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Old 01-30-2016, 08:29 AM   #1
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Looking at new trucks

Well I have decided to start looking at replacing my 01' F150 (210,000mi) and have been torturing the local sales people. Best deal so far is on a Dodge Ram but this truck is a Ram 1500 5.7 full crew cab and 5.5 foot bed. I like to have a cross bed tool box and carry my 2 Honda gens in it along with some other stuff. The sales people are looking for an extended cab 6.5 foot bed which would be better for what I need.

I may have to bump up to a 2500 but I don't need all that much truck right now. They do have a used 14' 2500 diesel for about the same money but it's a little tall for my short legged round bottomed gal to climb into.

I tried to deal with the Ford dealer on a 15' F150 with the 5.0 but the are $2500 higher than the Dodge guys.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:36 AM   #2
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Could be the best $2500 you ever spent. Loved my Ram trucks for the ride but not for payload numbers or how they would squat with weight. For a daily driver they are hard to beat but for towing I prefer Ford or GM....
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:44 AM   #3
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We recently traded our '03 F150 for a Ram 2500 and the one we test drove did not have running boards. That was not going to work for my wife to be able to climb in to.
The one we bought had the running boards and is no problem now.

We did not need the 2500 for the one we have this morning, but bought it for the one we hope to have this afternoon.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:50 AM   #4
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I am not going to suggest what truck to buy, but I do wish to address the issue you posted.

Most of the newer trucks are fairly tall now days be it a 1/2 ton or a 1 ton.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...vHxODwlT8pV3rg

I watched these working and seem to do a fine job for an older lady I watched climb in to a Chevy 4X 2500.

IMHO they would be a great addition to any rig and if it makes it easy for the boss so much the better.



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Old 01-30-2016, 08:53 AM   #5
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Does the 2500 diesel have running boards and would that help? If so go for it. Later RJD
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:39 AM   #6
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Well I have decided to start looking at replacing my 01' F150 (210,000mi) and have been torturing the local sales people. Best deal so far is on a Dodge Ram but this truck is a Ram 1500 5.7 full crew cab and 5.5 foot bed. I like to have a cross bed tool box and carry my 2 Honda gens in it along with some other stuff. The sales people are looking for an extended cab 6.5 foot bed which would be better for what I need.

I may have to bump up to a 2500 but I don't need all that much truck right now. They do have a used 14' 2500 diesel for about the same money but it's a little tall for my short legged round bottomed gal to climb into.

I tried to deal with the Ford dealer on a 15' F150 with the 5.0 but the are $2500 higher than the Dodge guys.
Cummins kicks butt. But it's still a diesel. If the extra expense of driving and maintaining a diesel don't bother you, go for it.

I think I'd ask the dealer why someone would trade in a perfectly good CTD, though. Of course, you won't be able to trust the answer but still....

The $2,500 extra for the F-150? It will be worth twice that much more at trade in time.

Aluminum body, more payload, better fuel economy in the real world, much more modern design and construction......

Ram and GM make good trucks but Ford is way ahead of them in -- Everything.

And the 5.0L is a proven engine. 385 HP and 387 ib-ft of torque in the F150. Not too shabby. In the Mustang GT it makes 435HP.

I would, however, check to see if the new 5.0l requires premium fuel or not. I doubt it since it's still at a reasonable (for these days) 10.5 Compression.... Where other manufacturers have to push their CR to 11.0 in order to boost power..... In their pushrod motors, that's living on the edge, IMHO.

It might be that, that's how it makes its best power. Which is understandable. If you're going to put a load in back of you, nothing wrong with hi-test. For every day driving....? If you don't need it, don't burn it. Except for once in a while to clean things out a little bit. But not all that much.

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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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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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Every Ram except 1 I had came with factory running boards. The dealer had an aftermarket bed liner installed that was OK but never fit 100%. The aftermarket running boards started to show their cost in a year.
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The aftermarket running boards started to show their cost in a year.
Buy Westin Platinum Series and you won't be disappointed.

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