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john1sr
03-08-2011, 01:01 PM
I’m looking at buying a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 with a hemi to tow my 4000 LB boat. I live in Michigan but tow the boat to the great lakes, keys, outer banks... you name it.

My last trip though the mountains about killed my old truck. Anybody have any real world experience with the dodge? What kind of mileage? Towing power?


top1000nole
03-08-2011, 01:14 PM
I sell them, so ask any questions you want. As far as mileage I have seen as high as 22 mpg on the highway. The towing and MPG mainly depend on the rear end. I will tell you with the coil over springs (only brand that uses them) they ride nicer than anything else in the class and thats not just sleazy car salesman talk.

top1000nole
03-08-2011, 01:17 PM
also, remember in 09 that hand a NON-transferable lifetime warranty (original owner only) so if you can find a certified one its the way to go. Shoot me a message or post on this thread the truck you are looking at and I will let you know what the deal is. I can pull the VIN and tell you the exact equipment that is in it.


JEFF6920
03-08-2011, 01:23 PM
I had two Hemi Trucks motor is awesome. I moved up to a 27 Contender so I bought a 3500 with Diesel. Motor has plenty of power back end a little soft for heavier boat. I sure miss the sound of my hemi

Florida Dan
03-08-2011, 01:25 PM
I had two Hemi Trucks motor is awesome. I moved up to a 27 Contender so I bought a 3500 with Diesel. Motor has plenty of power back end a little soft for heavier boat. I sure miss the sound of my hemi

That engine sounds awesome with a 50 series flowmaster...

Cooper
03-08-2011, 02:05 PM
I have an 08 1500 5.7 "big horn" package (20" wheels, blah blah blah). I towed a 23' pathfinder with no trouble whatsoever. I did upgrade all the tires since it's only 2 wheel drive, but otherwise it's fine. I never did a lot of mountains or anything, but I get 10-11 mpg towing in the hills around here (VA, MD) at 50-60mph. It's also my daily driver (mostly stop and go city traffic) and I average 11-12 mpg, which is pretty weak. On long highway trips I've seen over 20 mpg.

jdm61
03-08-2011, 02:13 PM
I had an '06 Hemi Durango and it had a higher manufacturers listed towing weight than my brother's Yukon Denali XL. 8900 lbs, IIRC. It got in the low 20's on the highway, but throw that out the window when you are towing.

TrickyRick
03-08-2011, 02:52 PM
Yep same here...2009 Dodge 1500 Hemi with the 4.21 rear end (I think). Anyway I can pull about 9800 lbs rated and pulled my boat from SC to MD no trouble. It has a transmission temp readout on the digital display and it never went over 195F. Mine is a 4x4 and I get about 16 mpg normally and towing about 10-11mpg. Hurts filling her up right now though! Put about 3/4 of a tank in this morning and it cost $60. :o Damn speculators!

Flot
03-08-2011, 06:43 PM
Only worry with the 2009 is that it was the first year of the new body style so may be some of the typical mopar "first year" bugs. 390 hp, I think you'll be okay with a 4k lb boat. :) I have two hemis in the driveway right now (both 2004) and I think it's an excellent engine.

Also, hope that truck is a real good deal. I was looking at used 2009 and newer Rams and most of them wanted almost as much as I could get a brand new truck with warranty for.

You can get a brand new quad cab hemi Ram 1500 for under/around $25k - check ebay for some reference. Looks like right now they're going for between $9-11k off sticker depending.

I'm very seriously considering one.

xrayengineer
03-08-2011, 07:24 PM
I owned one and towed my current boat with it. My current boat is around 6000 pounds on the scale.

It towed it with no problems whatsoever. Gas mileage sucked badly, like ANY gas truck will. I would get around 8-11 mpg around 60-65 mph.

I now own a Tundra, but there was nothing wrong with the Dodge.

jmarlin
03-08-2011, 07:39 PM
We towed a 7500 pound travel trailer from PA to Montana then over Bear Tooth pass and down to Jackson Wyoming with a 2006 HEMI 1500 with 75k miles. No problems with power. Trailer needs to be well balanced because suspension isn't heavy duty, at least on our rig.

Mr. Demeanor
03-08-2011, 10:09 PM
I get 7mpg on the highwat towing my 23 Fountain with my 06 Dodge Ram 2500 Hemi. 13mpg towing my little tunnel hull (800 pounds). 18mpg empty. Worst towing truck I have ever owned. Will not stay in top gear (OD locked out with tow mode) at anything over 60mph. Just constantly shifting up and down and I live in the flat land of Florida. It goes like stink for a truck but no bottom end for towing. Its ok around town pulling the boat but just cant keep up on the highway.

tprice
03-09-2011, 02:48 AM
I have 04 1500 4x4 w hemi and it tows my boat just fine, fuel mileage stinks but it was about the same on my 96 Suburban as well(9-10 mpg towing).

Never have any problem at all, I also have towed my same boat with Admiral's Chevy Trailblazer and it tows as well as my Dodge truck but the difference comes when you are stopping it takes little getting used to in TB.

Looked at diesels but did not want to fool with all the maintenance

twentynine
03-09-2011, 03:01 AM
I own a 2004 Quad cab Hemi.

Make sure you get the 3.97 (I think that's the ratio number, might be 3.92) rear end. I tow 4000 - 5000# routinely, not a problem.

The newer year models get a little better mileage than mine.

john1sr
03-09-2011, 05:48 AM
Thanks for the info guys. Sounds like it’s just what I need.

