July 7, 2009Hey troops, I'm back.
We just completed a 3500 mile trip with our new Dodge 1500 RAM towing a 32 foot travel trailer (weight +/- 6800 lbs). Engine is a 4.7L.
On the "flats" (like Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania (parts of it, anyway), Wisconsin, etc) the truck had the heart of a champion. Trucked down the interstate (with the lousy roads allowing) at a steady 60 MPH and the engine rarely worked above 2500 RPM -mostly stayed at 1800 RPM or lower. So it can handle the flat spots really well.
BUT!!!! we crossed the Blue Ridge, Alleganies (sp??) and the Applicahians and the truck had a rough time. We were on two-lane back roads and the truck was struggling to make those hills - like at 10 MPH in 1st gear. It just didn't have enough "oomph!"
So, now we need a bigger truck since we're heading out west this fall. I'm thinking of a Ram 2500 with the 5.7L HEMI, but I know I could get more torque (and more pulling power) with the 6.7L Diesel.
Cost is a factor. The HEMI is about 10K less expensive than the Diesel, but I'm wondering if it could take the Rockies in Colorado and Wyoming without too much strain.
Thanks for your help.