Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

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 01-27-2022, 04:14 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: central ny
Posts: 36
Your thoughts on Ram 2500 or other 3/4 T's....

Howdy, getting ready to upgrade tow pigs and i'm racking my brain lol.
Please keep in mind my current set up is a clapped out 300k mile 06 F350 6.0 EC LB SRW with bags (that i only put air in when we're toyless)..... We pull a Stryker 3116 TT that's typically between 12 and 14k when heading out with the toys, gear, water, supplies and fuel, and the old powerstroke does a fine job and has for the past 3 years. We put 1800 miles on during a 2+ week trip to NC and back to NY this past July. We don't plan on changing campers any time soon because the Stryker is perfect for us now. We both work full time and have 13ish years before retirement so we are weekend warriors, only getting out a couple times a month between April and October.
Now that you have some backstory i'm curious as to your opinions on the title matter.... and no, i'm absolutely not getting a dually.... I also know no one ever knows their camper is behind them and their diesel lol.... I'm very interested in going back to a gasser, had an 06 V10 F250 before this that i loved. The gas 3/4 tons are much more plentiful than 1 tons and i don't feel i need the extra payload at this stage of our camping lives.
I'm really curious as to how the coil sprung rams handle towing if anyone knows....
TIA
Jasonw76 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 01-27-2022, 04:47 PM   #2
Senior Member


 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4,556
Love my Ram 2500 diesel but if I had your setup I’d be looking at a 3500. Just my 2 cents since I like to have a cushy safety margin. I’m told the price difference going from a 2500 or a 3500 isn’t that much, but did not confirm that.
jondrew55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 05:02 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
 
TXiceman's Avatar


 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 21,473
Blog Entries: 21
Definitely look for a SRW 1 ton, either gas or 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, retired mechanical engineer
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 05:14 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2021
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 335
The Stryker ST-3116 (Toy Hauler) has a GVWR of 12,800 lbs so watch your loaded weight. Although I towed for many years with a F250 diesel SRW short bed towing a 14,000 lb fifth wheel trailer I would have preferred a F350 diesel DRW long bed for the added stability, but I had the truck before the trailer. Now I tow a 16,600 lb GVWR fifth wheel trailer with an F350 diesel DRW long bed.
Camp CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 05:15 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
tuffr2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Palm Coast Florida
Posts: 10,909
I have a 2017 gas F-250 2WD with a locking rear diff. My truck has a payload of 3,497lbs.

If your last truck is a 2006 the newer trucks all have better frames better engines and more capability.

Ford now has a gas 7.3 V8 that replaces the old V10. Ram has a 6.4 and Chevy has a 6.6 gas engine.
tuffr2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 05:33 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: central ny
Posts: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by TXiceman View Post
Definitely look for a SRW 1 ton, either gas or diesel.

Ken
Why?.... strictly looking at the numbers the Ram 2500 claims a 17k+ towing capacity which is plenty for our unit, after all my current F350 is only rated at 12.5k..... and i just don't need the 1100ish lbs of extra payload that going to a 3500 gains me.

