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Old 07-25-2014, 09:32 AM
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I figured this was a great spot for my first post since towing is what led me to my Ram. This is the first truck I've owned in over a decade. The bottom line is that gas V6 trucks seem to suck, and gas V8 trucks seem to suck gas. So small diesels have been the way for me. Living in Germany for five of the last ten years made that a little more feasible. They seem to understand the value of a compact diesel. However, when Ram brought out the 3.0 EcoDiesel, I suddenly got interested in owning a truck again. Every one I found in NC seemed to be sold. But with a pending roadtrip to Oklahoma, I decided to scout the Tennessee market around where we were spending the night. Bingo! I found one.

So halfway through a road trip I went from this configuration:



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I literally left the lot with a trailer full of motorcycles in tow. I towed a total of about 1900 miles on that trip, from plains to mountains, finally unhitching the trailer on Sunday. I am very impressed with this engine and the truck as a whole. It tows like a champ, seems to pull harder than the V8s, and I'm getting 27mpgs now that I've dropped the trailer. I think Ram hit it out of the park with this configuration.
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Cool. Nice truck, best of luck with it and welcome aboard.
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Nice looking rig, it matches your trailer
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What was the mpg towing? I have a 22ft enclosed I will be towing to NC later this year, and was wondering about towing mpgs. Unloaded I have been getting close to 28...
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Nice move up. Looks like you traded in a V6 Sorento which is a little hot rod for a good tow vehicle.
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Nice move up. Looks like you traded in a V6 Sorento which is a little hot rod for a good tow vehicle.
I'm pretty sure that's a Mercedes Benz SUV there, not a Kia.

Great looking truck though! Love it.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:33 PM
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I'm pretty sure that's a Mercedes Benz SUV there, not a Kia.

Great looking truck though! Love it.
Your right! I just insulted all the MB fans.
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Yep, that was a Mercedes GL350. Loved the vehicle, it towed well, but I really missed having a utilitarian vehicle. Plus, the horrified looks at Lowe's when a guy in overalls starts loading bags of soil in the back of a Mercedes were getting old.
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What was the mpg towing? I have a 22ft enclosed I will be towing to NC later this year, and was wondering about towing mpgs. Unloaded I have been getting close to 28...

15mpgs while towing on the highway, and I wasnt going easy on it. i went 75-80 most of the way, minus the mountains which slowed me down to 60mph.
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15mpgs while towing on the highway, and I wasnt going easy on it. i went 75-80 most of the way, minus the mountains which slowed me down to 60mph.

Thanks for the reply, I have a 93 D350 that is being phased out of tow duty, and it would get 10-12 mpg coming from Sebring FL to Weaverville NC BUT is a rough riding SOB. I know it isn't a true apples to apples comparison, but I will take 15mpg and comfort any day!
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