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03' 3500 DRW with Hemi's #1408517
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I know a Diesel is the way to go. I rarely trailer over a 3 hour drive anywhere. Mostly less than an our to our local track. Anyone own a 03' & up 3500 dually with a Hemi? How do you think it tows. What do you tow it with? (how big of a trailer)? I know mileage will not be the greatest.


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Re: 03' 3500 DRW with Hemi's [Re: 6PKRTSE] #1408518
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My uncle had one. 03 DRW 5.7 quad cab automatic. He towed a large fifth wheel camper / car hauler with his Superbird in it. I'm gonna guess 11000-13000lbs.
I rode with him from S.C. to the Nats in Columbus in '04. Lots of West Virginia hills along the way. It did it at 9 mpg. The motor is heavy duty enough to do it. But there were some times I was cringing as it was turning 4500 going up hill to maintain speed. It didn't get hot, just burned a lot of fuel.

For what you do, I think it will be fine. There have been plenty of 360s in ton trucks over the years and the Hemi will do it better than a 360.

With that being said, he now has an 07 3500 Mega Cab 5.9 Cummins that sits because of diesel fuel prices.

Since you are looking used, replacement parts, including the motor will be a whole lot less for the Hemi versus the Cummins. The front end will stay together better (less weight). There are benefits.


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Re: 03' 3500 DRW with Hemi's [Re: TMCCuda] #1408519
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My 04 2500 barely has enough power to pull itself let alone a trailer behind it.

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My 04 2500 barely has enough power to pull itself let alone a trailer behind it.




That is what I was afraid of. I notice a huge difference when riding in my buddy's newer Hemi Rams when compared to my old tired out V10.


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Re: 03' 3500 DRW with Hemi's [Re: 6PKRTSE] #1408521
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I've towed with a 04 hemi ram 1500 before and I thought it did ok, definitely better than a 360 I had before. However I tow 4-5 times a week now with my cummins, I wouldn't want to do that with the hemi. Unless I have a really heavy load, I barely even notice there's a trailer hooked up.


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Re: 03' 3500 DRW with Hemi's [Re: Silver70] #1408522
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Dang, will have to reconsider. I did find a real nice deal on a 3500 Hemi Dually. Figured the Hemi was way under powered for any real towing.


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Re: 03' 3500 DRW with Hemi's [Re: 6PKRTSE] #1408523
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Dang, will have to reconsider. I did find a real nice deal on a 3500 Hemi Dually. Figured the Hemi was way under powered for any real towing.




Yes I think there is a real lack of engine choices now a days in trucks. If was buying a 3500 truck I would want more than a 345" hemi, but no way I would go with a diesel either.

I'm thinking very seriously about a ford truck with a 6.2 gas engine with hardened valves and seats and run it on LP gas.

I have been driving a 7.4L 99 chevy 3500 dually since 99. I don't do that much heavy towing with it now because I have a freightliner to tow with.

But still tow some heavy stuff for work through states like Kentucky with big hills.

They need to put V-10s in smaller pickups.

The reason I went to chevys is because I burned up a 360 in 2500 dodge truck towing a 26' enclosed car hauler, that truck was terrible for towing and I didn't want 8000 dollar noisy stinky diesel for my personal use. I even own a fuel company and work on diesel trucks everyday.

This was in 1993, I have been through 2 chevys trucks with no major trouble. So I went chevy and am very happy with the 454 motor and truck overall. Now chevy only has wimpy 6.0 L gas motor. Screw the diesels!!

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I have towed with a hemi in a 05 durango pulling a open car trailer at 7500 pounds, that's the limit, imo.

Don't see how a hemi is going to pull anything heavier in a truck.

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My sister has an 05 2500 4x4 hemi that she has towed some very large gooseneck horse trailers with many times. She has even towed into Colorado before with the big trailers. Gets bad mpg but handles everything fine.

Remember the early cummins trucks only had 160hp and there was one ton trucks with only 200hp gas motors. My dads old 80 crew cab dualy with a 360 towed a fully loaded enclosed trailer and a bed full of gear down the road at 70mph. I don't see how the extra 100 or more HP from the hemi is going to make it tow less, sure to might turn some more rpm but nothing it's not designed for.


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Re: 03' 3500 DRW with Hemi's [Re: 6PKRTSE] #1408526
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I rarely trailer over a 3 hour drive anywhere. Mostly less than an our to our local track.




You'll be fine.

Some interesting responses here, but perhaps folks expect to rip up hills with 15,000 total combined weight at 70 mph. With a 5.7

Put it in 3rd if you have a tough load, keep it between 2500 and 3500rpm and stay right. Nothing wrong with rolling down the road at 55mph.


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Re: 03' 3500 DRW with Hemi's [Re: Grizzly] #1408527
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I rarely trailer over a 3 hour drive anywhere. Mostly less than an our to our local track.




You'll be fine.

Some interesting responses here, but perhaps folks expect to rip up hills with 15,000 total combined weight at 70 mph. With a 5.7

Put it in 3rd if you have a tough load, keep it between 2500 and 3500rpm and stay right. Nothing wrong with rolling down the road at 55mph.




and by a gas station.....

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