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Old 12-09-2019, 06:11 PM
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Soooo - after way too much thought and consideration, I think I'm going to go with a 3/4 ton gas truck instead of a diesel. After running the numbers, I just can't justify the extra upfront expense and unknown future expenses involving the emissions systems. That, and diesel is is 50-60 cents more per gallon in my area. Leaning towards the Ram 2500 6.4 with the new 8 speed tranny because it appears it will get the best mpg's of the bunch. Am I wrong? Y'all post some of your real world mpg's and any mods that might help from all the makers. I'll be driving mostly highway with cruise set at 74 for an hour and a half at a time.

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How will you be using it?

gas trucks make a whole lot of sense in a lot of situations. Towing heavy at interstate speeds on a regular basis shifts the equation toward diesel very quickly. Truck that gets used for general duty and tows the heavy boat on the weekend, gas makes more sense almost every time, though resale does shift that equation quite a bit if you flip trucks often.
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Quite a bit of info here on the Ram 6.4/ ZF 8 speed combo. Positive reviews on here by others as well as myself
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I own a older 2006 Dodge 2500 with the Hemi the Hemi engine is topshelf the Dodge truck on the other hand is a POS Id suggest a Ford , Ford is by far the superior truck
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The truck will get very little towing. Vast majority will be on the highway empty with the cruise set at 74 for an hour and a half. 3500 miles a month roughly. Other than that, short 15-20 mile delivery trips with 1500-2500 lbs in the bed 4 or 5 times a month( hence the 3/4 ton). The only towing will be my 24' center console only when a hurricane makes me take it off the lift, but the ramp is literally 1 mile from my house.

AndyP - you are correct. Thats one of the reasons I feel comfortable with this truck. Give me some good news on your truck and fuel economy!

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Cutlass - not opposed to a Ford, I'm a Ford guy! I am under the impression that the Ram with the 8 speed tranny is getting a couple miles per gallon better than the F250 gas?
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Highway at 75 I am getting 18 / 20 with my diesel. It is my everyday vehicle, no regrets switching, and towing is no comparison.
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I own a 2016 GMC 4x4 with a 6.0L gasser. I also occasionally tow a 24 foot boat with twins. I came from a 1/2 ton. My mileage at 75 mph is about 15 mpg, around 70 mph it goes to 16 to 17mpg.

Good luck with your search. I will be a 3/4 ton truck gas owner while I have this boat. It makes towing to the Keys a joy..
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Originally Posted by venison View Post
The truck will get very little towing. Vast majority will be on the highway empty with the cruise set at 74 for an hour and a half. 3500 miles a month roughly. Other than that, short 15-20 mile delivery trips with 1500-2500 lbs in the bed 4 or 5 times a month( hence the 3/4 ton). The only towing will be my 24' center console only when a hurricane makes me take it off the lift, but the ramp is literally 1 mile from my house.

AndyP - you are correct. Thats one of the reasons I feel comfortable with this truck. Give me some good news on your truck and fuel economy!
f150 can handle that with no issue. Obviously a 3/4 ton can do it better, but no more frequently than you will be doing that definitely in the realm of reason. No way would I give up the 1/2 ton ride for 3500 miles per month for that little bit or work duty. In fact that almost exactly how I use my 1/2 ton. Main thing I dislike about the 3/4 tons is the straight axle front suspension on the 4x4. Just rides like crap compared to a half ton with IFS.
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Use the 10/100 rule. If towing under 10k under 100 miles then you donít need a diesel
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
f150 can handle that with no issue. Obviously a 3/4 ton can do it better, but no more frequently than you will be doing that definitely in the realm of reason. No way would I give up the 1/2 ton ride for 3500 miles per month for that little bit or work duty. In fact that almost exactly how I use my 1/2 ton. Main thing I dislike about the 3/4 tons is the straight axle front suspension on the 4x4. Just rides like crap compared to a half ton with IFS.
GM 2500hd has IFS
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Originally Posted by Chris Craft Cutlass View Post
I own a older 2006 Dodge 2500 with the Hemi the Hemi engine is topshelf the Dodge truck on the other hand is a POS Id suggest a Ford , Ford is by far the superior truck
I own a 2018 Ram 3500 diesel duallie. The Cummins engine and Aisin Transmission are top shelf. The remainder of the vehicle is not up to Chevrolet or Ford quality. New ball joints at 26k miles. Again at 45k miles. Florida truck never off road. I paid to have second ball joints installed privately. Didnít trust the Ram Retards to do it again.
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With that kind of mileage have you considered a commuter car? I do about 400 miles of commuting a week in a RAV4 that gets 30mpg. If I was doing that much commuting, and in a warm climate, Iíd choose a nicely optioned, fuel efficient, commuter car.

