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Old 05-16-2015, 05:43 PM   #15
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Thanks Greg, next time out I will see how close my truck is set-up following the instructions you included in you post.

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Old 05-18-2015, 03:40 PM   #16
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I owned a 2011 RAM 1500 Longhorn 6 speed 4WD Hemi (loaded) and ordered a 2014 RAM 1500 Longhorn (loaded) but added the 8 speed and air suspension. I tow a 27' 2014 Flying Cloud and towed with both trucks. I have made no changes to the trailer or hitch set up(Reese Strait-Line Dual Cam Sway Control). I find the 2014 with the 8 speed gets approximately 2 more miles to the gallon in all around driving and 1 to 2 miles better towing. I have 30,000 miles on the truck and love the transmission and air suspension. I found the towing to be better and can only attribute that to the air suspension. Prior to the Airstream I towed a Mobile Suite fifth wheel using a RAM 3500 diesel thousands of miles and was not looking forward to towing a tag-along trailer. I find the set up I now have to be excellent. There is no sway when I pass or someone passes me. I travel expressway as much as possible and tow at the speed of the traffic.The transfer of noise or bumps is reduced considerably with the air suspension. The ability to raise the truck in parking lots to reduce door dings is a neat side feature.
I will be looking at ordering a 2016 with the exact same features. Mileage - local short trips 18-19, long trips 22-23 and towing 12-13.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:18 PM   #17
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I owned a 2011 RAM 1500 Longhorn 6 speed 4WD Hemi (loaded) and ordered a 2014 RAM 1500 Longhorn (loaded) but added the 8 speed and air suspension. I tow a 27' 2014 Flying Cloud and towed with both trucks. I have made no changes to the trailer or hitch set up(Reese Strait-Line Dual Cam Sway Control). I find the 2014 with the 8 speed gets approximately 2 more miles to the gallon in all around driving and 1 to 2 miles better towing. I have 30,000 miles on the truck and love the transmission and air suspension. I found the towing to be better and can only attribute that to the air suspension. Prior to the Airstream I towed a Mobile Suite fifth wheel using a RAM 3500 diesel thousands of miles and was not looking forward to towing a tag-along trailer. I find the set up I now have to be excellent. There is no sway when I pass or someone passes me. I travel expressway as much as possible and tow at the speed of the traffic.The transfer of noise or bumps is reduced considerably with the air suspension. The ability to raise the truck in parking lots to reduce door dings is a neat side feature.
I will be looking at ordering a 2016 with the exact same features. Mileage - local short trips 18-19, long trips 22-23 and towing 12-13.
My 2015 is a Laramie (4wd) and loaded too. Is your 2014 RAM 4WD, if so our GVWR will be the same too? Looks pretty apples to apple and I am glad to hear you are loving it. I also will be using the same WD hitch as you.

As you I am getting remarkable fuel mileage for this kind of HP on a V8. Better than sticker EPA MPG. And the ride and convenience of the air suspension have been just super.

Do you have an estimate of how much payload/junk weight you put in your Ram (people and bed cargo) when pulling your 27FC?

Thank you for your experience it has been very helpful.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:21 PM   #18
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I owned a 2011 RAM 1500 Longhorn 6 speed 4WD Hemi (loaded) and ordered a 2014 RAM 1500 Longhorn (loaded) but added the 8 speed and air suspension. I tow a 27' 2014 Flying Cloud and towed with both trucks. I have made no changes to the trailer or hitch set up(Reese Strait-Line Dual Cam Sway Control). I find the 2014 with the 8 speed gets approximately 2 more miles to the gallon in all around driving and 1 to 2 miles better towing. I have 30,000 miles on the truck and love the transmission and air suspension. I found the towing to be better and can only attribute that to the air suspension. Prior to the Airstream I towed a Mobile Suite fifth wheel using a RAM 3500 diesel thousands of miles and was not looking forward to towing a tag-along trailer. I find the set up I now have to be excellent. There is no sway when I pass or someone passes me. I travel expressway as much as possible and tow at the speed of the traffic.The transfer of noise or bumps is reduced considerably with the air suspension. The ability to raise the truck in parking lots to reduce door dings is a neat side feature.
I will be looking at ordering a 2016 with the exact same features. Mileage - local short trips 18-19, long trips 22-23 and towing 12-13.
I forgot one last question on your 2014 RAM, what rear end ratio do you have?
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Old 05-19-2015, 03:19 AM   #19
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I keep my load light at all times. Since it is only my wife and I we travel light. Carry a minimum amount of fresh water and keep the black and gray tanks empty. Use cruise as much as possible due to computer technology. The differentials are non-spin and I believe 3.55. I find the RAM Hemi engine technology to be way ahead of the competition. Example "Multi Displacement System" (MDS) turns off the fuel in four cylinders when power is not needed. Not big into Facebook but there is a picture of the 2011 with our 2011 Airstream and a picture of 2014 truck only. Look the same as I love the paint colors. Might repeat the same is available on a 2016.
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I keep my load light at all times. Since it is only my wife and I we travel light. Carry a minimum amount of fresh water and keep the black and gray tanks empty. Use cruise as much as possible due to computer technology. The differentials are non-spin and I believe 3.55. I find the RAM Hemi engine technology to be way ahead of the competition. Example "Multi Displacement System" (MDS) turns off the fuel in four cylinders when power is not needed. Not big into Facebook but there is a picture of the 2011 with our 2011 Airstream and a picture of 2014 truck only. Look the same as I love the paint colors. Might repeat the same is available on a 2016.
My rear end is 3.21...The 3.55 is no longer available in the 1500 with 5.7l and 8 speed. You have to jump up to the 3.9x. I can't really figure out why the 3.55 is no longer available but from what I am told with the 8 speed its not an issue, who knows. Thanks again. I'll check out your picts.
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:48 AM   #21
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The 25' AS came in and I have about 200 miles of test driving her, partially loaded, and full tank of fresh water to add more test weight. I have to say I am very impressed with the air suspension ride and the Ram 5.7 and 8 speed. The tranny keeps the RPMs in a nice close range, no big surges of high RPM when down shifting. When I drove the 25' back from dealer I went 60-63mph. I averaged 13.9mpg on mild rolling hills. With and with out cruise control. I know this won't be my real life experience, especially when I hit the mountains, but overall the suspension and power train have exceeded my expectations. No it's nothing like my last two diesels but then again I am looking forward to not having those big bill maintenance costs either. On Wed. I head leave Mich. for WY and ID for our annual jaunt. A little nervous having two new of everything on a trip:-) keeping my fingers crossed.
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