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Old 06-03-2013, 09:56 PM
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I have a 2012 Ram 2500 with a Hemi.... I recently aquired a 8.5 x 28Ft enclosed trailer. I have yet to tow it fully loaded but I was getting around 7mph with the Hemi. The power was there and she pulled great, so I can't complain in that department.... but curious how much better diesel would be getting me. Im not so concerned with the extra power of diesel as I dont plan on towing much in the hills, mainly in FLA and up the east coast....

Trailer empty is about 5000Lbs and fully loaded will be close to 10,000LB


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I pulled a similar trailer 500 miles round trip, averaging 15 MPG there (60-65) and 13 on the way back (70-75).

The biggest difference you'll see is the power band. You don't have to get on it hard to get the load moving.
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I pulled a similar trailer 500 miles round trip, averaging 15 MPG there (60-65) and 13 on the way back (70-75).

The biggest difference you'll see is the power band. You don't have to get on it hard to get the load moving.

Thanks for posting.... I had a little wind so I think I will get about 7 mpg loaded. I did lend my truck to someone who towed a 28ft loaded and he averaged 7mpg in my truck....

I dont haul a ton.... I go to my local track (20 min trip) and maybe do a few long hauls (Anything over 200 miles) a handful of times a year. Just wasn't sure if a diesel was worth looking into....
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I just moved up from a 2500 Hemi to a 3500 Diesel. I did so for multiple reasons. Where you are and how you are saying you will use it. I think that you would be hard pressed to justify the expense. Your Hemi will definitely have the power to move it and if you already like the truck why spend the extra money. Maybe put a set of air bags on to level yourself out and enjoy the new trailer.

Where I am I will be pulling in mountains and I wanted the diesel for those hills and especially the exhaust brake for coming down them. I expect to get about 10-12 towing if we get the fifth wheel we have been looking at. That is only 3-5 more miles per gallon. That may seem like a lot but if you factor in your costs to move up to the diesel, higher fuel cost, etc. you will learn you are not doing it to save money. I feel that the diesel is worth it because of how it feels towing, the longevity ( I plan to try and keep this truck for 15+ years if everything goes like I want ). Plus I had a 99 diesel that I loved and had been my dad's before he died so there is a nostalgia and enjoyment that I know I am paying to enjoy and I pay it gladly.

All that being said, the Hemi is a damn good motor. We have them in more than half our police fleet and we run them damn hard and in seven years we have never had a single engine problem in any of our vehicles. That is very impressive to me.

Hope my rambling helps somehow.
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