Originally Posted by MotocrossCamper
I'm interested in this thread because we are considering making the switch to a 5th wheel toy hauler. We are looking at 1 ton dually, make doesn't matter.
Could people also add their input on how old of a truck you would buy, would you go 05 or 06? And how many miles on a used diesel would scare you away? Would you buy a diesel with 170,000 miles on it?
I think you are solid looking at a 1 ton. As to mileage on a diesel, I can only tell you what I have been told about all cars/trucks.
Hard miles are to be avoided (taxicabs, police cars, work trucks, heavy tow vehicles) regardless of number. ASK what was towed. Low miles on a routinely overloaded truck is a nightmare about to happen.
"Easy Miles" are not to be feared (highway miles, plenty of truck for the camper, higher miles on a late model truck).
While not hard and fast, it is a pretty good "rule of thumb" in my opinion.
Diesel engines regardless of make will outlast (normally) the truck they are installed in. Look for signs of abuse and overloading (axles snubbers worn flat, frame showing worn spots at the rear snubbers, or straight/bent rear springs, brake pedal covering worn from heavy braking, front tires worn far more than rear tires). Brand new tires may be a selling point but they CAN be an attempt to hide: a bent frame, overloading, bent rear axle, damaged front end.