Originally Posted by Tunaman
compairind a 1500 to 1 3500? Kinda like apples to oranges. I drove a 2500 2 miles, felt like I was in conastoga wagon compared to my 1500. All me ford 1/2 ton ahd leafes, this ram with coils handles the load much better that the fords with leaves. I thi nk it may be thr torsion bar, love it!
even if I were comparing a 1500 to a 2500 there is still a lot of difference in my mind...from a 2500 to a 3500 is hardly different in the actual truck itself. The only difference is they have an extra set of leafs in the back. Brakes, frame you name it is all the same. But yes it does make a difference in towing.
Fords IMO have always run super rough, no matter the size. I ran a 09 250 super at work for a year, pulling around a cargo trailer maxed out at 5200kg. We did long hauls, every week, and were talking like 2000kms in a week. By the end of the week my back was in agony, the thing rode so hard! BUT it pulled that trailer AMAZING. Every semi that passed, hardly moved that trailer, and vise versa. The thing was not even a diesel, it was the lousy 5.4. This is what Ford prides itself in, and they do a good job of it. However I think they lack in pretty much everything else. But there is nothing worse then getting passed by a semi pulling when your pulling a 30' trailer, and the semi pulling you in. It's a horrible feeling IMO.
I guess what I am trying to say is you have to find that happy medium. Would you want a truck that pulls a trailer amazing (Ford) but lacks in interior and everyday ride quality? Or a Ram that might not pull a trailer AS good as a Ford, but has a ride you can actually handle, A good body style and interior. Plus a diesel that has the best reliability? (ALL JUST MY OPTION)
Same goes for ride quality! Do you want a truck your going to be pulling with 3/4 of the time to have a good ride quality? Or are you gonna want a truck thats going to pull and you not have to worry about a thing? Your already sacrificing ride quality by hooking up to a trailer.
For MOST people going to a 2500 or a 3500 means they are going to be doing some pulling, in MOST cases you are not worried about ride quality (to a point), you just want that thing to pull. Again if coils are soo much better to pull on, why are so many heavy duty pullers on leafs or air? This is why I try and stress the fact that for those people who don't pull too much per year and don't need the weight capacity of a 2500 just to stay with a 1500. Even if you are only pulling 5k a year at pretty near your max, its still better to do that with a 1500. Not only are you saving $$$, but your getting a better ride for the other part of the year you're not pulling!
Bottom line IMO is coils are good for the ride, but hook a trailer up and they go for no good...