- TV: 2016 RAM 3500 Crew Cab 4x4 SRW w/ 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel
... not really broken-in yet (less than 5K miles) ...
- Trailer: 2017 Classic 30'
- Conditions: Flat-land highways, basically around 500' elevation (mean)
- Average Speed: 65mph (the embedded photo shows the dash with 56mph average speed ... this includes two separate 5-minute idles to let the turbo's cool down at rest stops and explains why the average speed doesn't indicate ~65mph)
- Averaged 15 mpg
throughout this small journey through the flatlands ...
- Qualifiers: there was generally little to no traffic and we moved at speed throughout ... I realize this small snapshot is meaningless, but, it is indicative of what we saw on flat the highways between NJ and VA throughout our towing. Although we also drove considerable mileage without the TV connected (these statistics with photo ONLY include highway mileage with the trailer connected).
If I didn't want a big boat also, a 2500 would have been a much more comfortable ride than our 3500. The 3500 without a payload/towed-trailer is a ridiculously stiff and jarring ride ... but with the load, it really smooths out. I'd imagine the 2500, under load, would ride much like a 1500
Also, I very, very much appreciated the "automatic" exhaust brake mode on our TV... I understand there are many who enjoy towing with gas engines, but for me, given my little experience as a "newbie," I certainly appreciate the extra braking the turbo diesel provides--even if only to maintain a given speed on a descent without significant engine RPM creep.
Good luck with your decision!