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Old 10-14-2011, 12:43 PM
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First time poster here and possible first time Dodge Owner. I'm in the market for a 1/2 or 3/4 pickup and it seems there are alot of options with Dodge and I'll be honest I don't know a lot about them. I've owned Ford and Chevy and Ford is to high priced and I'm not much of a Chevy Fan. I have some friends that own a Dodge and they like them. I'm after a 1/2 to 3/4 crew cab 4x4 truck with a gas motor. I haul small loads from time to time and maybe a tow behind camper once in awhile. Whats your recommendation? How is the fuel economy with a Hemi in a 4 door?
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:56 PM
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Hello Everyone,
First time poster here and possible first time Dodge Owner. I'm in the market for a 1/2 or 3/4 pickup and it seems there are alot of options with Dodge and I'll be honest I don't know a lot about them. I've owned Ford and Chevy and Ford is to high priced and I'm not much of a Chevy Fan. I have some friends that own a Dodge and they like them. I'm after a 1/2 to 3/4 crew cab 4x4 truck with a gas motor. I haul small loads from time to time and maybe a tow behind camper once in awhile. Whats your recommendation? How is the fuel economy with a Hemi in a 4 door?
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I can relate to some of your questions, I have the 1/2 ton crew cab with the hemi. Backseat room is excellent. I'm in the same boat, light loads for the most part, pull a travel trailer periodically. If you do decide to buy, buy one equipped with the heavy tow package, that would include a heavy duty cooling rad for both engine and transmission and buy one with the 3:92 limited slip rear diff. These are optimal pulling gears which will still offer decent gas mileage. The ride quality in general is upper shelf IMHO. I have the setup described and can achieve 20 to 22mpg often, just did it again today at 65 mph average, 13 mpg pulling my trailer weighing in about 5400lbs. That's US gallons. That's with 20 inch tires and rims. I have the SLT model, you can certainly go with a higher end truck and there are plenty of options to add, although the drivetrain isn't any different, the price will certainly increase. Good luck with your decision!
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I often haul about 4000lbs loaded with a Rzr 2quads 4 people and gear so maybe even more. I have a 2011 Laramie crew cab Hemi. I have the 3.55 gears and towing I can achieve an average of 15-16mpg. Unloaded i usually average 20-22 also. I would definitely go for the Laramie or long horn.
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Definitely find a truck with the 3.92 limited slip rear end. The 3.55 is not limited slip & you will be disappointed to have all that power & not be able to take advantage. Otherwise a great truck.
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I agree with the above comments, definitely go with the 3.92 gears, tow package, and a Crew Cab over the Quad Cab I would recommend as well. You will value the extra room in the back seat area. 20-22 mpg is definitely not the norm though. You should realistically expect 16-18 mixed driving if equipped with Hemi, 3.92 gears, 4wd. Good luck and you won't be disappointed!
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nmhs; 1500 to 2500 is a huge difference. From the sounds of it you should be fine with a 1500 and the 3.92 gears. Plus you'll save money and some fuel. Mileage for our 1500 has been average of 13.7. And that is hand calculated over the course of many months, and very average since we do about 50% city 50% highway with that PU.

Towing a 3500# trailer we get about 11 mpg (not that big of a drop and I commend the Hemi in that area). I also owned Fords (and a Titan) before my first RAM 3 years ago. No comparison as far as what you get for the money with the Titan being the exception.
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I'd say you are better off with a Quad cab. The back seat is not that small and there is a bigger bed then a crew cab, plus they are less expensive (I'd still pay more for the quad cab, it's a truck and I'd rather a medium sized bed instead of a small one). Expect the gas mileage on a HEMI to be about 13mpg.
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If you are going to pull a camper over 5,000 lb get the 2500. You can get the Crewcab 2500 with the normal 6.5 bed instead of the 5.5.

The 9.25 Rear Axle (1500) has a tendency to run hot when worked hard at heavier weights. Its also easy to get over on the rear axle and gross weights when hauling a heavier trailer.

A 2500 comes with the 10.5 and the available 4.10 gears and will have less issue with all of these. Better brakes and is a much better towing platform for a trailer over 5,000 lb.

The draw back to the 2500 is the solid axles (if you need 4WD) and leaf springs in the rear. Of course these turn into a plus when loaded or pulling.
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If you are going to pull a camper over 5,000 lb get the 2500. You can get the Crewcab 2500 with the normal 6.5 bed instead of the 5.5.

The 9.25 Rear Axle (1500) has a tendency to run hot when worked hard at heavier weights. Its also easy to get over on the rear axle and gross weights when hauling a heavier trailer.

A 2500 comes with the 10.5 and the available 4.10 gears and will have less issue with all of these. Better brakes and is a much better towing platform for a trailer over 5,000 lb.

The draw back to the 2500 is the solid axles (if you need 4WD) and leaf springs in the rear. Of course these turn into a plus when loaded or pulling.
^^^^I basically agree with all of this except: I would bump the cross-over weight to about 6500#, add that a good Mag-Tec diff cover would eliminate heat issues for the 9.25 rear, and make it clear the ride quality is truly a night and day difference.
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