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Old 03-25-2016, 11:38 PM   #1
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Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi

What is your experience towing with this truck.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:53 AM   #2
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I like mine. I think 4.10 gears should be standard and 4.44 or 4.56 optional because the transmission gearing is taller than the competition's. 1st to 2nd is big. If planning on towing very often or 12,000+ I'd select the cummins option.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:37 AM   #3
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Several years back, but friend had a 2500 hemi--towed a 20' enclosed trailer that weighed only about 5k loaded. After about a year, he traded for a Cummins...said he couldn't stand the 1)high rpms needed, and 2)fuel mileage.
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I guess it just depends on your expectations. My father has a 2012 cummins 3500 DRW with 4.10. Stock the best it did empty was 12.6mpg at 70. Now he is happy with 17mpg. It only cost him $1k per 1mpg to get there. The newer cummins are more efficient stock than his was. My 6.4 will do 17-18 @ 70. Towing he gets 8-10, I get 7-8 with the same trailer, same road. The difference is my truck is a daily driver that both my wife and I use, long cold winters and short town commuting. It only has a trailer behind it during the summer months, and then maybe 2x a month. His only has highway miles, 80% of which have a toy hauler behind it.
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:44 AM   #5
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To the OP, in the end whether a 6.4 will work for you depends a lot on your expectations from a tow vehicle. If you are expecting it to grunt down the HWY with a 13k fifth wheel in tow never revving beyond 3,000 rpm you will be greatly disappointed. If you are coming from a 1/2t V8 towing a 7-9k TT and you want more stability and payload that a HD can offer, you won't be disappointed by anything other than the drop in MPG the extra 2,000 lbs of truck costs you over a 1500.

I have towed at 18,500 GCW from 2,200' to 8,100'.
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Old 03-26-2016, 04:15 PM   #6
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I have a 2500 Mega with the 6.4 and 4.10 gears. The truck compared to my '09 1500 Hemi is a beast towing my 31' 8200 lb Keystone. Like said before though, if you are looking at a 12-14 K 5'er you'll want the diesel. The 2500 is an odd truck. The 6.4 version has a payload of about 2900 lbs in the 4X4 Mega short bed version I have. The same rig with a CTD is about 1,000 less. So if you want to stay within the factory specs a 2500 ain't doing much 5th wheel duty. But with all that said, the tires, wheels, axles, brakes, etc are the same between the 2500 and 3500 SRW. Just a lot more rear suspension capacity on the 3500 models. Only 3.42 gear ratio available on any model in the SRW versions.
I got the 6.4 due to the $9-$11.5K less cost depending on transmission selection and much cheaper maintenance. I do know the CTD will pull circles around it and the resale values will be better with a diesel. But you'll be pretty happy with the 6.4 towing a trailer, 5'er or TT, in the 11,000 lb and under range.
BTW, don't get the auto air suspension if you plan on a 5'er as you'll want air bags to go that way to get a higher payload capacity. This is especially true if you go CTD as the max cargo capacity of those in the 2500 flavor can be reached pretty quickly. I have the auto level and really like it for my 31' Keystone, but worry about it if I get a 5'er that will get me close to my max 2900 lbs.
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Old 03-26-2016, 04:32 PM   #7
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Several years back, but friend had a 2500 hemi--towed a 20' enclosed trailer that weighed only about 5k loaded. After about a year, he traded for a Cummins...said he couldn't stand the 1)high rpms needed, and 2)fuel mileage.
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Several years back was probably a 5.7 Hemi with the 5sp tranny. Not that same as the 6.4 with the 6sp.
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:38 PM   #8
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Gassers need higher RPMs to make power. Not sure why people make negative comments about that. It won't hurt the motor. If it bothers you, turn the radio up.

By all accounts the 6.4 is a solid motor. I researched extensively before buying my HD truck and it just came down to personal preference for me choosing the Chevy 6.0.
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Gassers need higher RPMs to make power. Not sure why people make negative comments about that. It won't hurt the motor. If it bothers you, turn the radio up.

By all accounts the 6.4 is a solid motor. I researched extensively before buying my HD truck and it just came down to personal preference for me choosing the Chevy 6.0.

Correct. And it is designed to run at high RPM. It's pretty happy at 5000 rpm. And sounds even better!
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Gassers need higher RPMs to make power. Not sure why people make negative comments about that. It won't hurt the motor. If it bothers you, turn the radio up.

By all accounts the 6.4 is a solid motor. I researched extensively before buying my HD truck and it just came down to personal preference for me choosing the Chevy 6.0.
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They don't do too bad empty if you don't need to do 80.
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They don't do too bad empty if you don't need to do 80.
drittal. What's the ECO in the bottom left of your dash? I've never seen an option for that on my 14 mega cab 6.4. It must be on a 15 or 16.

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drittal. What's the ECO in the bottom left of your dash? I've never seen an option for that on my 14 mega cab 6.4. It must be on a 15 or 16.

Chad
Not sure on the 14 models, but on my 15 model I had to turn it on. Stupid computer operated vehicles. I think it was in the radio settings. But really don't need it anyway as you can feel/hear it when the MDS kicks in.
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Old 03-28-2016, 06:57 AM   #14
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What bob said. ^^^

I comes turned off from the factory. I turned mine on using the settings in the 8.4 I connect touch screen.
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