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Old 04-14-2015, 05:48 PM   #1
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When deciding which tow vehicle to purchase I relied heavily on these forums posted by real people with real towing experience. I made my decision on a diesel F250. I don't want to start a manufacturer debate on the best vehicle, rather The most popular tow vehicle. During my travels I see a lot of Chevy's both gas and diesels, Lots of Fords both 150's ecoboost and F250 diesels, more and more Dodges on the road. Those to me seem the most prevalent. Its apparent that almost every day there is a question about tow vehicles, so we know campers are using this forum in helping to make their decisions. I wish I knew how to set up a pole ( but posting threads and pics are my extent of my expertise ) It could be a worth while post helping others in their decision making, after all these vehicles are pricey and it may keep someone from making the wrong decision.

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Old 04-14-2015, 06:02 PM   #2
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Can't help you with the poll posting maybe some helpful admin will add one for you though.

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Old 04-14-2015, 06:05 PM   #3
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I started out with a Chevy in mind because I wanted to try the Duramax 6.6L with the with Allison transmission.

Dealer made the mistake of telling me I could not have it my way, so I walked out the door.

Went to the Dodge dealer just up the street, they had one on the lot That I would have been happy to drive off the lot that day.

Tried to work out a deal on it but they would not drop one nickel off the price and that if I did not want to pay somebody would.

I walked out the door.

Drove to Ford, told them what I wanted they said no problem what color do you want.

Ordered mine to get what I wanted waited about 6 weeks and drove it home two days after it showed up.

Hindsight: should have got the f350.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:11 PM   #4
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You are very right. This biggest mistake I see is buying a tow vehicle for the now and not the future. A prime example of this is me. I have bought several trucks to tow specific campers. That's fine except I seem to upgrade campers all the time. Right now I have a great TV. F150 max tow, ecoboost. Lots of bells and whistles. I have a very nice camper as well. Problem is the new camper overloads my F150. Pulls it just fine but it's too tongue heavy. So not wanting to get rid of my truck I'm trading to a smaller camper. My next truck will be a 1 ton diesel. Not that I really care for 1 tons that much or diesels for that matter (just me) but I want a truck I know will do the job.
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Old 04-15-2015, 04:28 PM   #5
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When I was looking in March 2011, the Chev/GMC diesel was about $5,000 more then what I got, an F250 XLT diesel longbed CC RWD. Ram diesels are made in Mexico and for a comparable Ram they were only a few thousand more. Good Luck
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:29 AM   #6
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For my own reasons I will never own another GM product... I have been a Ford-only guy for many years. However, last July when I went looking for a new TV, the Fords were about $6,000- more than the Ram, comparably equipped. I liked them about equally, so the Ram got the nod. I don't regret the decision, but I wouldn't have regretted buying the Ford, either... spending the extra money didn't wise. Now I'm looking at bigger TTs, and I'm glad to still have that extra cash.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:42 AM   #7
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I truly believe that the big 3 are all considerably the same in quality and price. It really comes down to which truck you enjoy driving more and feel more comfortable pulling with. I have a chevy 2500 duramax and its a great truck, how ever my next truck will be a ford. I love the new ford interiors....
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:52 AM   #8
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F250 Lariat 4x4 crew cab LB diesel for me. All the bells and whistles. I pull a 25' TT that dresses out around 7k and around 2k in truck payload. I get around 19-20 mpg and pulls like I ain't got nothin on the backend. Plenty of room to move back up to a 5er if I want, but I'm of the school that you can never have too much truck.. and I like to "pull" my loads rather than being "pushed" around on the road in any weather condition. WD, sway, brake controls are a non issue.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:58 AM   #9
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My family is in the refining business and oil business for a long time. My father in law is a diesel mechanic and I simply asked him what vehicles do you work on the most? What vehicles do you work on the least? Then I looked at what he was driving. I then bought a dodge diesel and havent looked back. My father is a ford guy, he was went through 5 fords in the same amount of time (not all of them were bad) I have had my 2 dodges, when I got rid of my first dodge there wasnt a thing wrong with it mechanically (it had some cosmetic/comfort problems - farm/work truck in a previous life). To each their own!

I think the most important part is getting a TV that mates well and is set up to adequately handle what ever it is towing regardless of brand/manufacturer.
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:06 PM   #10
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My TV is in my sig. It's a little overkill for my current 4.5K# TT, but we bought with upgrading the TT in mind. After living with it for 4 months and having towed twice, I would buy the exact same truck if I had to do it over again.

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