I wanted to talk about my recent trip from Minnesota to our Florida home – via Palm Springs, California. Yes, I said Palm Springs! It’s kinda on the way, right? Anyway, we drove my truck and enclosed motorcycle trailer and stopped along the way to off load the motorcycles and do some riding. (More on the motorcycle riding in another blog).
What I wanted to talk about is my truck and trailer rig. Last year I had a Ram 1500 with the 3.0 liter diesel engine. It was redesigned with more torque and horsepower so I thought it would be a good fit to pull my Haulmark low profile enclosed motorcycle trailer. My trailer has a GVWR of 7000lbs and I was only at about 4500lbs. Well, it pulled it OK, but there was a lot of down shifting and engine revving that kind a drove me nuts. Fuel mpg was pretty good at 14-15, but just was doing a lot of down shifting. Other than that, I loved the truck.
So, last spring, I upgraded to the Ram 2500 with the Cummins 6.7 diesel engine. Wow, what a difference! That engine was amazing and there was no down shifting at all, even crossing the Rocky Mountains. It just hummed along is 6th gear all day long. I installed a 55-gallon fuel tank in the truck bed so, with the factory 33-gallon tank and the 55, I was able to go about 750 miles on full fuel. I could drive a whole day without stopping for fuel. Had to stop for other things though.
So, I would highly recommend the Ram 2500 Cummins to anyone who wants to tow a trailer. The power is very impressive and the comfort of the truck overall is also just as impressive. If you go to a Ram 3500, 4500 or 5500 you can get the high output Cummins with even more torque and horsepower.