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Old 08-12-2016, 01:20 PM   #1
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Thinking of going to a fifth wheel I have a f-150 now but want to upgrade to bigger truck. The fifth wheel weight is 8800 lbs. Looking at f-250 or 2500HD decide to go with gas or diesel. what are your thoughts between both and will be traveling within couple of hours of house and to smokey mountians couple times a year. thanks for input.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:32 PM   #2
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Thinking of going to a fifth wheel I have a f-150 now but want to upgrade to bigger truck. The fifth wheel weight is 8800 lbs. Looking at f-250 or 2500HD decide to go with gas or diesel. what are your thoughts between both and will be traveling within couple of hours of house and to smokey mountians couple times a year. thanks for input.
If you are planning to go with a 5vr, I highly recommend getting a 1ton. 350/3500. The difference is cost is small and if you upgrade to a larger 5vr in the future, you will still be OK.
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Is the 8800lbs the listed "dry" weight? Even if so, depending on the ccc of the 5ver any of the gas motored HD Trucks will do the job with the correct gearing. Just know that they will need to rev (3k+ rpms) to do the job. If that may bother you having the motor rev like that, go diesel.

I would suggest that you seriously consider a 3500/350 for the extra payload. Cost isn't much different, and you gain a fair amount of payload. Even more so if you go with the diesel.

I know my buddy who has a ~10k lb loaded 5ver is seriously considering the 6.4 if he decides to get a new truck. Currently has a '13 Ram MCSB with the diesel. He said as long as the new truck is rated for about 12-13k lbs (due to towing jet skis behind also) he may switch back. Just doesn't tow any heavier to warrant another diesel. Though he does love it!!! Said there is nothing like picking a boat up (~8500lbs) from down south with his truck for a friend and motoring up the mountains at ~70moh without the trans downshifting. And passing cars that were struggling to get up the grade!

It is a tough decision for gas vs diesel. Think about all the non towing driving you do. And how long you anticipate keeping the truck.

Good luck!!!
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Yes 8800 is listing dry weight.
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Don't forget that by the time you add cargo, and possibly water, you'll be closer to 10,000 lbs! Then, add headwinds and uphill climbing, you'll now need to think of at least a 2500 or 3500. Diesel will cost you about $9,500 more, but it's well worth it! A typical 2500 Diesel will produce at least 750 lbs of torque, which you will need climbing those steep grade mountains. We have a 2015 Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel, and we're glad we have her. She climbs those steep grades like a dream!

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3500 Diesel Bowtie would be my recommendation to you. I have a 2500 diesel and added a extra spring this year and it does all I need. It pulls my 321 with a golf cart trailer behind it (oops did I say that ) with no problem at all. Duramax coupled with the Allison is a great combo ..
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You have two more decisions. Long bed or short bed and single rear wheel or dual rear wheel. If you want to buy a truck to cover every possible future decision get the 3500 DRW long bed and you are finished. If I had done this a few years ago I would not be on my third truck in the last 6 years. Someone in your family with enough power to get their way can come up with a bad case of 2 foot-itis and you will be out shopping for a truck, just saying.
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" If you want to buy a truck to cover every possible future decision get the 3500 DRW long bed and you are finished."

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We have a Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 long bed crew cab and we pull a 2017 Eagle HT 28.5 RSTS. It's gas 5.7L. No problems at all. You don't even feel like you're pulling anything. No complaints.
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