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Old 05-10-2015, 11:50 AM   #1
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Ram1500 ECO Diesel Engine as TV

I have been looking at the Dodge RAM 1500 Eco Diesel engine. Would love some feedback as to its power while towing. I pull a Flying Cloud 25 FB currently with a 1 ton Duramax. Would like a smaller /lighter truck but wonder how much power I'd give up.

Thanks in advance for real world experience (hard to find).
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:24 PM   #2
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I have a 2006 25' Safari and have just purchased, in February, a 2015 Ram 1500 diesel. Previously I was towing with a Ford F250 diesel. In my limited experience, it has ample power to do the job, though not the excess power of the F250. Fuel mileage, both towing and not towing has been a marked improvement. Probably the biggest difference I have had to cope with is the difference in payload capacity. It has probably been a plus although I take much less with me in the bed of the TV. With the 3/4 ton if I thought I just might need something I threw it in, and in most cases I never needed it but I had it if I did. Now I give careful consideration to what I take and it keeps me within the rated payload as well as helping on fuel efficiency. We have really enjoyed the vehicle to this point.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:16 PM   #3
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It is a great truck. You can read about it here-
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Old 05-10-2015, 02:33 PM   #4
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Hi. I towed my Argosy 26' from New Mexico to WA state and back last summer with our 2014 Ram Ecodiesel. We averaged 20 MPH on the trip while towing. Unbelievable, I know. But true. As for power comparisons between other diesel trucks, I cannot speak to that. This is the first diesel I've ever owned. We have had no problems with the truck. We live out in an area of NM where the nearest large town is 70 miles away. We get around 25-28 mpg when not towing. Our truck is a 2WD, so maybe the 4WD uses more fuel. I'm not sure. All I know is that we LOVE our Ecodiesel.
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Oh. We will be doing the same trip again this summer.
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Any pickup averaging 20 mpg towing a 26-foot travel trailer is a fantastic machine!
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:47 PM   #7
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I tow a 30 ft with mine. No problem here on the east coast. You have bigger hills out there.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:13 PM   #8
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I have a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and pull a 2003 22ft CCD international. Summer of 2014 we towed the trailer 6000 miles with a average of 21 mpg on blue highways, interstates, through the Rockies and flatlands of the west. I believe the Dodge Ram has the same engine, check with your dealer. So happy with the Jeep that I'm remodeling the interior of the 22 ft. trailer for several years of enjoyment.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:38 PM   #9
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If you are looking at the Italian 3.0L diesel you are on the right track. With the right rear end this will do all that you need. It is the best diesel in this size that has ever been built. The 8 speed transmission makes the truck. It is the fastest 1/2 t truck off the line and has all the HP needed to get going with the 8 speed transmission. A great TV. Only issue is the ram chassis needs to be a little heftier for me since I am pulling 9000+ lbs but since your Flying Cloud 25 is a little lighter and should present no problems. Word of caution don't buy any truck as a TV unless you actually tow your trailer to your satisfaction. If the Eco Diesel is NOT the 3.0L Italian I would walk away. Finally you don't need a 250 to tow your 25' Flying Cloud if properly set up with the right options necessary to do the job.

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Old 05-11-2015, 09:45 PM   #10
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You will be extraordinarily happy, I think. I have the exact setup you do. A 2014 Laramie Longhorn 1500 EcoDiesel and a 2015 FC FB25. Now, you will "notice" the trailer behind you - particularly when downsizing from an F250. However, you will love the increased fuel economy both while towing and when empty. I have had absolutely no trouble merging with traffic, accelerating pretty hard when the need arises, etc. I grew up with F-350s, F250s, and my dad has a Ram 2500 Cummins. My truck is the favorite!
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No Problem With the Ram 1500

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I have been looking at the Dodge RAM 1500 Eco Diesel engine. Would love some feedback as to its power while towing. I pull a Flying Cloud 25 FB currently with a 1 ton Duramax. Would like a smaller /lighter truck but wonder how much power I'd give up.

Thanks in advance for real world experience (hard to find).
I pull my 1968 Overlander with a 2015 Ram 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi engine, and there is no problem with power. I have not, however, pulled it in the mountains (I'm a Gulf coaster). The only fall off is in mileage; I go from about 20 mpg to about 17 mpg. But it matches up with the 26' Overlander real well.

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WOW, a gasoline engine pickup averaging 17 - 20 mpg towing a 26 foot trailer. This is better than a lot of older diesels get. These modern trucks surely are making big steps forward. The future looks bright!
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I pull my 1968 Overlander with a 2015 Ram 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi engine, and there is no problem with power. I have not, however, pulled it in the mountains (I'm a Gulf coaster). The only fall off is in mileage; I go from about 20 mpg to about 17 mpg. But it matches up with the 26' Overlander real well.

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I think you should back up your claim of getting 17 MPG towing a 26' Overlander with a 2015 5.7L Hemi powered Ram 1500 with some real numbers.

Fish story, I say.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:17 PM   #14
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Trip computers are great. Mine tells me I'm getting 17 mpg. When I use paper and pencil I get 14 mpg. I'll have to stop that. It costs me too much money.

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