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Old 03-19-2016, 10:43 AM   #11
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I've heard many complain about the range per tank of fuel in Tundra. Makes you really have to plan your trip well to be able to find accessible gas pumps. I haven't gone far with my new dually yet, but previous diesel Chevy was good for 400+ miles on a tank on the highway. Still over 300 even in the worst towing conditions. Easier to find accessible pumps too. Either way, the bigger the truck, the better the ride and handling.

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Old 03-19-2016, 11:28 AM   #12
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i went from a 1500 ram to a 2500 ram and never looked back

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Old 03-19-2016, 11:51 AM   #13
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I agree with others...yes you will notice a difference and also agree to just get a diesel now in case you upgrade. I couldn't keep my TT up to 65 with my old F150, and now I have a hard time keeping my Ram down to 65 unless I set the cruise, which I can actually use now with no issues.
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:54 AM   #14
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I just bought a Ram 3500 Cummins, Crew cab, long bed. What a ride! My previous trucks were 1/2 ton variety. I knew I was going to a fifth wheel and I only wanted to buy ONE truck as I retire in a few months. IMO, the price difference, with the same engine, between a 3/4 and 1 ton is not that much . Diesel is going to cost you but, is so worth it! Go with the 1 ton, then you'll be set for just about anything you want to tow. BTW, I tow a 33' fifth wheel and so far I get right at 13MPG and is pulls up 8% grades at 65 without straining.
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:59 AM   #15
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I'm pulling my Rockwood TT that's probably a bit heavier with a 5.4L F-150. No problems with power or stopping but I don't go anywhere near mountains. It's quite adequate but not a beast like diesel would be and that's fine with me.

Agree that you would notice a difference - better when towing and harsher ride when unloaded as a daily driver. I can't see going to a diesel unless you seriously think you'll upgrade to something much heavier before you're likely to trade in the TV for another newer one anyway, or if you plan to do a lot of miles. The added expense of both buying the diesel and maintaining it means you have to have a good reason to justify the cost.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:06 PM   #16
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Definitely 3/4 ton if a gasser, but if you go new diesel, look at a 1 Ton SWB SRW instead. Those ride about as well and you have upside potential that's not there in a 3/4. Wouldn't get a gas 1 Ton as you run out of engine before it's loaded.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:17 PM   #17
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:53 PM   #18
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I use to tow with a Chevrolet 1500 when I first started towing 19 years ago. After pulling TT up and down Blue Ridge Mtns. I started feeling the transmission slip every once in a while and I was driving a new truck. Traded back in for a 2500 HD and have never looked back. Have owned several 5ers now and I wouldn't go back now. We downsized from a 36'-4 slide 5er to a 24.7'-1 slide now with the kids grown. Even though I might not need all the truck now I'm still glad I do.
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Old 03-19-2016, 01:25 PM   #19
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It's day and night difference. If you get the gasser, don't get a 3.42 axle ratio, IMO, you'd be better off with a 4.10 or minimum of 3.73.
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Old 03-19-2016, 01:26 PM   #20
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I tow my 2015 Wildcat 293REX with a 2011 Ford F250 Crewcab with a 6.2L Boss big block. I have towed it over both the Sierra's and the Rockies and have had no problems. I previously owned a F150 w/ 4.6L Supercab which I used to tow our hybrid. The 250 provides better suspension, larger brakes, and a great transmission.

The gas mileage isn't anything to write home about, but it is equipped with a 35 gallon tank which is more then ample between bathroom breaks.

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