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Old 10-27-2013, 08:36 PM
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Default First tow with my RAM (V6)/F-150 Comparison...

Finally got to tow with my RAM this weekend. Part of the reason for switching from my F-150 was the slightly higher max tow capacity and the better mileage.

My RAM 1500 is equipped with the V6, 8spd tranny, 3.55 rear end, towing packge and air lift bags. My F-150 was equipped with a V6 (NOT the EcoBoost), 6 spd tranny, 3.73 rear end, towing package and air lift bags.

It's as close to an apples to apples comparison. In addition to air bags, I use a weight distribution hitch and an anti-sway bar. I was towing my 16' KZ RV Toy Hauler (no bike this time) loaded for non-hookup camping (meaning full water tank) so the weight was around 3200 lbs.

While this was a shorter trip than what we typically take, I can say the the RAM soundly out performed the F-150. Ride quality was noticeably better. There wasn't much in the way of rear end bounce that I typically experience with the F-150. The best thing was the transmission operation, my F150 would constantly jump between gears to maintain speed, the RAM not so much. I attribute this to the two extra gears of the RAM transmission, but it was still very satisfying not the hear the engine RPM's jumping at the first sign of an overpass .

Typical gas mileage on the F-150 was around 9-11. I can't really make a good comparison on this with only a single trip, but the RAM averaged about 12 mpg. I try to keep the speed between 60-65mph when towing. I tried keeping up with traffic when towing and that's when I was on the low end of the average mpg.

So, all in all, very please with the results so far.
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good luck! i just moved up from a 2012 chevy avalanche to a 2013 ram 1500. i have a 29 foot jayco travel trailer that weighs 5300 lbs empty and the avalanche had its hands full even with the 4.10 rear end. my ram is rated to tow 9900 lbs and my first pull will be this weekend to CT. cant wait to see how the new beast does.
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good luck! i just moved up from a 2012 chevy avalanche to a 2013 ram 1500. i have a 29 foot jayco travel trailer that weighs 5300 lbs empty and the avalanche had its hands full even with the 4.10 rear end. my ram is rated to tow 9900 lbs and my first pull will be this weekend to CT. cant wait to see how the new beast does.
Please keep us posted on how the RAM does.......
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I can not understand why anyone who is planning on towing regularly would buy a 6 cylider engine. Even if the configuration is adequate (barely) for your current items being towed, are you not possibly going to move up? Camp trailer, boat, work trailer or whatever, don't we always want to step up size and weight wise?
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I can not understand why anyone who is planning on towing regularly would buy a 6 cylider engine. Even if the configuration is adequate (barely) for your current items being towed, are you not possibly going to move up? Camp trailer, boat, work trailer or whatever, don't we always want to step up size and weight wise?
Well, it's more than adequate, thank you very much. And no, I will never have a work trailer, boat or larger RV. If I had any such plans you can bet my choice would be different. Even fully loaded with my heaviest bike, I am still well under my max towing capacity.

I like having a truck for everyday use as well as the occasional RV trip. I also have a long commute and appreciated the extra miles per tank the newer V6 trucks give me. I don't need 2 million lbs of towing and a super wondermax 5000 hp V8. If you need that, that's great FOR YOU.

Back on topic: Forgot to mention that I also used an aftermarket brake controller, a Venturer unit, same one from my F-150. Brake performance was fine, not any better or worse than the F-150.
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Well, it's more than adequate, thank you very much. And no, I will never have a work trailer, boat or larger RV. If I had any such plans you can bet my choice would be different. Even fully loaded with my heaviest bike, I am still well under my max towing capacity.

I like having a truck for everyday use as well as the occasional RV trip. I also have a long commute and appreciated the extra miles per tank the newer V6 trucks give me. I don't need 2 million lbs of towing and a super wondermax 5000 hp V8. If you need that, that's great FOR YOU.

Back on topic: Forgot to mention that I also used an aftermarket brake controller, a Venturer unit, same one from my F-150. Brake performance was fine, not any better or worse than the F-150.

Well said...same here. When buying my truck the sales guy kept trying to push a Hemi on me...I thought about it and concluded I DIDN'T NEED IT...all I ever tow is my boat and the occasional trailer load of wood. I love the V6 especially mated up to the 8 speed transmission.

Good write up tweak89!
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Well, it's more than adequate, thank you very much. And no, I will never have a work trailer, boat or larger RV. If I had any such plans you can bet my choice would be different. Even fully loaded with my heaviest bike, I am still well under my max towing capacity.

I like having a truck for everyday use as well as the occasional RV trip. I also have a long commute and appreciated the extra miles per tank the newer V6 trucks give me. I don't need 2 million lbs of towing and a super wondermax 5000 hp V8. If you need that, that's great FOR YOU.

Back on topic: Forgot to mention that I also used an aftermarket brake controller, a Venturer unit, same one from my F-150. Brake performance was fine, not any better or worse than the F-150.


Also, if you bought a Ram with a Hemi but got the 3.21 axle instead of the 3.92, you may as well have made a deal with the devil around here.
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