Originally Posted by rathrbcruisin
I'm wondering how a hemi with a 3.21 rear end would do, they are rated for 8150 lbs so that would be about what my f150 was. I would like to get a hemi with a 3.55 rear end. but for now this truck will have to do and i'll probably get used to the high revving V6.
I can tell you, how the Hemi with 3:21 rear end would do:
You barely would notice the camper, you would cruise with simply tow/haul mode and about 1600 rpm down the road, when you're on leveled ground. Up the Tennessee mountains, I never seen more than 3000 rpm's. And the fuel mileage- I guess, there you will see the biggest difference- is about 12-13mpg. I even got that with a 35footer.
Don't get me wrong- as long as you don't pull nothing more than a pop up, I do believe, the V6 in the RAM with 8-speed transmission might be a good engine. but the moment, you hook something serious up, it's simply not enough- yes, it'll do it, but the question is always "how".
Wait, till you have your first 100 miles with 3500rpm behind you- you will automatically pull in at every RAM- Dealer on your way.
I hate to say it- and I hat to "downtalk" people's ride- because I believe, everyone had his reason why he has, what he has- but I'm just honest in my Opinion.
It all comes down to the point: what do you want to do with it. And I know from experience- every work can be fun, as long as you have the right tool.
The V6 pulling a camper is not the right tool- even though it "theoretically" can pull it.
What people always forget- what's on paper and what's reality are always two different pair of shoes.
Can you run a marathon with cowboy boots? yeah- why not. Is it easier, better, less painful and faster in running shoes? absolutely. Chose what you think you do.