One thing i'm not certain on is the tow ratings for the Rams, they only list the one, where Ford and GM list seperate ratings for bumper pulls and 5ers, and my local Ram dealer was clueless when i asked him weather the rating is for bumper or 5th wheel lol
Jasonw76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 05:36 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: central ny
Posts: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by jondrew55 View Post
Love my Ram 2500 diesel but if I had your setup Iíd be looking at a 3500. Just my 2 cents since I like to have a cushy safety margin. Iím told the price difference going from a 2500 or a 3500 isnít that much, but did not confirm that.
The price isn't much different.... availability is the issue, and according to the numbers my margin would grow a fair bit going from my current F350 to a 2500 Ram.....
Jasonw76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 05:44 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: central ny
Posts: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by Camp CA View Post
The Stryker ST-3116 (Toy Hauler) has a GVWR of 12,800 lbs so watch your loaded weight. Although I towed for many years with a F250 diesel SRW short bed towing a 14,000 lb fifth wheel trailer I would have preferred a F350 diesel DRW long bed for the added stability, but I had the truck before the trailer. Now I tow a 16,600 lb GVWR fifth wheel trailer with an F350 diesel DRW long bed.
Yeah i don't have any issues with stabilty currently, we run 75mph down the interstate regularly...and our Stryker weighs 10.2k before we even think about loading it lol, our Can-Am adds 1500lbs by itself, then add in the dirt bike, 100+g of water, 30+g of fuel, all our gear, food and refreshments and our GCW is a hair under 22k.
Jasonw76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 05:52 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Foxboro Ma.
Posts: 872
If you ever had any thoughts on getting a 5th wheel that is over 13,000lbs you would want a one ton , if you where thing about one over 15,000 lbs you want a duel wheel truck. Gas or diesel is your choice , for me at 17,000lbs diesel and duelare a must.
__________________
2015 42' Redwood RL38 Morryde IS , disk brakes, 1920W of solar with Victron everything,Battleborn, 2020 GMC DRW 3500HD Hensley BD5 air ride hitch
xc-mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 06:09 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: central ny
Posts: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by xc-mark View Post
If you ever had any thoughts on getting a 5th wheel that is over 13,000lbs you would want a one ton , if you where thing about one over 15,000 lbs you want a duel wheel truck. Gas or diesel is your choice , for me at 17,000lbs diesel and duelare a must.
Not changing campers in the next 6-8 years, at least, this Stryker is perfect for us.
Jasonw76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 06:20 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
corn18's Avatar


 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 519
Why bother with a 3/4 ton? I just built an F-250 and F-350 XLT 4x4 CC LB with the 7.3L engine and every option that I would want for a tow beast and the F-250 was $63,945 and the F-350 was $64,400. That extra $455 gets you 1,600 lbs more payload. No brainer.


Just looked at Ram 2500 vs 3500. $1595 gets you 1400 lbs of GVWR. Exact same configuration.
__________________
2015 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 4x4 CC SB
2021 Salem Hemisphere 290RL
Andersen Ultimate
1200W Solar > 412 aH LiFePO4 > Victron MultiPlus II
corn18 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 08:11 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Elko, Nv
Posts: 1,943
Having had a 6.0 Ford before and now a Ram 6.4 8spd with a few trucks in between that time i will say the gas Ram will pull very much like your 6.0. I did not pull a 5th wheel, only bumper pull trailers.
NevadaNick is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2022, 09:34 PM   #13
Senior Member


 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 4,556
Thatís what I thought. I absolutely did not need the extra capacity and I found my 2500 on the lot back in July. It sounds crazy but I think I could sell it 7 months later for more than I bought it for.


Quote:
Originally Posted by corn18 View Post
Why bother with a 3/4 ton? I just built an F-250 and F-350 XLT 4x4 CC LB with the 7.3L engine and every option that I would want for a tow beast and the F-250 was $63,945 and the F-350 was $64,400. That extra $455 gets you 1,600 lbs more payload. No brainer.


Just looked at Ram 2500 vs 3500. $1595 gets you 1400 lbs of GVWR. Exact same configuration.
jondrew55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2022, 06:11 AM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: central ny
Posts: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by NevadaNick View Post
Having had a 6.0 Ford before and now a Ram 6.4 8spd with a few trucks in between that time i will say the gas Ram will pull very much like your 6.0. I did not pull a 5th wheel, only bumper pull trailers.
Actual first hand input.... Thank you!
The fact that I'm in a 17 year old truck now is apparently hard for many people to grasp lol, my gut feeling is any of the big 3 new gassers will be at least as good as my old Pooper Duty lol (she's actually been a good tow rig the last 3 seasons with this heavy ass Stryker).....
GM doesn't appear to offer lower factory gears but Rams have a 4.1 option and Ford has a 4.3 option those are definitely on my must have list.
Jasonw76 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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
C 8.3L Mechanical & King Cruise 2500 KC-2500 Setup Jim Woodward Cummins Engines 6 05-30-2020 08:04 AM
F250 - Ram 2500 or Chevy 2500 HD ? Bertrrr 5th Wheel Discussion 56 08-10-2019 09:18 AM
GMC Yukon 2500 or Suburban 2500 as a tow vehicle Keen Family Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 23 11-27-2017 01:20 PM
Ram 2500 vs Chevy 2500 Sloopygirl Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 20 09-15-2013 06:25 AM
What's the larges 5er you are towing with your Ram 2500 Diesel? MRV Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 9 09-05-2005 05:14 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.