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Old 06-12-2019, 10:51 PM   #1
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2019 Ram 2500 questions and advice

hi folks. i'm thinking about getting a Ram 2500 and since i've never owned a truck or a diesel vehicle i had some questions and could use some advice.

a little background. i currently have a 2019 25ft FC FB twin which is towed by my 2017 Toyota Landcruiser, which i LOVE. when i initially got into the airstream world with a 19ft trailer, it handled the job ok. not with the new 25ft, there are some concerns. i won't distract from the point of this thread as to what those are, the bottom line is that i've made up my mind to move to a vehicle with higher numbers in payload and tow capacity and not to mention something that's designed more for the job of towing.

so, having resigned to the idea of going to a pick up truck, i researched all the major brands and have settled on a 2019 Ram 2500 mega cab limited. the 3200lb payload capacity, the tech that's geared to towing, larger fuel tank...and the large rear passenger area with the fold down flat load area really won my family over.

my questions are...

1) what concerns should i have going with a diesel engine over a gas one.

2) i'd like to get a camper shell or a bed cover. what should i know starting to look for something like this? anything i should stay away from? the idea of storing my generators somewhere along with a load of other stuff....stuff i don't have to move out of my airstream when we set up camp is really appealing?

3) the truck has the Ramboxes, which i know cuts into your bed storage area, but i like the idea of it's utility. what do you all think? can i get a camper shell that could fit over it? while i know it may cancel out the usefulness of those boxes, i thought the idea of having that possibility in the future was a good thing.

4) i'm going to lease it. i like the idea of putting as little capital as possible into a vehicle.also...and this depends on the vehicle...sometimes the residual value works out right so it's worth buying.i worked my LC deal that way, and it would've been great but i have to let that go.... anyway, i don't want this to turn into a discussion about leasing.... so let's keep it on point. the point is that i heard residual values on heavy duty trucks are poor.....leading to larger monthly payments. now i'd work to get a lower selling price to help off set that...but you can only do so much. any truth to the horrible residual value?

5) i'm not in a rush to do this...which always works out in a buyer's favor. well, at least in the sense that your chances of getting screwed get lower. while i already have a dealer starting to offer me a trade in value....i'm likely going to take the time to sell privately. i have enough equity in my LC that i can get a significant sum back. enough so that , if the numbers are right, i can drive off with no additional money down.

6) is there anything else i should know about truck ownership?

7) this will be a 4X4 too...if that helps any.

8) lastly, this truck will NOT be a daily driver.

thanks so much for any advice or just stopping by and taking a look. whatever you have to offer will be greatly appreciated.
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3200 lb payload is probably a 3500 not a 2500 . You will have to get used to the extra power and torque. It will tow your airstream well. Maintenance on mine costs quite a bit more but if you don’t drive it daily that won’t be an issue. My 2500 gets used 10 times a year and stays in the garage on a battery maintainer when not in use.

Great truck, highly recommend. I wouldn’t lease though. If you’re not in a hurry save up and pay cash. You’ll be glad you did.
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My 2016 Ram 2500 diesel has simply been one off the best vehicles I have ever owned. No problems at all in 49,000 miles.
RamBox’s are awesome, the truck is easy to drive and I’d guess that you will love it.
I didn’t really expect my Ram to be as good as it is...
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:09 AM   #4
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I agree with Countryboy 59 the payload sounds like the 3500. The Mega cab is great. It is a large truck so it needs some space to maneuver or to park. The RAMBOX,s are great as well.
I do not believe any one offers a camper top that you can use with the RAMBOX. A very powerful and smooth riding truck in the limited edition with the Bilstein shocks. Pulls our 33 nicely through the WV hills without complaint. 2019 should have a little more power. Only complaint is the number of recalls but I guess that is a good thing.
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I agree with the other posters - a 2500 Diesel Mega is the heaviest combination. Payload will be closer to 2000# than 3000#. Frame of reference, a door sticker on a 2019 Ram 2500 gas 4x4 Crew Cab is ~ 3100#. Deduct about 900# payload when you add the Cummins.

We leased a 2019 Ram 1500 for the same reasons as yours but FCA was throwing incentives at them last December so payments were reasonable. We're negotiating with the dealer to buy back the 1500 because they sold it as 1840# payload when in fact the door sticker was 1220#. We'll replace it with a 2019 Ram 2500 Laramie gas but payments are significantly more even though the window stickers are within $2K because FCA isn't offering any incentives.

