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Old 11-28-2009, 07:19 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by crispyboy View Post
... I read an article a few weeks ago that since Dodge uses the new SAE tow ratings they have added another 1000 lbs to the tow rating...
"sae" tow ratings actually exist? I thought it was still just in the talking stages.

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Old 11-28-2009, 07:21 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by safari 28 View Post
My point on the warranty is the lifetime coverage on the powertain. IF they go under then a point to consder. But for now, a very good advantage for those who tow and keep the truck for more than 5-6 years.
Oh, not to worry about the warranty....BHO and company will warranty it.

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Old 11-28-2009, 09:26 AM   #17
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Actually, the truck is not IRS (Independent Rear Suspension), it's just coil springs on a standard axle, with a triangulated four bar and an anti-sway bar.
Thnxs for the correct information Steve. I thought it was IRS but got it wrong.

Here is some positive comments from various sources...... Improving ride quality and handling of a pick up is a major step forward.

"Towing and Hauling Despite the Ram's coil-spring suspension, several reviewers say it is a competent tow and haul vehicle. For 2010, the Ram's maximum towing capacity was upped. It can now tow up to 10,450 pounds when properly equipped. Depending on configuration, the Dodge Ram has a maximum payload capacity of 1,910 pounds. These numbers are in line with the towing and hauling capacities offered by competitors.
  • "Ram tows and hauls enough for most users," -- USA TODAY
  • "When towing various size trailers on a short loop, the Hemi-powered Ram acted as if nothing was attached to the rear. It just chugged along, getting up to 60 mph with ease, even with a 9,000-pound Air Stream attached on a simple hitch" -- Detroit News
  • "Should you ever end up using the bed itself, you may put the new coil-spring rear suspension to the test only to find that Dodge indeed did its homework here: Payload capacity is retained, but ride quality is vastly improved." -- Car and Driver

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Old 11-28-2009, 01:31 PM   #18
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I test drove the Laramie 1500, 5.7 Hemi, with the 3.9 rear end and was quite surprised/pleased with the ride and power, although I did not get to tow with it.

I am contemplating whether to get it, the Laramie 2500 diesel, the Ford F150 or F250 diesel for a 25' to 28' A/S. Difficult decision for various reasons.

Both Dodges and the F150 will fit in the garage......the F250 will not.

Dodges seem to have the better warranties, should they continue in business.

Toyota was a complete disappointment to me and I am a Toyota/Nissan/Foreign car person for over 45 years. Rode like a stagecoach on a balloons as I bounced down the road and around turns. (If you're interested.)

The Fords/Dodges rode and steered much better.

I too would like to read more comparisons between the Dodge and Ford.
There is quite a bit of Dodge information on the RV forums. It seems like a lot of those guys use the Dodge.
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:04 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by BrianDL View Post
We are pulling a 2009 23 International CCD with a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab HEMI. It pulls effortlessly and we do not notice any sway or difficulty taking down the highways. I am averaging about 12.5 mpg in Tow / Haul Mode but that is expected with this set up.

The ride is soft and compliant, the AS just flows along the backside. Once up to speed, you hardly notice its there. We are extremely happy with the setup.

Happy to comment on any aspects of the vehicle and / or rig. Dodge just did increase the towing capacity as well based on different rating calculations.
Brian, Thanks for your's exactly what I was looking for.

Can you tell us how many miles you have on your Dodge, how many towing miles you have, and what hitch you are using?
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:30 PM   #20
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OK, It's been three years......

Bringing this thread back from the dead thinking it's been three years now, and there should be more owner/driver input on the newer version of the Dodge, or I think now they are actually called Ram trucks.

