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Old 04-28-2016, 10:33 AM   #11
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If you go Chevy/GMC 3/4 or 1 ton, they changed their frame, brakes, ect in MY 2011. Much more truck!!! 2011 and newer is the way to go there.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:55 PM   #12
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Newer the better if you can swing it. Trucks have improved leaps and bounds even just from the late 2000's era.

Avoid loaded up models, usually means low payload, especially for 1/2 tons.

If I were in your position, I'd try to find the newest base model truck (you can live with) with the right engine/gear combo.
I disagree.

Creature comforts....heated seats, noise insulation, etc. are near the top of my list of TV requirements. Newer trucks can all "do the job"....I need to be comfortable while the TRUCK does the work.
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Old 04-28-2016, 05:10 PM   #13
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I disagree.

Creature comforts....heated seats, noise insulation, etc. are near the top of my list of TV requirements. Newer trucks can all "do the job"....I need to be comfortable while the TRUCK does the work.
Today's "base" trucks typically include A/C, automatic, power windows, locks, cruise, insulation, usually keyless entry and of course every bit of all the safety equipment that the top line ones have.

Gone are the days of crank windows, manual transmissions, AM only radio, and "45 mph A/C".

I can see the need for heated seats for those in cold climates/with back problems etc.

Just helping the OP to note that options take away from payload and some "Limited", "King Ranch", "Longhorn", "Platinum", "High Sierra" trim 1/2 tons can have less payload than a passenger car, 3/4 tons with 1/2 ton payload
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Old 04-28-2016, 05:37 PM   #14
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My trucks are always "free". I put a snow plow on it and make 5-15k a year which covers the truck payments and makes it a write off. Lacking that buy as much truck as you can afford because it's always better to have extra than not enough. Why not get the truck that can handle the 5th wheel in a few years?
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:17 PM   #15
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Newer the better if you can swing it. Trucks have improved leaps and bounds even just from the late 2000's era.

Avoid loaded up models, usually means low payload, especially for 1/2 tons.

If I were in your position, I'd try to find the newest base model truck (you can live with) with the right engine/gear combo.
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I disagree.

Creature comforts....heated seats, noise insulation, etc. are near the top of my list of TV requirements. Newer trucks can all "do the job"....I need to be comfortable while the TRUCK does the work.
Thanks for the comments. Although my truck is a daily driver, it is not a luxury vehicle. I only know Ford trim levels... XLT is a minimum, XTR maybe if budget allows, but Platinum and King Ranch are way too extravagant. I've never understood the desire for a luxury pickup. It's supposed to be a truck, not a Caddie.



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Why not get the truck that can handle the 5th wheel in a few years?
Because it'll be at least 5-6 years before I can consider an upgrade to a 5er and there's no guarantee I'd even want to. It would be a waste to get a 4-5 year old truck that's overkill for my current TT just so I can maybe upgrade the camper in 5-6 years when the replacement truck will be 9-10 years old.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:00 AM   #16
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When we needed to upgrade our TV , we searched a couple of lots but couldn't find anything we liked, and could tow our camper. An eager goung sales man took it upon himself to find what we needed. When someone he knew traded in a 2011 3/4 ton Ram, he hid it in the back lot until we could look at it. Even then there were 2 other people wanting to test drive it when we got there! We test drove it to our garage to make sure it would fit then signed the papers. Love that truck! Get someone to watch for a good trade in for you. I tried patching up old cars before. They all became money pits in the end.
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Thanks, MCTroy. I may have to do that. The only used trucks I can find online are being sold by used vehicle dealers that I'm not inclined to trust. There aren't many used F150s around with the big towing mirrors that are an absolute must have, so if I have to replace mine I'll likely have go with a 250/2500 gasser. The gasser will have a lot more payload than a diesel and like I've said I don't tow heavy enough or often enough or in any mountains to justify the diesel.
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Thanks, MCTroy. I may have to do that. The only used trucks I can find online are being sold by used vehicle dealers that I'm not inclined to trust. There aren't many used F150s around with the big towing mirrors that are an absolute must have, so if I have to replace mine I'll likely have go with a 250/2500 gasser. The 250/2500 will have a lot more payload than a diesel and like I've said I don't tow heavy enough or often enough to justify the diesel.
Good used trucks like you are looking for are hard to find right now in Ontario. The low Canadian dollar has inflated the price and dealers are getting a good buck exporting them to the US right now.
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Some of us have "luxury" trucks because some of us have wives but in my case I prefer the heated and cooled seats, heated leather rear seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, touch screen controls, and moonroof too!

Some can't understand this and that's ok; I'm still trying to figure out why people spend thousands on a new camper only to go to a campground where there are other campers with loud kids/dogs/people to the right and left of them or even better, go camping but want to know if a campground has WIFI, Cell service, etc..etc.. :-)
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Just thought I'd post an update on this thread. I was able to get the rust on the F-150 repaired for a reasonable price so I figured I'm good .... Until I took the setup with my DW and all 3 DSs (16, 18 and 21) to a CAT scale on the way to a recent camping trip. I was 600# over GVWR and 220# over on the rear axle.

The boys won't be camping with us much longer but I figure we're still going to be over GVWR with just DW and me onboard. So, I'm looking to find a decent used 3/4 ton pickup. I've been happy with the Ford so based on the number of times I tow (6-8 times per year) and no mountains, my preference will be an F-250 with the 6.2L gas engine. Based on previous experience with GM and Chrysler minivans I put GM in second and Dodge a distant third but maybe there isn't so much difference with their bread and butter pickups?

I've read here that folks are getting 8-10 mpg towing with the 6.2L gas engine but what do you get as a daily driver when not towing?

I take it from previous comments that I should be looking at 2011 or newer trucks? Any helpful comments would be appreciated.
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