Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-11-2016, 10:42 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
TinyLivinKim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 4
Finding Right Truck

HI All! We are in the process of purchasing a new or used truck to pull our 014 Keystone Montana 3150RL. I've heard to stay away from RAMS due to their transmissions...so we have been looking at Chevy 2500/3500HDs and Ford 350s. Any recommendations???
__________________

__________________
~KimKim
#1stTimers #TinyHouseLivingRocks #GoWTFlow
2014 Keystone Montana 3150RL
TinyLivinKim is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-11-2016, 11:25 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 121
"I've heard to stay away from RAMS due to their transmissions...so we have been looking at Chevy 2500/3500HDs and Ford 350s."

REALLY? Maybe 20 years ago....if you are looking at less than 10 yr old trucks, both the RAM 68RFE and optional Aisin are both excellent towing transmissions. Maybe you will reconsider based on more factual info, not just what you heard.
__________________

__________________
Donna & Don Full-timing across the USA for over 8 years and still loving it!
2016 Augusta Ambition 38RL
2016 RAM 3500 Laramie DRW
donnandon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2016, 01:00 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 310
Any of the later models big three diesels would do it. When you look around it seems there are more Rams towing fifth wheel than the other two.
__________________
fvstringpicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2016, 01:08 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
superk's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Kapuskasing, Ontario
Posts: 304
If I were to buy a hauling pickup, it would be a ford, or a dodge. Chev makes great motors, and have great trucks, but we have a few chevs in the fleet at work and it seems they are always in for repair. the fords almost never ask for anything, and the dodges usually just small stuff like ball joints and tie rods are repeat offenders, ive seen plenty of u joints and even differentials, but the engine/tranny lives on.
__________________
1999 Fleetwood Bounder 34v (CHF)
How to build and install in-dash usb charger No 12v socket used. Direct wired.
Restoration and modernization of 1999 Fleetwood Bounder 34v
superk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2016, 01:49 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
jimcumminsw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oswego IL
Posts: 1,187
Quote:
Originally Posted by TinyLivinKim View Post
HI All! We are in the process of purchasing a new or used truck to pull our 014 Keystone Montana 3150RL. I've heard to stay away from RAMS due to their transmissions...so we have been looking at Chevy 2500/3500HDs and Ford 350s. Any recommendations???
I have a 2008 Ram pick up truck with the 6.7 L Cummins and the 68RFE Auto transmission. I have over 99,000 miles on this truck. The transmission has operated flawlessly and the only thing I've had to do is services it every 40,000 miles replacing the two filters and transmission oil at every change.

I am a member of Turbo Diesel Register.com and a couple of members that haul professionally have over 300,000 + miles on them before overhaul. And it has been stated that the Aisin transmission just can't be broken,by members on that forum.
__________________
Jim & Jill
Sold: 2010 318SAB Cougar:New: 2016 Cedar Creek 34RL. 2008 Dodge 6.7LCummins the original 6.7L engine, w/68RFE Auto
jimcumminsw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2016, 07:41 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Muscle Shoals, AL/Helen, GA
Posts: 931
You need to drive all three trucks and negotiate with the dealer on the lowest price. You should also see what dealer you're the most comfortable doing business with.

Any of the three trucks will do the job.

I've had a F250 diesel for almost 13 years--last of the 7.3's. It's been fantastic and is possibly the last truck I'll ever need. The 2017 F250/F350 will be the most modern truck on the market for a long time. And if it's any consolidation, there are more F series diesels on the road than Dodge/Ram and GM combined.

But you deserve to try'em all out--and try out all local dealers.
__________________
Bamaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 07:51 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
jimcumminsw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oswego IL
Posts: 1,187
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
And if it's any consolidation, there are more F series diesels on the road than Dodge/Ram and GM combined.

Yes; the other 10% of Fords trucks have made it home!

Now seriously where did you dig up that statically factoid from.

