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Old 11-19-2015, 12:01 PM   #15
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A DRW provides significantly more stability not more power. Once you pull a 5th wheel with a DRW you won't want anything else
So true!!!
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:44 PM   #16
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Jim Cummins the price difference I mean is on the engines. Thanks
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:08 PM   #17
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Diesel is 113% per Lbs but there is more Lbs per gallons making it 135% per gallon,
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:13 PM   #18
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After towing my 10K fiver with an F150 Ecoboost and now my F350 Powerstroke, I would never want to tow without turbos again. The low-end power that comes from turbos takes so much drama out of the towing experience...
You do know that the F150 with Ecoboost is a 3.5L engine with twin turbos?
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Old 11-20-2015, 06:56 AM   #19
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You do know that the F150 with Ecoboost is a 3.5L engine with twin turbos?
Absolutely and that was my point, just not clear.
Prior to the Ecoboost, I had a Tundra V8 that struggled with a 5500 lb TT. I bought the Ecoboost to haul my fiver and it did a great job. It would pull grades in Wyoming at 62 mph with no problem, often passing slower diesels. But I was adding batteries and solar and wanted room and capacity to carry stuff in the bed of the truck, so after 3 seasons and 67,000 miles with the Ecoboost, I traded for the F350.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:31 AM   #20
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Gasoline, I'd buy the Hemi. Diesel, would be the Cummins. As mentioned, DRW with that large of trailer.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:42 AM   #21
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In my opinion, you buy the vehicle that will do the job the safest and best that you can, and if you have to worry about fuel costs, you're in the wrong business/hobby/lifestyle.

An interesting tiny little data point. I have been in Yosemite NP for the last five nights. There are two fuel stations open in the park right now. Diesel is a dime cheaper/gallon than regular gas at both, and for pulling a home behind the truck, it will go farther on a gallon of diesel than gas in these hills.

And don't forget about the exhaust brake of the diesel. That safety feature is part of the cost of the better engine.Once you've used one on a long steep descent, you'll be very glad you have it.
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Old 11-20-2015, 04:31 PM   #22
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You've heard many valid suggestions. The common denominator seems to suggest diesel and probably a DRW for your weight. I would also suggest the highest ratio rear end offered. In a RAM DRW it would be a 4.10. Any brand would work. That part is just personal preference.

Regards to cost, compare a 5 year old truck with diesel and the identical truck with gas in the Blue Book or equivalent. The diesel model could be valued more than the original cost of the diesel. i.e. The cost is only in the initial purchase.
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Old 11-20-2015, 04:44 PM   #23
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Either gas or diesel will take you across any of the roads you will encounter.

You have the choice with diesel of blowing the doors off of most semi's. With gas you may have be happy to blow the door off of an occasional VW microbus.

Just get a truck with sufficient capacity to carry you, the family, the goods and the trailer within specifications.

It is not about the speed, it is about the journey. If you are in that much of a rush, take the plane.
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:15 PM   #24
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I moved from an underpowered gas class A to an 18,000lb 5th wheel.

I did A LOT of reading across multiple blogs . I spoke with numerous campers that pulled heavy 5th wheels with three manufacturers of p/u trucks.

Finally after three months I spent considerable cash money on a 2011 F350 6.7 turbo diesel dually. I pulled my 5th wheel 120 miles home with her 800lb torque package.

I made the right decision.
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I personally believe everyone should tow with a converted HDT and haul a small vehicle on back, since we suggesting the safety possible vehicle. lol. That is what I'm doing
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:51 AM   #26
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NO thanks to the the NOT SO "SMART" car type option!!! I will drive my BIG wide hipped truck any day over a little death trap.
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Isn't Smart car made by Mercedes Benz? If I had to get in a nasty crash in a tiny little car, in sure there are much worse ones available.
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I think the smart car is getting a makeover this year and would actually be a pretty fun little ride with the improvements. I'm also under the impression that they're built to be be pretty safe. (Just try not to crash into anything real big.) We actually considered going the toy hauler route with a Smart in the back at one point, but at 6'3" and 225 pounds, I might have been a bit cramped in there. Especially if my Dane were to come along. :| DW decided she wanted a Wrangler, so that made the decision for us.
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