My Ram is used only for truck stuff and as a result has only 700 or so miles on it. Iím not sure of the unloaded mpg at this time as itís had my truck camper on it since the end of September. I believe it was around 16mpg or so in mixed driving
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Originally Posted by oldkanuk View Post
I own a 2018 Ram 3500 diesel duallie. The Cummins engine and Aisin Transmission are top shelf. The remainder of the vehicle is not up to Chevrolet or Ford quality. New ball joints at 26k miles. Again at 45k miles. Florida truck never off road. I paid to have second ball joints installed privately. Didnít trust the Ram Retards to do it again.

If you plan on keeping the Ram here are some superior parts that will really enhance the ride and longevity of your RAM.
https://carlisuspension.com/product-...00-components/
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Wow, 3,500 miles a month? I used to do those kind of miles. Sooooo happy I did 14k last year I could scream!

Anyway, at 42k miles per year it will take you less than 5 years to hit 200k on a new truck. I'm assuming you replace your trucks pretty often?
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I would buy a Prius if I could! Unfortunately I need the truck at the other end of my commute.
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And this commute only started about 3 1/2 years ago.
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3,500 miles a month? Highway driving? Towing heavy and long distance on occasion? Simply, get a GMC/Chevy 2500 with the duramax and don't look back. GM trucks have IFS and ride like Cadillacs compared to the Ford and Ram. Best decision I made was upgrading from a gas half ton to a diesel 3/4 ton. Rides smooth. Great fuel economy. Tows amazing and does all of the work I ask it to. With that much driving you would benefit from the better fuel economy in a diesel. Will you be buying new or used? When I bought my 2019 GMC 2500 Denali it came with a 5 year/100k mile warranty.

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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
f150 can handle that with no issue. Obviously a 3/4 ton can do it better, but no more frequently than you will be doing that definitely in the realm of reason. No way would I give up the 1/2 ton ride for 3500 miles per month for that little bit or work duty. In fact that almost exactly how I use my 1/2 ton. Main thing I dislike about the 3/4 tons is the straight axle front suspension on the 4x4. Just rides like crap compared to a half ton with IFS.
Interesting. I would have thought 2500lbs in the bed of a 1/2 ton would be axles on the bump stops kind of thing. I think my older 3/4-ton is only rated at 2800lbs.
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Originally Posted by kernmw10 View Post
3,500 miles a month? Highway driving? Towing heavy and long distance on occasion? Simply, get a GMC/Chevy 2500 with the duramax and don't look back. GM trucks have IFS and ride like Cadillacs compared to the Ford and Ram. Best decision I made was upgrading from a gas half ton to a diesel 3/4 ton. Rides smooth. Great fuel economy. Tows amazing and does all of the work I ask it to. With that much driving you would benefit from the better fuel economy in a diesel. Will you be buying new or used? When I bought my 2019 GMC 2500 Denali it came with a 5 year/100k mile warranty.
Did u read what the guy is using the truck for? Limited Towing. Getting a Dmax would be a big waste of money. Your comment a 2500 rides like a caddy is just flat our retarted. Simple physics can tell you that a half ton will ride much better for a daily driver. Your 2019 will not get any better mog than a new half ton. Your new dmax is all choked up with emissions crap and you will be lucky to see 20 mpg, u may gett better if you drive like a granny. But most half tons are getting 21 on hwy all day and gas is cheaper. Come back when you have 25 yrs of diesel under your belt and maybe your comments will hold mereit.

I just put 8600 lb Timbrens on the real axle of my 2019 Ram Rebel and my GF said it still rides better than a 3/4 ton. I can still put the payload of 1970 lbs in it and I got 21 mpg empty on hwy.

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