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Old 03-15-2011, 08:33 AM
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Since you don't tow a heavy load all the time ("two to four times max."), I would save my money and get the 1500 w/ 3.9 gears and 17 inch tires. You can always add something like this http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...-air-bags.html if you need a little more towing capacity. This was just a quick search, I'm sure there are better kits out there.

I'm slowly creeping over to the 1500 side.
I've been hearing a lot too about the 20" vs 17" wheel debate. Any pros or cons to be aware of? I just like the styling better of the 20" wheel. Would I be OK with those to tow with??
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My dad was looking at crew cabs since we're all "getting bigger" haha till I talked him into a quad cab. For the extra $3k I dont think its worth it for a cooler and a shorter bed, but he also will use the extra bed length more. My 24 yr. old brother is 6"2' and is more then comfortable in the back seat

I initially thought Quad myself, until I sat in the backseat of one. I'm under 6ft, and just thought it was extremely uncomfortable. Not legroom per se, but just the seat positioning. The Crew was much better.
I used to have to drive with the tailgate down half the time anyway with my other short beds whenever I was hauling stuff to the dump, carrying lumber/plywood from Home Depot, etc.
I plan on going to another dealer I'm comfortable with (got my wife's T&C there) this week. The sales guy was great. I'll probably test drive one & decide on Quad or Crew then.
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I'm sure you would be ok towing a few times a year with the 20 inch wheels, and even 3.55 gears. The ride will be better with the 17 inch wheel and 3.9. I have read that the 20 inch tires are more expensive to replace, don't do so well off-road (I don't know the reasoning), and the ride quality is not as good (probably lack of sufficient side wall). Oh, and I think I read that the chrome is actually a plastic covering (but people don't seem to mind).

I have 17 inch wheels and don't have experience with the 20s, but the above is why I wanted the 17s.
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I'm sure you would be ok towing a few times a year with the 20 inch wheels, and even 3.55 gears. The ride will be better with the 17 inch wheel and 3.9. I have read that the 20 inch tires are more expensive to replace, don't do so well off-road (I don't know the reasoning), and the ride quality is not as good (probably lack of sufficient side wall). Oh, and I think I read that the chrome is actually a plastic covering (but people don't seem to mind).

I have 17 inch wheels and don't have experience with the 20s, but the above is why I wanted the 17s.

Yeah, even the 17"s now are the cheezy "chrome clad" wheels with the plastic overlay.
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My 2011 1500 outdoorsman came with 17 inch aluminum alloy.

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My 2011 1500 sportsman came with 17 inch aluminum alloy.

The LARAMIE comes with either 17" or 20" CHROME-CLAD wheels. The are aluminum wheels with the cheezy plastic chrome plated overlay.
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I moved from 2 previous 2500 Hemi 3.73 to my current 1500 hemi 3.92. I regularly pull a trailer weighing in at ~6500lbs. I run a tongue weight of between 550 - 950Lbs depending on who packed the trailer. I install Timbren SES suspension enhancers to better handle the tongue weight.

I much prefer the 'empty' ride of the 1500. Power wise, non-issue. Even with 6500Lbs in tow, I can still win races . Mileage, well.....it's a full size 4x4 pulling 6500Lbs with a maniac behind the wheel....it doesn't get mileage! But when I drive like a calm rational and responsible person, I have got as high as 15mpg(us) pulling at 60mph.

For occasional towing, the 1500 will do fine. I would recommend the 3.92 gears, and either use a stabilizer hitch or some sort of rear suspension enhancement. As nice as the 1500 is, it does NOT carry a load anything like the 2500 does.....not even close.

Either way, these new Rams are a pleasure to own and drive. Good luck with your decision making process, I know how hard it is, I did mine last year at this time. :smielup:
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Hey Brad, thanks for the insight.
When you say " As nice as the 1500 is, it does NOT carry a load anything like the 2500 does.....not even close." Are you referring to payload capacity??

I do see that the 1500 has considerably less payload vs the 2500, about 1000 lbs.

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Hey Brad, thanks for the insight.
When you say " As nice as the 1500 is, it does NOT carry a load anything like the 2500 does.....not even close." Are you referring to payload capacity??

I do see that the 1500 has considerably less payload vs the 2500, about 1000 lbs.

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1000 Lbs on paper....2000 Lbs+ in reality.

Uggghhhh...
I guess I typed that wrong. I meant to say 1000lbs difference between the two. The 2500 SB 4x4 I'm looking at has 2550lb payload. The 1500 Crew cab SB 4x4 has 1500lb payload.
Are you saying it can handle 2000lbs in reality? Hope so.
If not, how will it handle tongue weight if the payload is that crappy as you state?

Please reply, I might be pulling the trigger on this tonite!!
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