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Old 01-29-2010, 09:39 AM
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I'm hoping for some help deciding between the 4.7 and the Hemi. I have a family of 4 and dog. Right now our vehicle for long trips is a Grand Caravan SXT (3.8 engine). We make a trip to WV twice a year towing a small trailer with an ATV on it. The trip from NJ to WV is very hilly, but the GC makes it OK. The problem is the dirt roads in WV, the GC really struggles get back to the farm. I've got my eye on a 2010 Ram crew cab. My commute to work is only about 15 miles on backroads and this is where the truck will be driven 98% of the time. Twice a year we head down to WV with the 500lb ATV on a 200lb trailer. Do I need a Hemi or can I save some coin and get a 4.7? This truck will be my DD and I have no plans to lift or modify it (I have a Jeep XJ that).

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Need? No, the 4.7 will haul that kind of load easily but, you should drive both and see which you like better.
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I agree with Randy. I don't NEED a Hemi or even a quad cab, but I have both. I was single with no kids, pets, or recreational toys, but I got the truck I wanted. There wasn't really a big price difference so I figured I would get it all!
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It is truly a personal preference. The hemi will provide you with much more power for the times you want it. Also the gas mileage from what I am told is about the same.
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I'm sure my right would prefer the Hemi, but my wallet would much rather have the 4.7L. I don't want to start a gas war, but I'd put 89 in the Hemi's tank and 87 in 4.7L's tank. I had an '01 Ram with the 5.9L an averaged 8mpg, I guess that's why I'm leaning towards the smaller engine this time.
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oh no. the hemis now get decent fuel mileage. I have a 4.7 and two 5.7s at my house. The hemis consistantly get better mpg.
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Thank you for the insight, I would have guessed the opposite. My local dealer doesn't have any 4.7s in stock, so I'll have to drive to a larger dealer to test drive them both.
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The worst I'm hearing from the Hemi is 12 mpg with 3.92 gears, a lead foot and living in the mountains of East Tennessee. I can verify all this because he works right beside me.
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Both engines will do fine. I agree with Randy...drive them both and decide.

I think the HEMI will be a bit worse on gas mileage but the 4.7, but despite the slightly (and I mean slightly) better mileage of the 4.7 I'd still go with the HEMI. The truck is heavy and the 4.7 feels a bit overwhelmed in the truck, IMHO.
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The worst I'm hearing from the Hemi is 12 mpg with 3.92 gears, a lead foot and living in the mountains of East Tennessee. I can verify all this because he works right beside me.
Try 9 mpg with 3.73 gears with a heavy right foot and a MegaCab...
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