You should be able to tow boats and campers with 3.21 perfectly fine. The difference will be when towing those much heavier campers, not so much boats, but heavier campers and farm trailers, but at that point I guess you may as well get a bigger truck.For light towing the V6 should be fine with 3.21s. I had the 4.7 with 3.21 in my Gen IV and it towed the bass boat, hauled ATVs, a 5000# tractor on a tandem trailer and a utility trailer loaded with hardwood just fine. The HP and torque of the V6 is about the same as the old 4.7.
Thats because you have a 4th gen and its 2wd. A 5th gen 4x4 does much worse with the V6.I'll take a risk and put my neck on the chopping block. I am sure I am the odd man out on this.
No-one can really make the decision for you. They are not you and don't share your exact driving needs or habits.
Sooooo, I will simply give my honest experience.
I drive a stock 2017 Laramie crew cab with V-6 and 3.21 gears. Only extra's I ordered are the extra capacity fuel tank and the LSD.
I rarely tow and if I do it is well within the towing range of the truck. I purchased the truck to be used as a touring vehicle for myself and the little lady.
The truck is NOT a dog. Has plenty of power and acceleration. Same as a Hemi? Of course not. I routinely get between 22.5 and 26 MPG calculated. Twice I exceeded 700 miles on a tank of fuel while traveling across country and keeping the speed at 70 or below.
For what I do it is a perfect truck. Just wish I had added the Rambox.
I joined up here because the Rambox is hopefully in the future on a Gen. 5 Ram.
If my present truck had a Rambox I would not be considering a new purchase.
Good luck in making your decision.
I understand completely. No argument on your point. However, I would expect the exact same truck in a Gen. 5 to do as well in MPG. Better even with the e-torque which is claimed to improve fuel mileage.
Is there something with the 5th Gen. I am not aware of? ( Honest question, not being sarcastic ).
Maybe I need to just drive the Gen, 4 and do without the Rainbow.
Understand. I was thinking this morning as I was driving just how much I like my Ram. You are supporting thoughts of keeping it.For some reason both the ram and silverado (especially) are not doing as well as their last design models in MPG. Chevy took a big 1-2mpg hit even on their EPA numbers.
They may have reduced the drag coefficient but these are also physically larger trucks.