks not so much. Towed with it all right, till one day, after reading on this forum, I inputed my VIN and got my actual tow rating (8350 with my 3:55). My boat with options all kitted out is over 9k wet. Doable, but not comfortable, and I like to do things by the book.

So last week, I snap and flip it on a new '12 2500 Cummins Laramie Longhorn Limited (Crew). Wow. World of difference. Hauled it home (6 hours return) saving 30% on fuel with 100% less stress.

Love this truck!

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