Originally Posted by daveandsandyclink
I am likely one of the few that tows with a Dodge 2500 by choice. Don't take this personal...but I do not agree with some of your thinking. We can set back and enjoy the ride while towing our 5.0. I am not brand loyal but this truck was built to tow. I have enough towing power to not be a henderence going up the steepest mountain passes. Stock mirrors that work for towing. Heavier tires, larger fuel tank, heavier brakes, cooling, cab space, and better crash protection than a Japanese import. I never give a thought about exceeding my GVWR of 9000lbs while towing. I get on average 20 mpg and the proven Cummins turbo diesel should be good for 500,000 miles. You might think I have more operating cost but not really. I average 20 MPG with a lot less stress on my vehicle which reduces parts and labor costs. I don't have a problem driving a larger American built vehicle. I had the my 2005 tow vehicle years before the Escape. So why go out and spend hard earned money saved for retirement years on a new vehicle that will depreciate with the miles of wear and tear while seeing the USA. I say if you already have a good full size tow vehicle, keep it and use it.
Tell us some more about your eight year old Dodge 2500 Cummins that gets 20 mpg. What do you get not towing, what speed to do you tow,
do you have auto or manual, what size cab and bed. I am about to get in line for a 19' and have been considering the new 3.0 Ram, but would seriously consider a used Dodge with those results.