Definitely keep the Ram and overland it. Crazy to buy a sparkling new truck when you know its gonna get pinstriped. Use those $600 blue collar $$$ to build it or travel with it. Buy something new next fall when they are offerring $10K cash back plus zero interest on "last years" stock.Seeing as how I have a TJ, and drive a 2017 Ram 2500 for work and have beat the crap out of it hard and it just keeps on going like it likes it. But... is that 600/mo payment for 5 years worth it??
Exactly, and it's one reason why I'm looking at this. I didn't realize that the 1500 has a high towing capacity. But options always affect payloads. I'm hoping some knowledgeable folks chime in but this might be in the wrong category of the forum. The 'standard' bighorn with the basic engine has a 1800 pound payload according to their site. The one I built probably is more around 1500, which can be used up quick. But then again, that's probably all I would carry. Or just add bags. I can't imagine needing a 3k+ payload at this point in my life. Recently I have considered a camper on my OBS, but, weight and snow/ice doesn't go well together.I don't know how the Rams work, but you can get an F150 with a pretty high payload rating and good tow ratings, just depends on what options it has.
Also, I can say that todays 1/2 tons have more HP/TQ than many of the 3/4 tons from previous years.
I have towed 10k behind F150s with the 5.0 and the 3.5. Neither struggled to keep up with traffic.
Not sure but the 3.0 diesel dodge has 480 tq, 260 hp, which is the same as a old 7.3 diesel in stock form. Mine is slightly modified (enough to stay within reliable limits), and probably pushing more toward the 600 tq 350 hp range. But I'm willing to bet the 3.0 diesel handles heavy loads better with improved cooling systems and all. I don't have a need for the larger 6 cyl cummins with, what 900 tq and a 30K towing ability? That's downright awesome (dad has one), but I just don't need that.The 3.5 definitely has more power than any gas HD truck.
Wonder how it compares to the 7.3 gas.