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Old 07-07-2016, 04:20 PM   #1
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Decisions decisions....(on a truck)

Well, we just picked up our trailer a couple weeks ago. Dry weight it's 7300lbs. Unfortunately the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 is a tad too small to haul this guy around, so it's time to shop for a new rig. Been looking at the 2016 F250, Chevy 2500 and Dodge 2500. Having a hard time justifying 42K on a new truck. Any input, advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Well, we just picked up our trailer a couple weeks ago. Dry weight it's 7300lbs. Unfortunately the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 is a tad too small to haul this guy around, so it's time to shop for a new rig. Been looking at the 2016 F250, Chevy 2500 and Dodge 2500. Having a hard time justifying 42K on a new truck. Any input, advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Look for dealers that still have brand new 2015's still on the lot. I paid A LOT less than most doing that when buying my new 2014 last year.

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Old 07-07-2016, 05:47 PM   #3
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No one ever complained about having too much truck. I'm glad I went 250/2500 for my towing needs. The confidence is worth the cost.
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:22 PM   #4
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No one ever complained about having too much truck. I'm glad I went 250/2500 for my towing needs. The confidence is worth the cost.
Agreed. Always go overboard a bit on the truck side. My sentiments exactly.





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Look for dealers that still have brand new 2015's still on the lot. I paid A LOT less than most doing that when buying my new 2014 last year.

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Love Ram. Got a 2016 Laramie Longhorn with the leather stitched interior/seats. Wow. Nothing compares to it IMHO.
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Old 07-08-2016, 04:40 AM   #5
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Look for a 2011-2012 3/4 ton diesel with 50-75,000 miles. Get it checked out by a dealer for that brand. Buy factory extended warranty. Voila! For tens of thousands less than new, you have all the truck you need for this trailer (and the next one&#128521 plus the warranty to minimize out of pocket maintenance expense.
That is what we did with our current F250 King Ranch and it has worked our very well.
The biggest issue is patience when looking for a truck that meets the above specs. They don't show up every day, but they are out there.
Good luck!!
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Old 07-08-2016, 05:42 AM   #6
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We have a Chevy 2500 (2004) with the Allison transmission and an 8.1 L engine. We tow a boat and TT (not together) and LOVE the Allison transmission. Unfortunately, I believe these days the Allison is only offered in a diesel. Our Chevy has just shy of 200,000 miles and still going strong.
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Old 07-08-2016, 07:31 AM   #7
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a 2014 ram/5.7 will haul that with air suspension. tounge wt. around 800#

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Old 07-08-2016, 09:47 AM   #8
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Whatever you do, if you buy a Ford make sure you don't get a 6l Powerstroke. They were notorious for having problems. The 6.4 were quite a bit better but still had problems. From what I hear the 6.7 has ironed most of the wrinkles out. Or you could step up and go with a Duramax. I love mine!
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:38 AM   #9
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I just went completely crazy and bought a new Ram 3500 CTD Laramie Dually. Justified by knowing that my little 7500 pound travel trailer is only the beginning of our RV adventures. Want to tow the trailer and haul a golf cart at the same time, but the future will likely bring a 5th wheel, maybe a toy hauler. I am daily driving it, and so far (2 weeks in) I am loving it.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:22 PM   #10
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Thanks folks. Going on some test driving tomorrow. I just wish I could hook the trailer whilst doing that! Haha.
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Old 07-09-2016, 10:48 AM   #11
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Look for a 2011-2012 3/4 ton diesel with 50-75,000 miles. Get it checked out by a dealer for that brand. Buy factory extended warranty. Voila! For tens of thousands less than new, you have all the truck you need for this trailer (and the next one&#128521 plus the warranty to minimize out of pocket maintenance expense.
That is what we did with our current F250 King Ranch and it has worked our very well.
The biggest issue is patience when looking for a truck that meets the above specs. They don't show up every day, but they are out there.
Good luck!!
This!

I was patient, and found a '12 2500HD a local dealer had on it's lot... and I just watched it... the price started at 32,000 - then I noticed a week later it was 29,000... then a week later it was 26000, and then when the end of the month rolled around it was 22,000!!! The day they changed the price, I drove straight there, tried to haggle for more, no go, so I just cut them a check for it. It had 55,000 miles at the time, and it's been a good truck so far, handles my 6k-7k trailer just great.

To me, my tow vehicle is a means to an end. I didn't need leather, I didn't need apple car play, I didn't need any of the nice nice stuff... I just needed a sturdy truck. I feel like I saved myself a ton of cash with this attitude, and don't regret it.

I bought gas because I didn't want to deal with DEF, emissions and all that other junk.

I yanked the stock stereo out and installed a pioneer with a cheesy rear camera, and that's just good enough for me.

Another point... I also own a new ford f150, we use this more as a daily as it gets much better MPG in town, but I can't STAND where the pedals are placed... they are too far to the left and it makes my legs and ankles cramp. I have no idea if this is the same on the F250, but something to think about.
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I pull with a 12 valve cummins. She isn't fast but will last forever. It has zero emissions crap and no computer. There are a lot of these old Dodge trucks around, just be patient and be ready to jump when one becomes available. I have pulled with a 24 valve cummins in the past. It had over 350K when I sold it and there were fellas lined up to buy it. If you can't find a 7.3 don't buy a Ford (6.7s haven't been around long enough), Ford really messed up when they stopped using International diesels. If you want a Duramax read up on injector issues and make sure those aluminum heads aren't letting any coolant in. Take a look at what your local independent diesel mechanic drives. I doubt it's a 6.0, 6.4, 6.7 or Duramax. I have had them all and the less computer and emissions the longer they last. I was filling up my truck at a station in the U.P. this weekend and a hot shotter was filling up next to me. 5.9 24 valve, 860k. Never been inside the motor and was on the original transmission.

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Well, we just picked up our trailer a couple weeks ago. Dry weight it's 7300lbs. Unfortunately the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 is a tad too small to haul this guy around, so it's time to shop for a new rig. Been looking at the 2016 F250, Chevy 2500 and Dodge 2500. Having a hard time justifying 42K on a new truck. Any input, advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I was in a similar position a few years ago. I ended up buying a new leftover '12 Ram 2500 with the Cummins. Best vehicle decision I have ever made. We recently upgraded to a bigger TT and it was great not having to wonder if I had enough truck when we were looking.
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I had the same issue 2 years ago. We had about the same weight and went with a ram 3500 w 6.4 gas. It really made a difference. We never fear in the travel w the TT specially in the mountains.
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