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Old 04-24-2015, 07:15 AM   #1
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2010 Ram 2500 W/Hemi - Real world MPG?

I am thinking about a used 2010 Ram 2500 4X4 crew cab, with the Hemi and Automatic. It has just shy of 80k miles on it. I am wondering what kind of gas mileage I might expect in two scenarios - 1 is just mixed light daily driver use around town. The second is towing a 6000 lb utility trailer on the highway. I would put about 10k miles per year on the truck.

I currently have a Toyota land cruiser for the around town stuff (and four wheeling!) and a Chevy Duramax crewcab for the towing part. I am thinking about going from the two to the 1.

Everything is paid for and I would pay cash for the Ram.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:27 AM   #2
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:14 AM   #3
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:28 AM   #4
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I had a '12 1500 4wd Hemi, 15-16 around town, was capable of 19-20 on the road.
Not sure how much the 2500 chassis would take away from that
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:01 AM   #5
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:21 AM   #6
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I just did a transport run from Medicine Lodge Ks to Abilene Tx in a 2013 Dodge short bed 4X4 hemi four door truck 2500 it got about 16 on the highway, the only city driving I did was in Waco on my way thru, the whole trip average was 15.6
I think that a 1500 with the variable displacement would get a little better
but not much
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:39 PM   #7
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Mine's a bit different... Power Wagon (4.56 gears = goodbye gas mileage!), and it's a little older ('05). K&N intake, flowmaster exhaust.
I went with the Hemi over the Cummins because most of the miles this truck sees are in the mountains in the winter, rather not deal with additives/heaters/etc so the diesel starts in the cold. Also nice having a common fuel between sled/bike/generator/truck. For towing, I think you'll be happier with the Dmax.

My commute's short (<5mi). Don't get OD till trans is warmed up, which never happens on my commute. So I see 9-10 if I don't put some miles on it. Drive like an asshole, or drive conservatively... doesn't matter. So have some fun. I have a dirtmobile that gets ~50mpg around town, so I usually commute on that.

Unloaded or lightly loaded, 13-ish. Took me well over a year to break the 14-to-a-tank mark, and that was coming down the mountain with a tailwind. With a sled/ramp/gear (no trailer), 12-ish.

Towing my trailer (2pl enclosed, steel, one or two sleds loaded) I get 8-10. Because Mountains. And 4.56 diffs. But the torque...

Really load up the trailer and drag it around town, or 2 sleds/2 guys/gear for a week of riding, into 40m/h headwinds for 500 miles... hello 6mpg. But it still does it well, both getting it going and getting it stopped.



Seriously, 4.10 would be just fine.
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:57 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input. I had a 98 Dodge w/V10 prior to the Dmax. It towed great but got 7mpg doing it. When I went to the Dmax, it towed even better and got maybe twice that towing the same trailer.

I tow a 19' powerboat 100 miles in the spring to the cabin and then 100 miles back in the fall. I tow a tandem axle toyhauler built on a utility trailer a few hundred miles per year going hunting.

Beyond that I just use the truck to drive around in. I use the L/C to daily drive and then go rock crawling in Moab every year or two. So I'd have to get my head around that in the Dodge.

Of course, most trips around town are on a m/c.
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:12 PM   #9
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If you're looking for an off-road capable vehicle as a landcruiser replacement, might check out the Power Wagons.

4.56 diffs, as mentioned... also front/rear e-lockers, ~4" lift, push-button disconnect sway bar, integrated 12k lb winch, and extensive skidplating underneath.

It's still a 3/4-ton truck, which ... for that type of offroading, is probably a little excessive.

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Old 04-24-2015, 03:13 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input. I had a 98 Dodge w/V10 prior to the Dmax. It towed great but got 7mpg doing it. When I went to the Dmax, it towed even better and got maybe twice that towing the same trailer.

I tow a 19' powerboat 100 miles in the spring to the cabin and then 100 miles back in the fall. I tow a tandem axle toyhauler built on a utility trailer a few hundred miles per year going hunting.

Beyond that I just use the truck to drive around in. I use the L/C to daily drive and then go rock crawling in Moab every year or two. So I'd have to get my head around that in the Dodge.

Of course, most trips around town are on a m/c.
So why are you considering a 3/4 ton?
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Old 04-25-2015, 06:37 AM   #11
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I had a '12 1500 4wd Hemi, 15-16 around town, was capable of 19-20 on the road.
Not sure how much the 2500 chassis would take away from that
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I have a 2009 Ram 1500 TRX 4x4 with the updated Hemi (390 hp, 403 ft/pd), consistently getting this mileage. Peak mpg ever was running on pure gas, I80 across Nebraska, kept the MDS on 4 cylinders and got 21.8 @ 75 mph. It sits lower than a 2500.

GM's new Colorado/Canyon twins are about the same size on the exterior with much less room in the interior than My Ram.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:41 AM   #12
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+1 on the Power Wagon as described, with a few more tidbits: it's not particularly snappy off the line (I got PANTSED by a Chevy Volt, and Priuses aren't for free), it's not a very good tow vehicle, and it needs premium gas.

I have managed to improve MPG and handling by installing lock-out hubs. It's not real cheap, but it allows wheel bearing repacks instead of replacement.
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:23 AM   #13
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I always check out fuelly.com for real world numbers. There are always a few outliers that must be hyper-miling or something, but I've found the averages to be right on for my vehicles.
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OP, my Dad had the exact truck you're looking at, except it was a '09. This ^^^ post is dead-on, from my experience.


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I always check out fuelly.com for real world numbers. There are always a few outliers that must be hyper-miling or something, but I've found the averages to be right on for my vehicles.

And, as an aside, this ^^^ is great advice for anyone pondering a truck purchase.


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