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I have seen it on here before but could not find it so I though I would ask again. I am looking to replace my 04' RAM 2500 5.9 4x4. First of all it is a lot of truck to try and replace,  it has been good to us over the years, but it is getting up there in age and although the motor is awesome, the rest is starting to be less awesome. Don't really need a diesel for what we pull, but it sure makes it easy when heading to the mountains. Not sure I want to mess with DEF ? We tow a 27' WW superlite. Between 7K-8K when fully loaded. 

Looking for feed back on the following :

F150 - ecoboost vs 5.0 how do either of those handle with and without towing ?

RAM eco diesel - anyone use one of theses ?

RAM 1500 with the 5.7 - how does it tow ?

Tundra ?

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Two of my buddies have the new F150 ecoboost 3.5 w/ tow package.  One tows a small toyhauler 10K loaded. The other tows a 22' enclosed w/ a 4 seat X3 in it.  Both say powerwise, it pulls no problem with the 10 speed trans but it does sway quite a bit, especialy in the wind.  They both run weight distribution hitches with sway control.  I looked at replacing my 7.3 with one a while back.  The 3.5 ecoboost is rated 13,200, and the 5.0 is rated at 11,500.  I think if your towing less than 10K you'll be fine with the Ecoboost.  They do make the 2.7 that tows quite a bit less.

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The pull from QC to the dunes would be no problem with any of those trucks I would say Tundra probably would be the best, but for the cost of one you can get a 3/4 ton oil burner. Next up just because of interior I would say the F-150 last on the list would be the dodge, never really thought the seats were to comfortable that's just me. However towing the other direction up to the mountains in the summer time your going to miss the oil burning torque you had with the Dodge and won't be getting that back in any of those including the Eco Diesel.  The DEF isn't that bad and it does make the diesel smell go away.  

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I have a 2018 ram 2500 with 4:10s and the 6.4 Hemi pulled a loaded 22’ enclosed trailer 700 mi will never do it again.love the truck for pulling local but that’s it

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I have a ram eco diesel and the hemi.  both will tow no problem.  I love the MPG in the eco.  Make sure you get the 3.93 gears for sure.  I do put air bags on them but love the trucks.   I don't think i will buy a new one and the only reason is you can't put the truck in any gear and have the drivers door open.  

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Might want to check out a new Ford with the 7.3 gas motor/10 speed transmission.  The new Fords are pretty amazing trucks.  I have the 6.7 in mine and IDK if the $10k option is worth it...……  FWIW  I drove a new F-150 diesel and it was nice, but I never like towing with a half ton.

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5 hours ago, 1newbie said:

Might want to check out a new Ford with the 7.3 gas motor/10 speed transmission.  The new Fords are pretty amazing trucks.  I have the 6.7 in mine and IDK if the $10k option is worth it...……  FWIW  I drove a new F-150 diesel and it was nice, but I never like towing with a half ton.

I would love to see the 7.3 in the new motorhomes.

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2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi.  24' Alcom AL trailer, 2 x 2 Seat RZRs, loaded roll-away toolbox, other misc stuff.  Probably 7-8k lbs... 

 

 

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(no air in bags, NO weight distro hitch) 

 

 

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(I think 30-40psi in bags, still NO weight distro... as you can see truck is level but I needed a bigger drop hitch to have the trailer level)

 

 

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(weight distro on, ~15psi in bags) 

 

 

Truck towed it with ease.  Plenty of power, 8-speed auto is great, very stable, and the brakes are tremendous (they have 14.9x1.2" front and 14.8x0.87" rear rotors).  For a trailer this size/weight it's all you'd ever need and is the nicest driving, most comfortable truck I've ever been in (with the nicest interior and screen I've ever seen).  

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Alllllllllllllllllllllllllllll of that said, if you're going to keep pulling toy haulers get a diesel 3/4 ton or better.  You'll end up with a bigger toy sooner or later which means a bigger trailer and then a bigger truck.  You don't want to have to buy the truck twice.  We still have my Duramax for TH duty, the RAM is hers. 

 

-TJ

 

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I just sold my 2015 F150 with the 2.7L ecoboost.  I was pulling a 6,000 lb camping trailer with it, had plenty of power but you get pushed around.  When I was pulling my 30' WW and my 38' 5th wheel with a 1999 F250, I didn't get pushed around at all.  I just sold the F150 and bought a 2000 F250 again.  Full circle I guess.....honestly if you're pulling more than about 5-6,000 lbs and you want to do it semi relaxed, I'd stick with a bigger truck.   Flatbeds with a few quads or RZR,  1/2 ton trucks all day.

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