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Old 06-13-2012, 08:59 PM   #11
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Perfect, the feedback was very helpful.

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Old 06-14-2012, 05:23 AM   #12
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so what size chevy you buying?
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:51 AM   #13
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Maybe made in china ????

With eleven new plants, the major R & D, design plants being built in China by GM, your new "CHEVY" may have stamped on it "MADE IN CHINA"
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:51 AM   #14
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My Rockwood weighs about 1000# less than yours and I tow with a 3/4 Chevy with a 6.0. It is rated for 10,600#. Works well and gets 10 MPG at 60 MPH. I am very happy and for your budget, you could buy a new one. I paid just over $20,000 for my basic model, new. You have to find one that has been sitting for ahile. Diesel would be great for this trailer and the next, if you can find a good one for your budget.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:00 AM   #15
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YOU...Are Welcome !!! And.. remember.. BUY FORD ..and keep my pension going..
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:17 AM   #16
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Since you mentioned you would be "full-timing around the country", one would assume you're going to be going through the mountains. For this, you really need a diesel. You do not want an F-150/1500 no matter what. While you might find a truck that will be "in the numbers", you won't be happy with the way it pulls, especially when you get in the mountains.

My personal preference is the F-250, however, for the sake of starting one of "those wars", a diesel 250/2500 will do very nice for you. You should be able to get into a fairly recent truck in the price range you are looking at. I would recommend the full 4 doors as well, even if you are not hauling kids or fur kids.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #17
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I second what all the others have said about 3/4 ton.

I own a diesel and tow nearly the same size trailer, but honestly, I don't think you need to go diesel for that weight. I would go with the bigger gasser if you go gas, though (V10 Ford / 8.1L Chevy). Towing with diesel is a much more relaxed experience...just set it and forget it! However, in the year range you are looking for, diesel fuel economy diminished (due to emissions regulations) and MPG between the two are very close. And with diesel fuel being higher (generally) and the slightly more maintenance, the costs are not in the diesel's favor like they were in earlier model years.

With that being said, if you are going to spend considerable time in the mountains, definitely go diesel. It will pay big dividends when the air gets thin.

Good luck, and happy shopping and camping!
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:24 AM   #18
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Speaking of F250s....

A friend bought a new F250 2011, pretty basic model and boy does it ever ride like a truck... seats are hard and the suspension is well, like a truck I guess. Pretty noisy too: wind and tire noise on highways.

I test drove an F150 and it rode like a comfortable car, luxury car feel.

Is there a way to order or get an F250 to ride more comfortably? without breaking the bank? what options would help, if my intentions are also to pull a 5th wheel with a GVW of around 11,000#

Or is a requirement that HD tow vehicle feel 'like a truck' ?

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Speaking of F250s....

A friend bought a new F250 2011, pretty basic model and boy does it ever ride like a truck... seats are hard and the suspension is well, like a truck I guess. Pretty noisy too: wind and tire noise on highways.

I test drove an F150 and it rode like a comfortable car, luxury car feel.

Is there a way to order or get an F250 to ride more comfortably? without breaking the bank? what options would help, if my intentions are also to pull a 5th wheel with a GVW of around 11,000#

Or is a requirement that HD tow vehicle feel 'like a truck' ?

Thanks.
You're not going to get a 250/2500 to ride like a car, or even an F-150/1500. The suspension is by design too stiff to accomplish that. The best you can do is order the more comfortable seats (premium cloth or leather). You could switch to Bilstein shocks, but that would only help minimally, if at all.

My 5th wheel is 11,600 GVWR, and I normally pull it with around 10,500 pounds or so. I have the premium cloth seats in my truck and think it rides fairly smooth, given that it is a heavy duty truck. It's just something you get used to I guess.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:57 PM   #20
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f-350-chevy 3500 or dodge 3500.

since your buying your first truck anyway may as well get at least a one ton.

never hurts too have to much truck.
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