Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-26-2016, 08:21 PM   #1
Senior Member
motojavaphil's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Rio Rancho, NM
Posts: 977
Anyone towing with the 6.4L RAM Gas

Just curious if anyone has either the 2500 or 3500 6.4L to tow a 5er? If so what are the plus and minuses? Gear ratio, weight towed etc., would be helpful.

Phil & Carol & Ariel, Grey Lady
2016 Ram CTD 4X4
2009 Carriage Cameo F35SB3:dance
motojavaphil is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-27-2016, 10:05 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 294
Originally Posted by motojavaphil View Post
Just curious if anyone has either the 2500 or 3500 6.4L to tow a 5er? If so what are the plus and minuses? Gear ratio, weight towed etc., would be helpful.
I have a Mega Cab 2500 Big Horn with the 6.4 and 4.10 gears. The reason I went with the 6.4 is:
1. It was a 2015 model after the 2016's came out and the dealer had it 10K off sticker and gave me the million mile warranty at a hugely discounted price.

2. The option for the diesel is about 8K over the 6.4. Diesel is running about 25 cents higher than gas and you need to figure in that DEF fluid. Maintenance costs on the diesel are much higher.

3, On a 2500 the cargo capacity with the 6.4 and 4.10 gears is a little under 1,000 lbs more than the diesel package. The diesel only has a 1900 lb cargo capacity.

4. I tow very little. I take maybe 6-7 short trips a year. this may change once the wife retires and we get a 5'er.

I don't have a 5'er yet. I still do tow my 31' 8,000 lb TT though. It tows great. Lots of power.

All that said:

The 2500 is an odd vehicle. The only difference between it and the 3500 SRW is the rear axle spring rate. They use the same components, axles, tires, brakes ETC. Of course the 3500 has leaf springs instead of coils. Because of this a 3500 has a approximate 1500lb more cargo capacity. Now, if you got a 2500 with the coils, not the air suspension like I have, and added air lift bags you could actually do as well as a 3500, not within the parameters of the factory listed cargo capacity, but you could do it.

On a 2500 Mega cab the best you can do for cargo capacity is 2900 lbs with a gas engine. At 2900 lbs you get real limited on what 5th wheel you can get. You'd be looking at units with a gross weight of under 11-12K lbs and even then you are pushing it. If you stay within the factory listed weight parameters I'd think there are very few fifth wheel trailers you could tow with the diesel.

Comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges the 3500 with leaf springs is a better tow truck. Price wise only a couple hundred more. And a 3500 diesel with the Aisin trans even with the stupid 3.42 gear ratio will run circles around the 6.4. If you plan on towing much go this way. It'll be another $8,000-$10,000 in costs and you'll pay more at the pump but overall your fuel costs will be close to the same.

Once the wifey finally quits working I may get a 3500 CTD. I still refuse a dually as I just can't live with it.

BTW, if you go 2500, don't get the auto level. I really like it, but it has certain limitations I regret.
Bob1340 is offline   Reply With Quote

gas, tow, towing

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone towing a Ram 2500? CaptPat Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 5 11-11-2015 08:08 AM
Gas Mileage with 2500 Dodge Ram chrisgolden 5th Wheel Discussion 11 07-06-2015 05:51 AM
Does anybody tow with a V10 (gas) Dodge Ram? cptgregger Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 14 05-18-2014 01:26 PM
Does Anyone Have a RAM Integrated Brake Controller? BBQ Warren Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 14 10-04-2012 05:17 PM
anyone tow with a ram 1500-Hemi 3&acat Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 4 02-06-2006 09:29 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.