Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  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 12-06-2013, 12:15 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Tennessee/Mich.
Posts: 307
Is the Ram 5.7L Engine a good engine?

I'm looking at buying a Ram 2500 crew cab truck with a 5.7 gas engine to pull my travel trailer or a future 5th wheel camper. This truck is at Carmax. I was going buy a new GMC 2500 single cab with 4X4 truck from a dealer but the dealer price was going up and down and I just gave up. Telling me one minute over the phone 25,000 and when I got to dealer it change up 3,000 dollars more. I can see new vehicle dealers going out of business.
__________________

__________________
Wildbob52 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 12-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
onechaddude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,544
I have had several he I engines and have 2 now (2007 grand Cherokee and 2012 mega cab 2500 4x4) and am very pleased with them. Never had a moments issue with any. Friend of mine has 03 2500 he I with 170,000+ and nary an issue. He still uses it frequently pulling 10,000 lb. Trailer. I had 08 chev 2500 with 6.0 gassser and I believe he I has more power and I believe a little better mileage. So yes, I would highly recommend the he.
Chad
__________________

__________________
onechaddude is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2013, 12:22 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 2,211
If buying new I would hold out for the new 2014 6.4 Hemi.
__________________
Cumminsfan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 04:18 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Tennessee/Mich.
Posts: 307
I'm buying used with 30 thousand miles on it for 26,000 dollars.
__________________
Wildbob52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #5
Moderator Emeritus
 
TXiceman's Avatar


 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 17,150
Blog Entries: 21
The biggest problem with a Hemi 3/4 ton truck for pulling a trailer is the fuel consumption. It will probably get in the 8 mpg range on a good day when towing. Personally, I'd spend the extra $$$ and get a diesel.

Ken
__________________
Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 08:24 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
onechaddude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,544
Quote:
Originally Posted by TXiceman View Post
The biggest problem with a Hemi 3/4 ton truck for pulling a trailer is the fuel consumption. It will probably get in the 8 mpg range on a good day when towing. Personally, I'd spend the extra $$$ and get a diesel.

Ken
When you factor in diesel costs $.50 to $1.00/ gal. more than gas, there's not much difference in out of pocket expense. Don't get me wrong, I am a firm believer in diesel power, but the small improvement over mpg a diesel gets is not very large. However, if you have very heavy (i.e. over 13,000 lb.) Rv, then yes diesel is the only way to go. At that point a gasser will be in the 5-6 mpg range and yes, will dig into your pockets.
Chad
__________________
onechaddude is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 08:58 AM   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
RustyJC's Avatar


 
Texas Boomers Club
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Cypress, Texas USA
Posts: 8,854
Towing the same 13,500 lb GVWR 5th wheel over the same Texas Hill Country route, our 1996 Ram 3500 8.0L V-10 gasser got 6.5 MPG. Our 2002 Ram 3500 Cummins HO got 11-12 MPG. With that mileage difference, I can certainly justify the difference in the price of diesel versus gasoline and still save $$$. The diesel option basically cost me nothing as I got the initial price difference back at the time of resale, and the towing performance with the diesel was markedly better.

The 5.7 Hemi is OK, but it still has the performance characteristics (poor fuel economy and sky-high revs under load) of a naturally aspirated gasoline engine.

Rusty
__________________
2016 Ram Longhorn 3500 Dually 4x4 CCLB, 385/900 Cummins, Aisin AS69RC, 4.10
2014.5 DRV Mobile Suites 38RSSA #6972
Come join us on a TEXAS BOOMERS rally!
RustyJC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 07:06 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Tennessee/Mich.
Posts: 307
Thank you all for the information on the Ram 5.7 engine.
__________________
Wildbob52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 07:22 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 20
Even tho it can suck gas I wouldn't trade my Hemi! Drags my 7000 lb Radiance 22 footer with out skipping a beat! Brother in-law has a 6 litre Chevy and his pulls good -but it sucks more gas all of the time where mine is not that bad unloaded!
__________________
rewindguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2013, 07:49 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Dagwood's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Ponce de Leon Fla
Posts: 244
If you can stand to hear a gasser reving 4- 5 krpm on every hill then get one. Yes my diesel slows down on a hill but I just get in line with the big trucks put the flashers on and grind it out on the hills but at a lower rpm than a gasser.
__________________

__________________
2004 Dolphin Basement AC
5355
7KW Onan Marqui Gold
Dagwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



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


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.