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Old 09-26-2014, 10:14 PM   #15
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I have a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 with 5'7" bed. I have owned trucks all my life and never have I had such a good riding and handling truck then this Dodge. I believe it is all about the rear coil/independent springs that make the difference. I have towed my 2012 28ft FC for about 20k miles without an issue and regularly pass diesel pushers on steep hills. I just cannot imagine needing more torque or hp. Over 20k miles towing my average gas mileage was/is 11mpg. I did get the 32 gallon gas tank as an option so..gas is rarely an issue. I recently took my truck into the dealership for transmission service (at 37k) and had them change the oils and check the pressures. All the pressures were perfrect. By the way, the payload on my truck is 1278lbs with 3900lb axles. My total rig weight is 13,000lbs. I do run my P rated Goodyear tires at max capacity of 44psi when towing. Interestingly, the ride is still very good at 44psi. compared to 33psi no load recommended.
It's a very solid design, which led me in the direction of RAM. In 09, the dark days of Cerberus Capital, the truck did not have much press and/or just was eclipsed by the bad times of the day. Funny how, like the Jeep JK, the model started hitting it's stride 3-4 model years later in sales. Now it is Truck of the Year.

My experience is similar to yours, albeit pulling other types of loads.
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:17 PM   #16
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I do run my P rated Goodyear tires at max capacity of 44psi when towing. Interestingly, the ride is still very good at 44psi. compared to 33psi no load recommended.

Did monitor the tire pressure, too:

39 psig cold at beginning of trip
41 psig ending 200 miles later

Tires are stock Goodyear SR-A 20". Also failed to mention that the rear dampers are Monroe Gas Magnum. When pulling the tractor, the stock rear shocks overheated within 50 miles @ 55 mph average, with load equalizing hitch. The yellow old-school Magnums held their ability to dampen during the last trip ok.
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:33 PM   #17
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I did my first 200 mile tow in my 2013 RAM 1500 Outdoorsman today....with new Michelin LTX P275/60 R20 M/S2s @44psi @58F.

I ran the OEM Goodyear SR-A for 22K miles. Wish I had put the Michelins on when the truck was new. They are a HUGE improvement over the Goodyears.
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I have a '14 1500 EcoDiesel 3.55 with air suspension. It's my 3rd Ram 1500 and definitely the best so far. I pull a 30' FC with loads of upgrades (read heavy).
People of course will disagree but you can take the payload figures/worries/limits/arguments and throw them into the trash.
This truck pulls incredibly, handles awesomely with the 4 corner air ride and I get 16 mpg at 65 mph PULLING!
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:24 PM   #19
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Indeed. They're good, benchmark trucks that, in the case of mine, are not such an aircraft carrier to drive (more like an Alaska-class battlecruiser).
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:40 PM   #21
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I can't seem to get the "sailor" out of me, post Navy 😝
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I have a '14 1500 EcoDiesel 3.55 with air suspension. It's my 3rd Ram 1500 and definitely the best so far. I pull a 30' FC with loads of upgrades (read heavy).
People of course will disagree but you can take the payload figures/worries/limits/arguments and throw them into the trash.
This truck pulls incredibly, handles awesomely with the 4 corner air ride and I get 16 mpg at 65 mph PULLING!
Thanks for sharing this. I've been eyeing the EcoDiesel, but was concerned that the towing capacity for my level of trim is only 8500. I'm interesting in the 27FB EB and it is listed at 7800. I was wondering if that was cutting it close, but it sounds like you're not having any trouble pulling more. I didn't really want to step up to the 2500.

Which cab/bed length do you have?
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I know you directed the question to the EcoDiesel owner.

As far as the transmission goes, it makes a significant difference in load-pulling and carrying performance. Since the Motori (as well as all modern electronically-managed diesel powertrains) is heavily boost-dependent...like the Ford DI gas engine...the 8-speed tranny makes it very capable.
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I have a '14 1500 EcoDiesel 3.55 with air suspension. It's my 3rd Ram 1500 and definitely the best so far. I pull a 30' FC with loads of upgrades (read heavy).
People of course will disagree but you can take the payload figures/worries/limits/arguments and throw them into the trash.
This truck pulls incredibly, handles awesomely with the 4 corner air ride and I get 16 mpg at 65 mph PULLING!

I am happy things are working for you. I would advise that people not throw that number in a trash (it would be wishful thinking to assume those numbers are garbage). I would also like to see your truck in 5 years and compare the list of issues/repairs with a truck that was NOT overloaded.


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Overloaded...like the 78'Cougar Villager 302 2bbl in Mercury literature same year.
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Lol...Back in the day, when my folks and friends pulled Mobile Scouts, Vaqueros, and Holiday Ramblers with Valiants, Monacos, and Ford Elites, we COULD only dream of a puller 1/2 as capable of a 3.7 V-6 Dodge.
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I know you directed the question to the EcoDiesel owner.

As far as the transmission goes, it makes a significant difference in load-pulling and carrying performance. Since the Motori (as well as all modern electronically-managed diesel powertrains) is heavily boost-dependent...like the Ford DI gas engine...the 8-speed tranny makes it very capable.
Thanks. I know everything is a compromise. I'm trying to walk that thin line between daily driver and safely adequate for a 27FB. This is good info.
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