I just came back from a 10 fishing trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I was anxious as this was my first long range haul with the new Ram. It was impressive from the beginning with power and mileage. I averaged 10.3 mpg there and 11.6 back down. Now my trailer isn't the biggest in the world at about 6000lbs loaded. But I also had 9 nights worth of firewood a bbq and a cooler full of beer in the bed.
The big test came at Sherwin Grade. Sherwin grade rises out of Bishop, CA at 4150ft to the summit at Tom's Place, CA at 7100feet. A 6% grade for 24 miles. My 2002 Chevy 2500 had the 6.0 Vortec with 4.10 gears. Hauling this grade would age me 10 years everytime as I would be in low gears at 35mph watching the engine and tranny gauges head for the red. The Ram hauled it at 60mph with 3.55's. The engine never went over 219* and the tranny 193*. The number of rigs I walked going up left a mile wide smile on my face.
It impressed off road too. We went on all kinds of back road adventures. Here is the view from Bald Mountain Lookout Station at 10000ft.
Rock Creek at 10500ft
I'm throwing out kudos also for the airlift 1000 bags and the BFG Rugged Terrains. They excelled offroad as well as on and both I would highly recommend both.
We had a ball and caught many fish. May have had a couple of beers too.