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Old 07-13-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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What's the best diesel TV?

I have a 31foot JayFlight RKS, about 8K pounds fully loaded. My wife and I just retired and want to travel around the country. I want to move into a diesel TV, probably a 2500 series, extended cab and short box. I am looking for any recommendations that will help me make a wise decision, as this will probably be the last TV I buy. My current gas TV simply works too hard getting around in the mountains. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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Old 07-13-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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Fayliss, the best diesel is a Chevy, GMC, Dodge, Ford....in other words, they all are good diesels in todays truck market. I am going to say go with the Chevy as I have driven nothing but Chevy's all my life with no major breakdowns or issues. The next poster will tell you to get a Dodge, and the next will recommend a Ford. One thing for sure, if you are driving in the mountains, you will definately want a diesel. I have a 2500 short bed extended cab and have had it for 7 years and 100,000 miles and love it. It pulls my 8000 pounds great at 8800' elevation.

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Old 07-13-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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Well, like dg said, everyone has a favorite. The best way to figure out what you want is to drive them, research the reliablilty/specs/etc and then get one and hope for the best.

That said...
I went with a '03 Dodge Ram Cummins. I was looking at '03-07 to avoid the emissions junk of the newer ones (although it's not that big of a deal if you have it, I just like the simplicity and tried-and true designs. I went with the Cummins because it has 2/3 of the overall parts of its competitors and a long track record of commercial use and very long service life. It's probably the least advanced truck of the big 3, but that was a selling point to me. Even for an older truck, it's holding up very well and I keep up on all the preventative maintinence I can think of. It was a bargain in my book for way less than half the price of new (although I would have spent 5-10k more to get a lower mile truck if I could find one clean and a good buy).

Like I said, you have to try them all and you'll probably instantly rule out one just due to personal preferences. The Chevy/GMC Duramax is a great truck and had the best ride when I was test driving. If I was full-timing and not driving off-road as much this is probably what I would have bought. Ford had some dud years with the diesels, but that seems to be over now with the newer ones. They also build a really nice truck. Probably the mid-point between the tougher feeling Dodge and the more refined GM products IMO.

I don't think any will have power or capability issues for you but maybe check the specs and make sure you have capacity for all the cargo you'd ever want and even step up to a 1 ton if you need it.

Have fun - especially if you're buying used. It can be tough to find any diesel that hasn't lived a rough life! If you're going new, it may just come down to which make of truck is giving out the best deals this week.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:33 AM   #4
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The best TV is a paid for one which mine now is. Happy Days.

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Old 07-14-2012, 06:13 AM   #5
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Oh that's simple, get a F250 Ford, Lariat or King Ranch. I am sure everyone will agree with me. LOL
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:25 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the good comments. I will probably go used to save some money as several of you said. I'd like to buy in the spring, so I have some time to look. I really never considered the Chevy, but I guess I better take closer look at it judging from your comments. Thanks a lot.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:49 AM   #7
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Fayliss, I bought my first diesel, a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500. I am in love with that truck!! Pulls my Jayco G2 effortlessly. Looking to upgrade to a 5th wheel here soon.
Good luck finding your truck and Happy trails traveling!!

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Old 07-14-2012, 11:28 AM   #8
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Well the Chevy /GMC may be the overall best combination , Allison transmission and a great engine , the Ford is a new motor , have not had too many problems , stay away from the older ford 6.0 and 6.4 , I'm a mechanic , and put turbos and egr coolers on them too often . the Dodge has a good motor , but weak trans . The Dodge quality has come around a bit in the past few years , but to be honest they all have their ups and downs and either way you go you should get a nice truck .
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:19 PM   #9
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I've heard there were recalls/problems with the new Ford diesel? Is all that cleared up?

I bought a '12 Chevy 3500 SRW, 4x4, Duramax/Allison, and love it so far (~6 mos). I just had to put my first DEF in, wasn't too bad. It is silly, but that's what happens when we let eco-communists run things.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:31 PM   #10
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Don't forget how fast the Dodge trucks rust out.

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