I just did the opposite and went from 1500 to 2500. I'd recommend you go on several test drives and then give it some thought. Personally, whether I ever stop RVing or not, i think I'll always have a 2500 + truck from now on. My Ram 2500 is twice to three times the truck my 15' 1500 Silverado was, so much more robust and heavy duty. To each their own though. This is just my opinion. If you want a soft ride and you don't tow or haul much, 1500 is OK. that's why they build them. But for me, again personally, if i can afford it, I'm staying wth 2500HD. 2500 is usually worth more come trade in time too.
I sold my 15 Silverado a week ago yesterday, but i had 10,800 miles on it with no vibrations, ever. The trans shifting was another story and that's part of the reason (a small one, it wasn't terrible) it's gone. But it was a decent truck for the year and a half i owned it.
Now that's wierd. I thought it was attached and you must have seen it, but now it's gone again. Oh well, i give up for tonight, but yes, she sits up there high, wide and handsome thanks!
Test, Thanks for your post, that's very encouraging. I appreciate that. My experience was similar to yours. I was trying to work with the dealer who sold me the 15 Silverado. They had a pretty basic 17 Silverado 2500hd. Painted steel wheels, rubber floor mat interior, no bluetooth. They wanted over double the out money compared to the deal i worked out on my ram, which has many more options, has more heavy duty steering and suspension components (comparable to the ford super duty), carpet on the floor and sits up much higher than the 2500hd Silverado. It wasn't even a comparison in my mind. If the Chevy would have been comparably priced i would have really had to think about it, but i probably would have still gone with the ram because i liked it the best of the 3. I have always liked the big rig styling of the ram, which was copied by ford in my opinion when they released the 1999 Super Duty.
Sorry man, i tried and the system won't let me upload the picture. I tried. The Snow Chief package gives you a steel transfer case skid plate, an anti-spin rear diff and clearance lights on the cab, maybe a few other items, i can't remember right off.
Thanks 15, i appreciate that. Yes it's nice, but so are all of the big 3s trucks. It's personal preference, pros and cons and deciding what is most important to you. and yes i don't like foreign trucks! i didn't even consider one
After driving the Ram a few days, i can make a few observations. - the shifting is better on the Ram but not perfect either. No downshift clunks, some engine lugging but not nearly as bad as my Silverado. It's much more willing to downshift than the Silverado with much lighter throttle application. - the interior of my Silverado was nicer than my ram, but this ram is a base model (tradesman) but even in higher trims the Silverado interior is nicer. - the Ram is just as quiet going down the road as the Silverado, the cab is very quiet inside - the throttle on the Ram is much more responsive. This is how the Silverados should come from the factory. I always disliked the lazy throttle on my Silverado. I still think both trucks are nice, good trucks though. Like anything else, pros and cons to each.
Hi Don, Agreed 100% with the weight of my 1989 Layton (heavy for it's size) plus all of the camping gear for my family of 4, firewood, etc. Coupled with the fact that we are looking at bigger campers and the major annoyance of dealing with those crappy Longview slip on trailer tow mirrors every time I tow (and their very limited rear visibility) I felt it was time to move up to a 3/4 ton truck. If I didn't have a travel trailer it would not be as much of a concern, but I just couldn't live with dealing with those slip on mirror extenders any longer, along with the payload concerns of my 1500 series truck. This Ram sits up there high, wide and handsome, no doubt about it!
Thanks, I appreciate that. Like any brand, the 3/4 ton is just so much more substantial in nearly every way so I'm looking forward to seeing how it does on the first camping trip this year.
I don't know the percentage, but it was not too bad at all. Of course I lost some (trade in allowance versus what I paid for it) However, I didn't think it was too bad, considering the truck would have been 2 years old (since my date of possession) in Early May of this year (2017). It also had 10,800 miles on it as well and had a stone chip on the hood, which i touched up but always saw it there and would have had the hood painted this spring if I kept the truck. I used the truck for over a year and a half so i was not expecting to get out of it what I paid for it. Trucks hold their value extremely well and I figured if I was going to make this move, do it now before my truck is any older or has more miles on it and would be worth less. I felt the Dodge dealer was very fair with me and worked hard to get me some extra discounts/rebates. If your a Sam's club member, up until 1.3.17 I think it is, you can get a $1,000 rebate from Sams which my truck qualified for. Without going into specifics, let's say the difference I was out on this deal was partially consumed by what I would have had to spend to put the Chevy OEM trailer tow mirrors on my truck and upgrade the P rated tires. The difference above that was what I really was out on this deal and considering I went to a 2 model year newer truck and 2500 HD series, it was not that big of a difference. Again, I went from a highly optioned LT to a Ram Tradesman which helped make the difference not as large as it would have been. But again, I didn't need all that fancy stuff. I'm a simple country man and just like simple (relatively speaking) trucks. I have always heard if you want to buy a new vehicle, the end of the year there are great deals to be had and this experience confirmed that. Good luck if you decide to make a move !
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