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Old 07-05-2020, 09:55 AM   #1
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Choosing a Dodge or a Ford ?

I'm looking for a different tow vehicle. currently have an older dodge dually.
This has a gcwr of 18K...not enough.

As I look around I see mostly dodge as tow vehicles...I see many more fords for sale.

Word on the street is ford won't tow anything much...

So am I better off with a dodge?...is the above true ?
thanks for your imput.
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Where are you hearing 'The Word on the street'? Are you are talking pre 2011?

Starting in 2011 Ford has been building their own powerful and reliable diesel engine and is as capable as any other truck.

Most dually trucks since 2011 with have a CGWR of around 25,000k to 30,000k

What year truck are you looking to buy?
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Ford? Dodge? Neither. GM all the way!
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If you buy a Dodge youíll be buying a car or suv. Dodge no longer makes a pickup truck. Itís a RAM, made by FCA, and has been for several years. Best truck on the road!
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Ford or GM for me. I've owned only one Dodge never again! Bought it new- biggest pile of junk I've ever owned. In the 1 1/2 I owned it had it back for warranty work 17 times! Everything from shocks to engine problems.
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Both seem reliable and capable. Ford sells a LOT of commercial vehicles. Thats likely one of the reasons your seeing so many used ones for sale. Im not a fan of having to remove the cab to work on the motor. Besides that all the chrome Fors slather all over their trucks looks UGLY to me. But then again new Rams are not much better. So I guess it all comes down to drivability and comfort.
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Ford if the budget can handle it by far the best truck. We had a fleet of Fords for years from F150-F550 and tried SOB's however they just didn't hold up to farm and ranch life

The Cummins kept going but nothing to ride in as the cab was shot on the dodge and the GMs just fell apart stem to stern

RAM if on a tighter budget

GM as last resort

Now that will get some of you going, so fire away
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looking for 2015 yr.

looks like that year is a good place to start regarding gcwr.
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If you decide on a Ford, make sure you get one that has the heated tailgate, so your hands don't get cold while you're pushing it off the road, or the other option....a free puppy.....so you'll have someone to talk to while you're walking home.....
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Ford or GM for me. I've owned only one Dodge never again! Bought it new- biggest pile of junk I've ever owned. In the 1 1/2 I owned it had it back for warranty work 17 times! Everything from shocks to engine problems.
Sounds like the 2004 Ford 6.0l diesel I bought new. Now itís 2020 and things are different. Should I never buy a Ford again because of my 2004 experience? Early duramax had their problems as well. No company is immune. Usually they learn from their mistakes.
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What the truck can tow or haul is strictly a function on how the truck is configured. You need to look at the type cab, engine and axle ratio.

We have been on the road full time for 7 years and by far, most of the diesel trucks towing heavy are Fords. Next we see Ram trucks and then a few Chevy/GMCs.

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looking for 2015 yr.

looks like that year is a good place to start regarding gcwr.
thanks again
Well if looking at 350/3500 DRW Ram and Ford both had GVWR of 14,000 and towing capacities over 25,000#. GM topped out at 13,025# GVWR and less than 20,000# towing capacity.

If looking at 350/3500 SRW Ram topped out at 12,300# GVWR both Ford and GM topped out at 11,500# GVWR.
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If you decide on a Ford, make sure you get one that has the heated tailgate, so your hands don't get cold while you're pushing it off the road, or the other option....a free puppy.....so you'll have someone to talk to while you're walking home.....
OK, I go for the puppy
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If you are thinking diesel 2015 is a good year for Ford. 2015 was the 2nd generation of the Ford 6.7 Powerstroke. I think it was 445HP and 860 ft lbs. torque. I had a 2012 F-450 and that had 400HP and 800 ft. lbs of torque and I thought that truck was powerful.

Oh, zero problems with my 2012 F-450 so I stuck with Ford and traded it for a 2017 F-250.
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