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I haven't been able to get this question answered, what are the actual differences in equipment? Dealer hasn't a clue.
 

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Another member on here commented about the final drive being higher in the 2500/ 3500 but I can't find the specifications anywhere to prove that.

I would like to know more as well if someone has it!
 

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Of the same WB the difference between a 150 and 250 is increased license fees here in the Republic of Californisan.
 

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With the gasser, the final transmission (differential) ratios are different. People have also alluded to different spring rates in the rear suspension as well.

The diesel afaik, have one final transmission ratio.
 

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Another member on here commented about the final drive being higher in the 2500/ 3500 but I can't find the specifications anywhere to prove that.

I would like to know more as well if someone has it!
RAM says same ratio for 3500. Info in pdf below.

http://www.rambodybuilder.com/iph/iph2014/ph2014/phvan/phdocs/vf/phtweights.pdf

I'm also investigating pros/cons of going 3500. I'm torn between ext body and regular 159 body. I really want the extended body, but RAM requires going to the 3500. I hate that it cost thousands more for an extra 14 inches of length. Sheet metal doesn't cost that much. It makes me wonder what is so expensive in bumping up to 3500.

I have yet to drive a 3500. Local dealer has never had one in stock. Somebody on here said they didn't drive any different.
 

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The 3500 has a rear sway bar.

The number on the leaf spring is 681 88872-AB. 2500 MODEL.
Anyone with a 3500 or a 1500 can you compare the number?
 

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$1000 question

HR 136 wb 250 can carry 300lbs more than the 150 and the 250 weights 51lbs more than the 150. The 250 costs $1000 more than the 150. So what is it that weights 51lbs and cost you $1000 more?
 

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HR 136 wb 250 can carry 300lbs more than the 150 and the 250 weights 51lbs more than the 150. The 250 costs $1000 more than the 150. So what is it that weights 51lbs and cost you $1000 more?
Can I guess?

Larger trans cooler
beefier front struts
Heavier brakes
Thicker leaf springs. Just guessing at this point.
 

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RAM says same ratio for 3500. Info in pdf below.

http://www.rambodybuilder.com/iph/iph2014/ph2014/phvan/phdocs/vf/phtweights.pdf

I'm also investigating pros/cons of going 3500. I'm torn between ext body and regular 159 body. I really want the extended body, but RAM requires going to the 3500. I hate that it cost thousands more for an extra 14 inches of length. Sheet metal doesn't cost that much. It makes me wonder what is so expensive in bumping up to 3500.

I have yet to drive a 3500. Local dealer has never had one in stock. Somebody on here said they didn't drive any different.
That's an excellent question. Comparing the different van options on the Sportsmobile sight, it looks like adding the extra 14 inches adds roughly about $750 over the 159 WB 3500 model. That doesn't seem bad to me. However, as you say, going from the 2500 to the extended 3500 is roughly $3000 more. Most of that is upgrading from 2500 to 3500 model. And according to the specs you linked above the upgrade only adds about 14 pounds to a cargo van.

For an RV van I want all the size I can buy, so the extended would be my choice. The extra payload would be nice too. Still, it would be nice to know what that extra $2200 buys to upgrade from 2500 to 3500.
 

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Sway bar is also in the 3500 ext And of course the high roof. I got mine for 36000 loaded including hitch and partition. The extra space does one thing for me. It allows 3 pallets and cargo. So really one could load 6 pallets stacked and cargo. The non extended would not do this.
 
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