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Old 09-08-2015, 07:03 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by KenHwy61 View Post
Welcome to the forum! You will probably gets lots of opinions, but mine would be to go with a 3/4 ton as my first choice. Virtually all late model trucks will have enough power, but a 30 ft trailer weighing nearly 10K is a big load. Add rough roads, high winds and passing semi trucks and I would rather have the beef of a 3/4-1 ton.
I'm with Ken we have a 1 ton drw i'd rather be over rated than under passing trucks don't phase my truck.

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Old 09-08-2015, 07:40 PM   #22
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Go Big! When I traded my 7,500 lb TT for an 11,000 TT, I knew I would need more truck. When to the dealers all, shopping for a 1/2 ton gasser that would make it by. There were several trucks that would just get by the numbers I was hauling, but one of the salesmen, an RVer himself, recommended I go diesel. Didn't take him too seriously until he had me get on the ground and took me on the underside guided tour of the 2500 HD diesel. What a difference. All the components [brakes, drive train, suspension, frame] were so much bigger than the 1/2 ton I was trading in.
Towing is not your only issue. Stopping is also VERY important.
The truck I bought came out of the box at 395 hp and 765 ft lbs of torque and gets better fuel mileage both towing and without than the 1/2-ton gasser I traded in. I don't worry about getting a bigger unit as this truck can handle most anything I can throw at it. It isn't a 3500 but sure hauls a load.
Didn't think I would need the 4x4 the salesman talked me into till I tried to haul my unit up a gravel street in a CG in Boone, NC. I would have been still trying to back out of that road if not for the 4x4. Saw several others trying to make it with 2wd only to cut deep ruts in the gravel and sling rocks everywhere. Lots of things to consider.

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Old 09-09-2015, 09:03 AM   #23
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In reference to your preferred to go used, I got a 2011 f250 6.7L diesel used this summer. 67,000 miles. Had Ford inspect it and it qualified for an additional 4 yr/48k mile Ford warranty.
So for just over half the cost of a new one, I have a capable towing vehicle with many years of bumper to bumper warranty and should be set for at least one trailer upgrade if not two. Very happy with performance and milage. Have scheduled trip from Indy to Disney for spring, and looking at trip out west next summer. Things I'd never have done with the previous 1/2 ton TV (happened to be a Ram, but that isn't the point. The point is 1.2 vs 3/4 ton).
My recommendation-be on the lookout for a 2011-2013 used 3/4 or 1 ton, have dealer inspect it, and if it qualifies for their extended warranty buy it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:24 AM   #24
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That is a good point about buying used and still getting a nice warranty. I bought my Ram with 24,000 miles and was able to have the truck Ram Certified which provides a full power train warranty for 7 years or 100,000 miles. This does not cost any extra but not all vehicles will qualify. I got a like-new truck with a long warranty for 10,000 less the a comparable new diesel truck.

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Old 09-09-2015, 04:24 PM   #25
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I totally agree that diesels are the better choice for towing 9,000+ lb. TT's, but not everyone can afford a diesel. With so many TT options under 9,000 lbs. GVW, you don't NEED a diesel to have an awesome, roomy setup that tows great...

We found a 2 year-old Ram 2500 CC 2wd (gas) for $14K. It had NO RUST & the balance of Ram's Powertrain Warranty. In comparison, the best diesel in that price-range was from the 2004-2005 era. High miles, lots of rust, older engine/tranny technology, no warranty - no thanks. At the time, 2 year-old diesels were going for around $30K which is almost what I paid for my combined TV/TT combo...

I can say this - 4wd would be nice for Ohio winters & steep gravel campground roads... However, I have driven lots of 3/4 & 1 ton 2wd work trucks & have always found a way not to get stuck - EVER. And, if I DO get stuck I have Good Sam's Roadside or plenty of CG neighbors eager to help-out. For instance, I spun a little at our last CG & (2) 4wd guys were ready to get their tow straps... Got it up the hill just by backing-up & going easy on the throttle.
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:37 PM   #26
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Here's my own experience.
TT is 8k.
First truck was ram 2500 CCSB CUMMINS. 12 mpg. ( $60k truck)
Second was an 09 duramax. 8 mpg
( $25k truck)
Last was my current.
2008 F350 V10. 7 mpg. ( $12k)

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Old 09-09-2015, 05:12 PM   #27
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Probably enough has been written on this thread to fill a set of book cases. Having spent a great deal of my working life trying to optimize the performance of a lot of different systems from hybrid autos, turbine powered tanks, to cruise missiles, matching my TV to TT called on all of that experience, and wasn't much easier. One thing I will say you can count on. The economics of the equation will allow you to get much more moving than the laws of physics will allow you to stop in an amergency. Simply put, when it comes to TV, bigger is better. I've got a F-350, V-10, Superduty. Bought it as certified used from Ford dealer, along with extended warranty, I accept the less than great m.p.g. for the power to make the long pulls, anf the tranny and brakes that get me down safetly. All of the other stuff, gas vs diesel, SRW vs DRW etc. really boils personal preference. Pay attention to your GCVWR, and the individual weight ratings. Leave yourself some margin because you'll be surprised how fast all the little things that would be nice to drag along add up. Lastly when you have it all together, hit the scales, just to make sure. Then go out and have some fun, because you've had an easy time getting there and your forearms aren't cramped up from the white-knuckled drive.
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Old 09-09-2015, 05:33 PM   #28
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For half tons you will exceed the payload once you put your family in the truck and place the tongue weight on the hitch. Max tow means little on half tons. Payload is exceeded long before max tow is.
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Old 09-09-2015, 06:21 PM   #29
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For half tons you will exceed the payload once you put your family in the truck and place the tongue weight on the hitch. Max tow means little on half tons. Payload is exceeded long before max tow is.

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