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Kayteg1

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Posted: 12/06/18 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was shopping for new truck 2 years ago.
Having owning Fords before, I steer into this brand, but I was checking Dodge also.
Point is that I could not find Dodge cheaper than Ford and they seem less popular on West coast, so not too many dealers to talk to.
Used truck at the end of warranty cost just few thousands less than new, so I ended up custom-building precisely what I want.
Found dealer in 100 miles radius who offered $6000 off MSRP, so avoiding costly options that I have no use for, my new truck come cheaper than used stuff on the market.
That said, the 440 HP diesel is a beast and I love 360 cameras, not even talking about live traffic on GPS.
MPG in my footnote and that is 95% loaded with 5000 lb camper, or 7000 lb cargo trailer.





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Good info so far.

I have been leaning toward diesel for the torque, but am not opposed to gas if it carries well. Apparently some are pleased with their gassers. The gassers are definitely cheaper to purchase. And I suspect operating costs.

I've seen some of the diesel you tube videos and they don't instill a lot of confidence.

I appreciate the comments about the emissions control not liking to be idle. I didn't have to worry about that with the 7.3.

One issue I have as far as looking at units is I live in a pretty rural area and there isn't much within an hour or more drive. (Even worse looking for a replacement camper)

Continuing to gather info.

Thanks,

Dale


Dale & Rose Cavin, Marianna, FL
2004 Dodge Laramie dually , Cummins diesel
2010 Lance 1181
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2004 Lance 1121 (lost to hurricane Michael 10/10/18)

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We have a Ford F350 Dually with a 6.2L carrying an AF1150. Great engine. If you are not going to tow heavy this will easily get you everywhere you want to go as fast as you want to go. These engines have also been bullet proof. Heard good things about the Chevy 6.0 too.

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If you do decide to go Ford, you can find their RV and Trailer Towing Guides - which include info on truck campers - here:

https://www.fleet.ford.com/towing-guides/

Good info on options and weight capacities.

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To be honest all 1 ton trucks are basically all good trucks. But for me I just bought a new dually about 4 months ago and this is what I looked at.
With Ford I honestly don't trust their diesels after talking to several diesel mechanics and at around 65K I want something I feel is going to be reliable.
With Chevrolet I actually liked them the most but at the price tag of almost 68k and with little to no incentives or willingness to work on the price I looked further.
With Ram I found it fit my needs just as well as the others but at a lot lower price. I paid less than 48k including dealer added leather which was a lot less than the other 2. I have no regrets in my choice and I am more than pleased. I personally am not loyal to any manufacturer but I am loyal to keeping the remaining 13k in my pocket. Plus every mechanic I spoke with led me to the cummins and I am happy they did. Good luck on your new up coming purchase!!!!


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If you are interested in gas, the last year for the 8.1 in the truck is 2007. Put up a search on Ebay and auto tempest for nationwide craigslist search. Might want to try a search on Facebook marketplace. I have an 8.1 in my MH. I always say if I had the 8.1 in my tow vehicle I would still have a TT.


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If you are only going to use it a few times a year and live in the flatlands you certainly don't need a diesel . A gaser will have more payload .


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Somewhat good news. I took my dually to the frame shop and they don't think the frame is bent. Rather they think the bed supporting structure is collapsed at the rear and stretched at the front. They will check the frame on the frame machine just in case. They believe they can get it back in good operating condition.

Even if I decide to replace it, that gives me something in the mean time if I find another camper and have to go get it.[emoticon]

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You can get a Ford truck with a Cummins and an Allison, it's called a F-650 or F-750. To me it goes to show that Ford didn't trust their own products. They put their diesel and tranmission in the "little" F250 and F350 but when they built a "big" F-650 they used the same engine that's in a 2500 RAM and the same transmission (almost) that's in a 2500 Chevy.
For just hauling a TC I would get a gas truck. I have diesel and it's great for towing a hauling heavy but you won't be doing that. The GM 8.1L was a great engine. I had one in an '01 Dually and really liked it; smooth, quiet, powerful. They stopped making them in '07. Otherwise any of the modern gas HD truck V8s seem to be pretty good. I have gotten excellent service from 5 Chevy work trucks over the last 16 years so I keep buying them. I have no reason to switch from a good thing.

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Actually, since 2016, the 6.7 Ford Diesel has been the diesel choice in the F-650. Caterpillar was an option at introduction and Ford didn’t make a diesel when the F-650 was introduced.

Anyway, I got rid of my last Chevy in 2006. I was tired of poor brakes and interiors that wouldn’t hold up. Still haven’t been able to get by the RAM look and some years of the GM look. So, I’m driving a Ford.

I’ve had no reason to switch from Ford, but I’m hoping that the new RAM will look more like the 2019 1500s. Then, if I get a newer one in a few years, that will be an option.


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