Check out the HDRamForum for lots of great info about the trucks including a thread where owners are posting their door payload stickers. https://hdrams.com/forum/index.php

You can lower your lease payment considerably by going with the 6.4 Hemi which has more than enough power to tow anything Airstream sells!

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Old 06-13-2019, 07:34 AM   #6
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so, having resigned to the idea of going to a pick up truck, i researched all the major brands and have settled on a 2019 Ram 2500 mega cab limited. the 3200lb payload capacity, the tech that's geared to towing, larger fuel tank...and the large rear passenger area with the fold down flat load area really won my family over.
You should look forward to having a pickup truck for camping due to all the storage space in the bed. Camping can be a dirty, muddy activity. Wait until you camp in the rain and need a place to put all the nasty gear that gets wet.


my questions are...

1) what concerns should i have going with a diesel engine over a gas one.
Diesel engines have more expensive oil changes and are more expensive to fix. Otherwise you will really, really enjoy towing with it. The diesel is not a necessity for towing as the 2019 - Ram 2500/3500 will have an 8 speed transmission.


2) i'd like to get a camper shell or a bed cover. what should i know starting to look for something like this? anything i should stay away from? the idea of storing my generators somewhere along with a load of other stuff....stuff i don't have to move out of my airstream when we set up camp is really appealing?
My truck has an ARE camper shell with side "win-doors". I can access items from the side of the truck bed. Keeps all the camping stuff dry and helps some with theft. It is also great for wet dogs. I highly recommend a shell.


3) the truck has the Ramboxes, which i know cuts into your bed storage area, but i like the idea of it's utility. what do you all think? can i get a camper shell that could fit over it? while i know it may cancel out the usefulness of those boxes, i thought the idea of having that possibility in the future was a good thing.
Ram boxes are nice but you cannot have a camper shell. You could use a tonneau cover.



6) is there anything else i should know about truck ownership?
The 2500/250 will ride better than a 3500/350 in any brand. The 2500 will sit a tad lower to the ground. Check out the specs on Ram Body Builder site. I often load my truck heavy with firewood, camping supplies and a trailer. The truck doesn't care. My 2500 only has a 2200 lb payload - which is plenty for my needs. If I were hauling a motorcycle cross country with a trailer then I would opt for the 3500. It is likely that the heavy payload on the 2500 is only available on the truck with the HEMI gas motor. The diesel engine takes away a large portion of the payload in all the brands.

If you are putting this in a garage check all the dimensions of the door opening and length of the stall.




7) this will be a 4X4 too...if that helps any.
4x4 is a great option. You never know when you need it. It is also great if you ever camp off the beaten path. 4wd low is great for pulling a trailer up onto a high stack of blocks for leveling.
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I owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel that I used to pull my vintage 18' Airstream and loved everything about it and the diesel did offer better gas milage...


The only issue I had was all the emitions controls and systems that go into all the diesels...had lots of warning lights, fuel sensor lights, etc...I would up selling the truck as I got the sense it was going to be an ongoing problem...spoke to a few mechanics at the dealership, who also work in Ram diesels (cummings) and they mentioned similar issues due to over engineering on diesels...this may be specific to the diesel engine I had, so please take this with a grain of salt, but thought to provide my limited experience..
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Love my 2500 Diesel, the biggest reason is ease of pulling up hills and for the exhaust brake when going down long hills. Might look at Dave Smith motors in Idaho, I was able to get nearly 25% of MSRP, and couldn't get others to come close (and they will pick you up at the airport i understand). I also pull a 25' FC and no problems.
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hi folks. i'm thinking about getting a Ram 2500 and since i've never owned a truck or a diesel vehicle i had some questions and could use some advice.

a little background. i currently have a 2019 25ft FC FB twin which is towed by my 2017 Toyota Landcruiser, which i LOVE. when i initially got into the airstream world with a 19ft trailer, it handled the job ok. not with the new 25ft, there are some concerns. i won't distract from the point of this thread as to what those are, the bottom line is that i've made up my mind to move to a vehicle with higher numbers in payload and tow capacity and not to mention something that's designed more for the job of towing.

so, having resigned to the idea of going to a pick up truck, i researched all the major brands and have settled on a 2019 Ram 2500 mega cab limited. the 3200lb payload capacity, the tech that's geared to towing, larger fuel tank...and the large rear passenger area with the fold down flat load area really won my family over.

my questions are...

1) what concerns should i have going with a diesel engine over a gas one.

