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Old 02-28-2018, 06:57 PM   #141
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Hard to fake annual the DMV inspection report that lists the year to year milage tho.....
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Old 02-28-2018, 09:57 PM   #142
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Hard to fake annual the DMV inspection report that lists the year to year milage tho.....
Yes..if you happen to live in a state that has that!
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:10 PM   #143
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I think 17.5 is a little high. The EGR delete is a good thing as long as your state doesn't have inspections that requires emission controls to be in place. It's a shame that didn't put head studs in while they were at it since that's where it will probably fail. The steering wander issues can be greatly reduced with a new heavy duty steering shock, my 04 had the same issue.
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:14 PM   #144
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I'm hoping I can get it down a bit. Pricing is all over the place on these rigs.

Georgia has emissions but oddly enough Diesels are exempt!
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:05 AM   #145
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I just read through this thread. I was in a similar situation about what I could afford as a tow vehicle. For quite a few years I pulled a 32 foot toy hauler that weighed 6K+ empty with a 2005 RAM quad cab hemi. When I added a toy it was well over 7K+. The RAM did OK for quite a while but at about 140K it began to show its age and the head gaskets were weak. I sold it and went looking around. I ended up with a 96 Chevy c3500 extended cab dually. It has a 7.4 (454) engine and an 8 foot bed. My RZR 900 fits in the bed just fine so I felt good about buying a new Cherokee 274RK. The RK weighs about 7800. My RZR weighs about 1100. So I'm at about 8900 when I go camping. That doesn't count all the extra junk I haul. I paid 3900.00 for my c3500 and it had 143K miles on it. The engine and tranny seem good. I've pulled from Ohio to Pigeon Forge and had no problems on Jellico Hill. I figure if something breaks and I don't want to pay to fix it, I'll look for another one like it. I really like the truck and the interior is in great shape. It has a couple of rust spots, but otherwise looks pretty decent. I think my situation is proof that you can find a decent tow vehicle to fit your needs without robbing Fort Knox. If I were to look for another truck to replace mine, I think I would look at another Chevy with a 6.0 gas engine. A six speed auto tranny would be nice, and a manual 5 speed would be even better in my opinion. Whatever I would get, it would have to have an 8 foot bed to accommodate my toys. I love diesels for their power and fuel economy, but if you have to fix one, look out!!! Someone posted about bullet proofing a Ford 6.0 costing 7500.00. For that I could put in a brand new engine and transmission in my c3500 and have money left to paint the truck. Or I could find another truck like mine and have even more money left. Sure, my truck gets about 8mpg when pulling, but the money I save buying it will pay for an awful lot of gas. Good luck in finding something that will fit your needs.

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Old 04-01-2018, 05:48 PM   #146
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Hello all.. OP here

I wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts on this. I'm a little afraid to admit it (saw some pretty strong opinions on the 6.0) but I bought myself a 2007 F350 W/the 6.0 and under 130k. it's fully bullet-proofed, mild-tuned for reliability, fully deleted and pulls like a freight train. Made it out to the Grand Canyon with no issues from Georgia. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-01-2018, 05:52 PM   #147
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Wow that’s a nice looking truck! And bulletproofed and deleted, your set! Enjoy!
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Old 04-01-2018, 05:54 PM   #148
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Wow looks nice. Great job. I do like the looks of those years.
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Old 04-01-2018, 06:13 PM   #149
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If it has been totally bullet proofed and tuned you are set! It's a good engine just a poor and rushed out the door design in its day to try to compete with Cummins and Duramax. Way to go!
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Old 04-01-2018, 10:54 PM   #150
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Thanks guys. It seems to run really well. I feel so much more confident now when towing. No issues with temps on anything and my wife doesn't need to set me go into hyperventilate mode when approaching a hill any longer so that's a bonus..

Now.. if I could just keep my camper from falling apart.... LOL.
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