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Old 10-19-2008, 10:19 PM   #1
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Advice on new truck

Ok, we traded up from a tag along to a fiver and now it's time to get a new truck, Had to have the camper delivered to our seasonal site because we can't pull it with our current truck. camper is a Cedar Creek 34ckts adn the GVWR is 13,700 lbs. Should we go 250 or 2500 or 350 or 3500 and single or dual rear wheels and why?

I've owned Ford, chevy and dodge and have no particular brand loyalty. I know it will have to be long bed and for the family a crew cab. Thanks for your suggestions


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Old 10-20-2008, 07:06 AM   #2
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Pick your poison but stay with a 350/3500 and I'd suggest a DRW. That 13,700 is going to be too close to the max for a 250/2500. Since you stated you wanted a long bed and crew cab, and have no brand loyality, I'd take the family out one weekend and seat them all in each mfg's offerings. Then pick the one that fits you best. I don't think you'll go wrong with any brand you choose.

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Old 10-20-2008, 11:48 AM   #3
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I second the 1 ton configuration, but I don't think you absolutely need the long bed. If you get a dually, then yes, they only come with a longbed, but you don't NEED the dually, and you could get a shortbed if you wanted to.
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:37 PM   #4
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with that much suggested gvwr
go big and dually
and a bit of what its worth
my friend has the identical truck as mine
same year and only a week apart on build dates
both are crew cab dually fords with auto and 6.0 engine
his has a 4.10 rear gear and i have a 4.30

he gets 9-10 towing at 60- 65 and 8 any faster
i get 12-13 towing at 65-70
we are both towing high profile heavy fivers

so if you plan to tow alot i would suggest the lower gear of 4.30
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:35 PM   #5
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I too second, third, or fourth my opinion on the 1 ton. I have an 08 F-250 with the 6.4L PSD. The 5th wheel rated max is 15200 lbs. Towing capacity wise It would be enough in my opinion, it's the pin weight that will make you at your limits. I have the 10000 GVR package on mine, and I still only have a max cargo capacity of 1936 lbs. It looks like the unloaded hitch weight on that trailer would be around 1990 lbs, co you'd be over your cargo capacity right there. The 1 ton and larger trucks offer more for cargo capacities which you'll need so you aren't stressing your vehicle's axles beyond what they're rated for. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 10-21-2008, 07:51 AM   #6
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I love my dually............
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:44 PM   #7
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I have the Cedar Creek 37CKQS and Silverado 3500 DRW 6.6 Diesel. I agree with most that you need the heft of the dually. Also check for towing comparisons.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:41 PM   #8
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Thanks to all who responded. The TV would be used partially as a daily driver ( well only if the weather keeps me off the motorcycle). I think a 350/3500 will be my choice.

Thanks again
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:50 PM   #9
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Just a late opinion.

I agree that with that GVWR - 1 ton would be minimal. If you're looking for a DD as well, consider an oil burner and at least 4.1- gears.

I have the 350 CC LWB Lariat - 6.0. I've been as much as 24k and the truck was as advertised. 9-13 mpg towing (pending conditions) and 15-19 emty (again, pending conditions)

Be prepared for proper maint. These oil burners are a little more expensive to maintain than their gas counterpart.

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