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Old 10-18-2015, 09:35 AM   #1
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Question Ram 2500 vs 3500 SRW Long Bed?

In the market for a new tow vehicle. Replacing my wrecked 2004 Ram 3500 CTD QC LB 4x4 SRW. It was a great tow vehicle for my 32ft HitchHiker over the years, but insurance payoff was pretty low.

So now Iam looking for another 3500 CTD SRW LB, but wondering if a 2014 Ram CTD (same specs) might do the job just as well. I could certainly save on the purchase price, and put on airbags for towing the fiver when needed. The rest of the time (95%) the 2500 would provide a smoother ride.

Mostly curious about side to side sway at the fiver hitch with the less beefier suspension and air bags on a 2500?

Duallies just won't work for my needs.

All advice and experiences welcome.
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What is your pin weight and weights of family and cargo planning on putting in truck?

My personal opinion is a 2500 diesel is not the right truck for towing a 5er. Even modest pin weights eat up most if not all available cargo capacity. The cummins has more than enough power to the the job, the axles and suspension are not rated for it.
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Old 10-18-2015, 11:47 AM   #3
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Id have to say the tongue weight is about 2000 #.

I never weighed it, but I put on Timbren axle bumpers and they usually touched the axle when fully loaded. Maybe a 1/2 inch or so compressed.
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Weigh it.

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Crew cab, long box, 4x4 diesel 2500 will have a maximum payload of 2190lbs without options. Assuming your guess of 2000lbs you have at the very most 190 lbs for options and passengers.

Hit the scales and double check your guess or just go 3500 for peace of mind.
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You can't have too much truck, but you can easily have too little, not enough, and an unnecessary safety risk.

I understand your desire for a smoother ride, but in my mind safety is paramount.
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I don't feel any difference in the ride of my current 3500 SRW Ram vs my old 2500. Both 4x4 LB. The 2016's may have a better ride, I haven't driven them yet.
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I think I remember a thread about tire pressures on the 2500 series. Something about not being able to lower tire pressure without a warning light or buzzer going off. My 3500 has no issues when I lower the pressure when not towing. My 3500 rides fine for a truck.
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There is a light that comes on on the dashboard. Not a big deal.
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Go with the 3500 if you are set on a Ram. I believe they have leaf springs and because of this they are designed to not have to add air bags to correct the 2500 problem with coils. Why buy a truck with such compromised suspension. If you want a truck with good ride then get the 2500. If you want a truck capable of towing then don't.
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The 3500 has optional air suspension in the rear which (from what I have read) has been working wonderfully. May be worth investigating. The 2500 with coils is damn fine, but not enough for your needs. I just had 1950lbs of stone in mine yesterday for a small wall project and it sat fine but the gassers have more payload available than the oil burners. The coils in the 2500 are not similar to the 1500 which sag with a lawnmower in the back. These coils are bloody tough. Think "railcar" tough.
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3500 with factory rear air will ride nice and handle a big load no problem.
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Go with the 3500 if you are set on a Ram. I believe they have leaf springs and because of this they are designed to not have to add air bags to correct the 2500 problem with coils. Why buy a truck with such compromised suspension. If you want a truck with good ride then get the 2500. If you want a truck capable of towing then don't.

What problem with coils?
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What problem with coils?
I was wondering the same thing. This is my second truck with rear coils and I don't think I could go back unless forced by brand. Same loading strength with improved handling and driving attitude... not sure I am seeing the downside.
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