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!
Originally Posted by djvmax07
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.