- Feb 23, 2013
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You're going to want to go with the PW. No disrespect to the Cummins as it's a great motor and the non-PW 2500 is a great platform, but the difference in payload isn't all that stellar (because the Cummins weighs so freakin much). Tow rating is a significant difference, but you're not really looking to pull heavy loads, you're wanting to overland.Hey all,
Wanted to get opinions on the PW vs 2500 Cummins. I’m in the market for one of these vehicles to build an overland vehicle. No crazy rock crawling but some decent off roading /expeditions. My budget is about $70K which is the cost of a new PW or a lightly used Cummins. Outside of overlanding it will be used around town, hardware store runs, taking the wife and dog hiking etc. I’ll occasionally drive it to work which is about 60miles round trip.
I won’t be towing any crazy weights so either platform will do just fine. With either one I plan to upgrade to a Carli Pintop suspension, 35’s, bed/roof rack, sliders etc.
The benefits to the PW that I see are:
Better off-road capability from the factory
Can afford a brand new vehicle (never had a new car/truck)
Factory front & rear lockers, sway bar disconnect
Benefits of the Cummins:
Better MPG for longer expeditions & with increased payload
Better resale value
Seems the PW would be better off the lot, but the Cummins may offer longer term benefits. Any input would be much appreciated. Thank you!!
The PW has a better weight distribution, since it's not as nose-heavy. Which means some of those questionable maneuvers out in the back country won't be quite so hair-raising. It already has a rock-solid winch, disconnecting sway bar when you really need articulation, on-command lockers for when you really need grip, and more than enough power to do anything you think you might want to do.
Overall it's the better platform for what you're wanting to do. There's less work involved to get it where you want it to be, and while it does suck the fuel down, I still say the better weight distribution is going to be worth it.