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Old 01-30-2016, 09:26 AM   #11
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I have recently retired from the AZ dept of trans where I worked as an eq repair tech for 26 years maintaining and repairing everything in the state fleet. If it rolled or had an engine I worked on it. And I do mean everything from Waukesha to Honda. Out of all the pickup trucks I rate them as 1:Ford 2: Dodge 3: GM in how they were in terms of repairs up to the 200K mile point.

Ford diesels are junk, GM early ones were junk with the later Duramax a little better, Dodge with the Cummins were damned near bullet proof.

All in all they are machines and if used and maintained well will do what you need.

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Old 01-30-2016, 09:30 AM   #12
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Buy Westin Platinum Series and you won't be disappointed.

Have the Westins on my 2500 Duramax & they work great. You won't find many people who go to the diesel that would even consider going back to gas. I've said it before & I'll say it again, I would not trade my diesel for a golden monkey.

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Old 01-30-2016, 10:00 AM   #13
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I've never owned a diesel but have driven many of them and as I have said I will never own one.

As far as running boards or the tubular I never buy chrome always black. Chrome will get rusty in a hurry. The running boards I have now had ordered with the truck and they are one heck of a nice set. Maybe spent $100 more than if I'd gone and bought them but hey did not have to shop around and then install. Yep I use to do a lot of my own work but getting like a lot of senior folks let someone else do. Later RJD
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:43 AM   #14
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I made sure the Ford came with factory boards ~~ especially since the F250 is a little taller.
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:51 AM   #15
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I made sure the Ford came with factory boards ~~ especially since the F250 is a little taller.
I did not like the ones offered from the factory, bought some aftermarket black round ones.

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Old 01-30-2016, 11:03 AM   #16
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I have a dually 4x4 with factory running boards, so the truck sits high. My wife has had both hips & knees replaced so it would be hard for her to climb up onto the running boards. We remedied that with a fold up stool. She uses that to step onto the running board and then into the truck. I fashioned a rod with a hook on the end so she can reach down and grab it, haul it up, fold it and then she places it down beside her leg. Works for us.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:40 AM   #17
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We just bought a 2015 Cummins RAM 3500 4x4. I have had both knees replaced and my wife is short with bad back and feet. The dealer wanted nearly $800 for running boards. I purchased running boards and put them on myself for less than $400. It is now VERY easy to get into the truck. The Cummins pulls our 33' fifth wheel like a dream. I average about 14.5-15.0 MPG towing @ 55-60mph. The Diesel is WELL WORTH the expense and pulls up a 8% grade at 60mph with little effort.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:51 AM   #18
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My thoughts

I just finished researching trucks for about a year. I decided the GMC 2500 w/diesel is the way to go. I don't need that much truck either but who knows what you'll be pulling next. My wife is short also at 4' 11" but the optional side steps take care of that. I pull through hills a lot and suspect the diesel will handle them much better than my 5.3 L.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:54 AM   #19
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Running boards or nurf bars are relatively inexpensive and very easy to install with basic hand tools. My dealer wanted $600 to add as an option. I added for under $200 and about an hours work. I would not let that keep from buying the truck I wanted.
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I added running boards to my 2015 ram 2500 diesel. I do not tow my camper as much as i like but my truck gives me good m.p.g. And when i tow i have what i need. Up keep maybe alittle more but worth it. I will never own gas again

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