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Old 04-07-2020, 07:38 PM   #21
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I have a fith-wheel hitch in the bed of my 12 year old RAM dually so I don't haul any dirt or gravel in it. Instead I have a beefy 5' x 8' tilt bed trailer I use for dirty jobs like gravel, dirt, tree stumps, etc. Saves my luxury 12 year old RAM Laramie megacab from a lot of nicks and scratches.

I guess if I had $90,000 I could get a new one!

No, I don't think so.

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Old 04-08-2020, 07:23 AM   #22
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My RAM 3500 SRW is currently my only vehicle. Other then pulling my trailer, it has had rocks, wood, and on several occasions so far, a 2,800 lb pallet of retaining wall blocks.
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Old 04-08-2020, 09:02 AM   #23
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Our tow vehicle is a farm truck, so it's put to use hauling all sorts of things, including several different trailers.
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Old 04-08-2020, 02:54 PM   #24
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ours is not a daily driver, but it is one of our work trucks
as we use it to not only pull the camper but we pull the horse trailer, enclosed trailer wither it has the harley or hodaka's in it, dump trailer or the car trailer that we use mostly to move the utility tractor
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Old 04-08-2020, 10:25 PM   #25
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Mine are definitely Garage Queens. Had an '04 Dodge Dakota bought new. Sold it in '18 with 36k miles on it. Ride a VanPool to and from work so didn't commute in it. Was just to haul stuff and extra vehicle. New rig is a '12 Ford F150 with 38k miles on it. Average 2 to 3k per year.
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Old 04-08-2020, 10:38 PM   #26
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Since we sold out trailer, our 2006 Toyota Tundra has become a 'Driveway Queen.' It gets used occasionally to haul stuff.
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Old 04-08-2020, 11:09 PM   #27
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If you have a diesel truck the worst thing you can do for it is let it sit. Its not good for any vehicle to just sit, but its particularly bad for a diesel which relies heavily on proper lubrication in spots lubrication settles away from as it sits, even the diesel fuel running through it is used for lubrication, which is a large part of why you can get 800K to a million miles out of a diesel as long as basic fluid maintenance has been kept up on it and you didn’t let it sit. You’ll never get close to that out of a gas engine.

I spent almost 2 years looking for my current truck just because after having newer and older trucks I knew exactly what I wanted and had no interest in anything but an LLY Duramax. It came out just after GM corrected the major injector problems and just before they went completely stupid with all the EPA insanity.

I do 100% of my own work on it, its been out long enough that all the known issues are out there like the number 2 and 7 injector wiring problem, water pump problem, etc... so without even having the known problems with certain factory parts, before I even started driving it regularly, all the known issue things got ripped out of it and replaced with the after market parts out there to correct the known issues on both the Duramax engine and Allison Transmission.

Nothing goes on my truck just to be bling, it has to serve a purpose, correct a problem, actually increase horse power and stand up to torque. I’ve torn it down enough to replace the factory crank because it was a known failure point once you push it over 500HP, but honestly, the hands down worse fix I’ve done on it was when I replaced the factory CP3 injector pump with my aftermarket 200% over pump. That job convinced me I’d never want to be a full time diesel mechanic for a living.

I built it myself, not some shop, to deliberately be a tank and a tractor and I absolutely drive it like both.
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Old 04-09-2020, 12:08 PM   #28
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Our Driveway queen!
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The new daily!
2020 Tundra DC limited, only has 1400 miles on it and will probably stay that way until all the craziness in the world ends.
Love this truck!

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Old 04-11-2020, 04:54 PM   #29
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One of the reasons I went 1/2 ton is because it's my driver. It's nice getting over 20mpg when I'm not towing despite having a 4x4 crew cab truck. Ford's new 7.3 really has my interest and I'll likely be going that route after the platform matures.
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Old 04-12-2020, 11:50 AM   #30
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My 96 Dodge Ram 3500 is not really a queen by any definition, but I only use it for things that require a truck. I live in the rust belt, so by not using my truck in the winter, it has lasted 23 years without major rust issues. I purchase much cheaper vehicles to act as my daily driver so I don't have to keep replacing my tow vehicle for huge $$$$'s.

I've been driving for over 40 years and I can think of only two vehicles I've owned that I sold for reasons other than having rotted away. One was a Pontiac Firebird that I decided was too bad of an influence on my driving habits and the other was the pickup I owned when I bought my current truck. That pickup wasn't capable of pulling a fifth wheel and my wife and I had made the decision that we wanted to do that. (Full disclosure: I have driven a couple vehicles that I purchased with the intent to hand off to my kids when they started driving, but even those vehicles are either still in the family or have been junked due to rotting out.)

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Old 04-12-2020, 12:46 PM   #31
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Mine is a garage queen. Only used for towing the TT or trips to Home Depot. 2011 with 75k miles.
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Old 04-12-2020, 07:36 PM   #32
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Mine is a daily driver driver/work truck/TT puller. It is a 2011 with 186,000 (+) miles on it. I still get 20 + mpg while not towing. I bought it 2 years ago with 146,000 miles so you can see that we drive the heck out of it. Over 8000 miles per year pulling the TT.
As a work truck it may be pulling/hauling 2 ton of firewood or hauling atv and equipment to work on my Tree Farm.
This crazy stay at home stuff is not fun, I go to my tree farm which is 50 miles away to work for the day but the weather is not even cooperating to get that work done.
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Old 04-13-2020, 06:55 AM   #33
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Since I retired in 2009 my truck is still driven daily with just me in the truck. If my wife is with me we take here VW Jetta which is a diesel vehicle so, I am always driving a diesel vehicle.

I use my truck for all sorts of things from getting landscaping items to hauling wood for my wood working projects. I usually put on about 10,000+ miles a year on the truck.

Still looking good even being a 12 year old vehicle.

I had a 2008 MegaCab. What a truck! Wish I had never sold it. Glad you still have yours. Beautiful.
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:12 AM   #34
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:45 AM   #35
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Hereís a picture of mine just after completing my first trip to Ziebart to redo the Diamond Shield and touch up the underneath.

The Diamond shield, I would have called me a liar, is amazing. This pic was last August. I washed my truck yesterday, towel dried it and the paint felt like it was just waxed 8 months after this pic.

Anyway, mine is not a garage queen. Right now Iím averaging 25,000-30,000 miles per year. Think about it in 10 years thatís not a lot of miles for a Cummins. So far only 5000 towing. This year is looking like not so much traveling but Lord Willing we can get back to it by summers end.

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Old 04-13-2020, 08:04 AM   #36
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Mine is a daily driver and do whatever I need or fun....she is garage kept but she works too.

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