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Old 03-15-2012, 11:01 AM
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Short answer is yes get the 1500. Your higher payment is not worth 16 trips to the lake. The 1500 will pull just as well plenty of power.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:05 PM
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Gear ratio will not affect MPG at altitude as much. With the MDS system and the 3.92 ratio, a ram will be able to achieve and maintain Eco mode faster and longer. And especially since you live at a higher elevation, a lower gear ratio (3.55) will not be able to achieve and maintain eco as often for the better gas mileage becuase we do not get the benfit of the full HP and Tq to maintain speed that the folks closer to sea level do. I live at 6000' above sea level, so my power is down ~20% compare to the same truck running in the midwest or some other lower elevation location.

So, my vote would be IF you decide to trade in the truck, get the 3.92 ratio axle, it will help you pull and achieve the better milage. But honestly, I would be considering picking up a cheap 4 cylinder car to make that 50 mile per day trip, gas prices aren't getting any cheaper.

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Old 03-15-2012, 03:08 PM
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Are you trading this in through a dealer? I find it hard to believe you are going to really save that much in payments a month. I'm just asking since it seems like dealers are able to make the payment what you want it to be a month, a numbers game. To me it doesn't make sense, dealers rarely trade vehicles and put cash in your pocket, which if your payment is truely lower, thats what they would be doing.

What does your boat really weight. Boat makers often make a boat look lighter than it really is, so it looks like you can tow the thing with your Prius. Even if it is a lot heavier than you think, a 1500 will tow it fine. What was the reason for getting a 2500 to start with? Has that need changed.
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