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Old 12-04-2014, 12:40 AM   #1
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2015 Ram 1500 diesel truck

I am considering the ram 1500 2015 diesel truck as a TV for a 2014 23D International Signature. Does anyone have this truck and if so what kind of gas mileage do you get when towing? Feedback is appreciated. Thanks Lorri
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:42 AM   #2
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Hi Lorri,

Check with Lance (aka Top) he has a 2014. Here is a link to his thread. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ed-122762.html
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Which diesel engine does the 1500 come with? Just bought mine but it is a 2500 Crew Cab. I also have the 23ft AS. Mine is the Front Bed. With this 2500 CTD I got 15-16 mpg pulling the AS. My running around once I got to my destination I got about 18-19 mpg.
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:28 PM   #4
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The Eco-Diesel should do even better, a guy at Camping World in Fayetteville, NC told me he was getting over 30 mpg. Now that is good, real good. I do not believe that is towing though.
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I have a 2015 Ram 1500 ecodiesel, Laramie limited and LOVE IT! The best mpg I got on the highway, unloaded, with a tail wind 75mph cruising speed was 31mpg (real world, hand calculated). I got that once. Typical mpg for me on the highway 24-27 unloaded. I have 4x4. I have pulled out Flying Cloud 25fb twice. I've gotten 14mpg and 16mpg...depending on driving into wind vs little to no wind.
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Smile Towing similar AS with a Ford 250/6.7L diesel

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I am considering the ram 1500 2015 diesel truck as a TV for a 2014 23D International Signature. Does anyone have this truck and if so what kind of gas mileage do you get when towing? Feedback is appreciated. Thanks Lorri
We tow our 23' AS International Serenity, which has an unladen weight of @ 4600lbs. The Ford averages about 17 to 18 mpg IF we drive @ 60 mph or a tad less. At 55mph it may be 18 for certain. If I push and maintain pace with most traffic here in New England (65-75mph) the mileage drops to 14-15 or so. An advantage of the 6.7 L engine is sheer power and super torque. We can stay with traffic anytime we want even on long relatively steep hills. A smaller engine might be less performant but should provide better mileage assuming you don't push the pedal too heavily. bottom line I would hope you manage to attain @ 18mpg.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:46 PM   #7
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The Eco-Diesel should do even better, a guy at Camping World in Fayetteville, NC told me he was getting over 30 mpg. Now that is good, real good. I do not believe that is towing though.
The Eco diesel is the one I have been looking at. It sounds like people are getting great mileage with them! Now all I need is to justify the $$$!
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If I recall correctly, the 2015 RAM 1500 diesel is the Motor Trend Truck of the Year- if that has any bearing on your decision-
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:50 PM   #9
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I test drove this and was quite impressed.

The only concern is that its payload capacity is significantly lower than some of the competing 1/2 tons. By the time you get a more loaded crew cab with a few options and a canopy on the bed, take away the Hitch weight, there isn't a lot of capacity left.

Maybe it's just fine in reality; but, it's a concern.

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Old 12-14-2014, 03:08 PM   #10
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We also test drove this when they first came out and I didn't want to leave the dealership without it. Smooth engine and transmission, impressive mileage estimates, air suspension is a very nice ride.

But I did leave and we are not looking hard for a replacement for our 2012 Ram Hemi, but if we were this would be high on the list. Payload is of little concern because we don't need much in the bed when traveling. Trouble is our present Ram does a great job and is never troublesome.

The aluminum F150 with two Ecoboost choices is also a very interesting, looking forward to user reports.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:07 PM   #11
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I'm looking forward to a report where the travel speed is 60-mph on cruise control with accompanying scale ticket (combined rig weight). Several tanks, but preferably several thousand miles of towing.

Above 60-mph the fuel burn rockets upwards. Cruise control is more accurate than anyone's right foot, and a number of tanks to average it out to remove fueling errors of consistency. This is close to being replicated by anyone where terrain and climate are similar. That, along with combined weight, will provide the basis for comparisons.

A half tonneau cover on the bed where 60% coverage from the tailgate forward is a distinct aero aid. Could be a thin piece of plywood.

Dialing in the hitch on a scale, getting TT axles aligned and bearing preset perfected along with tires at proper full sidewall pressure is the rest.

Someone is going to set mpg records with the EcoDiesel. Until now it has been the pre-2007 Dodge Cummins turbodiesel. A truck overpowered for nearly every Airstream. I've found over a dozen comps of others in the South Central US pulling 28-35' aero all aluminum TTs of 8-11k lbs averaging 14-16 mpg from 55-63 mph.

That's double what the big block gassers of the 1970-1980s could do. The ED Dodge should kick that up another 15-20% and maybe more if the operator is motivated to attend the details of trip planning.

Average mph and average mpg are related. Zero idle time is key to best numbers. Steering corrections another. Number of acceleration and deceleration events.

With some new habits established [discipline] the fuel cpm will be truly impressive. Overcoming the 30% fuel price bias in favor of gasoline is the real hurdle. A gasser will have to tow at 13+. And solo highway at 21.
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:51 AM   #12
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Curious about your cruise control comment...
I can always out perform my cruise control by getting higher mileage numbers, mile after mile. I can anticipate hills, I can slow down when necessary and the difference is at least a mile per gallon better. Even over the long haul my numbers are better...
Again, just wondering
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Curious about your cruise control comment...
I can always out perform my cruise control by getting higher mileage numbers, mile after mile. I can anticipate hills, I can slow down when necessary and the difference is at least a mile per gallon better. Even over the long haul my numbers are better...
Again, just wondering
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Your right, I find cruise is great on flat roads but !@#$$% in the hills. In the hills cruise will kick down to a lower gear and without cruise I can drive without it dropping a gear.
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[IMG]1836[/IMG]We pull our Airstream with o Dodge Sprinter. Gas mileage averages about 16mpg--- we have gotten 17 driving at 55-60mph---worst milage in mountains was 15.8--best was 18 driving the back roads was 18. Using the B Van alone we get 22mpg. Everyone call our unit the 2 bedroom
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