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Old 07-16-2016, 08:36 AM   #29
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On the Ford SRW there is a hill decent control. When activated, you can set it so that your speed will stay anywhere between 2-20 mph when descending a hill. Maybe not as good as a true manual tranny, but works very well, especially when carrying a camper.
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The diesels give you a engine brakes. BTW my hunting partner had both 2016 Chevy and Ram. The Chevy got totalled and he replaced it with the Ram. He said the engine brake on the Ram works much better, he hauls stock.
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Cut your losses up front 1 ton duly. I am selling my in the near future and loading my camper onto a HDT. Have seen this done.
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To just carry a truck camper, you do not need a diesel and there are plenty of gasoline models that will do well. If you plan to tow behind the truck camper, then diesel starts to make sense if it is a heavier trailer or you tow in higher elevations.

Whether you need dual rear wheels depends on the the size camper and trailer you wish to take with you and what type of terrain you want to cross. A light camper on a SRW is great for exploring unimproved roads and sandy destinations if you are willing to give up space and storage capacities. On the other end of the spectrum, you can get a triple slide truck camper on a DRW and tow a stacker tag along with all your toys.
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And there is also the difference of between 10 mpg with gas and 16 mpg with diesel. At least that was my experience. There were also several occasions where without 4wd we would have been stranded, and one of those was on I-80 in WY during winter.

Just another perspective.

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Yes, you get better range per tank of fuel with diesel, but is it worth the additional $8K you will initially spend? You can add a larger tank for your gasser and drive quite a distance with lower MPG before you recover the purchase cost of the diesel. I think this is something to sway you to diesel if you're on the fence whether to buy one, but not a primary reason to get one. When I was deciding on my Class 5, I seriously looked at the 6.8 V10 and 6.4 V8 as possible engine choices. I found even for my application, I would be within the gasser capabilities but near maximums. I did not want to derate my new truck capabilities that much and limit future choices I could make in RV's, so I chose another diesel.
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