Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-17-2013, 10:17 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Dovetail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 325
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeeplj8 View Post
What is your budget? Are you pretty handy, willing to get your hands, arms and probably more dirty underneath? Do you want something that you just turn the key and go?

Diesel trucks are in general expensive. If a deal looks to good to be true, it almost always is. I really wanted a Dodge 5.9, but finding low mileage laramie models is impossible, and ended up in another Ford 6.0. Since I don't mind doing the work myself to make it a decent motor, I can live with it.

Your budget will determine what models/years you should focus on.
Don't have a firm budget. If I buy, would probably look at 30k or less. And then if things work like they usually seem to, spend more q
At age 70, I no longer have much desire to crawl under vehicles to work on them. Have a great friend who owns an auto shop, lot easier to write a check.

The whole purpose of trading would be to move up to a heavier truck and if so,
Folks seem to be happier with the diesels. Planning a trip thru the western third of the states next year and know I am on the fringe with the Tundra.
__________________

__________________
Rick and Linda, Lindale, TX
2011 Flagstaff 8528 CKSS
2006 F350 SW
Camping nights 2013: 130
Camping nights 2014: 17
Dovetail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 11:49 PM   #12
Denver, CO
 
garbonz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,905
Quote:
Originally Posted by RVChick View Post
We bought a used 07 Chevy Silverado LTZ DRW with the Allison transmission. We chose the 07 because of the ability to change out the injectors individually. It was still an expensive truck, but not as bad as brand new. The previous owner took excellent care of the truck. It pulls our 40' 5er with no issues! I personally love driving the diesel more than our our other Chevy gas truck!
X2. bought mine new from a fleet dealer and it is awesome. just passed 60k miles and figure it is only 25% worn out.
__________________

__________________
2007 Chevy 2500HD Classic LBZ Duramax/Allison (Stock)
2005 Bigfoot 1500C8.2 AWESOME
garbonz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 12:11 AM   #13
Site Team
 
asquared's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 10,373
The ford 7.3 is supposed to be bulletproof. The ford 6.0 is very problem ridden but a few have had good luck (multiple owners run away). The 6.4 is what I have it pulls very nicely but it is a smoker and goes into regeneration phase more frequently than it should. This is a known problem on the 6.4 but it is a liveable problem other than it will wear the engine out faster. If at a ford dealership looking at a ford truck ask for the service records on it. Can probably do the same with Chevy and dodge . ford truck enthusiasts and the diesel stop are great resources. One last thing, pay attention to payload stickers, I managed to get an f250 diesel with only 1500 lbs of payload.
__________________
<a href=http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg target=_blank>http://i62.tinypic.com/28rp645.jpg</a>
2014 Crew Cab Chevy Silverado 3500 4wd Duramax/Allison
2014 Sabre 34REQS-6
asquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Dovetail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 325
Quote:
Originally Posted by anaro View Post
The ford 7.3 is supposed to be bulletproof. The ford 6.0 is very problem ridden but a few have had good luck (multiple owners run away). The 6.4 is what I have it pulls very nicely but it is a smoker and goes into regeneration phase more frequently than it should. This is a known problem on the 6.4 but it is a liveable problem other than it will wear the engine out faster. If at a ford dealership looking at a ford truck ask for the service records on it. Can probably do the same with Chevy and dodge . ford truck enthusiasts and the diesel stop are great resources. One last thing, pay attention to payload stickers, I managed to get an f250 diesel with only 1500 lbs of payload.
Your payload comment surprised me. Thought 250s were much higher.
__________________
Rick and Linda, Lindale, TX
2011 Flagstaff 8528 CKSS
2006 F350 SW
Camping nights 2013: 130
Camping nights 2014: 17
Dovetail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 09:05 AM   #15
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dovetail View Post

Your payload comment surprised me. Thought 250s were much higher.
X2
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 09:10 AM   #16
Engineer of Crazy Train
 
ChooChooMan74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tiverton, RI
Posts: 1,559
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dovetail View Post

Your payload comment surprised me. Thought 250s were much higher.
My old 91 F350 Dually had a 10k GVW and 11k tow rating. My old 87 F250 had a 8800 GVW. Both diesels with aftermarket turbos.
__________________
TV - 2015 Ram Truck EcoDiesel
TV - 2006 Jeep Liberty Turbo Diesel (Retired to Daily Driver)
TT - 2015 Rockwood Roo 183
Locomotive Engineer
Nights Camping --- 2015 - 19 Camped | Winterized -- 2014 -18
Come read my Camping Blogs
ChooChooMan74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 09:16 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Scratch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Gruene, TX.
Posts: 343
My F-250 payload is 2,150 as a 4X4. Much higher payload capacity on the 4X2 models.

