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Old 08-15-2016, 04:50 PM   #1
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Is this old man loosing it, or what?

My wife and I go camping in a Jayflight 24FSB, currently being pulled by an '06 chevy CC 6.0 gas 4x4. I was entertaining the idea of going to a Dodge Ram 2500 laramie with the cummins and automatic, and loaded. The problem was 225,000 miles made me shy away from it, but they only wanted 14 G's for it. How crazy am I for doing this? Some are telling me I really don't need a diesel, just stay with the gas.
I see pro's and con's both ways.

Someone else bought the truck.

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Old 08-15-2016, 05:12 PM   #2
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225k Miles... and you could be buying into someone elses problems. You know what is going on with yours. A lower mileage candidate would be better, unless you are pretty handy and do not mind turning that wrench.

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Old 08-15-2016, 06:00 PM   #3
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You didn't mention the year of the Dodge??

I wouldn't give up a solid chevy 6.0 for the hassle/expense of a diesel to tow that size of trailer. If you tow a lot and in the mountains then maybe..

I've had diesels and gas trucks and the simplicity of a gasser is my preference.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:45 PM   #4
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Yep. You're loosing it!

The gas engine pulls the 24SFB just fine. The diesel would be overkill.
You could buy a whole new gas engine for the cost of a repair on the diesel.
The fuel mileage of the diesel is nice but it would take hundreds of thousands of miles to appreciate any savings.

Although if I were to get a diesel truck, it would be a Cummins.
Dodge is what 9/10 over the road hauling company's use. They use the Cummins to pull 3-4 car carrier trailers. Way heavier than your travel trailer.

I have a friend with a 6.0 power stroke. The hpop went, the EGR cooler, oil cooler went costing $6,000 to fix. Then a couple of years later the EGR and oil cooler went again... -$3,000-$4,000. Having turbo problems now.

Same guy, didn't learn a thing, went out a bought a used 6.4 power stroke dump truck. 1200 miles after he got it the rockers/pushrods failed, -$3,000. Then a few months after that the engine blew up. Spun main bearings. New engine installed -$17,000!
He had to have the diesels (status thing) to drive around town in. He starts them up, drives down the street a mile to get coffee then shuts it off. Starts it up goes back home and shuts it down.

A diesel needs to run. They want to haul all day long. And if you don't give em what they want they'll make you pay!
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:00 AM   #5
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Keep what you got.. a chevy gasser beats any dodge any day..
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:16 AM   #6
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+1 for the "keep what you got" camp.

Is the '06 paid for?

Yeah, the Cummins engine may go 1 million miles or more, but the truck around it won't. 225,000 is definitely a deal breaker IMO.

It doesn't sound like you NEED a diesel, and the gas motor works fine for your needs. I'm all about getting a diesel if that's what you need, but there's no point if you don't need it. That's one of the reasons I didn't go with a diesel when I bought my new truck last year; my usage pattern just doesn't support it. I have a short commute, the family has another vehicle that's better at "road-tripping", and my RAM gasser has more capacity than I'll ever need. Would it be nice to have a diesel? Sure it would, but I don't NEED it, and would likely spend more time and money working on it because Jhowemca is right, a diesel needs to RUN.

IMO, park the ego that tells you you need a diesel, and stick with the right tool for the job.

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Old 08-16-2016, 08:36 AM   #7
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Dont touch it, keep the devil you know :-) diesel are much better for the ego than anything else !
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:22 AM   #8
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I tow my 24 RBS with my '02 2500hd gasser. It has close to 300k on it.. for what I need it's fine but I admit I get bit by the diesel bug now and then. I'm currently on the lookout for a 06-07 lbz duramax.

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Old 08-16-2016, 10:40 AM   #9
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:56 AM   #10
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The diesel in question is a '06 with a 5.9, but it's no longer part of the equation now.
The reason I'm considering making a trade is because it is getting more difficult to climb in and out of the 4x4. In my looking I came across the Dodge that I mentioned. My wife will soon be retiring, and we plan to spend a lot of time camping and sight seeing and I thought the diesel would be the best choice. Now that I put that all out there to read, I see how bad a choice it would have been with possible breakdown at every town.

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