There are alot of people that have taken the ED and towed 9k Pounds up grades with no issues. 3k is nothing for this truck and you will still likely forget it is back there.
Yes, that's what I'm asking myself. Actually it's my wife who's the more pragmatic of us. She fears the loss of money from depreciation on a relatively new truck is not worth it. But the truck, even though it's an extended cab and not a crew cab, is still a big truck. Plus our 14-year-old son rides in the back, and he keeps getting bigger, so a crew cab sounds nice. Regardless, it's good to know if I get an ED, towing won't be an issue.You got to ask yourself, is it really worth getting rid of a perfectly capable truck that you own presently for a new truck?
A favorite...I currently have a 2011 Silverado HD 2500 diesel long bed truck I used to haul my truck camper. I recently sold the truck camper and bought an r-pod trailer which weighs about 3,300 pounds. Hauling the trailer with the Silverado is more truck than necessary as I often forget the trailer is behind me. Power is never a problem in passing or going uphill.
However, it is a big truck, and I'd rather get a 1/2 ton for hauling the trailer. I'm considering the EcoDiesel, but wondering how it would be towing this trailer, especially as compared to my Silverado. Will I have problems going up a long grade? Passing? Or for a relatively small trailer this won't be an issue? I realize the Silverado has a more powerful engine, but it's also a larger, heavier truck.
Anyone have any personal experience towing using a heavy duty diesel and comparing it to the EcoDiesel? Thanks!
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel vs. 2014 Ram 2500 - Sibling Rivalry - Diesel Power MagazineWe saddled up the EcoDiesel first and loaded it up to 105 percent of its gross combined vehicle weight (GCVW) rating of 12,800 pounds. The Ram 1500 had no issues accelerating from a stop, getting up to speed, or slowing back down. Helping to reign in the load in tow is a factory-integrated trailer brake controller. While not overpowered, the truck never felt underpowered, either. The only place where the trucks showed any sign of weakness was climbing the nearly 7 percent final grade on the push to 5,000 feet of elevation. With the accelerator stapled to the floor, the truck’s speed dropped off to 53 mph, and engine temperature climbed to an almost alarming 244 degrees. Thankfully, as we crested the summit, the engine temperature returned to normal and we never experienced any other engine temperature issues during the remainder of the test. Overall, we were extremely impressed with the truck’s towing abilities. After a 260-mile round trip, the EcoDiesel averaged an astonishing 19.46 mpg, fully loaded.