Would love to hear any and all input from owners of the newer Ram 1500 trucks.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:40 PM   #21
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Not sure why you need a Dodge pickup. The new Durango, for example, is an awesome tower with plenty of capacity in the Hemi V8 version and, with fully independent suspension (it inherits a Mercedes chassis that it shares with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a huge improvement over the crappy early 2000's truck-based Durango), arguably a better tow vehicle than the 1500 (that might give you maybe another 2,000 lbs in capacity, superfluous for most trailers). I believe they even improved the transmission in the 2012 version (mine is a 2011 and it's great). And a medium to large SUV will be a WAY nicer highway ride than a truck (less road noise, more refined ride, etc.).

I've noticed a tendency among many to go way overkill on towing capacity and go with huge pickups. I guess it depends on the style of driving, if you want to be able to go 90 mph uphill and/or be able to pass cars on the highway going 80 with no change in your driving habits going from your Mustang GT to your F350 towing your trailer, then by all means overpower. But if you're happy cruising along at the speed limit and casual passing is fine, then my $0.02 is to go with a well-equipped SUV with decent towing capacity (say, 7,000-8,000 lbs) and, most of the time, a great family/utility SUV.


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Old 12-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #22
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Um, Steve has a 31' Classic w/10,000# GVW. Wouldn't ever pull that with a Durango, or Tahoe or Expedition.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:16 PM   #23
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I tow with a Dodge. I have a 2003 3500 4x4 quad cab long bed. The Cummings never falters even when pushed hard. I can tow at 85mph is I want up or down any hill. It is more truck than U need, but it is my company truck and I want to be able to tow anything.
Is it a good tow vehicle? Sure is. Would I buy another? Sure would. Why do I like it? There is nothing it cannot do. It gets 18.9 highway empty and 14.3 towing. What do I not like? Diesel is $3.89 around here right now. A full tank costs $125+. It also is not a good daily driver because diesel is $3.89 around here.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Airstream Dad View Post
if you want to be able to go 90 mph uphill and/or be able to pass cars on the highway going 80 with no change in your driving habits going from your Mustang GT to your F350 towing your trailer, then by all means overpower.
Darned funny!
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:29 PM   #25
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I was just looking at the 2012 Durango R/T specifications online. Hadn't even known it existed. It looks really GREAT.
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I have a new to me 09 Ram Bighorn, Hemi 4x4 etc. I finally upgraded from my 98 Ram workhorse. I thought the new Ram would not be as "tough" as the old. BELIVE me when I say that is is one hell of a truck! The Hemi is amazing, alot of talk about it, but it is a very nice package. I am a musclecar leadfoot, and this truck has power. When not towing I can get 18.5 MPG highway, 12.5 or so towing. I can easily get going to 70-75 MPH on the road. The interior is fantastic, nice, well laid out, dozens of storage places (including coolers built into the rear floor!) and most of all QUIET! The 10 speaker sound system is crystal clear. The steering, ride, all of it are so beyond my expectations, I got mine with almost 67k on it, wish I had the $ to buy one new. I love this truck for everyday and towing the Airstream! MPJ
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:47 PM   #27
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The Durango with a Hemi (which I own) is probably about as fast of a tower as a Ram with the same engine. Different wheelbase and suspension, of course...

I'm looking forward to towing with a Ram with the new 8-speed automatic later next year. Should be rather nice. (But at this point of the season, with the Safari in a storage warehouse, I'd love to be towing to go camping with almost anything...)

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2012 Ram Express reg cab 4.7 Hemi

We were looking for a capable Airstream tow vehicle that would be easy and comfortable to drive when not towing, which is most of the time.

This short wheelbase Ram 1500 came with factory brake controller, electronic anti-sway, stability control, anti-lock brakes, 6-spd auto trans with tow/haul mode, eng controls to shut down 4 cylinders when not needed and adjust intake for broad torque range. Coil springs all around. 100k miles drivetrain warranty.

It is a dream to drive with or without the trailer, small turn radius, and 12-13 mpg towing, 18-20 mpg on its own. Under $25k with year-end discounts. That's pretty good all-around economy in a new tow vehicle.

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