Finally 30 years later, the Big Three all have 1/2 ton diesels. 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel 3.0L in-line 6 is the new kid on the block, which completes Detroit. And Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel is back with it’s 3rd generation after the EPA problem. The two diesels they sent me for review were similar. Both 3.0 L diesels, the Ram is a V-6, but the New Silverado is an in-line 6 cylinder. The Ram is leading in torque at 480 with 260 horsepower. Silverado is leading in horsepower at 277 and torque is 460. Ram is still the 8-speed automatic and Silverado is the new 10-speed transmission shared with Ford F150. The two trucks even have the same EPA MPG in 4×4 configuration at 29 MPG. Silverado Edges out Ram by 1 mpg in a 4×2.
We towed a 7600 lb Iron Bull dump trailer to Estes Park. The Silverado is the only 1/2 ton diesel with an exhaust brake. Even though the Ram had an 8-speed and no exhaust brake, both truck performed similarly up and down the mountain curvy roads on highway 36 to Estes. It appears the exhaust brake and 10-speed in tow-haul mode in the Silverado doesn’t reach high enough RPM’s to down shift and build back pressure to be as effective as what we see in the heavy duty pickup trucks.
Ford had the same problem with their V-6 3.0l diesel in the F150. Then in the Limited model with the high output 3.5L EcoBoost gas engine and the Expedition Platinum model with the same engine, both with 10-speeds, Ford changed the calibration so they shifted in tow-haul mode at higher RPM’s and it made control coming down the mountain with a trailer dramatically better without wearing out the brakes. Since the Silverado 3.0L Duramax shares the same 10-speed transmission the Ford F150, that same calibration may improve the 3.0L Duramax.
The Silverado Duramax 1500 with the 7600 lb trailer, accelerated a little better than the Ram EcoDiesel. The Ram had better control in Tow-Haul mode coming down the mountain. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has a max towing capacity of 12,560 lbs. compared to 9300 lbs. with the Silverado. The Ram was a Tradesman as a base work truck with a Quadcab 4×2 which helped the truck by being lighter giving it a 2055 lb. payload. The Silverado 1500 Duramax was a RST loaded model 4×2 double cab, being heavier lowering the payload to 1800 lbs.
I do appreciate the new door sticker on the Silverado. Now on all the Chevy trucks, in the drivers door frame is a label that tells you that trucks, payload, max tongue which converts to max trailer weight, weight distributing, and combined weight of the truck and trailer. Ram has a website where you can put in your trucks VIN number and you can get those max weights. Ford wants you to speed a couple hours on the internet to find out the same info.
The 3.0L EcoDiesel option on Ram is $4995 in the Tradesman. The higher you go up in models, the cheaper the diesel option is. Nice thing with Ram, is the 3.0L diesel is available on all models and configurations. Silverado 3.0L Duramax on the midline RST model option is $3890. But Silverado only is available on LT models and above. Ford F150 3.0L diesel started that way, only available on high end models. And XLT model was only available in a diesel to fleets. Then they discovered the error of their ways and let us all buy the diesel XLT. Over the road semi -trucks and farm tractors use in-line 6 cylinder diesels. Cummins in Ram Heavy Duty do well with the inline diesel. I was surprised to see Chevy go with an in-line 6 diesel in a 1/2 ton. Time will tell how this aluminum diesel holds up.
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The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box....Read more...Tuson Sway Control, ultimate trailer sway control for safer trailer towing. A module that controls sway on bumper pull trailers. It will actually steer the trailer left and right to keep the trailer towing straight. MoreHoof Grip, it’s Super Floor, been around for years, in horse trailers, in barns, sidewalks, sale barns, vet clinics, patio’s, dog kennels, playgrounds and truck beds. Made from ground tires (recycled) it gives cushion and traction. First place I saw it was on playgrounds. around merry-go-rounds where kids fall down and bounce back up unhurt. See the review and install….
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