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Old 06-23-2014, 08:05 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by rockfordroo View Post
"Never say never." RVer's and boater's all suffer from the same disease: "Two-foot-itis!"
And the "upgrade fever" that goes with it.

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Old 06-23-2014, 08:31 PM   #22
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Based upon your desires, likes and future needs, go for the f350. It should handle most 5ers. There will be some 5ers and TH it can't handle but you should be good. A 150 or 250 or tundra sound like a waste for you as you talk about wanting a toy hauler in the future. Do pay close attention to the payloAd in that truck as I had an 09 f250 diesel with a shockingly low payload.

Now that said, you need to 've care and check the truck out carefully. Look for soot in the tailpipe (indicative of it being a smoker like my truck was). Also watch this video... .

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Old 06-23-2014, 09:19 PM   #23
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Yes, Toy Haulers are heavy, and can get heavy!
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:31 PM   #24
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Now I'm nervous. I'm going to find someone that knows trucks to go out and take a look at it with me before I sign on the dotted line.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:18 AM   #25
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Like Bill Hewitt says in his videos, check for leaks on the frame, dirty engine blocks, dirty tranny bell housings, and goop inside the upper radiator hose (which indicates that oil is leaking into the cooling system). REplace the radiator cap. Check inside the fuel filter housing to see how grimy it is.
Most of all, run a compression test on each cylinder. They should all be at or near 400 IIRC. If ANY cylinder is significantly weaker, run and don't look back! LOL
I would never buy a diesel without the compression test.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:54 AM   #26
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Definitely take it to a good diesel mechanic. Someone that specifically knows and works with diesels. I know enough about diesels to know that I don't know enough about diesels!
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:14 PM   #27
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Well, the Ford is a bust. Thank you SO MUCH for sending that video so I'd know what to look for. The only other truck on the lot of the dealer I'm dealing with is a 2008 Dodge Diesel Dually . . . I didn't pay any attention to it - engine size or anything - because it wasn't pretty . . . it's got some bumps and scrapes and dents and stuff and the back seat isn't that big. Plus there's no bed cover or tailgate!!! BUT - it cranked like a dream yesterday when I was looking at it just to be nice. I'm heading out there in the morning to get a closer look at it. If this doesn't work, I will just have to sit and wait. This is a Toyota Dealer - they're the only dealer that's been willing to take my upside down trade-in without wanting an arm and a leg of a down payment.
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:46 PM   #28
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While you're looking around for a new truck be sure to check out your towing options by typing in the year make & model with this handy towing tool: Trailer Hitches | Reese, Drawtite, Curt and more
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:49 PM   #29
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While you're looking around for a new truck be sure to check out your towing options by typing in the year make & model with this handy towing tool: Trailer Hitches | Reese, Drawtite, Curt and more
not very handy for me. doesn't list Avalanche, Tahoe or Surburban, under Chevrolet, from 2007 and on.
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I was looking hard at the Tundra. Then the dealer showed me another truck - one I had previously owned, just a newer model I took into consideration the fact that yes, I may want to get a 5th wheel or a 5th wheel toy hauler at some point. I know my luxury bus days are over but I'd love more space and owning a trike is a dream of mine. I also like to create and a toy hauler gives you space for that. Then I thought about my life and the type of traveling I do. Long, hard and lots of pulls. I also like going way out and camping in the wilds to get great photographs of wild horses and other elusive creatures. I WANT 4WD just for that purpose. I also kayak and have other hobbies that require a lot of gear. SO, with all that in mind, right now a 2008 Ford F350 king cab, Super Duty Power Stroke V8, long bed, with a camper shell is on the table. 84k miles, perfect condition. I think that will do the job. Now - is there such a thing as having too much truck for the trailer??
Never can have too much truck. You CAN however have too much trailer for the truck but with your F350 you canprobably tow the largest 5er or TH FR makes!

Fords are towing beasts and the typical choice of folks who use trucks for a living (just go to any construction site and see what sorta brands are there )

84K Miles? Shoot, the powerstroke hasen't even been broken in yet

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