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Old 10-14-2016, 08:37 AM   #31
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I tow my 26BH with my Ram 1500 Ecodiesel. It's pulls it perfectly.
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The op was up-front about this being a personal preference and not a claim that his/her 1500 was not capable enough.
Don't take it personally Spur, the forum strongly discourages mention of pulling travel trailers safely with 1500/2500 TV's.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:41 AM   #32
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The truck won't end up being a daily driver. I have a 52 mile commute one way every day. So, while I do drive the Sierra every day (and love it), I likely won't drive the 250/350 just because of the additional size in Atlanta traffic. I'll end up buying a cheap car to drive to work.
I dont know if it makes a difference in regards to gas/diesel or not (I am not a mechanic and not really familiar with diesels) but if it is not your daily driver would it be better to get a gas 250/350??

Maybe someone else can chime in, but I have "heard" that diesels should not sit -- "they need to be run".

With that being said, I bought a gas due to only using it to pull the trailer. It sits in the garage when not being used (up to couple of weeks at a time).

I don't want to bring up the whole "maintenance cost" comparison, but just a thought if the truck will not be a daily driver.
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:07 AM   #33
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I dont know if it makes a difference in regards to gas/diesel or not (I am not a mechanic and not really familiar with diesels) but if it is not your daily driver would it be better to get a gas 250/350??

Maybe someone else can chime in, but I have "heard" that diesels should not sit -- "they need to be run".
I am familiar with Diesels. The 'should not sit' applies to all motor vehicles. Parasitic electrical loads kill the battery, oil gradually settles leaving parts unprotected, etc.

There are some differences around stopping/restarting and when you can apply the load that are different between gas and Diesel. There used to be problems with the fuel gelling at low temperatures, but since the introduction of ultra-low-sulfur fuels, it's not an issue any more.

But for absolute power without having to bend the needle on the tach, Diesel has it all over gas!
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:46 AM   #34
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I dont know if it makes a difference in regards to gas/diesel or not (I am not a mechanic and not really familiar with diesels) but if it is not your daily driver would it be better to get a gas 250/350??

Maybe someone else can chime in, but I have "heard" that diesels should not sit -- "they need to be run".

With that being said, I bought a gas due to only using it to pull the trailer. It sits in the garage when not being used (up to couple of weeks at a time).

I don't want to bring up the whole "maintenance cost" comparison, but just a thought if the truck will not be a daily driver.
My Duramax is not my daily driver, it sits more than its on the road.

However I simply love driving it more than my work car; so every weekend it gets driven, not necessarily driven hard but driven. For ~ 4 years this has proven to be enough to keep the fuel fresh, fluids moving and battery charged. If it was going to be parked except the handful of days one is towing the camper then maybe a diesel isn't the best option.

I find lots of reasons to use it however. The past several weekends we have been landscaping so it has hauled tons or dirt, boulders, sod, plants etc. Nothing like going to the bulk yard and putting 2 yards of soil in it and not ever being concerned about weight.

Having a 250/2500 vs 150/1500 has proved very useful around our house, besides the obvious benefit of towing up an 11% grade at 55 mph
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My Duramax is not my daily driver, it sits more than its on the road.

However I simply love driving it more than my work car; so every weekend it gets driven, not necessarily driven hard but driven. For ~ 4 years this has proven to be enough to keep the fuel fresh, fluids moving and battery charged. If it was going to be parked except the handful of days one is towing the camper then maybe a diesel isn't the best option.

I find lots of reasons to use it however. The past several weekends we have been landscaping so it has hauled tons or dirt, boulders, sod, plants etc. Nothing like going to the bulk yard and putting 2 yards of soil in it and not ever being concerned about weight.

Having a 250/2500 vs 150/1500 has proved very useful around our house, besides the obvious benefit of towing up an 11% grade at 55 mph
This would be my situation too. I'd use it every weekend and pretty much anytime I drive other than back and forth to work.
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I did add air bags to mine just for the sake of load leveling when I want it. mine does fine with equalizing hitch without the bags and my hitch weight is about 1300 lbs . I have had a diesel for about 8 years and it has been my daily driver and I don't mind it at all. Sitting hurts either gas or diesel for long periods
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I totally hear you. If we went into 7k (+), we would strongly consider 3/4 ton. The towing experience is so much better when you start hauling bugger units. The 1/2's can do it, but these weights enter their upper threshold, and I do not like being there. It's just me. At 7-8k, I would be seriously considering the 3/4. That's on the margin of a 1/2. It is important to consider the future. We think that we are going to stick with 1/2 ton towable - just our preference. It's all about lifestyle, budget, and maintenance. We like all of it - the trucks, the motor homes, the fivers, and the trailers. But alas, we cannot have it all.
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Don't take it personally Spur, the forum strongly discourages mention of pulling travel trailers safely with 1500/2500 TV's.


My mistake, I apologize. It won't happen again.
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Old 10-21-2016, 12:20 AM   #39
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I would encourage you to compare the available payload numbers on the tire and loading information sticker on the door jamb between the 2, I was surprised at the difference between Diesel F250's and gasser F250's, that engine weight makes a difference. If I was going with the diesel, I think I would lean 350 if I could to have that number be higher as long as it didn't make you take a bath on insurance or registration fees.
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Here's my two years of towing take on it...with your current size rig, yes the 250 will do it easily...either gas or diesel. But if you start looking at larger rigs, the tounge/pin weights add up quick. So, if you might be close to upgrading, try to find a decent 350. When going the 350 route, I'd go diesel. Your next decision will be single or dual rear end...These trailers are big and catch a lot of air, so having the correct handling for a tow vehicle is paramount. Trust me, I pulled right at my limits for 1 1/2 seasons and love my 2500 CTD and the security while pulling it provides me. Don't know if this helps any, but I hope it provides some helpful info.
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