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09-23-2019 10:05 AM
Zinga I have an F350 DRW and a 2019 3500 DRW. The Ford's payload capacity is slightly higher and it has a stiff ride. The ride quality on the 3500 is plush in comparison but that's what I would expected from 15 years of improvements.

I drove the F350 to the race track yesterday because I knew I'd be driving on dirt road for long distance. The brakes on my F350 still blow away the Ram's brakes for regular driving (not towing). But the exhaust brake on the Ram, plus the new trailer brake electronics, makes the Ram's brakes superior while towing.
09-22-2019 10:23 PM
mopar440cu
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Originally Posted by philhyde View Post
I appreciate all of the feedback.

I was able to locate a DRW 2019 and went for a test drive today. This specific truck was a mega cab, so I don't know much this configuration affects the ride, but I thought it rode really well. I still think the latest generation F-350 is a bit smoother, but the Ram is not slouch.
I also tried the F350, but I thought it rode rougher, but to each his own opinion.
09-22-2019 09:51 PM
philhyde I appreciate all of the feedback.

I was able to locate a DRW 2019 and went for a test drive today. This specific truck was a mega cab, so I don't know much this configuration affects the ride, but I thought it rode really well. I still think the latest generation F-350 is a bit smoother, but the Ram is not slouch.
09-21-2019 03:24 PM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by cumminsturbofreak View Post
I go 75 in front with minimum of 45-50 in rear unloaded. If I go lower or higher than that in the rear, I get uneven tread wear.
On a DRW?? If memory serves me, even 35 psi is a bit much for running empty.
09-21-2019 03:20 PM
cumminsturbofreak
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Originally Posted by Jimmy N. View Post
I've settled on 80 in the front (I tend to go fast through corners) and 40 in the rear when empty.
That's with a truck bed and tool boxes, by the way, some 9,300 lbs. total.

When towing, which is almost always, I inflate the rears to match the weight.
I go 75 in front with minimum of 45-50 in rear unloaded. If I go lower or higher than that in the rear, I get uneven tread wear.
09-21-2019 03:17 PM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by mopar440cu View Post
I am hearing all kinds of pressures to run in the DRW trucks. I still cant find out the right combo front to rear. Lol
I've settled on 80 in the front (I tend to go fast through corners) and 40 in the rear when empty.
That's with a truck bed and tool boxes, by the way, some 9,300 lbs. total.

When towing, which is almost always, I inflate the rears to match the weight.
09-21-2019 02:46 PM
brownbear
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Originally Posted by mopar440cu View Post
Hmm. Out of curiosity, how many miles on the 97? All mine are way over 650K miles. Have you pulled heavy loads? All mine have pulled extremely heavy loads through out their lives, like for example my EX100 trac hoe that weighed 28k. Lol As for the seats they were just junk from the beginning. lol
I'm at 150k and change now. I pull 16k regularly, though that's about as much as I'd want to haul given that I'm in the mountains. The 4 speed tranny is the Achilles heel. I love the seats in my '97. I hated them in the 2012. They actually hurt on long trips.
09-21-2019 02:40 PM
mopar440cu
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Originally Posted by Jimmy N. View Post
The problem with test driving one off the dealer's lot is that it'll have WAY too much pressure in the rear tires, making it ride like crap.
I am hearing all kinds of pressures to run in the DRW trucks. I still cant find out the right combo front to rear. Lol
09-21-2019 02:36 PM
mopar440cu
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Originally Posted by brownbear View Post
Weird. My 1997 3500 DRW 4x4 rides much better loaded or unloaded than my 2012 3500 SRW 4x4 did. The seats are more comfortable, too.
Hmm. Out of curiosity, how many miles on the 97? All mine are way over 650K miles. Have you pulled heavy loads? All mine have pulled extremely heavy loads through out their lives, like for example my EX100 trac hoe that weighed 28k. Lol As for the seats they were just junk from the beginning. lol
09-20-2019 09:41 PM
brownbear
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Originally Posted by mopar440cu View Post
I just got my 2019 Trademan 4x4 3500 DRW 6.7 H.O.with Aisin and 4:10 gears last Sunday. I can say after hauling with it empty or full , honestly in my opinion, it rides great! Here is how I am comparing it with the following trucks I own now.

1. A 2012 Chevy Silverado HD SRW duramax 4x4 3:73 gearing with an Allison. The Chevy shifts the same way as the Allison and the ride quality is quite comparable even with the Chevy having a independent front suspension, which I was shocked! Now as for the seats they are far more superior in design than the 01 and 03 Dodges I have, even being worn some. Lol NOT the 2019 seats though those are comfy, even being just cloth. lol
2. 2 01 Dodge 3500's 4x4 Laramie DRW with 4:30 gears. These 2 will pull like their is no tommorrow, because they are far from stock both tranny and motor wise, but the ride is horrible empty or pulling heavy! My 1970 military duece and half troop transport with the spring loaded seat rides better!! I only keep them because of their pulling power, but man its rough as hell!
3 My 03 Dodge 3500 4x4 Laramie DRW is the same quality ride pulling as the 01's , but without a load its a hair better for some reason. Lol These cloth seats just were crap from the git go and uncomfortable! That didnt help!
4. 2019 Ram Tradesman Crew Cab 3500 4x4 long box with the new Aisin and 4:10 gears. This thing, so far Lol, is thee best riding truck I have owned so far. Even with not having the upgraded seats that are an option in the Laramie, Long Horn and Limited series trucks.

Hope this makes sense and helps!
Weird. My 1997 3500 DRW 4x4 rides much better loaded or unloaded than my 2012 3500 SRW 4x4 did. The seats are more comfortable, too.
09-20-2019 09:41 PM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by cumminsturbofreak View Post
Even with that said, the best way for YOU to know is go drive one at dealer.
The problem with test driving one off the dealer's lot is that it'll have WAY too much pressure in the rear tires, making it ride like crap.
09-20-2019 09:13 PM
philhyde
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Originally Posted by Ckster View Post
Iíd also like to say that my 3500 with air rides awesome as well. It shocks people who ride in it, they canít believe itís a dually...
Thanks for the feedback! People say the same thing about my 2017 F-350 DRW.
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