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Buying advice? 2012 Ram 3500HO vs 2013 Ram 2500 Longhorn vs 2015 Ram 2500 Longhorn

Bcrudiak
Explorer
Explorer

Hi there,
I‘m looking to update our current 99 2500 manual for a more luxurious truck to pull our 5th wheel. The 5th wheel is an 11,000lb gvwr grand design reflection.

Option #1- 2012 3500 HO Laramie fully loaded 157km/98mi $40k Canadian (BC truck no rust very very clean, new ball joints @ 100km/60 mi)

#2 - 2013 2500 Longhorn 163km/ 101 mi $43k Canadian dealer says it’s deleted , but no details

#3 - 2015 2500 Longhorn 159km/99mi , $39k has a $10000 insurance repair and normal title

all 3 seem clean and well maintained. Just curious if there’s any pros/cons anyone can share. Thanks in advance.

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JIMNLIN
Explorer
Explorer

You have a older 2500 truck so you may know how it pulls the trailer. 

 My '03 2500 Dodge/Cummins 305 hp/555 torque HO NV5600 tranny pull my 11800 gvwr 5th wheel trailer with ease. Any of those three have better capacities  and will have no issues with that size trailer. 

 Agree run away from a deleted diesel pickup. Not worth the cost if you get caught.

"good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment" ............ Will Rogers

'03 2500 QC Dodge/Cummins HO 3.73 6 speed manual Jacobs Westach
'97 Park Avanue 28' 5er 11200 two slides

rhagfo
Explorer III
Explorer III

Well back again, if looking at Rams, look for 3500 if planing on towing a 5th wheel. 
look at at least a 2013 or newer as GVWR took a big jump in 2013.

if budget allows look 2015 or newer as they went back a single radiator.

 

Something to consider is how far to look, when we were looking used the selection locally was a little thin. I went to  Car gurus and set distance at 500 miles. We ended up traveling over 250 miles to get our truck.

Russ & Paula the Beagle Belle.
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Aisin DRW 4X4 Long bed.
2005 Copper Canyon 293 FWSLS, 32' GVWR 12,360#

"Visit and Enjoy Oregon State Parks"

FishOnOne
Explorer III
Explorer III

I would be looking for a '18 truck and stay away from a emissions deleted truck.

 

'12 Ford Super Duty FX4 ELD CC 6.7 PSD 400HP 800ft/lbs "270k Miles"
'16 Sprinter 319MKS "Wide Body"

rhagfo
Explorer III
Explorer III

Well I would skip both #2, and #3 as not enough truck for a fifth wheel. I would be concerned about #1 due to the need for new ball joints before 100k miles.

 

Keep looking.

Russ & Paula the Beagle Belle.
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Aisin DRW 4X4 Long bed.
2005 Copper Canyon 293 FWSLS, 32' GVWR 12,360#

"Visit and Enjoy Oregon State Parks"

JIMNLIN
Explorer
Explorer

Not much tech info on those trucks for any advise example; gas or diesel....2wd or 4wd....  bed size...cab types.....tranny types... wheel base/etc.

"good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment" ............ Will Rogers

'03 2500 QC Dodge/Cummins HO 3.73 6 speed manual Jacobs Westach
'97 Park Avanue 28' 5er 11200 two slides

nickthehunter
Nomad II
Nomad II

From my armchair knowing absolutely zero about the trucks other than year and mileage - No 3. But if it was me, dollar for dollar, I’d be looking for newer trucks with less mileage rather than old truck with more luxury. I’d pull out all the stops to buy a newer truck. YOMV