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Old 03-10-2005, 12:43 PM   #15
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Dave,

As stated, my post was addressed to RV newbies. As a Moderator on iRV2.com, I feel responsible to point out the conservative approach to those considering entering the RVing community - that being the position that tow vehicle and RV weight ratings and actual weights are a critical part of the selection process. You may agree or disagree with the ratings, but they are the only hard numbers the general populace can go by.

I stand by my statement as presented.

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A final note I should have put into my summary above, and that is the differences in available OPTIONS.

It's hard and sometimes impossible to get some options in the 3500. Why? Who knows. Today I spoke with a dealer that I gave a list of required and prefered options, and asked him to source me a truck, or quote me to order it.

Things like the infinity stereo system, are near impossible to find on a lot. And as of right now, he said he could not even order me a sunroof if I want it in the 3500. Only available in the 2500.

To me this seems like the most compelling reason to go for a 2500 vs a 3500. If I'm dropping 40K+ on truck I'm going to use everyday, I sure expect to get it configured the way I want.
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Old 03-18-2005, 01:27 PM   #17
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The Dodge cummins will pull/haul a lot more than it can STOP. To be safe you must consider this as a priority..

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Old 03-18-2005, 08:51 PM   #18
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The sticker on the door means zilch to me.
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but I think it's better advice to tell a newbie they must really educate themselves about towing and tow vehicles, and seek first hand experiences, </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Translation: "I think I know more than the engineers that designed and built the truck in the first place and I think others should adopt that attitude too."
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ATVr:
Translation: "I think I know more than the engineers that designed and built the truck in the first place and I think others should adopt that attitude too." </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No Mr. [EDIT]. I KNOW that the engineers have little input in marketing of a final product. I KNOW this because I AM an engineer in my field and it's an easy thing to decern even if you're not.

If the people that designed the items we buy were in charge of producing true and accurate specifications for them, instead of marketing droids, government flunkies, and other corporate weenies of their ilk, the world would be a better place IMO.

Unfortunaly they're not. So we have 300hp engines that only put out 275hp, DVD players made by one manufacture but branded and priced differently by 3 different companies, Ruud Air conditioners being identical to Rheem (the manufacture) but costing 20% less, and Dodge making 1 model of truck they sell with 2 different weight ratings.

The wise man learns to not believe what he reads and only half of what he see's and instead looks for a FACTUAL basis when making up his mind.
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OK, let's be clear. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will personal flaming be tolerated on the iRV2.com forums. I would ask everyone to bear in mind the Mission Statement of iRV2.com that's displayed at the top of every page:
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Among the many implications of a "...thoughtful exchange..." is dealing with other forum participants with respect. Issues can be debated, but name-calling and personal insults are out of bounds. Period.

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OK Rusty. Thanks for the clarification of your definitions. See ya on the road somewhere.
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Yes, it is possible to upgrade a 3/4T trucks carrying capacity, however it is just not practical. DOT inspectors in some states are beginning to stop and inspect privatly owned pickups towing heavy trailers because of negligent overloading. Years ago, a conversion kit was sold to add dual rear wheels to a 3/4T, perhaps it is still available. There is another difference between a 3/4T and 1T truck that is seldom mentioned, the maximum weight capacity of the wheel rims! One company does market 19.5" wheels to add carrying capacity and tire life, but the cost will be considerably more than the price difference of a new 1T truck vs a new 3/4T truck. I would switch to another brand of truck before considering your plans.
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