Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Ok what truck to buy ?
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tow Vehicles

Open Roads Forum  >  Tow Vehicles

 > Ok what truck to buy ?

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 5  
Next
kellem

Shenandoah valley,VA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/07/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/09/20 08:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After several struggles in the mountains I've decided it's time for a new truck.
My old truck has been really good but new trailer is pushing it.

Current truck is 2004 Ram 2500 5.7 Hemi pulling 8K trailer, struggling mightily on the big hills with a bunch of junk in the bed.

I'm going new here but stuck on the 6.4 Dodge or the 7.3 Ford.

I'm a gas mechanic so no diesel please....yeah I know.

6.4 or 7.3 ?

RobWNY

Jamestown, NY

Senior Member

Joined: 02/28/2014

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/09/20 08:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can't speak about the 7.3 Ford but I have a 2017 Ram with the 6.4 Hemi (6 Speed). I've had no issues with it. You won't have any problems towing your 8K trailer at all. This past winter, I towed our previous fifth wheel that weighed close to 10K loaded to Florida and back from Western NY. My only complaint and it's a minor one is it only has a 31 gallon tank so there's more frequent stops to fill up. They need to up the gas tank size some.


2020 Silverado 2500HD LT, CC, 4X4 6.6 Duramax
2021 Grand Design Reflection 311BHS

You can't put a porcupine in a barn, set it on fire, and expect to make licorice.


Geo*Boy

Unknown

Full Member

Joined: 04/27/2020

View Profile






Posted: 06/09/20 08:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m a GM guy, but that Ford 7.3 with the 10 speed and 4.30 gears look like an awesome combination. I am also not a fan of that cylinder deactivation on the Ram, more things to go wrong.

kellem

Shenandoah valley,VA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/07/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/09/20 09:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks and admit, like the looks of the new Silverados. Will look at the 6.6 also.

My struggles will likely disappear with any new offerings in 2500.

4x4ord

Alberta

Senior Member

Joined: 12/23/2010

View Profile



Posted: 06/09/20 09:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can't believe you're a mechanic and yet want forum members to help you decide between a 6.4 6 speed and a 7.3 10 speed. How much money would you save buying the Ram? How important is it to you to save money? You certainly don't need the 7.3 Ford to tow a 7k lb trailer but if you can easily afford the blue oval why would you even consider the Ram.


2017 F350 SRW Platinum short box 4x4.
B&W Companion
2008 Citation Platinum XL 34.5

kellem

Shenandoah valley,VA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/07/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/09/20 09:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

4x4ord wrote:

I can't believe you're a mechanic and yet want forum members to help you decide between a 6.4 6 speed and a 7.3 10 speed. How much money would you save buying the Ram? How important is it to you to save money? You certainly don't need the 7.3 Ford to tow a 7k lb trailer but if you can easily afford the blue oval why would you even consider the Ram.


Well then, there's that. Lol

I see these posts all the time so figured why not.

Not arguing that 7.3 push rod engine with 10 gears isn't appealing, just buying time till I decide.

danrclem

Ky.

Senior Member

Joined: 12/25/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/09/20 09:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't have any personal experience with either but from the reading I've done I have to believe that the 7.3 would be the best choice of the two.

Bottom line is that either one should do the job sufficiently.

Flashman

Tucson, Aizona, USA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/02/2005

View Profile



Posted: 06/09/20 10:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

4x4ord wrote:

I can't believe you're a mechanic and yet want forum members to help you decide between a 6.4 6 speed and a 7.3 10 speed. How much money would you save buying the Ram? How important is it to you to save money? You certainly don't need the 7.3 Ford to tow a 7k lb trailer but if you can easily afford the blue oval why would you even consider the Ram.


I can afford any brand truck I want. I bought Ram because it is the better truck. It is not about cost It is about which truck is better.

goducks10

There

Senior Member

Joined: 02/22/2010

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/09/20 10:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ram has a 50 gal fuel tank option if you order. I've seen a few 6.4's with it for sale. It's a $295 option thats well worth it.

Bionic Man

Colorado

Senior Member

Joined: 04/03/2009

View Profile



Posted: 06/09/20 10:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, if he is buying new, the 6.4 is backed by an 8 speed that has received very good reviews.

I think between the two HD gassers you posted about, the engine/tranny are pretty equal. Take a look at the interior and what which seats you like spending more time in. The available 12" screen in the RAM is pretty sweet.


2012 RAM 3500 Laramie Longhorn DRW CC 4x4 Max Tow, Cummins HO, 60 gallon RDS aux fuel tank, Reese 18k Elite hitch
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 QC SB 4x4 Cummins HO NV5600 with Smarty JR, Jacobs EB (sold)
2002 Gulf Stream Sea Hawk 29FRB with Honda EV6010

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 5  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Tow Vehicles

 > Ok what truck to buy ?
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tow Vehicles


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.