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Old 02-19-2014, 01:47 PM   #29
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I think you're right in the cooling part. Ram upped the tow capacity on their 2500's for 2013. Same frame and suspension as the 2012 but the 13 got the improved 6.7 CTD with added tranny and engine cooling. They also upped the towing across the board while going with the 3.42 gears instead of the 3.73's. 3.73's are still an option for higher tow ratings.
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We have a 2011 1500 crew cab hemi similar to the one Lori says she wants to purchase to pull their new trailer. Our trailer is 31 Ft and about 8500 lbs on the road. We love the truck and trailer. We've upgraded the tries and have a quality Reese wd hitch with sway control. We get pulled around by side winds and passing trucks, But, if I were to be able to do it over, I'd go with the 2500.
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Humm - I thought in 2013 the Ram heavy duty frame was improved with an added cross member and the use of more high strength steel. That is what made it different than the 2011 and 2012 models.
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Humm - I thought in 2013 the Ram heavy duty frame was improved with an added cross member and the use of more high strength steel. That is what made it different than the 2011 and 2012 models.
The 13 2500 kept the same frame. The 13 3500 got the new frame.
The 14 2500 got the new frame. Same suspension under the 13 as the 12 2500. New front suspension under the 14 2500. Not sure why they didn't do both at the same time.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:40 PM   #33
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Thanks - I learn something new everyday.
Ram heavy duty trucks may now have the best frame between the big 3.
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The 13 2500 kept the same frame. The 13 3500 got the new frame.
The 14 2500 got the new frame. Same suspension under the 13 as the 12 2500. New front suspension under the 14 2500. Not sure why they didn't do both at the same time.
2014 Ram 2500 just switched to a rear coil spring from the rear leaf spring setup in 2013. But they did add an airbag option which is slated to release soon. I know because we just ordered one at work to stay under the DOT radar. We've already got about ten 2013 2500. We're switching most vehicles from 5500's down to 2500's and shipping equipment instead of hauling it with a trailer.

Here's a link: 2014 Ram Heavy Duty: projections and predictions
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:03 PM   #35
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Thanks everyone and especially Cumminsfan. Great information and very helpful.

It's been a long and arduous decision and I believe we've chosen our TT, a 2014 Forest River Salem Hemisphere 292FK, 7,030 lbs. (800 lbs. less than the one we thought we'd get), 990 lb. hitch and 2,701 carrying capacity.

Now I'm need to run some numbers and see what I can come up with for the truck. I hope an F150 5.7L V8 3.92 axle will be enough (10,350 towing capacity).

This will be our 2nd TT and we're definitely going up in size on this one.

Thanks so much guys.
The 1500 Ram with the Hemi and 3.92 gears will do fine staying within its rated tow/haul capacity. The only thing a 2500 with the Hemi will get you is about another thousand pounds of payload and that sure won't help you get on over the hill any faster/safer/better. There are no reports of the new small blocks in a 1500 or 2500 having common over heating issues.

The Hemi has 395 hp and 410 ft lbs of torque in the 1500 or 2500 truck so no slow/struggle in the hills or mountains. In fact a 1500 Hemi pulling a 8k trailer will do it with more ease than a 2500 with the Hemi. The 2500 weighs more and is just more weight the Hemi has to get on up and over the hill.

I think your on the right track. Just don't lets anyone talk you into getting a smaller engine for that size trailer.
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The 1500 Ram with the Hemi and 3.92 gears will do fine staying within its rated tow/haul capacity. The only thing a 2500 with the Hemi will get you is about another thousand pounds of payload and that sure won't help you get on over the hill any faster/safer/better. There are no reports of the new small blocks in a 1500 or 2500 having common over heating issues.

The Hemi has 395 hp and 410 ft lbs of torque in the 1500 or 2500 truck so no slow/struggle in the hills or mountains. In fact a 1500 Hemi pulling a 8k trailer will do it with more ease than a 2500 with the Hemi. The 2500 weighs more and is just more weight the Hemi has to get on up and over the hill.

I think your on the right track. Just don't lets anyone talk you into getting a smaller engine for that size trailer.
The new hemi in the 2014 2500 is 6.4L as a low cost upgrade. The 1500 only has the 5.7L.

The 2500 with a 6.4L will be more stable, have better payload, and tow better too. The cost is also pretty close to a 1500, so it's a matter of which vehicle do you want really.
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The new hemi in the 2014 2500 is 6.4L as a low cost upgrade. The 1500 only has the 5.7L.

The 2500 with a 6.4L will be more stable, have better payload, and tow better too. The cost is also pretty close to a 1500, so it's a matter of which vehicle do you want really.
Actually the 5.7 and 6.4 Hemi come in the 2500 '14 Ram trucks in the USA. However my point above was for the trucks being discussed so far such as 1500 5.7 vs 2500 5.7 hemi.
Now if your in Canada then only the 6.4 hemi is only available all according to the Rams Body builders online guide.
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Actually the 5.7 and 6.4 Hemi come in the 2500 '14 Ram trucks in the USA. However my point above was for the trucks being discussed so far such as 1500 5.7 vs 2500 5.7 hemi.
Now if your in Canada then only the 6.4 hemi is only available all according to the Rams Body builders online guide.
Actually, i said the 6.4L was a "low cost upgrade", you have to upgrade from something, which is the 5.7L. For $1500, it's well worth it if you are doing extensive towing.

Why would you limit discussions to only the 5.7L hemi in the 2500?? the 6.4L is designed for heavy duty towing and will do a much better job than the 5.7L.
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Why would you limit discussions to only the 5.7L hemi in the 2500?? the 6.4L is designed for heavy duty towing and will do a much better job than the 5.7L.
The thread is about the OP 's 5.7 Hemi in his/her 1500 truck. IMO if you want to include the 6.4 hemi or any other engine and change the OP topic you should start your own thread.

Hell the 6.7 Cummins in the 2500 will out perform both ...but that doesn't answer the OP questions.
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The thread is about the OP 's 5.7 Hemi in his/her 1500 truck. IMO if you want to include the 6.4 hemi or any other engine and change the OP topic you should start your own thread.

Hell the 6.7 Cummins in the 2500 will out perform both ...but that doesn't answer the OP questions.
She said she is LOOKING at the 5.7 Hemi.
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The thread is about the OP 's 5.7 Hemi in his/her 1500 truck. IMO if you want to include the 6.4 hemi or any other engine and change the OP topic you should start your own thread.

Hell the 6.7 Cummins in the 2500 will out perform both ...but that doesn't answer the OP questions.
Incorrect, she said she was looking at buying a 1500 with the 5.7L

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She said she is LOOKING at the 5.7 Hemi.
I think it's unfair to bring up the 2500, but stick with just the 5.7L engine. It already went slightly off topic into suggesting a better towing vehicle to a 7800lb travel trailer. But limit it's engine size options??? The 2500 6.4L would be the ideal tow vehicle for this TT if their full timing. The 1500 5.7L will do the job, just not as well.
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