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Fun comparison between 1994 Dodge Ram Laramie and 2020 Ram Laramie

Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by aldo90731, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. voiceofstl

    voiceofstl Well-Known Member

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    isn't the basic thing about a truck is the bed size? Yes..the new trucks are bigger and bulkier then the old ones but the beds are hardly any bigger.
    Plus on the old trucks you could sit on the tail gate without useing a ladder first.
     
  2. valiant67

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    As beds got smaller (8 foot beds are uncommon now) and cabs got larger (single cabs and extended cabs got replaced by true 4 door pickups) pickup sales boomed. Seems like bed length isn’t the important factor for most buyers.
     
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  3. WXman

    WXman Active Member

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    My favorites are the 12V Cummins trucks with straight piped exhausts. They sound like heaven. I could row gears on one of those all day every day and never get tired of it.
     
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  4. tabutler

    tabutler Active Member

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    Towing has changed allot in the last 26 years. A new Ram 1500 is as capable as a 1994 Ram 2500. Max towing on the 1994 2500 is 7700 lbs and max payload 2844 lbs. On the 2020 2500 max towing is 19,100lbs with payload at 2610LBS. A 1994 2500 would be not be rated to pull most of the modern-day travel trailer or 5th wheels with slideouts.

    A 2020 Ram 1500 max towing is 11,400lbs. I got the tow rating off Rams website.
     
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  5. aldo90731

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    In those 26 years Americans have gained girth and collected lots of unnecessary cr*p.

    Twenty-six years ago a young family of three could do with a 3-door Honda Civic. Today, anything less than a Jeep Cherokee is unthinkable to haul the stroller, child seat, Yeti cooler, toys, diapers and a bunch of other “stuff.”
     
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  6. tabutler

    tabutler Active Member

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    As someone that had a young family in 1994, a 3 and 1 year old. I lusted for a Ram 1500, but settled for a minivan to carry the stroller, child seat, igloo cooler (yeti was not a thing then), toys, diapers, and a bunch of other stuff.
     
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  7. Tony K

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    Well, unless you actually need a pickup for serious work. Probably why many farmers like Dad and my cousin went with 2500 standard cab gas trucks. They needed an8 foot bed and didn't need the cost or potential problems of a 6.7 Cummins when they're not being used constantly to tow. If we need to tow more than that, we have bigger trucks, but to pick up a skid of seed requires some capacity, and a 6 1/2 ft bed just doesn't cut it on the farm for day to day stuff.

    Knock yourself out. Don't get me wrong, I kinda like a straight-piped B motor. Makes a Ram sound like an old M35 Deuce. But I'd have to put in earplugs or wear a set of mickey mouse ears to drive one of those all day long. Noise wears on me after awhile. My 05 was a good compromise.
     

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