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Old 12-11-2010, 12:28 PM
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What do you experience?

My Hemi with a 3:55 and 20's pulls my 5300 pound 27 footer EASY! Plus I usually have a 800 pound Harley in the side garage with about 800 pnds. in tongue weight (it's a toy hauler travel trailer). With a proper hitch and stabilizer, it's really effortless.

Compared to your '99 Sub, you won't believe the diff!

For most of the driving I do which does not involve towing, the Hemi with the 3:55 makes most sense - engine is worthy of a sportscar with decent economy.
Anytime you gave tuff towing conditions like hills or wind. The Ram is going out of lockup often. Even not pulling anything, same conditions, Ram goes out of lockup, but not as often. Because of this, when pulling my boat, The Ram gets worse miledge than the Tundra. Thats why I have stated on other post, all 4x4s should come standard with 3.92s. I have asked on this site, if the Ram can hold up long term to the constant unlocking the the torque converter. I did not get any answers.
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We traded an 08 Hemi, with 3:92, for a 010 Hemi with 3:55. I love the 10, ride, POWER, comfort, but I hate the gears. If you live in Kansas, no hills, you'd be fine. Southern Iowa, has hills. Even out of overdrive, when our boat is hooked on, it shifts all the time. Good luck Doug
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:36 PM
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I have a 09 with the 3.55's plus a six inch lift and 35's. I pull a 24' cuddy cabin boat. I will agree the gears arent the best for towing. I just put it in auto-stick and dont let it out of 4th. Sucks for gas but pulls like a dream. Although I did used to pull this boat with a 99 Jepp Grand Cherokee with the V8 so I am known for overloading I guess
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:40 PM
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I have an 04 Hemi 4x4 3.92's I pull a 28' trailer in overdrive. NP about 4500 lbs but when I hook up my 5th wheel there is a big difference. 6800 lbs dry (probably over 75oo lbs loaded) 1200 lb tongue weight. 160 lb genny in the bed. Pulled it to Colorado from Michigan and back. 10MPG in Michigan but once I hit Iowa and the corn juice in the gas, the mileage went south. Didn't do the hills very well with all the downshifting etc. Truck has plenty of power but the 04 tranny has trouble getting into the gear I want. So, pulling a hill in 3rd, drops to 3000 rpm then downshifts to hi 2nd. Then to 1st and 5200 rpms. Gotta slow down and loose your momentum.

If you don't go long distance, and don't drive in mountains you should be fine.
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Quick update. I purchased an 2011 Ram QC 4x4 with the 5.7 Hemi 3.55 gears. Really happy with the truck, gets around on slick roads very well even without the 4wd turned on. Oh, by the way I kept the diesel for towing the camper ; ) Thanks for all the advice. I may try the Hemi pulling the camper on a couple of our short trips this year just to see how it does. If I don't like it then I only have to drive 25 miles home to get the diesel to pull the camper home!
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Run home for the diesel, LOL I love it!! My Colorado trip was just over 2900 miles (up to 9000 feet) and we went to Mt. Rushmore on the way home. Didn't have to run get anything except trailer tires. LOL (Not funny at the time but that is another story) My 1/2 ton Ram is a winner. The 2011 has more Horse Power than mine so you will probably be fine with the 3:55's pulling your trailer.

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Old 12-16-2010, 02:28 PM
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mileage between 3.55 & 3.92 is not much difference running without towing is close to the same
Don't think you can say that, it defies logic that it would be close to the same. Unless your definition of "close" isn't really close.

Every ram I saw supplied as test units to the media had a 3:55 for a reason - better fuel economy.
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The Hemi (and really any V-8 gas engine) simply does not have the torque of a Cummins or other diesels (probably around 400 lbs per foot for the Hemi and about 550+ lbs per foot the Cummins - not a small difference by any means). I forgot what the 2009 Hemi has for towing cabilities but if you are looking at the 2500, I am quite sure it would have the needed specs for your travel trailer (check the specs of your potential new truck to be sure). Since I have not read all the other threads closley, at the danger of being repetitive, the other big difference between a diesel and gas when it comes to medium to heavy towing is the MPG. The Hemi will gulp fuel going up hills and under other more strenuous situations at a much faster rate than the diesel (not sure what the average MPG is for the '03 Cummins).

I think you are fine with either truck although I personnaly prefer the diesels for a variety of reasons.

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a 5.7 hemmi toes great but guzzels gas . stay with A DIESEL.
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My 09 with 3.92 gears seems to impress me everytime I test it. I have hauled a covered car hauler with a car in it and it pulled REAL strong and many other lighter loads! I feel that the truck would tow anything I would need it to power wise but if I was to throw weight behind it on a regular basis, I would get some airbags to help it in the suspension department......
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