Trailer brakes aren’t active <15 mph with the OEM brake controller
I've read about this being an issue for people; not a very good "feature" and Ram doesn't seem to think it's an issue. The manual slider to apply the brakes still works, I use it every time I hook up my 5w for a tug-test.Trailer brakes aren’t active <15 mph with the OEM brake controller
After reviewing the video, a couple of comments:You guys talking about the gear ratio .... it's frustrating to see that come up because it has no effect. It just means he is in 5th instead of 6th but the power and rpms are the same at those 2 points in otherwise identical trucks.
@392DevilDog you are probably correct about revving the hemi high, but on the other hand very few have the stomach to do that. For a start it's very loud, very exhausting, and uses a metric ton of fuel.
IMHO if I can't tow my trailer at < 2500 on straight level ground with a small/moderate headwind, then my truck isn't big enough.
Below is a comparison video just released yesterday. It compares a hemi vs Ford Hybrid vs Toyota vs GM 3.0 diesel. I think the outcome of that video is so obvious; the hemi is "screaming away", the two turbos are cruising at 2300 or less and the diesel takes the crown. It's why I want that diesel so bad.
OP, my suggestion, try a diesel (either the GM or the Ram's ED, but keep payload in mind!!) if you end up ditching your truck for something else. I tow with a 3.21 and sit in 6th at 2300 RPMs, which is comfortable for me, but I probably wouldn't be happy sitting at 3000 forever:
Wondering which half-ton truck and powertrain is the best for towing? This is the video for you! We have the Ford F-150 Hybrid, GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel, Ra...www.youtube.com
After reviewing the video, a couple of comments:
First, I think the Rebel was disadvantaged due to its heavier, oversize tires, which probably impacted the fuel consumption test quite a bit.
I also noticed that during the test the rear seats were in the upright position. I have tested this myself with a Db meter and the rear seats in the down position help damper the sound coming through the rear cab vents. I'm not sure, but I believe on top of that the Rebel comes with different (presumably louder) mufflers.
2019 Ram 1500 Billet Silver Laramie Quad Cab 2WD, 5.7 Hemi, 8HP75, 3.21 axle, 33 gallon fuel tank, factory dual exhaust, 18” wheels. Build date: 03 June 2018. Now at: 066221 miles.
So, after spending many hours both surfing the web and visiting the dealerships I’m in concurrence with IvoryHemi’s assessment on the pros and cons. So far the F-250 seems to offer the most truck for the money. I’ve already posted that I don’t want to go diesel. The Ford offers the 7.3 with the 10 speed but 3:55 gears or 4:30. If I wanted the 3:73 I would have to go with the 6.2 and the 6 speed or an F-350. 4:30 is way too steep of a gear for me. That’s for really heavy duty stuff or drag racing in my opinion. One of the “cons” for me is that the Ford is about 18” longer. That’s big enough for for non trailer-pulling parking problems including in the garage. I’ve got a decent sized garage but my vehicles have to share it with a lot of my woodworking machines, one of my many hobbies. And, the Ford is pretty damned tall with about 1-1/2” to spare height wise. Comparably equipped the Ford seems to be priced the best, at least the way I have been building them online. I do like the F-250 towing mirrors. Power retractable, telescopic and heated. No need to flip them 90 degrees like the Ram mirrors I’ve been looking at. No doubt many here will be touting the Ram 2500 and I really like the 8 speed transmission/gearing combinations but as I mentioned before I am having difficulty getting past the fact that it’s made in Mexico. I know that no matter where it’s assembled it could have foreign parts from various countries and ultimately Ram/FCA is in charge of quality control but I just like to see vehicles assembled here by American workers.IMO:
Pro: best gas powertrain combo with 7.3L V8, 10-speed auto/4.30 axle and 34 gallon tank.
Con: hard plastic interior materials everywhere, rough ride
Pro: independent front suspension gives decent ride, 36 gallon tank
Con: old 6-speed automatic with the 6.6L gasser and only 3.73 axle, average interior quality
Pro: coil or air suspension, best interior quality, ZF trans, 4.10 axle
Con: 31 gallon tank, smallest interior space with old 4th Gen cab