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Old 01-30-2016, 06:25 PM   #31
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I detail cars and have been around a trucking company my whole life you can beat the Cummins also a diesel in general your resale is way more specially to a private buyer and better fuel milage especially towing it will never struggle on any hill yes it cost a little more. In have drove plenty of the new f150 and hate them I don't think the new aluminum stuff will last long I hate the handling on them and if something happens to it the body shop prices are double almost triple. As for the ram 1500 eco diesel its a tried and very proven engine its been around for ever and anyone I talk to about it loves it but personally I think a 1500 just a waste of money.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:04 PM   #32
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You can't run fast enough to enough to sell me a Ford Eco Tech V6. Everybody is talking them up but no one is telling about the high under hood temp problem folks are seeing when towing at 110 degrees here in Arizona. I have a good friend who is a mechanic at local Ford dealership and he is seeing lots of problems with the Turbo systems on them.


The Ram 1500 Eco Diesel just doesn't have the horsepower and torque rating to make for much of a tow vehicle with a tow capacity of 7870# compared to the 5.7 Hemi @ 10860# with the 8spd auto trans and 3.92 gears.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:12 PM   #33
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You can't run fast enough to enough to sell me a Ford Eco Tech V6. Everybody is talking them up but no one is telling about the high under hood temp problem folks are seeing when towing at 110 degrees here in Arizona. I have a good friend who is a mechanic at local Ford dealership and he is seeing lots of problems with the Turbo systems on them.


The Ram 1500 Eco Diesel just doesn't have the horsepower and torque rating to make for much of a tow vehicle with a tow capacity of 7870# compared to the 5.7 Hemi @ 10860# with the 8spd auto trans and 3.92 gears.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:36 PM   #34
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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.

They are super easy to install plus you get to buy what you like. Some are all stainless plus the bolts to install with


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What's your tow to daily driver ratio? My experience is that a v8 gas motor half ton is much more comfortable to drive when not towing. Suspension is softer and will drive more like a car.
But when it comes to towing, there's no replacement for a deisel. Not just pulling, but stopping or maintaining speed on a downhill slope. The exhaust brake is fantastic. Also less stopping for fuel on long trips.
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I'll never go back to a gasser. Pulling ratio is low unless you count the days at the days while at a CG. Only drawback is finding fuel off the interstates.at times.
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What's your tow to daily driver ratio? My experience is that a v8 gas motor half ton is much more comfortable to drive when not towing. Suspension is softer and will drive more like a car.
But when it comes to towing, there's no replacement for a deisel. Not just pulling, but stopping or maintaining speed on a downhill slope. The exhaust brake is fantastic. Also less stopping for fuel on long trips.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:23 AM   #37
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What's your tow to daily driver ratio? My experience is that a v8 gas motor half ton is much more comfortable to drive when not towing. Suspension is softer and will drive more like a car.
But when it comes to towing, there's no replacement for a deisel. Not just pulling, but stopping or maintaining speed on a downhill slope. The exhaust brake is fantastic. Also less stopping for fuel on long trips.

Probably 90/10 right now for daily/towing ratio. I already live in Az so I don't have to migrate here every year. Summer time trips to the mountains are about 150 miles. My trailer is around 7200# loaded out. Load in the truck bed probably at 350# max. Just me the wife and dog in the cab.
My side job as a truck driver gives me all the diesel power thrill I need. Since I was a kid I have hauled hay, grain, cattle, dry freight, flat bed freight, sand/gravel, asphalt, ready mix and cotton modules. (never hauled chickens) Never got east of the Mississippi but all over the western states.
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I hear you on tough to find fuel. I carry a 5 gallon can of fuel for 2 reasons. 1 is jic I run out and 2 is some gas stations are just too tight to pull a rig in and fill up. Better than disconnecting your trailer just to fuel up!
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too bad you couldn't wait until the 17's come out.
ford is testing an F150 Diesel
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