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Old 01-23-2011, 12:40 PM   #11
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I have your truck!

We are downsizing from a Silberback 36WQB and also downsizing our puller. I have a 2009 Dodge 3500 Laramie 4x4 DRW with less than 18,000 miles for sale if interested? It pulls great! Just let me know.

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Old 01-23-2011, 12:51 PM   #12
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Well I am going to buy a used truck probably around 03-05 and it will definitely have the diesel enging(7.3 powerstroke or 6.6 Duramax) and I want a dually. The problem I ran into is the tow rating isn't high for the older fords. So I was just trying to get some ideas on what would be best for pulling this big 5th wheel of mine. Thanks everyone for your opinions

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Old 01-23-2011, 02:52 PM   #13
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something important abt a diesel, you need to know abt the cooling system maintance. in 2002 ford put a 100000 mile gold antifreeze in theirs. want to make sure that is still what is there. if it has been changed, u need to know if the proper antifreeze was put in and when.
ford had some premature engine failures on the 7.3 and blamed it on poor radiator maintance. i was luck enough to own one of them built in '92. antifreeze was changed but the addative was not installed (DCA-4 or FW?). i developed a pin hole in the cullender wall at 123K. got notice 2 mos after replacing engine. ford said that they had experienced a small number of engine failures due to poor radiator maintaince. they recommended a certain anti freeze + the additive. my 2002 has the gold antifreeze in it and it is supposed to have the additive in it. the additive is supposed to eliminate cavatation in the cooling system.
the other maintaince records would be good to know also.

my understanding is that this problem is not unique to ford.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:21 PM   #14
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i have a simiar sized trailer and have a 08 F350 CC/LB/SRW Diesel. Truck tows it fine but if I didn't have the truck first I would probably buy a duelly for the stability. The GVWR for my truck is 11500 with a base weight around 7k, so plenty of truck but the stability i the big bonus.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:59 PM   #15
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What do yall think about the 2003 ford 550 dually with a 6.0 diesel engine? Just curious if yall have heard anything about this year model. I would think with it being a 550 it would be best to have a 7.3 engine, not sure though. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:11 PM   #16
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i personally wouldn't by an 03 or 04 6.0, they fixed some issues in 05 that make those better
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:33 PM   #17
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Agree with Johnny9r. By '05 they had the worst of the problems worked out with the 6.0L. Just be careful if the engine was chipped or if you plan on chipping it. That seems to be where most of the problems come in with the 6.0L.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:34 PM   #18
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Make sure you research the 6.0 Ford diesels very well before you purchase.

The first few years of production are reported to be very good. Then, Ford started piling on the emmissions controls which impacted reliability.

or so I'm told.....

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Old 01-28-2011, 04:09 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by lbrjet View Post
You NEED a diesel and DWR to pull that load. If you are buying new I would pick the the 2011 Ford or the 2011 GM Duramax and if you are buying used I would pick the Duramax.

As others have said the F450 would be even a better option.
you do not NEED a DRW to tow that 5th wheel as I have been towing the same size and weight 36RE for almost a year with my f250 6.4 and have not experienced any problems, highways, country roads, fast stops not a problem. If you can get a DRW in you r price range great, but if you can't the 250 6.4 or the new 2011 f250 will do just fine.
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:27 PM   #20
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DODGE RAM, 3500, 6.7 diesel, drw, I have this truck and the same size Cedar Creek. The truck is awesome. Pulls like a bull. Never know that I am towing 15,000#.
10 miles/ gal. towing.. and 14-16 miles/gal combined city/highway. GOOD LUCK!

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