2) i'd like to get a camper shell or a bed cover. what should i know starting to look for something like this? anything i should stay away from? the idea of storing my generators somewhere along with a load of other stuff....stuff i don't have to move out of my airstream when we set up camp is really appealing?

3) the truck has the Ramboxes, which i know cuts into your bed storage area, but i like the idea of it's utility. what do you all think? can i get a camper shell that could fit over it? while i know it may cancel out the usefulness of those boxes, i thought the idea of having that possibility in the future was a good thing.

4) i'm going to lease it. i like the idea of putting as little capital as possible into a vehicle.also...and this depends on the vehicle...sometimes the residual value works out right so it's worth buying.i worked my LC deal that way, and it would've been great but i have to let that go.... anyway, i don't want this to turn into a discussion about leasing.... so let's keep it on point. the point is that i heard residual values on heavy duty trucks are poor.....leading to larger monthly payments. now i'd work to get a lower selling price to help off set that...but you can only do so much. any truth to the horrible residual value?

5) i'm not in a rush to do this...which always works out in a buyer's favor. well, at least in the sense that your chances of getting screwed get lower. while i already have a dealer starting to offer me a trade in value....i'm likely going to take the time to sell privately. i have enough equity in my LC that i can get a significant sum back. enough so that , if the numbers are right, i can drive off with no additional money down.

6) is there anything else i should know about truck ownership?

7) this will be a 4X4 too...if that helps any.

8) lastly, this truck will NOT be a daily driver.

thanks so much for any advice or just stopping by and taking a look. whatever you have to offer will be greatly appreciated.
Sounds like a good decision. Power, bigger brakes, control, more payload are all good things! I use my F250 for daily driver also; fuel costs are around 30 cents/gal higher in Texas for diesel, but here in MT for some reason they are about same as regular...$2.99....crazy! Service costs are much higher for oil changes and fuel filter changes, plus cost of DEF....but love the power, braking, engine brake, and payload, and control pulling our 28'FC!
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thanks for all the replies so far...i knew that you all would illuminate me further on this subject.

Countryboy59, JDG, jeffmc306 as i was on Ram's site page for the 2019 Ram, for the Limited trim, 4x4 with the Mega Cab option it stated a payload capacity of 3240 ibs.

https://www.ramtrucks.com/compare/de...&variation=1,3

thanks to crispyboy i then googled for the info adding diesel to the search bar and found this...
https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

looks like the payload capacity on that would be 2719 lbs. i had no idea that a diesel engine would cut into the payload to that degree. when you build it out and add that option, it lets you know a change in transmission, but not that.

again, thanks folks!
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thanks for all the replies so far...i knew that you all would illuminate me further on this subject.

Countryboy59, JDG, jeffmc306 as i was on Ram's site page for the 2019 Ram, for the Limited trim, 4x4 with the Mega Cab option it stated a payload capacity of 3240 ibs.

https://www.ramtrucks.com/compare/de...&variation=1,3

thanks to crispyboy i then googled for the info adding diesel to the search bar and found this...
https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

looks like the payload capacity on that would be 2719 lbs. i had no idea that a diesel engine would cut into the payload to that degree. when you build it out and add that option, it lets you know a change in transmission, but not that.

again, thanks folks!
The specs on these for "payload" are not accurate at all...be aware...your actual payload will be on the doorjamb...that's the downside of buying new...but you should be in the 2000lb range which is good unless your planning on a "topper" and slide out....you may want to wait till yours arrives...but to be sure, check out a couple dealer lots on individual Rams similar to what you want to see what the doorjamb sticker says..
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We love our Ram 2500 and use an aluminum tool box in the back bed to store our Honda generator and necessary tools etc. Less weight than having a bed topper. Weight is everything.
We haul a 30 foot Airstream Excella and have never had any complaints. Had a Chevy Silverado before but like the Ram sooo much better. The cab is very spacious with excess room for gear if needed.

Happy Trails. I too say do not lease. Besides, most contracts limit your yearly mileage and depending on how many trips you intend to take, you may pay out the wazoo at the end of your lease for going over your allotment. They really sock it to you then.
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so, having resigned to the idea of going to a pick up truck, i researched all the major brands and have settled on a 2019 Ram 2500 mega cab limited. the 3200lb payload capacity, the tech that's geared to towing, larger fuel tank...and the large rear passenger area with the fold down flat load area really won my family over.

my questions are...

1) what concerns should i have going with a diesel engine over a gas one.

