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skrandle

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Like most people, (I’m guessing) I don’t have deep pockets to pay for a new truck to pull my Keystone 5th wheel. 12,000 tow weight.
So, my question is in two parts. What is the best diesel engine to have and part #2, what late model truck will give me the lest problems?

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skrandle wrote:

Like most people, (I’m guessing) I don’t have deep pockets to pay for a new truck to pull my Keystone 5th wheel. 12,000 tow weight.
So, my question is in two parts. What is the best diesel engine to have and part #2, what late model truck will give me the lest problems?


Can 'o worms you've opened, but I'll jump in. Is that 12k "tow weight" scaled or the brochure GVW rating for the FW? Second, ASSuming that 12k is the FW's GVW, you're pretty well on the cusp of 3/4t or 1t, depending on how "late model" you go. Personally, I go for a SRW 1t to be sure AND if you can find one. Yes, a 3/4t will likely do a good job, but the cost difference between the 2 is usually pretty minimal.

As for =which= truck to get? What do you prefer? 9mm or .45? It's that kind of argument. Personally, I'm a GM fan, so would tell you to get a Duramax, but they're all pretty good. Again, personally, I do like the Cummins but I =hate= the way they sound and they're in a Dodge/RAM, so 'nuff said. [emoticon] The only experience I have with the Ford PSD is that of my brother's '05 F350, which crapped out on him while towing my old Komfort and cost about $5 grand to fix. My '02 Duramax, while fairly low miles at about 105k, is still going strong, with minimal expenses.

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If you ar looking after 2011, they are all pretty good. 12,000# on a diesel get a 350/3500 SRW.


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My Gad man!! Do realize what this question will cause on this forum. Apparently you don't visit this site too often.

Ram owners will say Ram.

GM owners will say GM.

Ford owners will say Ford.

Late model to me is 2017+. Pick any. They are all great trucks. They all have there issues. Non no better than the other.

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Pick the one you like the interior. Mine is old enough to still be called a Dodge, even though I'm a GM fan. Any will do the job. Make it a 1 ton.

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Define late model. If you're going newer than 2011 they are all pretty good. Prior to 2011 avoid the Ford diesels. If you're going way back avoid the Duramax from 2001 to 2004.5 the injectors were problematic. If you're going for a late '90s to mid 2000's Dodge avoid the automatics.
In my personal experience GM trucks have proven themselves extremely reliable. I don't buy them because I like the name, I buy them because they give good service in my business over and over again.

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How far back are you talking and what is your budget? A ford 7.3 power stroke with the standard transmission or a dodge 5.9 with a standard transmission would be a good choice. I agree you are close on the 3/4 - 1 ton decision. I say go ahead and get a 1 ton.

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Most any of the current crop of diesels are good except for the Fords with the 6.0 and 6.4 diesel engines. These have proven to be troublesome as reflected by their low resale values. You do get what you pay for.
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LanceRKeys wrote:

How far back are you talking and what is your budget? A ford 7.3 power stroke with the standard transmission or a dodge 5.9 with a standard transmission would be a good choice. I agree you are close on the 3/4 - 1 ton decision. I say go ahead and get a 1 ton.


I would agree on the 7.3, with the standard transmission, although probably few ,and far between with a standard tranny. 12K towing is right at the limit I would want to tow with a 7.3


I spent nearly 16 years with a 7.3, 350 automatic. CPS was an issue, the recall pretty much got that straightened out. Transmission HAD to have some extra cooling towing heavy, went with the 6.0 cooler

I towed four different RV's with it , not a problem until I reached 13K plus then thats where the lack of power of the 7.3 showed up. Just didn't have it here in the mountains of the west.

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Yeah, my trailer is about 11,500 ready to camp and on the big passes I have to slow down and down shift. Everywhere else I just set the cruise on 70 and go. 7.3/6speed/3.73. It did take a lot of looking to find a crew cab with a standard transmission. I don’t think it is the best combination out there, but it is one of the best. If money were no issue, I would have a newer 6.7/automatic.

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