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Old 03-18-2013, 07:18 AM   #29
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Hey Gang,

We are about to close the deal on a 2011 Ram 3500 Lariat we found 3 days ago. As always, we've been doing all the research we can to learn & make an educated move. Although I'm late in joining this thread, I also would like to say Thanx to everyone who took the time to share their knowledge & experience here.
It'll be a massive upgrade from our '98 Chevy 1500 (money pit) & we agree, it'll most likely be the last truck we buy. We are mid-transition, becoming Full Timers May 15, 2013. Currently selling off various cars, bricks & sticks. YaY!!
Thanx again y'all!!
I'm guessing it's a Laramie, as Lariat is Ford branding. This is just an assumption on my part, but with a one-ton you may want to consider an AirSafe hitch. One-tons tend to be a bit stiff-legged, but if you're full timing there may be enough weight on the rear to balance some of that out.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:09 AM   #30
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Oops, yes... Laramie, not Lariat. I can only blame my late night insomnia on that one. As for the hitch, we'll have to do some research, before I can speak on that one. Our old '79 AS came with a very rugged hitch & bar assembly, but I'm not sure what exact kind it is. Just know it's HEAVY!!
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I have used both my 94 and o5 ram 2500's to tow my Safari-no popped rivits in over 10 years of towing it. I am guessing bs on that myth. The 6.7 makes an awesome tow rig just remember it was not designed to be used as a grocery getter and contrary to general belief they should not be left idling for extended periods. Only long enough to cool down the turbo after a pull and it is also not good to warm it up at idle
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I have used both my 94 and o5 ram 2500's to tow my Safari-no popped rivits in over 10 years of towing it. I am guessing bs on that myth. The 6.7 makes an awesome tow rig just remember it was not designed to be used as a grocery getter and contrary to general belief they should not be left idling for extended periods. Only long enough to cool down the turbo after a pull and it is also not good to warm it up at idle
2500 is not sprung the same as 3500. I wouldn't worry much about a well-loaded 2500, but some one-tons are extremely stiff when there's not a gooseneck or a bed full of rocks loading them down.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:16 AM   #33
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Well, we Got-R-Done!! And are very appreciative of everyone's wisdom, thoughts & advice. It's bound to be a HUGE step up from our old '98 Chevy 1500.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:33 PM   #34
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Well, we Got-R-Done!! And are very appreciative of everyone's wisdom, thoughts & advice. It's bound to be a HUGE step up from our old '98 Chevy 1500.
Congrats! Nice looking truck.
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Well, Thanx to some of the info we gathered here, we made a few upgrade/adjustments to the 2011 Ram 3500 Turbo Cummings Diesel 4x4 (w/8' box) we bought 2 months ago. Along w/a camper shell & a few cosmetics, we had an airbag system installed, which really seems to smooth out the ride. We also cruise @ 65mph & LUV the exhaust brake feature. We've been boning up on maintenance requirements, in regards to this being our 1st diesel. After some research, we also upgraded to a "Blue Ox" anti-sway towing system. It seems to be much easier to use. Of course we bought our 1979, 31' AS International Sovereign privately, and weren't really educated on proper towing procedures. But I think we've progressed leaps & bounds in our 14 months of ownership.
We've sold off just about everything we wanted & start "Full time" living in our AS in one week from today. Will continue to study/learn as we go. Once again, Thanx for the info on this thread.
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As for purchasing a new truck - take a Ford Super Duty 250/350 out for a spin, when I was shopping for trucks I looked unbiasly at all three brands and found for me, the Ford Super Duty was the hands down winner...
I take that back as this is now 2013 - my 2013 Cummins Ram 2500 is now better than my older 2011 F-350 was and beats the 2013 F-250 I compared it too.

All a game of leapfrog - but I always did want a Cummins I-6 like the big boys, and the 2013 interior/ride/handling just can't be beat!
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" . . All a game of leapfrog - but I always did want a Cummins I-6 like the big boys . . !
You mean you spec'd the truck with the man trans? There is no substitute for the the big boy sound of that turbo spool up as you ease your way onto a highway under a load with the correct transmission behind a CTD.

An automatic is nice, but it's sort of like driving a Penske or U-Haul straight truck in comparison to a longhood Class 8. The exaggeration isn't serious, but for closed-eyes daydreaming it works quite well.

The V8 diesels are nice enough, car-like enough, but not the same experience, no question.

2013 marks the point where there have been enough significant changes that I would want to trade based on those parameters from my 2004 CTD. I won't, but I would in no way settle for anything earlier. And I'd spec a 3500 today. No good reason not to.

And, 2 Cowboys, get the WDH set up on a certified scale. THere is a recent discussion on WOODALLS about the Blue Ox. The airbags are as much (potentially more) interference as they are help for best steering & braking. So far as ride quality is concerned there are better ways to address that which won't (again, potentially) interfere with a WDH. Tongue weight and and a similar weight in the bed do not equate (is the short version).

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Does anyone know what changes were made between the '12 and '13 year model Cummins?
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The online magazines such as TRUCK TREND or PICKUPS.com or, best, the RAM press releases.
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What year did they add the DEF tank? If you can get one before that you will be much better off.

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I know the trucks built up to midnight, 12/31/12, are titled as 2012 models, and do not have the DEF tank.

Just don't know what else they changed with the '13's.
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