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TCjeff

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My wife and I just ordered a 2020 Northern Lite 10-2 LE and are now shopping for a truck. I hoping to get some advice on which would be the best truck for our camper.

We're planning a 1 year trip all around Canada and the US. When we get back I will go back to work part-time, easing into retirement and use the camper for trips down south in the winter.

I'm a real newbie to truck camping. As well I'm a city boy (Montreal Canada) and knew nothing about trucks until we decided buy a TC and I starting doing research on the web, including this forum. Based on what I've learnt so far I’m thinking 3500 or F-350, 4wd, air bags. I’m not biased between Ford, GM or Ram so am open to any.

As well, I’m uncertain regarding gas or diesel, and srw vs dually. We plan to boondock a fair bit and would like to be able to access off the road type campsites ... but nothing too crazy!

Thanks in advance for the help!

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Oh, oh, you re-opened a can of worms.

You have a war in your hands Ford vs GM vs Ram.

And those of us waiting for Tesla pick up will have a tub of popcorn watching from the sidelines.

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4x4 Diesel Dually


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bigfootgrey wrote:

4x4 Diesel Dually


X2

That's what I have also.
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And I was leaning towards srw and gas.

No def fluid to worry about with gas. Less complicated engine. I understand that gas engines are more efficient than they used to be. More powerful as well. Thinking about Fords new 7.3 litre gas engine. But still nowhere near the performance and torque of the diesel. But I’m hauling 4500lbs or so. Not towing 20,000 or more. So I’m really conflicted.

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The big three are all good but a one ton is essential. You’ll be toting 4500 pounds minimum.


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TCjeff wrote:

And I was leaning towards srw and gas.

No def fluid to worry about with gas. Less complicated engine. I understand that gas engines are more efficient than they used to be. More powerful as well. Thinking about Fords new 7.3 litre gas engine. But still nowhere near the performance and torque of the diesel. But I’m hauling 4500lbs or so. Not towing 20,000 or more. So I’m really conflicted.
From all accounts the 7.3 is going to be a very capable gas engine. Keep in mind it's still a gas engine with the typical torque and hp curves found in most naturally aspirated, big-block V8 gas engines. Max torque 4,000 and max hp 5,500. These numbers (more or less) define how it will respond in conjunction with the tranny while under heavy load. Gas engines are very tranny dependent---they need to be to keep the engine in the sweet spot--especially on hills. As long as you don't have an issue with this M.O., then you'll be happy with any of the big-block gas engines (especially with an 8-10 speed tranny). On the flipside, the big-block diesels will rarely downshift with a camper onboard, even on very steep hills. That's the beauty of 800++ ft.lbs. of torque at less than 2,000 rpms. Whether the added costs for a diesel is worth this beauty is your call. Happy shopping!!

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TCjeff wrote:

And I was leaning towards srw and gas.

No def fluid to worry about with gas. Less complicated engine. I understand that gas engines are more efficient than they used to be. More powerful as well. Thinking about Fords new 7.3 litre gas engine. But still nowhere near the performance and torque of the diesel. But I’m hauling 4500lbs or so. Not towing 20,000 or more. So I’m really conflicted.


We in the West tend to over-truck, F150 properly configured may be more practical.

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Posted: 11/16/19 04:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dually diesel for when you decide to change to another TC or 5th wheel trailer. Eventually most change.

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If you go with a one ton SRW its gonna' need 19.5" tires and wheels plus some type of rear suspension help. These trucks rear axle runs from 7000 up to 7250 rawr.
These truck rear axle may weigh in the 3300-3400 lb range when empty which leaves around 3500-3800 lbs depending on actual scaled weights and the trucks rawr numbers.

Add 4800 lbs in the bed of a one ton srw crew cab 4wd truck plus 3400 lb empty weight = over 8200 lbs gross weight on the OEM rear axle/tires and wheels.

I would be looking at one ton DRW trucks for carrying 4800 lbs in the bed.....a white one of course.

New gas or diesel...your choice there.


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