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Old 09-30-2015, 12:21 PM   #31
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Might want to look at the Ford F-150 Eco-boost. It is rated to tow 12,000 lbs. Make sure it has the trailer package on it.

PS: It has to be the new Aluminum body Ford. My 2014 was the last year of the steel body and mine is rated to pull 11,300lbs.
That kinda broad statement since my 5er weights in at 11,380 lbs and pin weight is 2740. Added in 200 for hitch - 250 for passengers that over 3200 payload. Those are scale weights and I have the tickets.
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:22 PM   #32
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got that right. My towing and non towing mileage both increased by 50% when I switched to diesel 2 years ago. From 7.5 to 11-12 towing. From 10-12 to 16-20 not towing.
And how many years do you think it will take to recoup the cost of the $8200 spent on the diesel? A bunch and looks like his trips will be minimal.

I have a 2015 2500 chevy and when not towing I get 18 to 19 mpg. Towing I get 9.4 so I'm happy and I usally tow around 6000 miles a year. Later RJD
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:29 PM   #33
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And how many years do you think it will take to recoup the cost of the $8200 spent on the diesel? A bunch and looks like his trips will be minimal.

I have a 2015 2500 chevy and when not towing I get 18 to 19 mpg. Towing I get 9.4 so I'm happy and I usally tow around 6000 miles a year. Later RJD
I will probably recoup about half the price of diesel when I sell the truck. I figure the rest is wash except my gin will towing is worth the other half. I didn't get into RVing to recoup anything. If I did I would bought tent and Prius LOL
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:45 PM   #34
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Diesel only / the difference is night and day been there done that. Diesel take all the stress out of towing / better economy
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:51 PM   #35
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Go diesel. I had a 2011 Silverado 2500HD gas that, to me, struggled to pull our 7000lb camper. I got a 2013 2500HD diesel for under 45K and LOVE it. The difference in pulling ability and tow comfort is HUGE. Get a 2011 or newer Duramax/Allison that is stock, you will not regret it. My .02 worth.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:03 PM   #36
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Well I tried to buy a new 2015 RAM 2500 Diesel the cost was just out of reach for me.
If I choose to down size to a Chevy 2500 big V8 gas or a Ram 2500 big V8 gas, will wither of these be capable of towing my 10,000lb dry/12000lb GVW?
The trailer will be a 5th wheel.

The Diesel for around $50k but I can get the big V8 for $44K. Help!
Where are you from? Find a volume dealer luke Dave Smith or Dennis Dillon in ID and you can step into a tradesman with WA cummins and a few amenities for 43-46k.

I bought my 2015 6.4 hemi when there was only 2500 cash back and paid 40k for 4x4 Bighorn with backup camera and a lot of nice features. Dave Smith will even pick you up at the Spokane airport. D.S. is also a GM dealer.

Food for thought, if going diesel you might want to look into a 3500 SRW for that extra payload. Most decent sized 5er will max your payload on a 2500 diesel.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:04 PM   #37
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Well I tried to buy a new 2015 RAM 2500 Diesel the cost was just out of reach for me.
If I choose to down size to a Chevy 2500 big V8 gas or a Ram 2500 big V8 gas, will wither of these be capable of towing my 10,000lb dry/12000lb GVW?
The trailer will be a 5th wheel.

The Diesel for around $50k but I can get the big V8 for $44K. Help!
I know this is sort of like comparing Apples to bigger Apples but I'd go with the RAM. While I settled on the RAM 1500, I test drove a GMC Sierra, Silverado, and Ford F-150. Hands down, the RAM just felt better all around, fit and finish, larger engine to boot. So even though it is Apples (1500) to bigger Apples (2500) I'd say RAM based on what I experienced on the half ton test drives I did. Granted you are pulling more weight (I am at about 6500) so your ride may feel different.
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I just price several 2012 used trucks with and without diesel and according to NADA a used 2012 truck with diesel adds 8,225 dollars to the used price of the truck.

2008 truck with the diesel options added 6075.00 over a gas engine. Not bad.

2000 truck with the diesel options added 3725.00 over a gas engine.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:32 PM   #39
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The new truck will also be my daily driver and towing a 5th wheel will probably be once a month.
After reading over this thread it seems my situation is simmilar to yours. Daily driver vs towing needs. I have a 2011 gas Silverado 2500 that pulls a Flagstaff 5er. It does the job needed. A diesel would get me better milage and a better towing experience but I could not justify the expense of a diesel being a weekender. Someday the DW and I plan to be at least part-timers. When that time gets closer, we have already decided that a heavier 5er and diesel truck will be in order.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:35 PM   #40
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Bite the bullet and go diesel. The gas will struggle on hills at redline.
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