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Old 12-23-2015, 10:09 AM   #1
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Considering a new truck

I have been thinking about getting a new pickup did for my fifth wheel. It's not a very big or heavy trailer but when I buy, if I buy, I want to have the extra are capacity in case I ever do decide to upgrade something heavier.

I am considering 1500 and as of right now I'm not real picky on the brand. I am not trying to get into the age old 1/2, 3/4 or 1 ton argument. I have a friend who is really trying to talk me into buying a diesel instead of a gas burner. My question is who makes the best diesel engine or isn't there much difference in the manufacturers. I have posted photos of the stickers from my fifth wheel below

My present truck is a Dodge 2007 1500 of the 5.7 L hemi engine. It only has 68,000 miles on it. It has a full-blown towing package on it and I have upgraded the rims from 17 inch to 20 inch. I haven't had a chance to put the truck through its paces. In the next couple months I hope to take it to South Carolina up through the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia and see how well it does. How well it handles the trailer is going to be the deciding factor as to whether I get a new truck or not. As far as the brand goes I would prefer Ford and then Dodge and then any of the others.. One other thing, it needs to be a crew or club cab. I have a 70 pound chocolate lab who likes to drive, LOL, so I need a backseat to keep her in!

What are your thoughts and why?

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Old 12-23-2015, 11:18 AM   #2
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Oh boy! Now you did it, asking which one of the 'big three' is better,,,,AND asking if a diesel is better? I think this thread will hit 10,000 posts before Christmas.
Anyway you asked, so I'll start.
Our TT is 8000lb and 34' long and I towed it with our Jeep commander Hemi, it had a 6 speed with the 3.73. That jeep was very capable of pulling the TT, the downside...short wheelbase was prone to wind sheer and fuel mileage was 8mpg.
I needed a good truck for hauling construction materials and eventually we will be upgrading our TT to a fiver, so the DW gave me the 'green light' to get what we "may" need in the future, and that's the reason why I am the proud owner of a Ram 3500 Longhorn Limited DWR 6.7 Diesel. This truck is a dream machine, it's very comfortable for long drives, quiet, and it's great for pulling anything and everything, IMHO there is no comparison in Gas vs Diesel, the diesel was made for pulling and does it great. I am by No Way putting down Gassers, many do the job very well. What it comes down to is do your homework and find out what is right for you.


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Old 12-23-2015, 11:38 AM   #3
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Hello Old tool.

I had gas Triton 5.4 V 8 and a 3.5 Ecoboost prior to the SuperDuty Powerstroke. I would buy the truck that you want to have in 5 years or longer. I am a Ford Guy for many reasons, have had lemons from other manufacturer. The biggest one is reliability, servicing dealer and cost. When I bought the F 250 Dodge had no stock, GM/GMC could not even come close on price or features. The Ford won out once again.

They all will be better than what you have. I will not look back now that I have a Diesel.

Best of Luck in your search!! Safe Travels!
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:39 AM   #4
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2500 or larger, Diesel and Mega cab !
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:43 AM   #5
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The CUMMINS is the best engine of the three.

When I bought my 3500, I did look at Ford.
But with the free CUMMINS, Ford couldn't even come close.


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Old 12-23-2015, 11:54 AM   #6
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Loaded question as usual. If your wanting to go bigger then your going to have to go bigger tv. Old saying is buy more truck than you need for future up grades be it gas or diesel. Later RJD
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I would look at where I'm now on payload and were I think might be in the future. If I planned heavy I would look at 1 ton diesel. If I was going to medium weight I would look at 3/4 ton gas. I purchased my for HD truck by how much it could tow and then learned that I run payload way before I run out towing capacity, so now the most important number for me is payload.

I would drive all three and by the one I liked the best. I would have Ram right now if they made one that would fit in garage.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:38 PM   #8
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I forgot to post the photos so I will post them this time.
It seems I may have given the wrong impression here. I believe the truck I have is capable of knowing what I want but I won't know for sure till I pulled up the mountains. If I'm not satisfied with it then I'm going to go looking for a new truck. A friend of mine is trying to talk me into a diesel and I've never owned one before.
Naturally if I go for a new truck going to get something bigger and capable of hauling something heavier than what I have now. My question is who makes the best diesel and why do you think that. So far it looks like a Cummings but I'm really not getting the information I'm looking for.
Who makes the best diesel and why do you think that? A fairly straightforward question.
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Basically the CUMMINS is a more reliable engine.
Half the price to repair as the others.
Simply V8 vs inline 6.
The six is going to be easier to work on.
I'm not going to look each one up, but I think the CUMMINS has the best warranty.


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Old 12-23-2015, 12:45 PM   #10
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Finally went with the dodge 3500 cummins - wow - nothing out there it will not tow.
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