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Old 07-08-2015, 12:15 PM   #11
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We are towing a 829fkss Flagstaff with our 2014 F150 Crewcab with ecoboost and max tow. It tows great. I switched to Ford trucks in 1994 and from my experience with them, I would not even consider another truck. I also keep our trailers in the range where they be 1/2 ton towable. If we did go larger, I would begrudgingly consider the Dodge/Cummins combination.
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Old 07-08-2015, 01:08 PM   #12
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Due to the $ issue i would stay with the lightest trailer possible. No fun going camping if your always worried about truck and trailer while driving.
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Old 07-08-2015, 01:56 PM   #13
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We are towing a 829fkss Flagstaff with our 2014 F150 Crewcab with ecoboost and max tow. It tows great. I switched to Ford trucks in 1994 and from my experience with them, I would not even consider another truck. I also keep our trailers in the range where they be 1/2 ton towable. If we did go larger, I would begrudgingly consider the Dodge/Cummins combination.
I''m hoping with the newer Aisen trans, the Rams can keep trucking with the Cummins. The Duramax/Allison combo is hard to beat. Ram's achilles has been their trans. The 68RFE did ok, I had that in my 2010 but still had weaker OD ratios. From the factory, the Allison can handle 1000ft/lbs of torque. The 68RFE was good for 650-800 depending on year. Not sure about the newer Aisen (older one was 750 lb/ft and the 2013+ is suppose to be 850-950) but time will tell. Interesting how Ram went to a Japanese company for a tranny.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:33 PM   #14
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If you can swing it, in 2009+ GM put in the 6 speed auto in the 1500s so more power, better ratios, and milage.
You might mean 2010+. My 2009 has a 4-speed.

Actually, I think both must have been available then, as my owners manual discusses both.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:26 AM   #15
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You might mean 2010+. My 2009 has a 4-speed.

Actually, I think both must have been available then, as my owners manual discusses both.
I actually test drove a 2009 Sierra 2500 tonight that had the 6.0L and 6 speed transmission. Gotta say that I think going 3/4 ton is the way to go. Going to take another look tomorrow. Just hard to beat the payload. When my tongue weights on my Shasta is 650 lbs and the WDH weighs about 90 lbs, I've basically lost half my payload right there with most 1/2 tons.
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I actually test drove a 2009 Sierra 2500 tonight that had the 6.0L and 6 speed transmission. Gotta say that I think going 3/4 ton is the way to go. Going to take another look tomorrow. Just hard to beat the payload. When my tongue weights on my Shasta is 650 lbs and the WDH weighs about 90 lbs, I've basically lost half my payload right there with most 1/2 tons.
Always better to have to much then not enough. That 6.0 /6 speed combo is a nice setup.
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I don't think I've ever seen a posting here about someone complaining that his truck is TOO big!
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I`ve noticed that in my area dodge is the cheapest. Also The bodies rot out rather quick compared to others.
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Jeff - Perfect segway! On another forum where I posted this, I had a responder contact me offline regarding an '06 Ram 2500 with a Cummins diesel and 56k miles they're selling for just under $23k. I know squat about diesel engines, but was intrigued with his ad. I'd never have to worry about any towing concerns for sure! Anything you can share in regards to yours for a novice like me?
I wish I could have found an '06 with only 56K for $ when I was truck shopping. Is it a 4wd 4dr for that price?
The 5.9 Cummins engine is FANTASTIC. I tows like a tractor.
The weakest link in that combo is the 48RE transmission. I purchased mine knowing that. When I was truck shopping I was specifically looking for a Duramax/Allison or 8.1gas/Allison truck figuring that was the better all around combo but found a GREAT deal on the Dodge. I specifically passed over 6.0 Fords because of the many issues with those.
The big plus for the Allison is smart enough to keep you from destroying it. It will reduce power when it senses slipping. The down side to an Allison is building an Allison = BIG $$$$
I have come to learn that the 48RE can be built to hand much greater loads for less $$$ than the Allison or the new 68RE found in Dodges. In fact there are kits for putting the 4 speed 48RE in Ram trucks that originally had the 6 speed 68RE. The reason is because it can be built to handle more power than anyone has figured out how to build a 68RE to hold.
(In fact I was talking with a fella in Virginia that drag races his Duramax equipped GM truck with a Dodge 48RE Transmission behind it over with over 1200HP---THAT BLEW MY MIND. )
I have had my transmission built (billet flex plate, billet input shaft, & kevlar fictions, and a few other things) to tow heavy do not expect to have a problem with it again.

Having towed with gas trucks for years I do not have any regrets on going diesel except that I did not do it sooner. Diesels do have lots more of expensive parts to replace when they break. Those stories we why I waited so long.

If you go BIG on the truck now you will have room to "GROW" campers later on. Campers are like boats...you get "2 foot-itus" after a few years and want to go bigger
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Deal is done! We're now the owners of a 2009 GMC Sierra SLE 2500HD. 6.0L V8 with the 6 speed transmission. It's got the 3.73 gear, so my tow capacity drops down to 9900 lbs, but still that's twice as much as I'll need for the Shasta. Payload is in the 3K lbs range, so no worries there either. Going to put my Blue Ox on in the morning and take it for a little interstate spin to see how it does with semis compared to the Sequoia. If this doesn't fix things, I'm selling both and buying a tent!

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