I do know that Ford sells more 1/2 ton trucks than any other manufacture but that is not a Heavy Duty Pick-up Truck with a diesel engine in the truck.
__________________
Jim & Jill
Sold: 2010 318SAB Cougar:New: 2016 Cedar Creek 34RL. 2008 Dodge 6.7LCummins the original 6.7L engine, w/68RFE Auto
jimcumminsw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 09:02 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
roothoss1282's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Posts: 109
I drove both the Dodge and the Ford and they are both good trucks. I went with the Ford 350 DW but you can't go wrong with any of the big 3. Dodge has come a long ways I will give them that but I wasn't ready to jump ship LOL.
__________________
2016 F-350 DRW 4x4- B&W Turnover Ball with Andersen Ultimate Hitch
2016 305RL Montana High Country, with Mich. XPS Ribs
roothoss1282 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 09:04 AM   #9
Senior Member


 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 788
Quote:
Originally Posted by TinyLivinKim View Post
HI All! We are in the process of purchasing a new or used truck to pull our 014 Keystone Montana 3150RL. I've heard to stay away from RAMS due to their transmissions...so we have been looking at Chevy 2500/3500HDs and Ford 350s. Any recommendations???
New one on me. Never heard of transmissions issues on a Ram. Good to do research instead of going off the rumor mill
__________________
2014 Raptor 300MP, 2014 Cowboy Cadillac - Ram 3500 Crew Cab Long Bed Longhorn 6.7 Cummins Turbo Diesel DRW 4.10 Rear End, 5588 Payload, Firestone Airbags, Curt Q20, TST507
raineman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 09:20 AM   #10
Member
 
gnirwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 84
Next to insulting a man's wife is insulting a man's truck's transmission. You will never get the answer you want on this message board. If you want to know which truck is most dependable there are better places to search. JD Powers, consumer Reports to name a few.
__________________
gnirwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 10:38 AM   #11
Junior Member
 
TinyLivinKim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 4
Thanks everyone! Didn't mean to hurt any ones feelings! lol And as you can see I am researching and grabbing data

roothoss1282: what's the weight of your Montana? How do you like your Ford 350?
__________________
~KimKim
#1stTimers #TinyHouseLivingRocks #GoWTFlow
2014 Keystone Montana 3150RL
TinyLivinKim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 07:27 PM   #12
Senior Member


 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 788
Quote:
Originally Posted by gnirwin View Post
Next to insulting a man's wife is insulting a man's truck's transmission. You will never get the answer you want on this message board. If you want to know which truck is most dependable there are better places to search. JD Powers, consumer Reports to name a few.
Respectfully, I could not disagree more. There are many posts about tow vehicles on this site, some from people who have been towing for longer than I have been alive (at 50+ years). If you are willing to toss that to the wind, then you didn't really want any help or advice.
__________________
2014 Raptor 300MP, 2014 Cowboy Cadillac - Ram 3500 Crew Cab Long Bed Longhorn 6.7 Cummins Turbo Diesel DRW 4.10 Rear End, 5588 Payload, Firestone Airbags, Curt Q20, TST507
raineman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2016, 04:13 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
roothoss1282's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Posts: 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by TinyLivinKim View Post
Thanks everyone! Didn't mean to hurt any ones feelings! lol And as you can see I am researching and grabbing data

roothoss1282: what's the weight of your Montana? How do you like your Ford 350?
Its a 305 RL High Country and it gross's 14,400. Right now it goes about 13,000 and after pulling it with the 250 gasser it's really apples and oranges. Took it up Saluda grade going up to Ashville and was grinning the whole way. Going down hill the exaust braking was really good. I wish I could have hooked up with the Dodge but couldn't do that. Don't think you can go wrong with either but to answer your question. I couldn't be happier with the F-350 DW.
__________________
2016 F-350 DRW 4x4- B&W Turnover Ball with Andersen Ultimate Hitch
2016 305RL Montana High Country, with Mich. XPS Ribs
roothoss1282 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2016, 04:29 AM   #14
Member
 
diesel2121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 51
I didn't like dodges tow mirrors and I thought ford was more comfortable for long trips and the tow mirror was a lot nicer, I couldn't be happier with the f350 drw
__________________

__________________
diesel2121 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Finding the right thermostat for AC & heating Jeff35 RV Systems & Appliances 4 04-03-2015 10:41 AM
Finding the right Elkridge ? Bella222 iRV2.com General Discussion 5 09-19-2014 01:09 PM
Finding right oil D Lindy Class A Motorhome Discussions 16 05-09-2014 03:49 PM
Finding the Right RV PeterFTH Class A Motorhome Discussions 6 01-31-2014 03:22 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.