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Old 12-04-2014, 07:23 AM   #71
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Hi Lorri,
I love the truck. I have about 10,000 miles on it now. No issues besides a fault with the truck's Uconnect phone that was replaced under warranty.
I get 14.5 MPG towing and 22 MPG in normal driving around here.
Here is my Fuelly page. Heavy (Ram 1500) | Fuelly
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:45 AM   #72
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I am looking at the 2015 ram 1500 like yours. I wanted to get some feedback from you regarding how you like your truck and what kind of gas mileage you get when towing?? I have a 2014 international 23 ' . I drove the truck yesterday and liked everything but the price. Thanks Lorri
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We have Bighorn CrewCab, we tow a 28ft International series rig, we love this this truck, the performance on the road has no rival. Our gas mileage is around 18.5/19miles per gallon, this is combined performance considering climbing hills and flat roads on trips of 300 to 400miles. Empty we do an average of 28 miles at speeds averages of 75miles on the road. At 60mph we do around 35. City combined we do around 16mpg. A lot of this depends on the way you drive the truck and how hard you press the gas pedal. With a 8th speed transmission the engine has a lot of torque to keep your rpm's as lowest you want them without compromissing engine and transmision performance, even when you tow. A piece of advise try to negotiate a deal to upgrade the stock tires to a higher heavy duty use. We just replaced the underated Good Year tires to Michelin Ltx MS2 LT275/65R20. Good luck.
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I went looking at the RAM 1500 today. Very nice!!!

How do you manually shift with a "rotary e-shift dial?"

The brochure says:
For refined operation and driver convenience, Ram 1500 models equipped with the TorqueFlite 8-speed use steering wheel-mounted buttons when manual gear range selection is preferred, offering greater control when towing and hauling heavy loads
Is TorqueFlite an option?
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I went looking at the RAM 1500 today. Very nice!!!

How do you manually shift with a "rotary e-shift dial?"

The brochure says:
For refined operation and driver convenience, Ram 1500 models equipped with the TorqueFlite 8-speed use steering wheel-mounted buttons when manual gear range selection is preferred, offering greater control when towing and hauling heavy loads
Is TorqueFlite an option?
TorqueFlite is the only option. It's been their brand-name for automatic transmissions for nearly 60 years.
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I went looking at the RAM 1500 today. Very nice!!!

How do you manually shift with a "rotary e-shift dial?"

The brochure says:
For refined operation and driver convenience, Ram 1500 models equipped with the TorqueFlite 8-speed use steering wheel-mounted buttons when manual gear range selection is preferred, offering greater control when towing and hauling heavy loads
Is TorqueFlite an option?
You select the gear with the rotary knob by dialling a gear instead of using a shift lever.

You up shift and downshift manually with additional steering wheel buttons.

They are all Torqueflites but the operative phrase is 8 speed, the ZF/Chrysler transmission that comes with the above shifting controls. Only transmission available on the 1500 diesel, but there are other transmissions on other engine models on the 1500.
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We have a plus or minus switch on the gear shift lever on our 2500HD with Cummins. One can set the highest gear they want the engine to go to (like in city driving) to keep the rpms up so the engine does not carbon up. We keep the rpms between 1450 and 2000. At 65mph in 6th, the engine is at 1650 which is peak torque.

With the 8 speed, one needs to monitor the rpms and not let the engine bog down at too low of speed. One may hear a groan from the engine and that is a clue it needs to be turning faster for the load tab hand.
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Lorry,

We have Bighorn CrewCab, we tow a 28ft International series rig, we love this this truck, the performance on the road has no rival. Our gas mileage is around 18.5/19miles per gallon, this is combined performance considering climbing hills and flat roads on trips of 300 to 400miles. Empty we do an average of 28 miles at speeds averages of 75miles on the road. At 60mph we do around 35. City combined we do around 16mpg. A lot of this depends on the way you drive the truck and how hard you press the gas pedal. With a 8th speed transmission the engine has a lot of torque to keep your rpm's as lowest you want them without compromissing engine and transmision performance, even when you tow. A piece of advise try to negotiate a deal to upgrade the stock tires to a higher heavy duty use. We just replaced the underated Good Year tires to Michelin Ltx MS2 LT275/65R20. Good luck.

Just curious....what the payload rating is of your RAM? My RAM 1500 Longhorn has a payload rating of 970 and the AS I'm considering has a hitch weight of 791. Am I cutting it too close? Since you have basically the same truck I was thinking I could learn from you.

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The payload numbers above say the driver must not be over 150 pounds (the number used for a driver when the factory puts out payload numbers) and the passenger and all other gear in the truck could not exceed 179 pounds.

Check out your axle ratings front and rear. Those are the absolute maximum numbers the vehicle can safely support. As long as the tire sidewall load numbers exceed the axle ratings, then one could crowd the axle rating numbers.

Our 2500HD Ram has a front axle rating of 5,500 pounds (also the tire rating at a pressure of 60 psi) and a rear axle rating of 6,010 pounds (also the tire rating at a pressure of 70 psi) which totals 11,510 pounds. The GVW is 9,600 pounds. I typically run between 10,100 and 10,400 pounds loaded. The tires are Michelin LT265/70R17E and are rated 3,195 pounds each at 80 psi.
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Axle ratings on my 3/4T total 10,750lb. Tires/wheels 12,150lb. GVWR is 9000lb. So long as I don't overload at any one point, I'll not worry over it any more than should a 1/2T owner. GVWR or GCWR are good guidelines not true limits. Tire/wheel and axle are the only ones with legal meaning.
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Towing slow MPG

I just got back from a failed attempt to spend the weekend in the DFW megacity.
It was a tow up I35 (60MPH) and a two lane Farm to Market road (45MPH) against the wind this morning, and turning around and heading back to the shed. Texas weather.
270 miles
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Yea, that in no way looks like camping weather. Think you made the right decision.
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Thanks, Steve. It wasn't really a leisure trip. My daughter had an audition for the TCU School of Music and wanted to visit NTU in Denton, so we had planned a nice weekend. I was fine with the snow, but no one else was I'm from "up nord", so no biggie for me. Can't do much when the school is closed, though.
Another day, I reckon.
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