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Old 09-25-2014, 12:25 PM   #1
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Could Use Some Help Deciding on TV

First, thank you to everyone who contributes to the board to help us newbies hopefully some day I can pay it forward.

I have narrowed my search to two vehicles. I feel confident with the information gleaned from this forum that either will tow my 2015 Heartland 3650BH but I'm not sure which one to settle on. Here they are:

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 4WD Crew Cab DRW LTZ, 40,000 miles.

2011 Ford F-350 Lariat 4WD Crew Cab DRW 85,000 miles.

They are being offer for about the same price.

I've always owned Chevys but I'm not a brand guy so I don't really want a brand war. What I want is a truck that will tow my 5th wheel safely, reliably, comfortably. The thing I'm pondering here is the 09 has fewer miles but the 11 is newer. Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 09-25-2014, 12:37 PM   #2
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My first question is how much do you intend to drive it? With that as a tow vehicle and daily driver will you be running into milage limits before it times out?
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Not sure what you mean by "times out" but we'll be traveling about 15,000 miles per year.
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:10 PM   #4
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Get the duramax with the allison much better engine then 6.0 and a great tranny.
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:54 PM   #5
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Get the duramax with the allison much better engine then 6.0 and a great tranny.
Nobody is talking about a 6.0L. The last 6.0L was sold in a 2007 model. 2008 thru 2010 Ford diesels had the Navistar 6.4L. 2011-up Ford diesels have a Ford-designed and built 6.7L diesel that has proven to be an excellent engine. The late-model GM diesel is a good engine, but no better than the Ford or Cummins. Allison is simply the name of a GM automagic tranny. And it's no better than the Ford tranny, but may be more reliable than the Ram automagic tranny.

If it were my choice, I'd choose the Ford. With only 85,000 miles on it, it's not even broken in good yet.
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Well, my first thought was to recommend Samsung, then I realized you meant Tow Vehicle!
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:37 PM   #7
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40,000 mile difference and get the Ford? There is a heck of alot more then just the engine and tranny .

You have a whole drive line cab etc etc with 40,000 more miles wear and tear on it sounds like anotherBlue Oval brainwashing. Two of the most overated things l know of Ford pick ups and Caterpiller engines.
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The Dmax/A combo has been out for over a decade and has a very reliably proven track record.

The Ford 6.7 engine and the 6R140 tranny both are new and don't yet have that kind of proven track record. If Ford keeps it over a period of time I'm sure down the road it too will have that type of durability/reliability.

Both trucks will handle your Heartland with ease. Its simply your choice.
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Have been running the Chevrolet/Duramax for 2 years pulling a 41 ft fiver. Truck is fantastic in all aspects and would be my choice.
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I know Ram is not on your list but hear me out....

I have had a multitude of Ford pick-ups over the years, never owned a Chevy - and I now have my first Dodge. I could never go back to Ford.

Take the truck with the lower mileage, especially if your only going to put 15K a year on it. Sure the drivetrain of the Ford only has 85K on it - but what about ever other part on it that has been rattled around for 85,000 miles??
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I know Ram is not on your list but hear me out....

I have had a multitude of Ford pick-ups over the years, never owned a Chevy - and I now have my first Dodge. I could never go back to Ford.

Take the truck with the lower mileage, especially if your only going to put 15K a year on it. Sure the drivetrain of the Ford only has 85K on it - but what about ever other part on it that has been rattled around for 85,000 miles??
I would suggest RAM also. Of the two no question I would go GM!
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As a Ram guy FWTW I'd go GM. I don't like Fords track record with CP.4 HPFP issues.
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As a Ram guy FWTW I'd go GM. I don't like Fords track record with CP.4 HPFP issues.
Armored trucks, Ambulances and Wreckers are all going to RAM.
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