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Old 03-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #11
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PLEASE do a search for the many other threads on this topic. When you're talking about a 5th-wheel it's the cargo carrying capacity vs pin-weight that will likely be the limiting factor. Those tow-capacity numbers are pretty useless.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:31 PM   #12
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No matter how much payload you can get with a properly equipped 3/4 ton gas engine...your towing/driving experience will be much better going the diesel route, no comparisons.
Any of the new (2010 & newer) diesel truck manufacturers will do fine...now if your looking for model years 2008 and older, do your homework before buying as there are differences between the Big 3.

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Old 03-03-2013, 03:55 PM   #13
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We used to tow our TT with a 2010 Tundra 5.7. With a max towing capacity of 10,600, it towed the TT great. The biggest problem with the Tundra is the payload capacity, which on ours was just under 1,400 pounds. Depending on your pin weight, you might be overloaded.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #14
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We really need all the specs on the truck. The 6.2 is the gas the 6.7 is the diesel. I am assuming it is the super crew. Is it 4x4? What rear end? I think the number she gave you sounds like the bumper pull weights. The 5er weight should be around 14k. You will enjoy towing with a 3/4 ton truck it's like night and day. I tow with a 2011 f250 6.7. Tows my 365 saq sandpiper. Why was is turned in with only 5 k miles would be my question.
Wow I just looked and it is 11,900. I'd pass on it. That's probably why it's on the lot.
I personally would never tow with anything but a diesel!
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Why was is turned in with only 5 k miles would be my question.
The owner's wife got sick and they had to get rid of it. They had plans to camp with it.
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Tow ratings aside....... Towing with the Diesel even with fuel at $4 is probably cheaper with the diesel than with a gas engine.... I have had two Dodges (several Fords earlier) My gas engines got 8-9 mpg towing on a good day, my diesel gets 12 + mpg towing.............. & gets 20 solo (the gas solo was 13+) The diesel is a duelly. There is not much flat ground here................... I personally would not go back to gas for towing fifth wheels & heavy trailers.
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Tow ratings aside....... Towing with the Diesel even with fuel at $4 is probably cheaper with the diesel than with a gas engine.... I have had two Dodges (several Fords earlier) My gas engines got 8-9 mpg towing on a good day, my diesel gets 12 + mpg towing.............. & gets 20 solo (the gas solo was 13+) The diesel is a duelly. There is not much flat ground here................... I personally would not go back to gas for towing fifth wheels & heavy trailers.

Ditto that. We first got a GMC 3500 with the 8.1 liter engine. After 3 months of 9 MPG without the camper, we traded into a Chevy 3500 Diesel a few weeks ago. We haven't had a chance to tow our fifth wheel with it yet but we're already please with the 19+ MPG we're getting on the highway.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:41 PM   #18
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I pull my 5ver from the DC beltway over to Morgantown. Go right through Cumberland, wouldn't even think of it without at least a 3/4 ton and diesel. Set cruise at 65ish and pulls the hills with no problem and keeps it at speed coming down them.
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Ditto that. We first got a GMC 3500 with the 8.1 liter engine. After 3 months of 9 MPG without the camper, we traded into a Chevy 3500 Diesel a few weeks ago. We haven't had a chance to tow our fifth wheel with it yet but we're already please with the 19+ MPG we're getting on the highway.
We test drove a 2009 Dodge 3500 Dually and they let us hook up our camper. We only towed it about 30 miles but boy what a difference in the diesel truck & gas truck. We knew then that we really needed a diesel!
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when I had a 2004 2500HD with the gas motor 6.0 I all also lived in southern maryland, it pulled our 9k boat from home to OC many times and VA beach. then we moved to MI and I bought a 26ft cargo trailer and packed it up many times and went north, after D.C onto I70 the hills killed me, we also went the 68 to 79 way and it was also sucked. the motor screamed the whole way up trying to maintain the speed limit, the flats was very good but the MPG sucked, then we got a diesel and life changed, now with a heaver trailer I never see 4th gear and sitting at 2k rpm even in the largest hills it still maintain 65mph and see we 12.5 MPG
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