I think it's kind of interesting that everyone is talking about the engines. I bought my GMC Denali based nearly entirely on the transmission. Strongest one available, bullet proof record. Engines? All of them have massive horsepower and torque, though Dodge is ridiculous on the torque factor. And the bottom line is............buy what you want! We're not in highschool anymore, we don't always have to own the most popular and always be right or the flavor of the month.
Actual the Allison 1000 has run out of gas at current Duramax ratings, and they have dropped out of the HP/torque race. The FORD Torque Shift transmission and the Aisin are both much stronger and very reliable.
That's good to know about the Torque Shift. I work for a company that has nearly all 6.7 Fords with their Auto Trans. Good to hear about the Aisin Tranny too? Is the Aisin Tranny available in the 2500/3500 trucks too?
Not the 2500's yet, but in the 3500's now...They need to put them in the 2500's to be more competitive there, but believe Ram is only one offering manual transmission in the 3500/3500 trucks. Some still like that option
And THAT is the reason you see VASTLY HIGHER numbers of Dodge "cummins" trucks HAULING RVs out of Goshen, Elkhart,Middleburry, Shipshiwana.........Dodge #1......Ford #2...... and HARDLEY ANY chevy / G.M.C.s
The Haulers PREFER sticks .............. Still interesting why very few chevys:h ?????
I was just in Elkhart this past week..........and in the Haulers motel...(Red Roof ) 15 Cummins .....6 Power stroke ....... One Duramax..:W
If these numbers are right, I doubt that the ability to buy a manual has much if anything to do with it.
Last I saw, the take rate for manual transmissions was low single digit % of sale. 3% is what I remember, but I can't find a link for that right now.
It sounds like your plans are well thought out and you have already considered most options.
Has the dog already ridden in the 5er? The way you describe the situation makes it sound like it has.
My wife has ridden in our 5er (once) when we moved in the campground from our camping site to the trailer dump station. She said the dogs were freaking out due to the movement and noise in the trailer. That would be my biggest concern - a traumatized dog may not be a very good service dog (or companion dog for that matter).
The only other option that you didn't mention was a DRW RAM 3500 MegaCab. I am not sure if it would have the payload/towing capacity, but if it did, the dog could ride on the floor in the rear of the truck, with the three kids in the seats.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
Is it just me, or does it look like they lowered the height of the sides of the bed?
For those of you complaining about the increased power of the engines and want more MPG, read the article. It says both power and economy will be increased. This is a theme of all the diesel trucks that use DEF.
"Then there is the Ram 3500. Before Ram made all their "upgrades" specifically for the J2807 the most a 3500 was rated tow was 22.7k lbs. Then afterwards it was 30k.
There is an incredible difference between my 2011 Dually and my current 15 Dually. RAM specifically has not just made up numbers. They LOOKED the same but that is the only similarity.
That was actually the 2012 numbers, but as I said above they specifically "upgraded" and configured their truck to get high J807 numbers due to the lower standards and loopholes that it does not test. Basically overnight a 4.10 geared Ram 3500 with a 35 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque increase along with a slightly shorter 1-3rd gearing(4th is the same and 5-6th are taller) gave it enough of a performance boost to tow 30k the same as the previous model would tow 22k. Riiiggghhhttt....
Just so you don't think that I am just picking on Ram, I don't think that just a 40 hp and 60 lb-ft increase would allow the F450 to tow 31k with the same performance as it did with towing the 24k it was rated for the previous year either.
I can't speak to the Ford, but you are missing a LOT of the upgrades to RAM between 2012 and 2013. It is a whole new truck.
Twice I went back to check the date on this thread. I was sure someone was dragging up an old one. :)
Congrats on the new truck. It is silly how many improvements come out to these trucks every year. It is very tempting for me to upgrade from my 2012, but I am still quite a few years away from retirement, and I figure keeping this truck may just help get me there quicker.
But I do agree that life is short and there are no guarantees. If a new toy makes you happy, nothing wrong with pulling the trigger.
Did you ever pull your RV with the 13?
I rarely leave my boat on the lake overnight. I sleep so much better when it is on the trailer.
We don't have a TC, so I can't help with that. But I do know that the boating community is usually willing to help each other out. If launch/retrieve is an issue with a camper (and I don't think it is), you could always buddy up to someone in the campground that has a solo truck/SUV, and ask for their help. I know I have launched/retrieved many boats for people with motor homes that did not want to break camp to pull their boat off the lake.
Many of the people that dislike the standard seem to have that opinion because they are not happy with some of the trucks ability to maintain a certain speed up an incline.
Funny because so many posters on this site also say that you shouldn't tow about 60 mph.
I am of the opinion that this standard is better than no standard.
The same factory that pumps out the 6.7L also makes the 4.4L V8, so there's a chance that it could make into the F-150. But Ford probably wouldn't do it since it could affect SD sales.
I would think that the 3.2l diesel they use in the Transit is a more likely fit. But they will have to bump up the HP from the 185 in that application.
Anybody ever consider that the mfgs "know" that most people overload their trucks beyond the factory payload rating, so if they stated payload closer to the design and engineering limits, it may increase their liability for failures?
