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Old 11-25-2020, 01:15 PM   #1
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Ram 1500 or Ford F-150

Hey guys and gals need some help and advise. Trading in 2015 Grand Cherokee Summit almost 72,000 miles for a truck. Wanting to go back to my pick up truck.

Ram 1500 Limited, Hemi engine: Rear end 3.92 or 3.21?
Which rear end is better? Weight?

F150 Lariat or Platinum.

Which truck is easy to set up to flat tow and comfortable to ride? Weight of trucks, etc, anything that can help in making a good decision. What are your thoughts?

Flat Towing behind 2020 Dutch Star with Air Force One and Demco Tow Bar.. Thanks for the help and advise.
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Old 11-25-2020, 05:22 PM   #2
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Assuming you're buying new (or nearly new), few thoughts:
While I've not driven either of the newer ones, the reviews I've read talk about the coil springs in the rear of the Ram riding much better than the Ford.

Ford has aluminum body panels which, in theory, should make it lighter to tow. However, comparing curb weights on the manufacturer's websites between similar configurations indicates only a couple hundred pound difference.

The interior of the new Rams is really nice...
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Old 11-25-2020, 05:31 PM   #3
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I've towed a Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier, Honda CRV, Chevrolet Silverado 4 door, GMC Canyon 4 door and now a Ford F-150 Raptor. What you buy is a personal choice. They're all about the same weight when it comes to the full size trucks. I haven't towed a Ram, so I don't know what it requires to put it into neutral for towing.

On the Ford F-150, you push the push button start once without touching the brake, step on the brake and shift to neutral and then go to the dash screen and ENABLE NEUTRAL TOWING. Pretty simple.

I've had GM trucks for years, but wanted a hot rod, so I bought the Raptor. It's a heavy truck at 6100 pounds. I haven't had a Ford since the 80's. I will say that I and my passengers find the F-150 4 door cab VERY roomy and comfortable.

On the F-150, Air Force One makes a special hose to connect the under hood unit to the brake power booster, so you don't have to cut the vacuum boost hose. It's only a few dollars and saves a lot of time.
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:25 AM   #4
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X2 on the F150 cab comfort, but been in a new Ram and they’re just as good with a little bit more rear seat room. The other factor is bed length. My F150 Limited has a 5 1/2 foot bed and i think the Ram is 6’. My choice was the 450hp in the Limited (same as Raptor) and I haven’t regretted it. Really a quick truck.
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Old 11-26-2020, 01:43 PM   #5
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I tow a 2014 1500 Ram & just made a deal on a 2021 Ram 1500
Like Don said it’s a personal choice, I drove a F-150 900 miles & towed it back 900.
The F-150 really rode great, very quiet & comfortable.
The Ram is about the same but the Ram has air ride suspension & I load a motorcycle in the bed , the air ride levels out automatically & you can drop it down or raise it & that’s a real plus for me, I use this a lot when hooking to a trailer.
I think the Ram is easier to put in neutral for towing, you just put it in neutral & push a small indented button (I use a pick on a pocket knife ) & your set.
The F-150 when you switch the transfer case 5-times from 2 wheel to 4 wheel high it took me several tries then it’s a little tricky finding out if your really in neutral.
I feel a lot more confident when I set the Ram to tow.
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I tow the F150 King Ranch 4X4 Super Crew with 5.5 ft bed. Toes, rides and drives great. Very roomy and back seat is monstrous. Plus it will go in my garage with an inch in front and almost 2 in back. RAM with longer bed would not go in garage so it was out for us. Measure you garage BEFORE you buy. Otherwise I think any are great.
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I have a 2019 Ram 1500 with the 392 read and love it! Would not go back to a 323-342 rear again. I have always driven Chevy full size pickups but when I drove the RAM I fell in love. It now has 65,000 miles on it and I have towed it 4500 miles behind my Ventana DP and have had no issues. I am a huge fan of RAM pickups now.
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I have a 2019 KR and did the install myself and it's a pretty good bit of work.

I don't think it matters which truck you tow as long as you make sure it can be towed i.e. 4X4 and such. I have a friend with a Ram and he likes it.
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Both the F-150 & the Ram come with a 5’7” bed but you can order a 6’4” bed with any pickup.
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I had a 2013 dodge ram 1500 2 door swd longbed. It had the 8 speed trans, and the penstar v6 in it, it went like a sports car.
Left side by my knee was a door one would open and a lever with a red ribbon on it. One would pull the lever for flat tow, as it took the trans out of the picture. Don't know if the 5.7 would have that or not.
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Thanks to all for the responses. Tried them both out and liked the 2020 Ram 1500 Limited. Got a good deal with some rebates.

After Setting up for flat tow, insuring that vehicle is in normal ride height, One of the procedures says the following:

12. Turn the ignition to the ON/RUN mode, but do not start the engine.
13. Release parking brake.
14. Turn the ignition off.

Is this so I can release the electronic parking brake?
After turning the ignition off, will this turn off the ON/RUN mode?
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Read manual for towing/getting towed.
See if it has what I mentioned, in my past dodge ram.
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Thanks to all for the responses. Tried them both out and liked the 2020 Ram 1500 Limited. Got a good deal with some rebates.



After Setting up for flat tow, insuring that vehicle is in normal ride height, One of the procedures says the following:



12. Turn the ignition to the ON/RUN mode, but do not start the engine.

13. Release parking brake.

14. Turn the ignition off.



Is this so I can release the electronic parking brake?

After turning the ignition off, will this turn off the ON/RUN mode?


12, 13, 14....Does that mean there are 14 steps that you must go through in order to flat tow?
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Easy. Ford Raptor.
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