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Old 09-28-2014, 07:45 PM   #15
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It seems to me it would be far cheaper to just rebuild the transmission right out of the gate than to buy a new one.

I would LOVE a brand new one off the showroom floor, but geez at 65k I'm like... whoa.. hold on now..
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and then of course there's the debate on the f350 vs f250 (and dually or not dually)

I know the F250 will handle any bass boat great... but if I ever wanted to do a truck camper..... I have a feeling that f350 dually would be the right choice there.
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Old 09-29-2014, 04:02 AM   #18
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I used to think the same about the RAM trucks. Bought my 98 12V 4X4 with 50K in 01 and now has nearly 400K. Has o

Of course I upped the engine power and smoked the trans. Original tie rod ends, replaced ball joints at 300K, still has original U joints. Truck has been rock solid.

My recommendation for a 15-20K truck is a well maintained 02 RAM
Dually 6 speed HO.

Op pop the hood on the big three, only one you can see the engine on is the Cummins.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:23 AM   #19
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and then of course there's the debate on the f350 vs f250 (and dually or not dually)

I know the F250 will handle any bass boat great... but if I ever wanted to do a truck camper..... I have a feeling that f350 dually would be the right choice there.
Ford makes the F350 with single rear drive, too. They are a LOT easier to drive if you go to Lowes or other store where you have to park between lines.

A duelly is for fifth wheels and goose-neck trailers, IMO.
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Ford makes the F350 with single rear drive, too. They are a LOT easier to drive if you go to Lowes or other store where you have to park between lines.

A duelly is for fifth wheels and goose-neck trailers, IMO.

I would think a dually would be a good idea if you want to use a slide-in camper
and towing a boat, or what ever on a trailer behind.
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Purchased my 06 Ram 3500 DRW (5.9L Cummins) w/57k mi. All stock. Been pulling my 10k lb 35ft bumper pull for 60k miles getting 12mpg with ease. It drives so easy my wife does about half the driving on the highway. It gets 21mpg unloaded. Can't even fathom the day when I have to look for a replacement. Bought mine at carmax.
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Best all around truck in your price range would be a 2002 RAM Dually HO with the 6 speed stick. If maintained I would not hesitate at 300K. Throw in a set of Bosch RV 275 injectors and would really be impressive. Recently bought a 98 12V 2wd for commuting. Gets 22-23mpg. Bought it with 313K runs strong.

Cummins = medium duty.

GM/Ford = light duty.
Hmm, that's weird, Ford and GM(GM just got out) has been in the medium duty business for years and not using Cummins engines. Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Eagle, Diamler, Govt motor division, Fiat, 2015?? motors haven't been.
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F650/750 only available with the Cummins Diesel option.

Cummins duty cycle 350K

GM/Ford 250K
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I would think a dually would be a good idea if you want to use a slide-in camper
and towing a boat, or what ever on a trailer behind.
It's all a trade-off, of course. A duelly will be more stable when towing, but that really comes into play with HEAVY loads. Camper top and pulling fresh-water boats doesn't (IMHO) justify having to use one.

The flip side is the size and width, that the OP and his bride might not like to have if driving a lot in urban areas.

Personal preference is probably the driving force in this decision. I had a F350 SRWD with the full 8' bed on it for awhile. Sold it pretty quick because, at 22' long, it was a real handful; even turning in the boat launch parking area. A Duelly would have been even bigger.
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I have owned quite a few diesels over the years. The best thus far have been my 7.3 Powerstroke and my 2001 Dodge 5.9 Cummins.

That said, the Ford simply rides better. Hands down, there is no comparison. And while the 5.9 Cummins at it's core is probably a better engine, everything else on the engine will need replacing at some point. Most of those items are quite expensive if done at the dealer so join a forums and get educated about how to keep ahead on the maintenance.

I wish I could put my 5.9 Cummins in my F350 but my PS is a pretty fun engine just the same. I've towed at max rating capacity across the US and back, through hills and mountain grades. Both do the job well, just differently. The Powerstroke definitely required more modifying to reach the Cummins performance levels.

Whatever you do, don't mod a truck for power and race. Modify it to enhance the towing experience but take it to a diesel guy who understand that you want durability and longevity over performance and "giddy-up". With the right tuner, you can really wake up the 7.3 PS. The HO Cummins already pretty much there. And make sure you get a EGT gauge while being diligent about 1200 deg as a limit.
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Right at 295,000 on my 02 F250 with 7.3. Used to tow a bumper pull but now have a MH. Only problems so far have been replacing ball joints once and the normal transmission replacement due to a blown rear seal and also a starter. Replaced batteries twice but don't consider that as major as well as tires. It does have a chip in it. It is my daily driver and I intend to run it until one of us dies. If you like Ford a lot of really good info is available on
www.thedieselstop.com.
SmokeyWren who posts on here and the Ford forum, if I recall correctly, ran one somewhere around 5 or 600,000 miles. The key is continual and proper maintenance no matter what you decide.
Good luck and safe travels!
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