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Old 08-13-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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opinion on ford, chevy, or dodge for CC Silverback 35QB4

This is our second year owning a fifth wheel. My dream camper. It's great on room for the kids and grandchild. However we feel that it may be putting a strain on our 1997 F250 power stroke. And we have been shopping around for another truck......WOW. Have prices gone up on trucks since 1997. We have been checking out what other people tow their fifth wheels with and we've been looking at brochures. But I told my husband why don't we see what others have to say about their experiences with trucks. He's a Ford guy. I like Chevys. But we've been impressed with the Dodges, yet never thought about a dodge until now. Please give us some feedback.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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Take a look around the campgrounds. That will give you a perty good idea what most campers put their hard earned $$ into.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:58 PM   #3
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You are gonna get answers from all three owners saying there's is the best. So I am a Toyota owner and if I was to buy a diesel it would be the ram with a cummins. I worked in a fleet garage and had all the big three diesels. We had less problems with the cummins than the ford and Chevy. But we also had the 6.0 ford and the 6.4. And when it came to the Chevy it wasn't really the dmax that we had issues with but the trans and the transfer cases and front diff. That is if you were to get a 4x4. Actually we had so many problems with the GM's that I would never buy a GM product ever.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:21 AM   #4
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I'm going to tell you Ram because for us it had the most comfortable interior and back seat. We wanted to be able to seat 6 and wanted to be comfortable when doing it. We found that in the Ram Crew Cab. The Chevy felt small in the back seat. The Ford felt similarly sized to the Ram, but still smaller. What's really strange- if you look at the actual specs online, they're all within an inch or two of each other. But, the feeling doesn't reflect the measurements.

BUT- that's what was important to us. Not necessarily what is important to you...
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:25 AM   #5
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We have a Sabre 34tbok which is similar in size to yours and pull it with a 2012 Ram Cummins 3500 4x4 crew SRW. This is my first Dodge truck after being a GM guy my entire life. It pulls the trailer very well and I love the torque this engine has. There is lots of debate which is better to have in a diesel, torque or horsepower. I'm glad I chose the torque. When I was truck shopping, Dodge had a free diesel option so that combined with dealer discounts, I saved over $15k vs. Duramax. In my opinion GM hasn't kept pace with Dodge and Ford with the interior and is one of the reasons I went looking elsewhere. Dodge has also come a long way in the ride department in the past few years too. It will be interesting see how the 2014 GMs look and feel on the inside as they didn't change much on the exterior.

Whichever truck you choose, I would go with a 1-ton as it isn't much more money than a 3/4 ton and you will most likely need the payload capacity when loaded up with your trailer and gear. With our combination, we are pretty close to load capacity on the truck but well within the towing capacity. I would also recommend putting airbags to maintain your box level and smooth out the ride
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:36 AM   #6
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As well, you didn't ask- but I'd watch truck weights. Your trailer is going to be very similar weight-wise to mine (almost identical floorplans). Here are my most recent weights with what I consider our heaviest load that we can expect (2 weeks of camping, 1 week at a beach house and an extra adult to our normal family of 4):
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I have a 12 F350 DRW. Just did a 9000 mile two country east coast tour and averaged 12.2 MPG. Also used 5 gal of DEF at $2.69/gal bulk. Your pin weight is similar to mine so you should be looking at one ton's. if you want highway stability you will need DRW. And of course, a long bed. I would not buy an Isuzu. The Dodge Bros are supposed to be pairing the workhorse Cummings with the Allison 6speed in 2014. If that is true, you would have a difficult decision between the two contenders. The trans was always the Dodges weak point IMO. Ford fixed their problem in 2011 when they dumped the International 6.4L guzzler.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:44 AM   #8
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I have a 12 F350 DRW. Just did a 9000 mile two country east coast tour and averaged 12.2 MPG. Also used 5 gal of DEF at $2.69/gal bulk. Your pin weight is similar to mine so you should be looking at one ton's. if you want highway stability you will need DRW. And of course, a long bed. I would not buy an Isuzu. The Dodge Bros are supposed to be pairing the workhorse Cummings with the Allison 6speed in 2014. If that is true, you would have a difficult decision between the two contenders. The trans was always the Dodges weak point IMO. Ford fixed their problem in 2011 when they dumped the International 6.4L guzzler.
I am interested to see if this is true because I don't believe it will happen. It would be like Cummins selling engines to GM, it just wouldn't happen. I am sure GM has some kind of exclusivity contract with allison so they can't sell to another manufacturer just like Ram has with Cummins. I am sure they do it on an individual level though. I am not saying anything with any authority, these are just my thoughts on it. Also, I love my Duramax and my Allison, it is a great combination. The others seem nice, I won't knock them, but I think I will keep it GM.
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Well then Av8torLou,
Here's a link to Fords mobile website. I was looking at moving up to a MDT last year and found these specs... Ford Truck, Cummings Diesel and Allison Transmission all from the factory.... for a poultry $125k. LOL

http://m.ford.com/smartphone/specs.h...013#appsimHome
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:04 PM   #10
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The Dodge Bros are supposed to be pairing the workhorse Cummings with the Allison 6speed in 2014. If that is true, you would have a difficult decision between the two contenders. The trans was always the Dodges weak point IMO. Ford fixed their problem in 2011 when they dumped the International 6.4L guzzler.
I think you are refering to this tranny.

Starting in 2014, Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs carry a standard Aisin AS66RC (also optional on Ram 3500)
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