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Old 09-11-2014, 09:15 AM   #21
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My take is this, unless you have a good need, your better off saving the money and getting a F350/3500 gasser for occasional heavy tow. I would even say that if your in an area where the break point of paying a LOT or not so much for truck registration/annal taxes, you may be better with a F250/2500. I ahve my diesel because the price was right, and pulling a 14k 5th wheel, I do not think the gasser would give me the 10-11mpg I get with this setup.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:29 AM   #22
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My take is this, and pulling a 14k 5th wheel, I do not think the gasser would give me the 10-11mpg I get with this setup.
It wouldn't.

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Old 09-11-2014, 09:33 AM   #23
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I went from 7 to 12 MPG and that was with upgrading to 4000lb heavier trailer at same time
Same here.....went from a 2012 RAM1500 5.7 Hemi getting 7.5mg towing an 8000lb fiver to a 2013 RAM3500 diesel getting 11.5mpg towing a 16,000lb rig with power to spare
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:34 AM   #24
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It's a 3008 windjammer 7220 dry so in the 8500 to 9000 lb plus other stuff in the box.
If your going to see significant towing in the mountains I'd go with a Diesel. You could also upgrade your trailer weight without concern later.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:23 AM   #25
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OP...If you're looking for a long term truck that you can grow into...350/3500 diesel will not disappoint ya!
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:42 AM   #26
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Unfortunately or luckily I drive my tv every day so the fuel savings from a gas to a diesel is WAY worth it.

2005 6.0L gas towing 8-9-10 mpg
2005 6.0L gas not towing 11-12 mpg winter and 12-14 mpg summer.


2008 6.6 duramax diesel towing 10-12 mg
2008 6.6 duramax diesel not towing winter 14-15 mpg and 18-19 mpg summer.

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My experience is exactly the same, although I had a 5.7 hemi and now have a 6.7 cummins and the years were 2011 and now 2014.

For me it was worth it, overtime the fuel saving and the additional value of the truck when 5 to 6 years old I will more then have my money back.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:55 AM   #27
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@ 4 mpg increase and $0.50-$0.60 per gal more cost for diesel, it will take many, many years, if ever to justify the cost while towing only.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:57 AM   #28
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I have the old 2001 F350 Lariat 7.3L 4X4 pulling a 16K loaded 5er toy hauler and it gets 9 to 10 mpg depending on the hills. She only has 133K miles on her but I'd like the newer 6.7L Ford diesel because of the power increase they have, but think I'll keep drivin what I have because the price of a newer ones has gone up so much.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:52 AM   #29
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Just have to include my two cents:

I was a stubborn gas guy...then along came this 2011 F350 Lariat (new!) for a great price and today I would not go back. I pull a Cedar Creek 36CKTS and get 10-11 MPG with it loaded. I used to pull 25' TT with a 150 and only got about 7-8 MPG. BTW, the 350 "doesn't even know" there's a fifth wheel behind it! I'm sooo glad I came into the light! Beautiful TV! (and yes...it sounds cool too...gotta admit...it's just purring "what we gonna pull today?")
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