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11-04-2019 08:27 PM
Jimmy N. Sorry, there was a photo to go with my post, and it doesn't want to happen.
11-04-2019 07:40 PM
elephantrider holy crikey. that is absolute insanity.
11-04-2019 07:17 PM
Yzfrdr Saw this the other day, that's a 1500
11-04-2019 05:41 PM
Floridamark
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Originally Posted by motoxer913 View Post
Just to be clear I would NEVER recommend someone to buy an F150 to pull 13k lbs...I think that is pretty insane unless you're just pulling it a couple of blocks, no winds, no hills...buy the right tool for the job.

Amen! I tried with a 2017 2500 for over 18 months not fun! Now with the 3500 DRW no more towing stress and it rides better than by 2500 did empty!
11-04-2019 03:50 PM
mtoma I currently have a 2013 ram 2500 CC with a complete Carli Pintop suspension system including their rear leaf springs.
This thing rides as close to a 1500 as you're going to get out of an HD truck and I also added rear air bags for towing my 14k fifth wheel.

I just picked up a 2019 ram 3500 CC with factory air bags and believe it or not the 3500 doesn't ride that much worse than the 2500 Carli equipped truck.
The biggest difference in ride would be the rear end, obviously.
The new one having 20" wheels and factory Firestone's at 80 psi compared to 17" wheels with 35" tires at 50 to 60 psi also makes a big difference.

I don't know how the new 2500's ride but I was very impressed with the ride of the 3500.
11-04-2019 11:38 AM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by n0arp View Post
Yeah, it's a nonsense misconception that many people seem to have, probably based on outdated vehicles and/or stuff they read online and haven't attempted to verify for themselves.
In all fairness, those that refuse to air the rear tires down to what's appropriate for the occasion have a somewhat legit gripe.
But since it's a self induced problem, I say let them suffer.
11-04-2019 06:54 AM
Rick2
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Originally Posted by n0arp View Post
Yeah, it's a nonsense misconception that many people seem to have, probably based on outdated vehicles and/or stuff they read online and haven't attempted to verify for themselves.
Hi all, first post.

I would have to agree with that statement. I haven't owned a truck in 30 years. I just bought a 2019 3500 DRW (HO/Aisin) and air leveling. I was blown away by how quiet and nice it rides. This is going to be my DD for a while and I love driving it. Parking is a little bit of a pain sometimes but no big deal.

Rick
11-04-2019 12:25 AM
n0arp
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Originally Posted by Zinga View Post
All these comments about a DRW having a bad ride makes me laugh. I was considering a Jaguar F type R or a new 3500 DRW. If I bought the F type, I would have kept my F350 DRW and was thinking about selling my other Jaguar. The ride in the 3500 DRW was better and quieter than the new F type and since I was shopping for a new daily driver, I bought the Ram. My wife suggested that I keep my old truck and get rid of the Jaguar. The only downside of the Ram is that it lacks about 150 hp and weighs about 4800 lb too much. LOL.
Yeah, it's a nonsense misconception that many people seem to have, probably based on outdated vehicles and/or stuff they read online and haven't attempted to verify for themselves.
11-03-2019 11:32 PM
Zinga All these comments about a DRW having a bad ride makes me laugh. I was considering a Jaguar F type R or a new 3500 DRW. If I bought the F type, I would have kept my F350 DRW and was thinking about selling my other Jaguar. The ride in the 3500 DRW was better and quieter than the new F type and since I was shopping for a new daily driver, I bought the Ram. My wife suggested that I keep my old truck and get rid of the Jaguar. The only downside of the Ram is that it lacks about 150 hp and weighs about 4800 lb too much. LOL.
11-03-2019 11:07 PM
swarens
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Originally Posted by motoxer913 View Post
My toy hauler is a bumper pull so I don't have as much pin weight as the goosenecks. So if you really are going to haul something that exceeds your GVWR then that's the only reason you need for a 3500. . But if you aren't going to haul those weights my opinion stands....buy a 2500 or even a 1500 for the better ride unloaded. I see way too many people buying F350's and 3500 just "because" and never tow more than 7000lbs with them, then they daily it and complain about the ride.
There are people who own heavy campers, in that situation a 3500 makes sense as well.
11-03-2019 10:37 AM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by motoxer913 View Post
Someone mentioned that I should just buy a Jeep to go off-road...I wish, but I cannot afford two $60k trucks plus my addiction to the 2-wheeled toys.
Fair enough, and I completely agree with not falling for the tow ratings of the 1/2-tons.

And I have some good news for you, if by "two $60K trucks" you mean that one would be a Jeep.
You can pick up a decent Jeep for under 5K.

An added advantage, since you correctly state that bigger isn't always better, is that the older ones are nowhere near as large as the late model offerings.
11-03-2019 01:02 AM
ramho800
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Originally Posted by motoxer913 View Post
I apologize for rudely attacking the 3500's, as I said before I understand why some people need them, but at the same time I hate to see people buy them that don't need the capability. If you really are going to tow bigger than what a 2500 is rated for by all means PLEASE BUY a 3500 and be safe about it. And please don't buy a 1500 if you're going to tow more than 9k lbs...I hate seeing all these F150/1500 commercials telling people to pull 13,000 lbs with a light duty truck, we all know how that goes in the real world.
I just have different goals for a truck than some of you and I think it's good for people to consider the different pros/cons/viewpoints before spending $60/70k+. Maximum payloads are not what everyone wants out of a truck, certainly not myself where my goals for a truck are not met by a max payload setup. There are plenty of people that think the same as me, just look at the overlanding trend going on right now...bigger is not better in everyones world...we all have different goals. In a few years when kids don't want to go along, we are massively downsizing the toy hauler, we've tried bigger, it's not for us, we want more access to remote wilderness and bigger is the wrong direction for us.
Someone mentioned that I should just buy a Jeep to go off-road...I wish, but I cannot afford two $60k trucks plus my addiction to the 2-wheeled toys. But, if I did not already own a toy hauler trailer, I would have never purchased a 2500, I would have purchased a diesel Gladiator. The great thing about buying trucks today is we have so many amazing options...just want people to think through what they really want/need before spending so much money on one. I'll try to be nicer about it in the future.
Iíve been on this forum 8 years after 5 years on TDR. I read a lot just donít post a lot. I am a car/truck addict and trade a lot. Iíve owned a lot of ctdís 2500 and 3500 srwís and drwís. Yes, Iíve even owned a 2003 f-250 6.0 powerstroke srw. Iíve owned a lot of gassers including 3 powerwagons. Iíve owned a 2019 Ram 1500 Limited and just traded a 2019 Rebel for my current ride. I have never towed anything. Now I have a grocery getting daily driver with 1000 lb tq just because I love the hell out of the Cummins I-6 and was intrigued about the new cgi block, hydraulic lifters, and 1k factory torque. Iíve had a class A cdl for 22 years now. After I retired from the Navy, I drove tankers for 16 years. Iíve been a yard jockey for Amazon 2 years now. I operate Briggs and Autocar hostler tractors 40 hrs a week. Stiff springs donít bother me. The 3500 is very comfortable even my gf says it rides nice. I respect all the knowledge by those who post very useful info which Iím not doing right now. Iíve learned not to baby her with weekly rides to open her and get her hot to keep dpf purged and burn off moisture in the oil by reading this forum. I respect your opinion and see your angle on those whom you feel needlessly buy huge strong trucks for I am one of them. Iíve owned 2 charger hellcats which were fast grocery getters. Those had an even stiffer ride than my 3500, maybe because I drove in track mode most of the time. Happy Veterans Day to those who served!
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