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Old 11-28-2015, 02:24 PM   #43
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monkey that's a fact most people have NO IDEA what their axle weights are! They look at the trucks towing capacity then look at the RV "DRY" weight of even if they look at the RV's GVWR they never use 25% of that as the possible pin plus hitch plus tool box or that additional fuel tank and the list goes on!
Totally agree with you... First thing I did before buying this truck, (other than reviews) was axle weights. NOT advertised towing... Then tire capacity... (ours being a SRW) Then, since I work at a freight co, I ran the truck across the scales,,, one axle at a time. Found out empty (full fuel) we are close at front axle weight, but alot of room on the rear... SO,,, if we get a TT,, a weight dist hitch won't work much as we are almost at max front axle weight already. I'll say again,,, a Duelly won't work for everybody... It works for some. Thats why they make both. I looked for a 1 ton SRW for a couple months, Ram and Chevy,,, just couldn't find one I liked within a few hundred miles... So far I'm very happy with my first Chevy,,, (built in Flint MI,) being a forever MOPAR guy...
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An F450 is a good choice if you want overkill.....in every way
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Well, after some careful consideration and our decision not to upgrade to a 5th wheel and keep our less than one year old unit...I will be picking up a 2015 Ram 2500 Diesel (17100 max) tonight. This will still give us room to at least double our current TT weight (7200) if/when we decide to upgrade in a few years. Unless we win the lottery I can't see us needing to buy a bigger/heavier TT or 5th than ~15k.
I can't wait, my wife already wants to get it hooked up and go somewhere.
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Well, after some careful consideration and our decision not to upgrade to a 5th wheel and keep our less than one year old unit...I will be picking up a 2015 Ram 2500 Diesel (17100 max) tonight. This will still give us room to at least double our current TT weight (7200) if/when we decide to upgrade in a few years. Unless we win the lottery I can't see us needing to buy a bigger/heavier TT or 5th than ~15k.
I can't wait, my wife already wants to get it hooked up and go somewhere.
Congratulations Mike!
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Well, after some careful consideration and our decision not to upgrade to a 5th wheel and keep our less than one year old unit...I will be picking up a 2015 Ram 2500 Diesel (17100 max) tonight. This will still give us room to at least double our current TT weight (7200) if/when we decide to upgrade in a few years. Unless we win the lottery I can't see us needing to buy a bigger/heavier TT or 5th than ~15k.
I can't wait, my wife already wants to get it hooked up and go somewhere.
Good call on the RAM but don't think you will be safely towing a 15K 5er with a 2500. At that weight a 3500 is marginal. It's ALL ABOUT what your rear tires can carry.
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Good call on the RAM but don't think you will be safely towing a 15K 5er with a 2500. At that weight a 3500 is marginal. It's ALL ABOUT what your rear tires can carry.
Guess you never know until you weigh it ... Believe me Cummins, I 'm not arguing (sp?) with you. But my 15 2500 Silverado has a 6200lb rear axle, the tires are good with that. + My crew cab weighs 3080 on the rear , I would "Guess" a Ram is close to the same ???? As said many many times,,, weigh Your Truck,,, loaded, ready for a road trip... 15K is getting up in the dually range I figure...
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You could do a short bed with a pull right setup. It automatically slides out to give you more clearance.
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Good call on the RAM but don't think you will be safely towing a 15K 5er with a 2500. At that weight a 3500 is marginal. It's ALL ABOUT what your rear tires can carry.
From what I understand, on the 2015 model year, the only difference between a Ram 2500 and 3500 is the 2500 has rear coils and the 3500 has rear leaf springs. If that really is the only difference could the capacity of the 2500 be increased by adding airbags?
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From what I understand, on the 2015 model year, the only difference between a Ram 2500 and 3500 is the 2500 has rear coils and the 3500 has rear leaf springs. If that really is the only difference could the capacity of the 2500 be increased by adding airbags?
For one the Aisin trans is NOT available on the 2500's. So since the Aisin allows for more HP and engine TQ a 3500 is a minimum and it Might be able to safely tow the 15K RV. It all depends on how light the pin weight would be.

The suspension is completely different and much stronger on the 3500's including brakes (I think).

Why spend money to BandAid something new instead of getting the right tool from the beginning.

You technically can not increase the capacity unless an up fitter is licensed to do so. " I think" the 3500's are available with higher rated tires also.
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I could have sworn the aisin was an option on the 2500. Oh well. I believe the brakes are the same between the two. The only information I've found on suspension between the two was the coils vs leafs in the rear. The front suspension is the same in both. I haven't seen anything else about the suspension differences and I've been looking. Do you know the specifics?
Again, this is for the 2015 model year. I know there are more differences in the 2016 model year between the two.

I'm not advocating he buy a 2500. I'm just asking if the only real suspension difference is the leafs vs coils would airbags help?
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It is hard to go wrong with a longbed diesel dually, but make sure it has the STOPPING power you will need. Better to step up to a one ton [or 1 1/2 Ton] and have too much stopping power, than struggle with a 1/2 ton that can hardly stop itself with a full load. IMHO stopping is more important than pulling power.
Do your homework before you leave home and do not let the salesman dictate what he feels you need. He usually has no idea and as long as he can make the sale he is happy. You on the other hand, must live with your choice, be good or bad.

WHERE do some of you come up with this "stopping power" theory ? EVERY 5th wheel and travel trailer has their own brakes. If working and adjusted properly, the trailer will stop itself while the tow vehicle is stopping itself. If the trailer brakes are not working, there is NOOOO truck that is going to stop anywhere from 10,000 to 17,000 lbs of trailer from pushing you down a mountain grade or through an intersection. There is only so many square inches of tires contacting the ground in any braking situation. In theory, you could stop a huge trailer with no trailer brakes, with a moped if you have a mile of level ground to do it on. It is called momentum. If you passed basic science or physics, you would understand.


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Going from your F150 to a 3/4 ton will be a night and day experience for you. I went from an F150 to an F250 myself. You are still going to spend a lot of time in 5th gear, but the overall experience will be much more pleasant. Using the tow/haul mode you will be able to use the cruise control much more often, though at the cost of some fuel mileage. Buying used makes it more difficult to specify what options you want in your truck, but once you decide on the make you prefer, examine the towing guide for the models available. This will help you be more knowledgable about what is available, what you need, and what it should cost. When I started shopping, I had no idea there was such a thing as a truck camper suspension option. Turns out there really is no difference between my F250 and an F350, but it took options to get it there.
Good luck with your shopping!
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The only time I feel I have too much truck is (maybe) when it needs washing, because I can no longer use the convenient drive through car washes. However, I am quickly reminded of why I bought my 2014 RAM 3500 DRW CC every time I hook it up to our Montana 5th wheel.
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