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Old 12-23-2015, 08:42 AM   #41
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I think the most important thing in regards to 3/4+ trucks is Color! Youroo!!
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:55 AM   #42
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I picked up a GMC 2500HD Sierra gasser with a 4:10 rear this year to pull our new Coachmen Freedom Express 322RLDS.




Just pulled our trailer from Michigan to Florida down I-75, which will probably be the worst terrain it will get for me, and had a very nice trip with the cruise control set at 65. With a tongue weight of almost 1200 lbs (w/full fresh water tank) using a Equilizer WDH and a gross trailer weight pushing 10,000 lbs, there were only a couple of times where the truck downshifted to maintain the set cruising speed. The rest of the time, the truck stayed in 6th gear and I hardly knew the trailer was back there. The onboard electronics for automatic grade braking in tow/haul mode with the cruise set made any concerns I might have had before the trip and how the truck would handle that weight up and downhill, completely and totally irrelevant. On flat terrain, got right around 9 mph and around 7-8 during the steepest climbs. I usually get around 16 during usual "daily driver" usage. So at least for me, paying the extra 7-8 grand for a diesel in addition to higher daily fuel and maintenance costs, just didn't justify the "get a diesel, you won't be sorry" comments I heard from all sides. YMMV.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:14 AM   #43
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:37 AM   #44
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I think the most important thing in regards to 3/4+ trucks is Color! Youroo!!
i was told I could have whatever truck I wanted as long as it was safe to pull the trailer and it was blue. She never checked the numbers though
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:47 AM   #45
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We shopped around for trucks before we settled on the 6.4 hemi 2500. Felt like they weren't making deals at the time on the Fords. The wife didn't feel comfortable in the seat in the Chevy. The Ram felt right (and it was Blue) and the budget was manageable.

THe best word i can use to describe the difference between hauling with the 2500 vs the 1500 is stable. Its not a measurement just a feeling. I will never go back.

The DW and I do 1 to 2 big trips a year. For us the gasser is our current best choice. I am sure that diesels pull more etc, but if that is not what you need, then you will be happy with the Hemi.

Also, if you do get the 2500 in 4x4, get yourself one of those folding steps from Walmart or camping world. Trust me you will need it for getting in and out of the bed.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:23 AM   #46
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I think the most important thing in regards to 3/4+ trucks is Color! Youroo!!
EXACTLY!

DW said RED or no truck. Truth is, I like it too.
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Old 12-23-2015, 02:07 PM   #47
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We shopped around for trucks before we settled on the 6.4 hemi 2500. Felt like they weren't making deals at the time on the Fords. The wife didn't feel comfortable in the seat in the Chevy. The Ram felt right (and it was Blue) and the budget was manageable.

THe best word i can use to describe the difference between hauling with the 2500 vs the 1500 is stable. Its not a measurement just a feeling. I will never go back.

The DW and I do 1 to 2 big trips a year. For us the gasser is our current best choice. I am sure that diesels pull more etc, but if that is not what you need, then you will be happy with the Hemi.

Also, if you do get the 2500 in 4x4, get yourself one of those folding steps from Walmart or camping world. Trust me you will need it for getting in and out of the bed.
Not sure about the others but my chevy has STEPS in the STEP bumper... Why did it take 30 years of pickups to finally think that a "step bumper" should actually have a USEABLE step! LOL
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Not sure about the others but my chevy has STEPS in the STEP bumper... Why did it take 30 years of pickups to finally think that a "step bumper" should actually have a USEABLE step! LOL
Thats why years ago they started making (Step Sides)! Youroo!!
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:41 PM   #49
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Yeah but you do not seem to see them as much any more. And you lose some bed width.

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Old 12-23-2015, 03:49 PM   #50
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One of my campers weighs about the same as yours, and my F250 has the 6.2L with 3.73 e-locker and 4wd.
I live in West Virginia and pull over a lot of mountains. What I have found is that the truck does spend a lot of time shifting between 6th and 5th gears. While the 4.30 rear would eliminate that, it hasn't bothered me enough to want to change it. I simply lock out 6th gear or engage tow/haul mode and forget about it. I'm not worried about fuel mileage much, if I was, I'd tow a much smaller camper much shorter distances.
My truck is driven about 120 miles per day unloaded (commuting), and I prefer my engine to operate in the lower RPM's.
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