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Old 06-18-2019, 09:03 PM
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Dennis Dillon sells Rams to people all over the USA, people fly in to pick them up

I don't recall any one complaining about them

I can't say the same about Dave Smith in Idaho
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Honestly, my impression so far is better w/Dennis Dillon. More responsive and the pricing transparent. Have been working with Nick and he has been in contact with me asking questions and working to find what I want and checking with service/accessories to determine cost of adding options if he can't find them.
Didn't get quite as good of an impression when I spoke with someone from Dave Smith. He kept pushing for additional options I was looking for, and then he got hung up on color. Kept pressing me for what color I wanted. I don't care--I told him numerous times that I didn't want to be limited by color. Finally gave him an answer because he wouldn't drop it. Am really hoping it's not just because I'm female...Anyways, I know they have a huge inventory but interesting that I have not heard back from him....We're in no rush so hoping Dennis Dillon comes through for us!
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Where are you located? I picked up my 19 3500 a few weeks back and traded my 18 SRW
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I don't think you made a mistake by choosing your truck after getting the camper. You now know what you need in a truck to be safe. Too many folks mistakenly believe that just because a truck can pull something, it's safe to drive. Too many camper salesmen don't ask, don't tell or don't know. I guess I could throw a few truck salesmen in that pile, too!



Indeed, most of these newer trucks can pull 10K, but doing the math (or simply looking at the sticker on the door frame) to determine what load the vehicle is rated for gets forgotten.



In my estimation, payload rating is one of the chief numbers to know when choosing a camper. Go over on payload and you risk a white-knuckle experience or worse. In today's truck world, any truck that can meet your payload requirements should easily be able to pull what you need. Finally, never trust the published numbers, always check the door frame sticker and weigh your loaded camper.
Too many people trust a camper salesman to tell them if their truck can tow their camper. Each time I went camper shopping, they had no clue what my payload, GCWR, axle rating, or anything important was but they proceeded to tell me that my truck can handle 7000# empty weight campers. They were gorgeous double slide units that I wish I could have towed, but fortunately I knew enough to do my homework.

There should seriously be a requirement for these camper salespeople to verify some information before allowing someone to hook up to a camper.
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Where are you located? I picked up my 19 3500 a few weeks back and traded my 18 SRW
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Darn! South Florida is probably out of the question! Best of luck with your search.
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How does the new 3500 ride without a load compared to the 2500
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How does the new 3500 ride without a load compared to the 2500
Unloaded, the ride is firm and smooths out when loaded. The quality of the ride is dependant on the condition of the roadway.
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I just went through the exercise of calculating the crap out of towing capabilities between the 2500 and 3500. I asked about the price difference between the two and it was about $1,200. Cost is negligible between a long and short bed but weight is greater on the short bed. I too was looking between the 2018 and 2019 but as you've discovered the features that you're probably looking for are on the 2019.

I ended up buying the 2019 Laramie 3500, Option 1 package, tow prep. I'll be figuring out if I made the right decision to purchase the Reese #30154 adapter for a standard 5th wheel hitch (which I already have) or get an automatic slider.

Not sure if any of this was helpful. I wish you good luck!
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