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Old 12-23-2015, 07:39 PM   #41
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My vote is for the Cummins. I have been a Ford guy for many years. I would have bought the Ford but drove the Ram, and couldn't justify the cost difference. I got the Ram for about $6,000- less than the Ford, equally equipped, with 40K miles more warranty. That being said, all of the big 3 make good trucks and have good diesel engines. Pick your brand after driving all three and enjoy. If you've never pulled an RV with a diesel, you're going to be delighted... I know I was. Another benefit is getting roughly the same mileage when just driving... around 20... and much better mileage towing. I get roughly 13.5 to 14 with my Ram as opposed to 8 to 9.5 with my F-150 with a 5.0 V-8. The trucks don't push me around anymore, either.

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Old 12-23-2015, 08:43 PM   #42
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Ram 3500 or f350....biggest gas engine or diesel....a lot of 5th wheels have a very heavy tongue weight...i have a ram with a cummins diesel and i am very happy with 5th has a 2000lb tongue weight...

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Old 12-23-2015, 09:16 PM   #43
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I'm very happy with my RAM 3500 DRW pull my toy hauler.
The Exhaust brake has been one of the greatest features stopping16K#. Like someone said earlier, take the time to research and drive all diesels before pulling the trigger.
As I said earlier - 2500- 3500, diesel and Mega cab. The only way 5 adults to drive.

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Old 12-23-2015, 10:05 PM   #44
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Quite happy with my truck/trailer combo. Good luck on your choice!
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Old 12-24-2015, 09:57 AM   #45
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I'm very happy with my RAM 3500 DRW pull my toy hauler.
The Exhaust brake has been one of the greatest features stopping16K#. Like someone said earlier, take the time to research and drive all diesels before pulling the trigger.
As I said earlier - 2500- 3500, diesel and Mega cab. The only way 5 adults to drive.

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Old 12-25-2015, 08:31 AM   #46
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Considering a new truck

I've had them all. Chevy, Ford and Ram. I've had the old Chevy 8.1 liter gas all the way to the current Cummins 6.7 liter diesel and everything in between from all vendors.

My only advice is that they've all been very good trucks. People love to argue but the truth is that the big three all put out amazingly capable trucks these days. Diesel however is the only option for me anymore. I will never mess with a gas truck again for anything more than basic pickup use. For pulling, diesel is the only option. Yes, there is that much difference.

Diesels are built to be abused for a very long time. They are work trucks and what more work can there be than putting 10 to 20 thousand pounds behind a truck?

You can buy a diesel and easily drive it for 20 years if you actually take care of it. Gas trucks will not age well trailering for that many years. Transmissions will go, engines will blow and the weaker built gas body/frame components will be stressed.

I say all this with one exception. If you will virtually never move your trailer than it may be more sensible to just buy a gas truck that you can use as a commuter in addition to a tow vehicle.

Just my two cents. Good luck on your decision.

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Old 12-25-2015, 09:32 AM   #47
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I only read page 1. I have owned 2 diesel TVs. Both duramaxs. I had a 3/4 ton and now a 1 ton dually. the other two weren't in the race, for me. The cummins was too noisy and the Ford hasn't proved itself, to me. Now days the cummins and I suppose the ford are quieter but I just like duramaxs. Get what you need for the job you have to do with it and think about what you might need in the future.
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Old 12-25-2015, 10:29 AM   #48
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Went from Nissan Titan to 2013 Chevy Silverado Duramax/Allison 2500HD as we bought a heavier TT and the Titan was maxed out.
Wish I had known about diesel 20 years ago, I would have saved buying several trucks over the years. We have 80,000+ on this truck with no problems. Added a 50 gal transfer tank/toolbox just to keep from having to stop so often AND to make sure we have enough fuel to get home in an emergency. We got caught several years ago coming across the FL panhandle after a hurricane where the electrical power was out. Gas stations could not pump fuel and the ones that had emergency gens were not allowed to fuel anything but emergency vehicles doing repairs. Had to stay 4 days in a parking lot with "homeless refugees" walking all around us 24/7 wanting food and to use potty. Not comfortable!! Won't get caught again.
You carry fire extinguishers, spare tires, extra light bulbs, etc., to deal with emergencies, think about your fuel supply. Any electrical outage will shut down most gas stations.
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:55 AM   #49
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Want to buy my "very nice" 2012 Ram CTD? Its a 2500 2 wheel drive with 30K on the ticker.

I am fed up with the nasty oil caused by the EGR (that kills lubrication) and the once every trip fuel wasting regeneration phase.

Oil changes are 3 gallons with an expensive filter per pop; air filters and fuel filters are also expensive. Every 80K - 90K miles it will need a 5 hour labor EGR cleaning.

It would still buy a 2500/3500 but no more diesels for me. If I had to have a diesel, I would bet the bushes for a decent 5.9L CTD or a 7.3L Ford.

If 429 lb/ft isn't enough (new Ram gasser), I would rather down size on the box on wheels than go diesel. But would stay 250/350 or 2500 or 3500 for sure.

Consider the payload is reduced on a diesel especially if SRW. If diesel, make sure its 4x4; a 4x2 will get stuck on a few blades of grass.

As of now, I've had the truck to the dealer 3 times for a O2 sensor code that they can't fix.

Add to my frustration with a recent half hour driving around an unfamiliar city the other night looking for a station that sold diesel.

Ford and Chevy guys will jump on this, but truth be told; they are all just as bad.
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:44 PM   #50
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1) Cummins ,because of longevity, reliability and economy and if needed as stated above ease of repairing, and repair shop availability
1-1/2) Ford 7.3(International) not made since 03 though
2) Duramax,

3) ford 6.7 unfamilar with it but 6.0 and 6.4 seem to be very unreliable

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