Other than this forum and like 2 people I know, the rest of the world is not nitpicking what the stated payload is for their truck. IMO, and I know about a zillion truck people, not to mention fleets of construction pickups at work, most peeps just buy a 1500 if it's a grocery getter, 2500 if their weekend warriors and 3500/duallys if they really work em.
Heck I work for a $10billion/yr construction company and they could pretty much give a rats arse what you load he truck with. Maybe we still rely on common sense a bit.
This is not meant to be a slam against those "following the rules", but I don't believe too many people are concerned with a few hundred lbs payload cap when buying a new truck.
I can't comment on what manufacturers think in terms of overloading and such. But I do believe that many, if not most, people have no idea if they are overloaded or not. My BIL loads his Expedition with the 6 members of his family and hooks up his 37' TT and heads out and doesn't think twice about it. I guarantee you he is way overloaded in terms of payload.
I'll tell ya, all this internet thing has done is cost me more money on bigger trucks :)
Wait until they have an accident due to being overloaded, kill some people, and have their insurance company refuse coverage because they were in violation of the law. Granted, most people will overload their 1/2 tons and not even think twice about it. And, in most cases, it doesn't matter. Until, someone gets hurt or killed because of it....then that trigger can be un-pulled.
Insurance refusing coverage because "they were in violation of the law"? Kind of like all the claims they refuse to pay because someone was speeding? Or a DUI? Oh that's right, they pay those claims. Just like they would if someone were overloaded.:S
I have seen this reported in a couple other areas as well.
That truck actually sounds a little loud for a modern diesel, but it sure doesn't sound like a gasser.
I know there is a lot of love for the EcoBoost engines, but they do not make enough of a difference in MPG with more stringent CAFE standards on the way. Ford is ahead of the game shedding weight with the aluminum F150, if they add a small diesel and a 10 speed transmission, they would be the category leader in MPG.
At what weight would you consider a DRW to be mandatory whilst towing a fifth wheel ?
Mandatory? Not sure. But at around 16,000 pounds I would want a dually. At around 12-13,000 the diesel. At 16,000 pounds pin weight will be at or around 3200 pounds, plus the hitch, plus all the people and stuff in the truck. You will likely be close to payload gross on a SRW.
With the new trucks, I am mostly in agreement, although I would probably push it up to 17k. Still plenty of payload there for everything else that goes with the trailer.
I think the results are interesting, and what I would have expected - with the 6.2 and the EcoBoost taking top honors.
As far as payload and towing tests, I think they nailed that as well. I would venture that very few owners look at if what they are towing/hauling falls within the specs of their truck. They just load and go.
I expected the RAM to fair better in the MPG tests.
My guess is that with the performance tests, I am not sure an owner could really tell the difference between the trucks if they weren't specifically measuring the results. Seat of the pants feel is likely very similar.
Wish I could help but both tanks I installed with RDS kit were gravity feed. No need for a pump.
X3. And I have never seen where gravity feed is illegal for diesel. But maybe there are places where it is.
I have a DRW that is basically a dedicated recreational vehicle. Even then, if I were buying today, I probably would not get another DRW because I don't need it.
Those that state the width isn't a problem in parking garages and drive-throughs have a different experience than I do. I recently had to take my truck to the airport. Parking was no problem because I got there before most others, and parked up tight next to a pillar, all in one space. Between the length and width of the truck, I had a very difficult time getting it out.
It is my experience that it is a challenge to fit through a drive-through, an automatic car wash, or even my garage. Just because the mirrors fit does NOT mean the truck will fit, unless you are going straight. Try to turn too early, and you will hi the hips. If you don't believe me, take a look at how many DRW trucks you see with hip damage.
But it's a "dry" heat :B
Just like my oven.....
I've spent a fair amount of time in Phoenix, but have never lived full time there. I do know about the 120* days, where it cools down to a balmy 100* overnight.
But I still don't accept that tires should last less than 4 years. As I said, if it was me, I would talk to my tire dealer (usually Discount Tire) about standing behind the tire. I wouldn't expect full replacement, but I would be surprised if they didn't offer something.
And if they didn't stand behind them, I certainly would not buy the same brand a second time. Especially when there seems to be many reports of similar damage in more hospitable climates.
I think in America we get far too tied up in this issue. Think about what a dog will eat if he kills a chicken? All the guts, the cartilage and many of the bones. Dogs are primarily Carnivores and that means the entire carcass.
On the other hand dogs are also opportunistic feeders and will eat almost anything that they find appealing. My big dog Nigel would eat Mango and Papaya and coconut when we lived in SE Asia. They love fish. Though by no means is fish the kind of animal a dog would usually catch and eat.
I think American pet owners worry too much about these things. And the Dog food industry plays on that. ALL of dog food advertising is aimed of course at humans and what appeals to them...not necessarily to the dogs.
I have seen dogs survive and thrive on a diet of Rice and fish heads, garbage and fruit rinds.
We have been sold a bill of goods by The Dog Food Companies and their so called "Research".
Don't you think a dogs lifespan might just be a little longer with a quality diet? I do. And to me, that is what this is about.
Same goes to the comments about some of the junk that people eat. I don't know anyone that has a consistent diet of liver and meat byproducts. And I don't want my dog to have a diet that is largely based on that either.