To top1000, is there any warranty left on a 2009 with say 35000 miles on it?

top1000nole
03-09-2011, 06:46 AM
if its certified you will get up to 80,000 miles of coverage along with rental car allowance and road side assistance, it not than I believe you would have a 1000 miles left...I will check with the service boys for your today to double check. We went to the 100,000 mile in 2010, but like I said before 09 was a limited (to original owner) lifetime warranty! They truly are great trucks, buy in confidence!

top1000nole
03-09-2011, 06:49 AM
just double checked with the boys, second owner of a 09 just get the 36,000 mile warranty if it is not certified. If the one you are looking at only has 35 on it the 1000 miles might be enough of a piece of mind for you just to drive it for a couple of weeks then take in in to get any kinks worked out before the warranty expires. If you have anymore questions feel free to fire away.

usfatl
03-09-2011, 06:57 AM
I just bought a 2011 1500 Ram Laramie. Got a smoking deal. Sticker was 47,430 they gave me $10,000 of the sticker to start with, then a $2500.00 rebate. The best part of the deal was that they gave me $15,000 trade in for my 2006 Avalance with 130,000 miles on it.
A new, fully loaded Ram for less than $20,000 is quite a deal!

A Few Dollars
03-09-2011, 07:21 AM
I had a '05 quad cab and now have an '08 mega cab. Both with Hemis

I have pulled 19' bay boats to 32' center consoles with them with no problem.

The best mileage I got with the 05 not towing was 20 mpg
The '08 won't break 17 mpg EVER.

Towing a 26' Scout I got 12 mpg with the '05
Towing a 24' bay boat I get 9 mpg with the '08.

top1000nole
03-09-2011, 08:01 AM
LOVE the mega cabs, but they are a tank and that motor works plenty hard just to move the truck much less anything else. There is absolutely nothing that compares to it as far as comfort and space goes though. Also remember 09 is when they got the new MDS system and improvement in gas millage.

Cracker
03-09-2011, 08:10 AM
Had an 06 Durango with a Hemi...Liked the engine, got god gas mileage, the transmission was a WHOLE different animal..POS Tranny... That I think is the Dodge achilles IMHO... Good Luck..

JEFF6920
03-09-2011, 08:21 AM
That engine sounds awesome with a 50 series flowmaster...

I had the flowmasters on mine it was awesome. Loved when the guys in the little cars with wings would rev up under the overpass I would blow them out

JEFF6920
03-09-2011, 08:25 AM
LOVE the mega cabs, but they are a tank and that motor works plenty hard just to move the truck much less anything else. There is absolutely nothing that compares to it as far as comfort and space goes though. Also remember 09 is when they got the new MDS system and improvement in gas millage.

I have the Mega Cab 3500 takes about an acre to turn it around but it will haul my Contender 27 down the road 75mph like its not even back there

john1sr
03-09-2011, 08:40 AM
I guess it all depends on the gears you get. My old dodge had 3.92 gears and it pulled like crazy.

Between gas stations

JRussell
03-10-2011, 07:12 AM
It has a transmission temp readout on the digital display and it never went over 195F.

That's really hot for running down the highway! :o In stop and go traffic that would be about right, but not with the TQ converter locked up on the hwy. Mine runs around 145-155 while towing on the highway at 70+ mph (Oh, and that's with the temp probe located in the "hot" line...not in the already cooled fluid in the pan).

I borrowed a friend's 1500 non-Hemi to tow a little Hell's Bay flats boat down to the Keys and it was pretty pathetic. It got the job done and handled the load fine, but power-wise it felt like I was towing 10k lbs uphill. Never had the chance to drive one with a Hemi, but I've raced a couple and they seemed rather surprised at the outcome. :grin:

john1sr
03-10-2011, 07:57 AM
I always run the biggest trans cooler I can get.

Jonboater
03-10-2011, 10:53 AM
I had a '05 quad cab and now have an '08 mega cab. Both with Hemis

I have pulled 19' bay boats to 32' center consoles with them with no problem.

The best mileage I got with the 05 not towing was 20 mpg
The '08 won't break 17 mpg EVER.

Towing a 26' Scout I got 12 mpg with the '05
Towing a 24' bay boat I get 9 mpg with the '08.

12mpg pulling a 26' boat is pretty damn amazing for a gas engine. A good tail wind or was that the norm?

A Few Dollars
03-10-2011, 11:04 AM
The norm

dawiggs
03-10-2011, 12:07 PM
I just bought a 2011 1500 Ram Laramie. Got a smoking deal. Sticker was 47,430 they gave me $10,000 of the sticker to start with, then a $2500.00 rebate. The best part of the deal was that they gave me $15,000 trade in for my 2006 Avalance with 130,000 miles on it.
A new, fully loaded Ram for less than $20,000 is quite a deal!

Where did you get that deal? I am ready to make a change....
dw

usfatl
03-10-2011, 01:29 PM
Don Jackson Chrysler Dodge in Union City GA

Nomis
03-10-2011, 03:22 PM
I have a 2010 trx Hemi crew cab with a 3.92 rear end. I have about 8k miles on it and have been getting 14.5 average, and 12 mpg towing. I'm only towing a 19ft boat so I cant tell you how it would do with something bigger but it tows with ease.

floffshore
03-10-2011, 05:55 PM
i tow a 25' CC with twins using an 08 Hemi 1500 4x4 QC. Tows just fine.. i average 9-10 when towing.



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