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Posted: 12/06/18 08:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok, first off, I don't want to start a brand war here, but would appreciate some input based on experience.

My TC hauler, a 1997 Ford F350 diesel dually suffered frame damaged by hurricane Michael. It may be repairable, but since I also have to replace my camper (with a likely heavier one), I am seriously considering a truck replacement as well.

First off, I cannot justify a new truck. Most use will haul the camper a few times a year then minimal use otherwise.

Looking through searches, I find the Optimum Diesel Truck is considered to be a Ford body, Cummings diesel and an Allison transmission. Obviously that doesn't exit.[emoticon]

That said, what should I definitely stay from? Pros and cons of the three majors Ford, GM, Chrysler. Specific years to look for or avoid and equipment to look for or avoid. What about diesel vs. gas?
Obviously I want a dually.

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Dale

* This post was edited 12/06/18 08:59am by bookmaker *


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Replacement Truck----
Unless $$$$ is not an issue, look for a late model used(pre owned) Dodge 350 Diesel truck. I prefer a 6 spd. manual transmission for towing reasons.

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How old? Ford had lousy diesels after the 7.3 until they dropped IH and built their own 6.7L
Dodge or Ram as their now called has Cummins 5.9 and after 1/1/2007 6.7L. The 6.7 after a few teething issues has proven to be a great motor. The 68RFE has also been proven to be strong and reliable. GM twins have carried the Duramax/Alliaon since 2002. Each year has brought upgrades in HP/Torque. The only real bad one was the LLY variant. They had overheating issues on many of them. What you need to do is go drive and pick one that feels best to you.
As far as new, Ram has by all reports has the nicest interior of the bunch.


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You can go round and round and round and never find the perfect truck. I just bought a low mile '01 F350 with the 7.3 CC DRW and pretty happy with the purchase. I had also considered buying new and everything in between.

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I'm going to recommend you watch a couple of YouTube videos that I found rather interesting.

What Year Powerstroke Diesel is Best

and

Long Long Honeymoons report on bulletproofing their 6.0 liter Ford diesel

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Well, my Chevy 3500 dually Silverado is now pulling 13,000 (plus) pounds of fifth wheel with a pin weight of over 2500 pounds. It tows marvelously and rides very nice carrying that much weight. All I know is what I've got. No complaints at all with my truck. If you wanted first hand experience, well, that's mine.

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Once you decide on the year, go to the diesel forums if you are interested in a diesel. Frankly, I’d probably go gasoline for a few trips per year. Modern diesels with their emissions equipment hate sitting around.


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Ford 6.2 gasser, 2011 or later. but I am biased.
Until 2016 it came with the same transmission that the 6.7 Diesel has.
Unless you really need or want a Diesel. Then, get one.


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Your question couldn’t be more vague. What about gas or diesel? What about it?? You want more power and better mileage at the chance of more expensive engine repairs or worse mileage, less power and generally simpler setup?
Do you value newer/less miles more than diesel power, for the same price?
What are you talking for budget? $5k or $50k or somewhere in between?

Are you good with deleting a diesel? Do you even know what that is?

In general, in the diesel world my “ok to buy” list is
98-07 Dodge, manual trans only
02-07 GM
99- early 03 Ford
2013/14-present Ram
2011-Present GM
2015-present Ford

But with any used vehicle, care , miles and condition is equally as important as the model.

In the “don’t buy “ years that aren’t mentioned above, I’d consider most others as well depending on my appetite for mods, deletes or fixing what the factory botched.


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On the gasser side, if you’re going 1 ton or dually, your used options are limited as the vast majority of these trucks are diesel and a good portion of the gassers are fleet trucks.
That said, you can get a way nicer gas dually if you can find one you like, compared to a diesel for the same money. Resale is low onthese because they’re not popular.

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