2) i'd like to get a camper shell or a bed cover. what should i know starting to look for something like this? anything i should stay away from? the idea of storing my generators somewhere along with a load of other stuff....stuff i don't have to move out of my airstream when we set up camp is really appealing?

3) the truck has the Ramboxes, which i know cuts into your bed storage area, but i like the idea of it's utility. what do you all think? can i get a camper shell that could fit over it? while i know it may cancel out the usefulness of those boxes, i thought the idea of having that possibility in the future was a good thing.

4) i'm going to lease it. i like the idea of putting as little capital as possible into a vehicle.also...and this depends on the vehicle...sometimes the residual value works out right so it's worth buying.i worked my LC deal that way, and it would've been great but i have to let that go.... anyway, i don't want this to turn into a discussion about leasing.... so let's keep it on point. the point is that i heard residual values on heavy duty trucks are poor.....leading to larger monthly payments. now i'd work to get a lower selling price to help off set that...but you can only do so much. any truth to the horrible residual value?

5) i'm not in a rush to do this...which always works out in a buyer's favor. well, at least in the sense that your chances of getting screwed get lower. while i already have a dealer starting to offer me a trade in value....i'm likely going to take the time to sell privately. i have enough equity in my LC that i can get a significant sum back. enough so that , if the numbers are right, i can drive off with no additional money down.

6) is there anything else i should know about truck ownership?

7) this will be a 4X4 too...if that helps any.

8) lastly, this truck will NOT be a daily driver.
Speaking from my experience owning two 2500s with the 6.7L Cummins...

1. I would say absolutely nothing. Diesel prices are better in some areas, worse in others, but biodiesel has been working for us for quite a while on our 2500 and the prices are quite steady! The reason I picked diesel was just the sheer amount of time and mileage they will last. If you want a long term rig, I would take the Cummins over the Hemi absolutely any day of the week!

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2. I can't speak to this much, being that our bikes and toolbox wouldn't fit in a shell cover, though some people swear by them. We use the interior loops in the bed to lock things down, though your mileage may vary!

3. I would reach out to Canopy World or the like and see if they have ideas. I haven't had a Rambox, but I wouldn't mind it. Most of that edge storage wouldn't be taken up by anything but those boxes if I had them fitted, so I'd have gone with them if it were an option for us on the lot! If I had the boxes, I wouldn't go with a canopy, though this is just for our uses!

4. We purchased for our "forever truck" and it seems to me that if a dealer wants to make it happen, they'll make it happen. I would advise you to get online quotes though, that has really helped out in the past. I've found dealers are a lot more transparent when you have another dealer's quote to check against!

6. I use my truck as a daily driver, and it really isn't a big deal at all. The difference is that once every 10k miles or so, I have to fill up with DEF. It's not a big deal, and sounds scary online. People have opinions. It's not a big deal at all, and cleans up the exhaust.

7. 4x4 is the only way to go for us, though we didn't opt for the megacab. It wasn't a difference in how we use it, even with rear passengers. And there IS a difference in how the seats fold. Make sure you compare!! We went with the standard 4 door, and this time the 8' bed. Granted, we are purchasing this truck, so we wanted a long-term rig.

8. Enjoy your new truck.
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Alumninaut the capacity information on all manufacturer sites are mythical at best. Attached is the door sticker for my new 3500 Longhorn Megacab, Cummins, 6.4' bed, single rear wheel. I have seen stickers for 2500 diesels that are less than 2000#. You will have about 800-900# more payload going with a gas engine model. Check the door sticker photos on the forums at www.hdrams.com. As you do your research take time to look at the door stickers on possible choices. Of if you get a VIN number for one from a dealer on the web you check that specific VIN number at https://www.ramtrucks.com/towing-guide.html and click on "look up my vehicle". Enter the VIN number and it will give you the weights for that specific vehicle. In my case the number is still about 200# higher than actual and higher than the door sticker.

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I really wanted the Ram Boxes but finding a good cover is more difficult. They won't work with a camper shell. And the wouldn't work with adding Yakima type racks for transporting my bikes. Ended up with the normal bed and added a Retrax PowertraxPRO XR which has rails for the Yakima mounts.

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First non GM vehicle I have ever owner and the interior and electronics are the best I have seen.

As to ride between a 2500/3500 I drove all three brands 2500/3500 back to back and honestly there wasn't much difference. The price between 2500/3500 is not that much and I don't worry about towing nor payload capacity.
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