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Old 01-04-2010, 09:13 PM   #71
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You only live once, and life is too short. Get something you WANT, and enjoy it. If it costs a little more to operate, so what. I enjoy a stress free towing experience, and lots of power, and numerous other things, so that's the truck I bought.
Airstream01 summed it up perfectly. Lots of vehicles may tow your rig but not as many will tow it and make it a stress free experience. I just traded my 2009 4x4 3/4 6.0L gas Suburban in for an 2009 3/4 Silverado 4x4 Duramax Diesel. Love it. Plenty of torque, power, good brakes, etc. It pulls our 33' Flagstaff with ease and will tug our 27' Overlander (when I get it on the road) like it is not even there. Having plenty of juice under the hood when i want/need it is worth the extra 6k I paid to get a diesel instead of gas. Make sure you feel good about your decision and dont feel that you are walking the line of what your TV will pull as you will think about it everytime you hook up and take off !! Good luck !
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:50 PM   #72
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Clyde and GC thanks for your opinions. i do love the diesels. i have decided i am going with a smaller AS so that wont be near as much to tow as the 31 ft i was thinking about. i am glad to hear your opinions. i'll keep it all in mind.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:51 AM   #73
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i think it's overkill....

We're also looking for a new tow vehicle and checked out Dodge yesterday. we have a 1975 31' that weighs 6,000 but i'm wanting tow capacity at least 7,000 for stuff.

the cummins will tow anything - no question - the dealer told us they're more designed for construction vehicles or someone towing on a regular basis. he said they're not the most comfortable ride the rest of the time.

the 2010 1500 was beautiful - we looked at the laramie which has all the bells and plush. i like leather seats....

MAKE SURE you look at the axle ratio - ask the dealer - they mostly stock one that is 3:2 and it WILL NOT TOW YOUR TRAILER even though it looks like a tough truck. We're going with a 3:55 - there is also a 3:92 with more tow capacity but then you dip into your fuel mileage.

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Old 02-28-2010, 11:31 AM   #74
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i think it's overkill....

the cummins will tow anything - no question - the dealer told us they're more designed for construction vehicles or someone towing on a regular basis. he said they're not the most comfortable ride the rest of the time.

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I love driving our Cummins, towing on a long trip or not. Do not listen to a sales person. Just test drive one for yourself and see if it fits you. If you get a pre-2007 5.9L Cummins, the mpg is amazing. Tow anything with absolute ease and bring all the extras.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:28 AM   #75
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i think it's overkill....

We're also looking for a new tow vehicle and checked out Dodge yesterday. we have a 1975 31' that weighs 6,000 but i'm wanting tow capacity at least 7,000 for stuff.

the cummins will tow anything - no question - the dealer told us they're more designed for construction vehicles or someone towing on a regular basis. he said they're not the most comfortable ride the rest of the time.

the 2010 1500 was beautiful - we looked at the laramie which has all the bells and plush. i like leather seats....

MAKE SURE you look at the axle ratio - ask the dealer - they mostly stock one that is 3:2 and it WILL NOT TOW YOUR TRAILER even though it looks like a tough truck. We're going with a 3:55 - there is also a 3:92 with more tow capacity but then you dip into your fuel mileage.

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Be careful of the new Dodge 1/2 ton, as you noted it is a very cool looking truck, but the new rear suspension has severely de-rated the available payload. Don't know what your tongue weight (and "stuff") weighs, but check carfuly before you pull the trigger.
You'll never know if you buy too much truck...you'll know real quick if you don't buy enough...

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Old 03-01-2010, 07:47 AM   #76
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Be careful of the new Dodge 1/2 ton, as you noted it is a very cool looking truck, but the new rear suspension has severely de-rated the available payload.
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??? Not sure about that. Does the vehicle specs indicate this or is this just a view you have? Just curious.
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I've towed my 22' Safari (3000 lbs) with a 4.0L V6 Ford Ranger (considered 1/2 ton) which lacked power to pull on the steep grades and was getting approx. 16-17 MPG at 65 mph. Now I pull it with a Ram 2500 Cummins, plenty of power, braking and the long wheel base cuts down the sway from cross winds. I also get 24-25 MPG at 65 mph and piece of mind when a teenager passes me at 120 mph while texting.
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??? Not sure about that. Does the vehicle specs indicate this or is this just a view you have? Just curious.
Relative to the previous gen, the new coil spring rear end resulted in lower payload and tow capacity...but supposedly a nice cushy ride...I am sure someone more Familiar with Dodge minutia will chime in with numbers.

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I towed a 22 ft Safari with a Dodge Diesel I hardly know the AS was behind me.but in the mountains it was very nice to have that power. I just recently upgraded to a 27' Overlander and am still happy that I have the diesel. I love the 17+ MPG on trips.
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My bad, max payload is way down, max tow capacity stays same…new suspension is said to have great ride (I have not been in one) but carrying capacity took a big hit (no surprise).

From Edmunds

New Gen Dodge 1500;
Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 9,100 pounds.
Payload 1490#

1998 Dodge 1500
Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 9,100 pounds.
Payload 1810#

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Relative to the previous gen, the new coil spring rear end resulted in lower payload and tow capacity...but supposedly a nice cushy ride...I am sure someone more Familiar with Dodge minutia will chime in with numbers.
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I am reading that the new 2010 Dodge rear end provides improved handling and control.

Edmund's data shows the 2010 Dodge 1500 with the 4.7 has having a payload cap of 1,520lbs/ TR 8,850lbs.

Edmund's data shows the 2008 Dodge 1500 with the 4.7 has having a payload cap of 1,530 lbs / TR 8,600lbs.

Must be differences in models that affect the numbers.
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I am reading that the new 2010 Dodge rear end provides improved handling and control.

Edmund's data shows the 2010 Dodge 1500 with the 4.7 has having a payload cap of 1,520lbs/ TR 8,850lbs.

Edmund's data shows the 2008 Dodge 1500 with the 4.7 has having a payload cap of 1,530 lbs / TR 8,600lbs.

Must be differences in models that affect the numbers.
These were MAX capacites quoted from Edmunds for previous gen 2008, and new gen 2009.

(It is always safer to reference max capacities so as not to muddy the waters...pick-me-ups are typicaly available in a myriad of configurations... which all affect capacities.)
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