Diesel or Gas?

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Jbgarrison6

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I'm probably going to pull the trigger on another truck. I currently have a 2017 ram 2500 6.4 hemi. We are upgrading to a 5'ver, and this truck won't pull it. The 5'ver we are looking at weighs at around 14000 gross. Any thoughts on 2500 or 3500? Gas or diesel? I know alot of the newer gas ones have a higher tow capacity, as well as a higher payload. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
 

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For sure get the 3500. No reason to take the chance on being legally overloaded when you know going in that you would be with a 2500.

Gas vs diesel in an HD is a huge can of worms. I've owned both and I feel the diesel is worth it. But I live in very hilly country here in the Ozarks and usually make at least one trip to the Rockies every year. The diesel delivers the towing experience I'm after, calm, cool and collected.

You will often hear people put the cost of the Cummins option as an argument against them. They act like that money is just gone. But the truth is that the diesel option holds it value over time better than the rest of the truck. Every diesel truck I've ever sold or traded returned the full original sticker price of the motor.
 
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What about a 3500 gas? Would that pull something around 12 - 13k lb? I know they have a larger payload capacity..something like 7k lb?
 
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I'm just thinking on the fuel cost. I would hate to see those diesel prices jump up to 5$ or more. You never know.
 

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Gasoline 1 tons are a very under-utilized offering for private owners. Massive payload capacity and much less cost of ownership than the diesels. Very popular with the fleet guys though. They buy 4500/5500 gassers pretty often.

My next one is almost certainly going to be a gasoline dually.

You sacrifice the ability to rip up mountain passes at 75mph dragging a 40' 5th wheel, but is that REALLY worth the extra ~$12k and potential massive repair costs of a diesel??? Only you can decide, but for me it ain't worth it.

I know a few people who have / had 1 ton gassers and they all lasted the better part of forever.
 

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I'm just thinking on the fuel cost. I would hate to see those diesel prices jump up to 5$ or more. You never know.
Diesel prices spiked here, BUT so did gas prices. The spread is currently about $.50. Given that I was averaging 15 in my Wagon (6.4 w/4.10's) and that I'm currently averaging 22 in the CTD (6.7 w/3.73's)...That $.50 difference takes care of itself. Just did the math and the Wagon was costing me $0.26/mile, the CTD is costing me $0.20/mile. Over the 400 miles MAX I could go in the Wagon, that's $24 less every tank I'm spending, really. Coupled with the higher range (estimated 600+ miles from full), and I'm getting the better end of the deal. Granted, I drive a lot more than most, so I'll actually make up the difference in price of the diesel. Most won't.
 

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It really depends on how often you're gonna pull the 5'er and how far. There's no arguing that a 3500 dually Cummins will pull it easier and be more relaxed vs the Hemi but if you're only towing a couple times a year and/or not a long distance, I'd go Hemi just for the lesser maintenance/repair costs. If you're on the road with that load all the time, the Cummins is the way to go.

We debated that very fact when planning to order a new dually at work. We decided on a Cummins dually because we tow 8-14k pound trailers all over the country 2-4 times a month from Feb-Nov, the more relaxed towing experience won out. Ownership cost is certainly a little higher between fuel and maintenance, but me and my guys are on the road so much, the Cummins is much more pleasant.
 

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Gasoline 1 tons are a very under-utilized offering for private owners. Massive payload capacity and much less cost of ownership than the diesels. Very popular with the fleet guys though. They buy 4500/5500 gassers pretty often.

My next one is almost certainly going to be a gasoline dually.

You sacrifice the ability to rip up mountain passes at 75mph dragging a 40' 5th wheel, but is that REALLY worth the extra ~$12k and potential massive repair costs of a diesel??? Only you can decide, but for me it ain't worth it.

I know a few people who have / had 1 ton gassers and they all lasted the better part of forever.
If anyone is ripping through the mountains towing anything of any weight at 75 MPH, they're going to kill someone.
 
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