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Old 08-23-2010, 01:51 PM   #15
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I won't mention what kinda mileage I get on my Diesel "T-Rex" when towing my 25 foot classic....

I had the 5.7 Hemi in a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee and other than drinking pretty heavily (I honestly don't think the "deactivate cylinders for fuel economy" really works) it was fine for the year I had it along with its Quadra-Drive II system.
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:22 PM   #16
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Rando,
Have New Bride drive the Dodge as her daily driver for a few days, without the camper attached. She'll get the feel for the size, power and handling capabilities of the truck.
Once she's comfortable with the truck, find a wide road that is "easy" driving. Maybe then she'll become more comfortable with the TV.
I drive our new Dodge Quad Cab FRX4 with our 20' Safari SE/LS through the mountains of Colorado without any (many) qualms.
I love the way the Dodge handles and excelerates. I easily forget the Pony Keg is behind us.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:09 AM   #17
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Wink 2010 Dodge Ram 1500

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Thanks for the advice, but my bride is a city girl and just not into trucks as she feels they are too big... driving is not her strong suite, but has many other redeeming qualities like all of us.

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Old 09-23-2010, 02:14 PM   #18
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2010 Dodge Ram update

Just an update on our 2010 Ram crewcab PU as a tow vehicle. We went from here in western Colorado up to the Black Hills of South Dakota. We went over several mountain passes, including two on 25 MPH gravel roads, on the way up. Coming back, we had 30MPH winds with gusts up to 50MPH in western Nebraska. Then over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. We traveled 1600 miles and our fuel average was right at 13 MPG. The truck handled all of this very well, and was a joy to drive. I think that it will be a very good truck for towing our 20' Safari. Cheers.
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:37 PM   #19
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I wish I could find a 2010 clone of our 2004. We have been very pleased with the performance of our '04 Quad Cab Hemi. We towed an '07 20' for about six months, and then an '08 25' FB for the past two years. It's been through the Ozark and Colorado Mtns, from the Florida flatlands to the Maine/Canadian highlands.....with never a towing concern for 16,000+ miles. But, no matter how I drive....it still averages 10 mpg for any extended trip. The only problem we have experienced was the torgue converter going Tango Uniform at 69,300 miles (700 prior to expiration of the powertrain warranty ).....it's demise was probably due to operator error!

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Old 09-23-2010, 02:49 PM   #20
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We tow our 29ft excella with a 2010 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 hemi, and normally tow the trailer at about 6,000lbs. We're more than happy, lots of power up hills and the gas mileage comes in at around 10-11 mpg which isn't brilliant, but not too bad either. Get a little more bounce on rough roads with the rear coil springs, but nothing too bad, and it makes for a good ride when not towing as it's my daily driver as well. Overall I'm very happy with my dodge ram. (plus I designed most of the upper cab structure, when was a design engineer at Chrysler, so I'm somewhat biased)
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:57 PM   #21
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Streamer Dan:

Since you have the inside track, maybe you can clear something up for me. I have always felt that the Chevy and Dodge HD truck cabs should be better structurally than the Ford SD. My thought is that this is due to the fact that they share cabs with the 1/2 ton lineup and therefore have to meet strong regs on structure especially in regards to rollover protection and perhaps side impacts. This is part of what drove me to purchase my Chevy, as I transport my family in it. Is this true?
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:19 PM   #22
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Not having worked for GM or Ford I can't really comment on their structural design, although when we did have their trucks in for evaluation the boxes in particular were very cheap, and in my opinion not very well designed and not up to purpose, although like I say, I'm somewhat biased and I'm sure there will be many that disagree.
I can tell you that the Ram cab is the same for the HD as it is for the 1/2 ton and like you say, has to satisfy some very large rollover and side impact loads. The standards are set far higher than the 02 model year (last major redesign) which I also worked on. We had to add extra weight as we had to add side impact bars which are welded directly to the frame.
I don't know how Chevy and Ford trucks perform in crash tests, but the standards obviously apply to all manufactures. I will say having worked on the dodge ram that I feel very safe when I'm in it. Hope this helps

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I just picked up a 2010 - 1500 Ram Larramie with the Hemi and heavy tow package. I am planning on a 23" or 25" foot Flying Cloud, so I'll report then!
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Some complete scale tickets would be nice here, guys, to do some relative comparisons (as well as rear gear ratio). A thousand pounds here, 500 pounds there . . . .

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I'm considering the Dodge 1500 Hemi. Sounds like the 3.92 axle is the way to go. Thanks to all for the helpful information.
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Dan: Thanks for the info about the cab engineering in the Ram. I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't similar for the Chevy with the Ford SD lagging in structural integrity. Would be interesting to find out for sure.
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Soyboy,

Not having worked for GM or Ford I can't really comment on their structural design, although when we did have their trucks in for evaluation the boxes in particular were very cheap, and in my opinion not very well designed and not up to purpose, although like I say, I'm somewhat biased and I'm sure there will be many that disagree.
I can tell you that the Ram cab is the same for the HD as it is for the 1/2 ton and like you say, has to satisfy some very large rollover and side impact loads. The standards are set far higher than the 02 model year (last major redesign) which I also worked on. We had to add extra weight as we had to add side impact bars which are welded directly to the frame.
I don't know how Chevy and Ford trucks perform in crash tests, but the standards obviously apply to all manufactures. I will say having worked on the dodge ram that I feel very safe when I'm in it. Hope this helps

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I am in the middle of my first trip with my 2011 Dodge Ram (Hemi, 3.92, 20 in wheels, 5 sp Automatic). We left Austin and drove to Amarillo, then direct to Warren, Ohio combination of state highways (1/3) and Interstates (2/3). Average mileage for the trip is 12.5 mpg so far at 65MPH..

We inflate the trailer (25 Ft Safari) tires to 65 PSI and the truck tires to 40 PSI.

We have the tow package on the truck and a Bak Flip bed cover.

When towing use the tow/haul feature, as it reduces the transmission temperature at least 10 degrees. We ran about 165-170 degres in over 100 degree F ambient temperatures while pulling at 65 MPH.
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