Nice! When did you order? Where’s the first trip when you get it?I just ordered 2022 Ram 3500 4X4 Dually with the HO Cummins &. 3.73 axel ratio with the Limited package to tow a 2022 Solitude 380FL 5th wheel (41’ & GVWR of 16800 lbs). I need a payload of 4900 lbs & my new truck will have a payload of 5400 lbs. We will be full time RVers for the next 2 yrs. I had a class A Diesel 42‘ motor home for 10 yrs and decided to go the 5th wheel route with a dually!!! Tried everyway to stay single rear wheel and smaller truck, but could never get the weight numbers to give me some cushion, so after listening to all the Dually drivers out there, I said the hell with it I am going with a big truck up front so I don’t have to worry about wind, mountains or any other potential tow problems!! Will let you know in 4 months if I made the right decision
Best of luck to you! I am absolutely dig that color on these trucks as well! They look so clean with the factory black wheels on them!
Lots of options to ponder there. I would ask a couple questions though. You stated in your build out that you're getting 5th wheel prep. People who get the prep usually get the 5th wheel. So if your going that route better think 3500 diesel. The hemi although powerful isn't really well suited for long haul towing, especially if your going through mountains.What's going on? So I got my 2020 Power Wagon about a year ago, +/- a few days. Love the truck. It was my first HD truck. Previous trucks were, 2018 1500 Laramie EcoDiesel (awesome traveling mileage on a tank, up to 600 miles on a tank traveling highway with the family), prior to that, 2016 1500 Hemi.
I wasn't even thinking that my family would have a travel trailer, but hey, we purchased one, late March of this year. We've pulled just over 6,000 miles so far, two of our long trips were 800 (1600 round trip) and 1,100 miles (2,200 round trip) towing our trailer that's just under 7,000 lbs dry. We're a family of five plus a pup, so the payload is where the hit is for the truck that isn't meant to tow (I know it can...there's a limit). I did add airlift airbags to get rid of the squat and it did wonders. We also have a weight distributing hitch as well.
With the low payload of 1,449 lbs. for this PW, my family plus pup is up to just under 700 of those lbs. Hooking up, tears into the remaining payload not leaving much for anything else to be taken in the truck bed. So we've been looking into getting a new truck. The main thing I dislike is that there's no aftermarket or factory options for a larger gas tank. I don't want and not interested in a long bed.
So here's the money question. I know that different 2500s crew cabs optioned differently can have a payload of over 2,000 lbs. Would a 3500 crew cab tow our 32ft closed to 8,000 lb (when loaded) travel trailer better than a 2500? I know the payload in the 3500 would give us a ton of room to take stuff with us on our travels. We are planning on traveling west next summer, so as far as hmmm, Nevada and maybe even California, from Michigan. This brings me into considering a diesel, which of course comes with a larger price tag, or in my case, simply not getting a higher trim package. We may end up getting a 5th wheel down the line, however that may be as far as 5yrs away, but hey, could be sooner or even never. Definitely won't be a huge one!
Currently looking to spec out the following which come out similar in price (within a couple hundred bucks)
a) 2022 2500 Laramie Mega Cab, HEMI, 4.10 axle, Level C Equip. Group, Auto Level Rear Air Suspension, 5th Wheel Prep
b) 2022 3500 Laramie Mega Cab, HEMI, 4.10 axle, Level C Equip. Group, Auto Level Rear Air Suspension, 5th Wheel Prep
c) 2022 3500 Tradesman Crew Cab, Diesel, Level 2 Equip. Group, Towing Tech Group, Auto Level Rear Air Suspension, Chrome Appearance, Park Sense Rear Park Assist, Uconnect 5, 8.4
Daily driver. I live under 10 miles from my job.
What are your thoughts?
Got my truck this past weekend. I made an update above, before your comment.Lots of options to ponder there. I would ask a couple questions though. You stated in your build out that you're getting 5th wheel prep. People who get the prep usually get the 5th wheel. So if your going that route better think 3500 diesel. The hemi although powerful isn't really well suited for long haul towing, especially if your going through mountains.
I was facing the same dilemma as you. I was unsure what to get. Soooooo...... I spec'd out a truck knowing I was only going diesel. First I spec'd out a 2500 bighorn with a lot of options. Final price on the website was about $71K. Then I priced out the 3500 with the same options the 3500 was $1550 more expensive but offered a much bigger payload. Then I determined that I wanted my budget to be under $70K I did another Bighorn Build, then found out from the dealer that their computer wouldn't allow them to select the group B (they believe because of Parts shortages this may have changed now I don't know) package. So I went back to the drawing board. I also knew that I wasn't going DRW so I picked a 3500 Laramie which had almost all of the group B options from the Bighorn but with Leather trimmed seats. (we have dogs) I ended up ordering a 3500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 long bed with the base cummins. Chrome group, Spray in bed liner, and 5th wheel prep. Total (from dealer pricing) was $70,495 ($69,750 from the website) That's with 12,300 GVW giving me about 4300 pounds cargo capacity. My current travel trailer has 1071 tongue weight. (my current vehicle is a 1500 HEMI with 3.92 gears) So for now I'm good with roughly 4300 payload and 20,020 towing capacity. I ordered the new truck in early December and recently got a build week of 1/24. Now that we have the possibility of towing a 5er the Mrs now wants to look at them more! Well we are prepared up to 20K anyway.
My advice, get the most capacity within your budget, but if you're going to be doing any long distance towing or possibly getting a 5th wheel then get the 3500 with a diesel.