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Old 11-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #11
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I'm just posting to reinforce the fact that you should not consider anything less than a 1-ton and it should be a dually.
We have looked at a couple that made me think I would be more comfortable with a small Peterbuilt!
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:08 AM   #12
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I've seen a few F550/650 trucks that are sweet looking pulling a large 5'ver...maybe one day if we don't go the motorhome route when retirement years come (that's a loooong ways)
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #13
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None of the trucks mentioned here are without problems.

I have an 06 F-350 that has been a good truck and the only problem I have had was the injector pump. It was under warranty at the time and I have not had any problems with it since. I also have an 05 F-550 with the same motor and it has injector problems (stiction) but not that bad to fix either.

A few company's I work for have bought Dodges and have had problems ranging from poor quality body panels and interior parts coming loose/off.

Both companies have had to replace the engines from blown head gaskets. These are year models 02-09.

All of the Dodge trucks (3/4 ton and above) gas or diesel have IMO, worthless transmissions and have been replaced at least 3 times per truck (5 trucks in total).

GM is not without it's problems either, but I have not owned one so I can not comment on that. We do have a few of their gassers and they are for the most part problem free as well as the Ford gassers.

Most of the newer trucks have better components now then before and all have their belivers and ney sayers so you will need to do your homework and research.

Trucks here in Colorado do get driven harder just because of the mountains and I find alot of failures happen because people try to do to much aftermarket upgrades and just plain take their trucks beyond what they are capable of.

I am not slaming these makers for anything other than what I see on a daily basis and no one is without blame.

I do however belive Dodge should have given it's owners a better tranny!!
It really is a pile of junk. JMO

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:44 AM   #14
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I bought a 2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax diesel with the Allison Transmission and primarily use it to tow my 9200 pound 5th wheel. We have been VERY happy with it so far. No maintenance except oil and fuel filter changes when the on board computer says so (25% remaining is my change point).

On the one hand I wish I had waited till the 2010 model with its box frame and 900 pounds of more payload (2008 has a "C" frame); but then I would have missed out on 2 1/2 years of GREAT camping.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #15
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I bought a 2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax diesel with the Allison Transmission and primarily use it to tow my 9200 pound 5th wheel. We have been VERY happy with it so far. No maintenance except oil and fuel filter changes when the on board computer says so (25% remaining is my change point).

On the one hand I wish I had waited till the 2010 model with its box frame and 900 pounds of more payload (2008 has a "C" frame); but then I would have missed out on 2 1/2 years of GREAT camping.
How many miles on it?
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:57 AM   #16
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How many miles on it?
zero at delivery. I watched it come off the truck carrier.

OK, maybe 3 or 4.

It was a special order because I insisted on a 2WD bench seat diesel with posi rear and the Allison transmission. I also ordered it with the 5th wheel wiring harness and roof light wiring factory installed.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:11 PM   #17
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Don't remember what the web site was, but when I was looking to buy my first trailer back in 2000, it said there is no such thing as too big a truck.
First truck was a 2500 with a 454, 295 hp I think. No problems what so ever pulling a 4100 dry weight 5th wheel. Second truck 6 liter, 300 hp, no problems. Bought a new 5th wheel with 6400 dry weight. No problems on the flat lands, but wouldn't mind a little more snoose in the mountains. At my age tho and only 52,000 on the truck it will have to last me the rest of my camping days.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #18
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I would definitely take the Dodge given those options- and I tend to be a Ford guy. I know first hand that you are playing with fire getting any Ford diesel with a 6.0. You might get lucky and get a good one, but the odds are not in your favor. I have experienced tranny failures with the Dodge 1/2 tons using the 46re, but to my knowledge the diesels have always used a stronger tranny; the 47re in the years you mentioned, I think. Most of the Dodge diesels I am familiar with are stock and have had no tranny problems. If I was in the market for a used diesel(and planning to spend less than, say $20K), I'd be looking at Fords with the 7.3, Dodges with the 5.9, and GMs. JMHO
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:34 PM   #19
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I have an older Ford, but would rather have the Dodge.
Mileage isn't as much of a concern as the condition of the body. Make sure it didn't come from a place that uses a lot of salt on the winter roads.
And if you don't mind shifting, a standard tranny will give you even better fuel mileage!
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #20
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I had a 06 350 dually with the 6.0. It was a great truck when it ran, meaning not broken down. It seemed every 5-6 months something big went and its usually at least a $1000.00 to fix. I went through injectors, egr, head gasket, cooler. All the normal 6.0 failures. But when it worked it was great. I'd chose the cummins over it. Although those earlier years were prone to rust through on the body. The cummins is a solid engine.
I have a 6.0 f250 today it is sitting at Ford for them to install a Engine Injector control Module, and a Fan Clutch. Cost is 1750.00 dollars, I have 116,000 miles on it. When it runs it will tow a house when it's not it drains my bank account. STAY AWAY FROM THE 6.0L TRUST ME.
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