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Old 01-07-2019, 07:03 PM   #31
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When buying my new to me truck I did my research for months. I looked hard at the Gas vs. Diesel option. My son works for CAT in Diesel Engineering. Told me not to spend the money on the Diesel until the big 3 get EGR/DEF perfected. I picked up a 2018 GMC 3500 SLE 6.0 gasser with 10,200 miles. Purchased it on the next to last day of the year so they were willing to make me a sweet deal....$38,000 and gave me $28,500 for my 2015 GMC 1500 SLE.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:49 PM   #32
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Depending on the weight you are towing a gaser can also last to 200,000 miles the new trucks with all the new tech can do just as well as a diesel. I bet half the folks here never keep there trucks as long as 8 years. Later RJD
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:03 PM   #33
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Depending on the weight you are towing a gaser can also last to 200,000 miles the new trucks with all the new tech can do just as well as a diesel. I bet half the folks here never keep there trucks as long as 8 years. Later RJD
I sold my 1998 (yes, 1998) Tahoe with 275,000 miles on the 5.7 and never did a thing to the engine except oil changes every 3k miles.

That Tahoe pulled several boats, a pop up and a 5k TT (mountains to the beach) many, many miles. A gas engine can certainly last a long, long time with proper maintenance.

When I decided to buy a new truck, Chevrolet and a gas engine were no brainers.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:06 PM   #34
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I sold my 1998 (yes, 1998) Tahoe with 275,000 miles on the 5.7 and never did a thing to the engine except oil changes every 3k miles.

That Tahoe pulled several boats, a pop up and a 5k TT (mountains to the beach) many, many miles. A gas engine can certainly last a long, long time with proper maintenance.

When I decided to buy a new truck, Chevrolet and a gas engine were no brainers.
As I said half the folks do not. You be the exception to the rule and yes i kept one for 7 years but only had 30,000 miles on the dully when I traded it and it was an 8.1 passed everything but a gas station. Later RJD
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Disagree. Certainly some do. I don't agree that most do.

I see far more people buying more truck than they need to future-proof themselves against potential RV upgrades in the future.

There's also laziness. If I get a 1/2 ton to tow a 7,000 lb trailer, I actually have to think about my payload and towing set-up. If I get a 3/4 ton, I only have to do a rough calculation. If I get a 1 ton, I don't even have to consider what I'm towing back there. That's less about being safe and more about me being lazy.

So, yeah, safety buffer is a consideration. I don't see it driving most of the decisions.

To the OP, why 3/4 instead of 1 ton? New, a 1 ton will only be around $800 more than a 3/4 ton with tow package. You get higher payload and other ratings with a 1 ton.

Good luck.
I understand the advantages of the 1-ton if I decide to go larger on the trailer down the road. I will be using the truck primarily as a daily driver, so the extra ride harshness of the 1 tons is the main reason I have been looking at the 3/4 tons.
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I owned my 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L Magnum V8 gasser for 18 years...

Had 165,000 miles on it... mostly all original.

And it is still rolling around Rochester, New York to this day...
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I understand the advantages of the 1-ton if I decide to go larger on the trailer down the road. I will be using the truck primarily as a daily driver, so the extra ride harshness of the 1 tons is the main reason I have been looking at the 3/4 tons.
There really is not much difference in the ride of my 3500 vs. a 2500 at least with GMC. I know my 3500 still rides much better that my bosses Ford F-250.
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I sold my 1998 (yes, 1998) Tahoe with 275,000 miles on the 5.7 and never did a thing to the engine except oil changes every 3k miles.



That Tahoe pulled several boats, a pop up and a 5k TT (mountains to the beach) many, many miles. A gas engine can certainly last a long, long time with proper maintenance.



When I decided to buy a new truck, Chevrolet and a gas engine were no brainers.
Im with ya, sold my 01 burb with over 300k and its still kicking. Only changed 2 injectors 2 fuel pumps and oil changes.
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There really is not much difference in the ride of my 3500 vs. a 2500 at least with GMC. I know my 3500 still rides much better that my bosses Ford F-250.
Thanks. I'll drive them both back to back and see. I know there is a big difference in ride on the Ram 2500 vs 3500, and yes, the F250's I have driven ride quite a bit rougher than either Chevy or Ram 2500's in my opinion.
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is there anything from the Big 3 that makes a certain HD gaser better than the other?
I know its all subjective, all personal, and they are all probably "good".

I have had 2 F150s Ecos with no issues (beyond recalls). First traded at about 80k and my current one (purchased new) now has 43k.

My late father has had a suburban (tranny went out at 90k) and a GMC Yukon XL (tranny went out little over 100k)- both of these were used to tow a 7k TT
A 2012 Expedition V8 (used to tow a 8500, 36' TT- yes, don't criticize!)- Mom still drives it, no issues. has 115k on it. Purchased new in 2013.
2 F150s (1 5.0 and 1 eco) both traded off at 100k without issue
He was on his 3rd F150 when he died.

My wife has a 2018 Chevy Traverse that has had constant transmission issues and its less than 7k miles. Dealer gives the classic response "its not acting up" when we take it in. It makes it difficult for me to want to look at GM trucks.

I do not honestly know anything about Ram. I have only heard "they are awesome" or "they suck". I do really like the way they look, especially the interiors. I certainly plan on checking them out before I make any decision as well. I am not a big fan of their back bench seat and the hump in the floor. I am used to the flat floors offered in the F series. I also love all of the cup loaders Ford gives you. It doesn't sound like a big deal but when your wife brings 7 things to drink at once on a trip, it is a big deal.

My go to was an F250, and I have driven one. This, like the OP, is the daily driver also at about 15k miles a year, 5k of it towing. Most highway miles.

I can get a used Ram for cheaper than a used F250. Also if the Ram rides smoother that may be a better option as well. I just have no experience with the durability of the Hemi engines and their transmissions.
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