Highly recommend the 6.7L Ford engineered diesel in the 2011 through present day models. Ford threw out the old diesel manufacturer, Navistar, and started engineering in house in 2010. One heckuva engine.

We're all a bit biased here concerning brand loyalty. Do your research and test drive them all. Your decision will be easier and it will be your own...
__________________
Scratch sends...
'12 nights camped: 12
'13 nights camped: 24
'14 nights camped:
Scratch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 09:24 AM   #18
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: MD
Posts: 65
Payload capacities for the 250 were pretty low until the last couple years but it has more to do with the SRW than 250/350.

My 06 250 SB has ~1900. Have to step up to a DRW in the 6.0/6.4 years to get anything above 3k.
__________________
John & Amy


jnamadison is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #19
daydreaming about camping
 
jeeplj8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: KC area
Posts: 1,400
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dovetail View Post
Don't have a firm budget. If I buy, would probably look at 30k or less. And then if things work like they usually seem to, spend more q
At age 70, I no longer have much desire to crawl under vehicles to work on them. Have a great friend who owns an auto shop, lot easier to write a check.

The whole purpose of trading would be to move up to a heavier truck and if so,
Folks seem to be happier with the diesels. Planning a trip thru the western third of the states next year and know I am on the fringe with the Tundra.
At that price point you could probably find a good low mileage Dodge 5.9 without many options. The Dodge 6.7 is actually usually a bit less expensive as they do not get as good a mileage. Both are extremely durable and need little maintenance. I would probably lean toward the 6.7 motor just to get the 6 speed automatic transmission. It is a gem.

As for Ford - well that price point will get you any number of 08 up 6.4's but I would skip them and look for a 6.7 which I think puts you into the 2011 MY and most likely above that price point. As a 6.0 owner, just don't bother. I bought mine fully expecting to have to tear at least the top end of the motor out at some point. I enjoy that type of thing. For fun I think of way to remove the cab from the chassis in my own garage.

On Chevy - my experience is that you want an 2008 up model year to avoid the injector problems and finding a nice low mileage 08 up for 30K will be really difficult. I looked at a couple that were not low mileage and showed it, but were still in the 40K range. I actually laughed my way right off a dealer lot. People will pay anything for a specific badge on their truck.

Given what you currently have, and what you plan to use it for, I would actually strongly suggest you look at gas trucks. A 2500 Dodge with the HEMI will pull your trailer great, but will feal much more solid than your Toyota. Same for the F250 with the 6.2 motor (that thing should pull it great) and the GMC with their 6.2 engine as well. You could get yourself into a much newer truck for the budget you are working with and not have to worry about maintenance problems down the road.
__________________

2013 Coachmen Freedom Express 320BHDS pulled by a 2005 F250 King Ranch CC

A rainy day camping is better than a sunny day at work.
jeeplj8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 10:39 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
avolnek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 630
I'm going to agree with Jeeplj 100% on that^^... very well stated... Even with me being extremely biased toward Dodge, he hit that one perfectly! I would also agree that a 2500 Hemi would tow very nicely. The diesel will always put a smile on your face while you are towing but there are times I miss the quieter and smoother ride of my hemi. I have never once regretted buying a cummins but definitely miss the hemi.

For the $30k budget you could be looking at a brand new 2500 hemi in fact... which would be a huge bonus... again all depends on what your plans are...

random fact- every 1,000ft above sea level you climb you lose 3% of your horse power with a naturally aspirated (non forced air induction) ie at 10,000ft you would lose 30% of your horse power...

nicely put jeep!
__________________

__________________

TV- 2015 Ram 2500 CCLB 6.7 Cummins 3.42 gears
Camper - 2015 Saber 322BHTS
avolnek is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:53 AM.