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Old 08-16-2011, 12:11 PM
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Snrusnak,

Great feedback...I also thought the RAM Hemi had decent gas mileage for a truck of this size. I just notice my earlier response... opps, I was playing with the emotions, didn't mean to attach them. Do have any knowledge of the 2500? If we go with a larger camper (5th wheel) this would be our vehicle of choice. Especially with the extra torque rating of 800 ft lbs.

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sorry I have basically no knowledge on the 2500... I don't even know if they have leaf or coil rear suspension....
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The 5.4 ford is a gas guzzler pretty much, my brother has a brand new f150 with the 5.0 and he's getting 15-17
2500 have leafs in the back still. It still depends on what your 5th wheel weighs, if it's over 8000 lbs the 2500 might be a better idea, of course if your only going to pull the camper twice a year then stick with a 1500 and a camper it can handle
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I agree with that ^^. Depending on the weight you'll be pulling and how often, the 1500 HEMI can easily handle it, just get the right gearing (3.92 I think is the highest you can get). I believe the HEMI has a max tow rating over 10,000lb on the Ram 1500 with 3.92 gearing. I agree over 8,000lb towed often would be wise stepping up to the Ram 2500.

My father in law said he'd never tow his 8,000lb trailer with his ford again, he said it felt out of control the whole way to arkansas, and he does have the trailer brake controller as well. The ford 5.4L I think only has like 300 hp and 340ft lb? My 4.7L has that.
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most trailer sales people will NOT put a fifth wheel hitch in a 1500 & Dodge will not do it
the basic Hemi engine long block is the same in all the truck series, even right down to the threaded bolt on places. if you take off the MDS system & block off those ports, add the bolt ons from a 2500, 3500, etc. all are the same.
the transmission in the 1500 is for light duty towing, as is the torque converter.

the 2012 engine will be the same, the transmission & torque converter will be the same as what has been in the 2500s for the past year or 2.

either in 2012 or 2013, the Rams will be getting an air suspension system, it is part of their 5 year plan

possibly this year you will start seeing less Corporate rear ends & more ZF rear ends, like in the bigger Jeeps
2013 will also bring a ZF 8 speed automatic transmission, built especially for Chrysler products, Chrysler is retooling 2 plants in Kokomo already & ZF is building a plant in South Carolina, they are used in BMW, AUDI, & several other better brands. Ford is in talks with them too
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