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Old 07-27-2016, 03:11 PM   #1
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Shopping for a new TV - thoughts?

So, after a near failure of the ever popular "clean underwear test" I have decided to upgrade my TV to a 350/3500 diesel. I am leaning towards a Ram Mega Cab SRW 4x4 with the Cummins diesel, an AISIN tranny and the Auto Rear Leveling Air Suspension. I'm not looking for advice on doing anything different with the truck with regards to drivetrain (drove all the various combinations), however, I am curious if others have experience and/or an informed technical opinion on the value of the factory air bags? I am towing a 28BHBE Elite. She is a heavy beast and my goal is a worry-free and more relaxing tow experience - which I haven't yet enjoyed...

On a broader note, I'm also curious if anyone thinks I should wait for the new Ford F-350? I saw recently they will have a bit more torque. That doesn't really seem like an issue at this level for what I am doing. However, relative to my first question does anyone know if Ford is going to have a feature like the Ram's factory airbags? Or should I even worry about getting those? I am a bit partial to Fords, I must confess, but I am not going to be a fanboy when it comes to this - I want the best tool for the job. And just to get it out of the way, I am not a GM hater at all, but the rear cab space is a good bit tighter than the Mega and a bit tighter than the standard Super Crew Ford (I have a '15 F150 SCREW which is the exact same box as the new Super Duty and it works ok for us). I have two kids and two dogs that travel with so I want to maximize cab space - which gives a bit of an edge still to the Ram, but are there other compelling things I should consider specifically with respect to the upcoming new Ford? Do people think the blindspot tech that will take the trailer into account will be great? I saw you can get a 110V outlet in the bed, which would be great and I don't think you can get with the Ram - anything else I am missing?

Thanks for any info you guys can provide!
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:25 PM   #2
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Ford will not offer air bags next year. You can buy them and install them yourself. It's true that torque will increase but it will be just a matter of time before others follow suit. Actually, RAM is working on MORE torque than Ford as we speak. The Mega Cab is a nice truck but man oh man..it's looooong. Try parking that in a mall parking lot at Christmas! As you can probably tell, I'm a Ford man. Have been working for them for 30+ years and I've seen and heard it all when it comes to the Ford, Chevy and Dodge battle. Anyway you go, you can't go wrong. All the major lines are players in this scenario.
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:28 PM   #3
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Do you think it would be worth putting the air bags on an F-350? I'm partial to Fords, as I said so I'm kind of looking for an excuse to wait and get one...
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I have air bags and I love them. I'd recommend them! Can't hurt and it's a better ride.
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:57 PM   #5
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Here are some things to consider regarding the f350


1) 440 HP
2) 925 Foot pounds of torque
3) Get this one a 48 gallon fuel tank with the 8' bed. YES 48 gallons I had to ask 3 times to make sure. 48 gallons WOW I'm going to love that
4) 8 cameras. 6 that gives you a 360 degree view around the truck 1 in the bed for hitching and 1 on the rear of the trailer (with the trailer package)
5) Up to 6 trailer tire TPMS sensors (with the package)
6) Adaptive cruse control
7) A 6 aux switch cluster in the head liner
8) Full cab panoramic sun roof
9) the cab is 3" wider and I think it was 4" or 5" longer lots more leg room in the back seat
10) heated & cooled massaging front seats
11) heated rear seats
12) 27.5K Reese fithwheel hitch
13) Goose neck ball hitch
14) Exhaust brake
15) Bigger Axles
16) Bigger brakes
17) All Aluminum body & cab
18) The cockpit is awesome

I'm hoping to have one in my driveway one day


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Old 07-27-2016, 07:47 PM   #6
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Here are some things to consider regarding the f350


1) 440 HP
2) 925 Foot pounds of torque
3) Get this one a 48 gallon fuel tank with the 8' bed. YES 48 gallons I had to ask 3 times to make sure. 48 gallons WOW I'm going to love that
4) 8 cameras. 6 that gives you a 360 degree view around the truck 1 in the bed for hitching and 1 on the rear of the trailer (with the trailer package)
5) Up to 6 trailer tire TPMS sensors (with the package)
6) Adaptive cruse control
7) A 6 aux switch cluster in the head liner
8) Full cab panoramic sun roof
9) the cab is 3" wider and I think it was 4" or 5" longer lots more leg room in the back seat
10) heated & cooled massaging front seats
11) heated rear seats
12) 27.5K Reese fithwheel hitch
13) Goose neck ball hitch
14) Exhaust brake
15) Bigger Axles
16) Bigger brakes
17) All Aluminum body & cab
18) The cockpit is awesome

I'm hoping to have one in my driveway one day


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But the most important question is...What's the cost?
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:17 PM   #7
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Depending on trim level and options, anywhere from $65-$80k



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Old 07-28-2016, 07:58 AM   #8
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The 3500 with Cummins and Aisin will pull that trailer like it's not even there. No experience with the factory airbags but with the same tongue weight on my trailer the rear doesn't move on my truck (3500 6.7 Aisin CCSB no bags).
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My only suggestion is to drive all 3. I ended up with a Ram after being a Ford man most of my life. I did put aftermarket airbags on my Ram and wouldn't be without them!
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I drive a 2013 Ram 3500 with the 6.7 Cummins and the Aisin. Tows 16,000 pound fifth wheel with ease and I get (with no wind) about 11 mpg. We have aftermarket airbags but only have 5 lbs of pressure in them. I don't have any sag to speak of with 4000 pound pin weight.

My wife's 2014 Ram 1500 has the factory air bags and we love it. Lowers the truck for ease of entry and exit, automatically lowers it at highway speeds to get best economy, and automatically adjusts to keep the truck level when we haul the horse trailer. My next 3500 will definitely have the factory air bags.
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