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Old 02-13-2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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Which Tow Vehicle; Dodge Ram 2500 or Ford F-250

I'm looking to buy a new Tow Vehicle and interested in what others think. The two trucks I'm looking at are the 2011 Dodge Ram 2500 and the Ford F-250. Both are 6.7L diesel, 6 speed transmission, short bed crew cabs, right at 13,000 lb tow capacity, and the same price.

Is there a preference between the two?

What mileage have others experienced?


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Old 02-13-2011, 10:46 PM   #2
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Hmmm... All my MPG records... But I'm a 2002 Dodge that is heavily modified and producing more power than the new 6.7L...

But if your wondering most Dodge Cummins trucks will make 500K miles without any problems... I got a few that are heading for 1 million miles...

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Old 02-14-2011, 04:27 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. You might take a look a Trailer Life magazine. They did an article comparing Ford, Dodge, and GM.
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I have a 2004 Dodge 5.9,3500,single axle,long bed,six speed(All stock). I have a 2010 Jayco 365 BHS.12,800 empty. My truck gets 11-13 MPG pulling @ 70 miles per hour. Without a trailer 19-26 mpg depending on how I drive. I have never gotten less than 19! The truck pulls the wheels off of my camper. I had a 2000 Dodge 2500 before, spending the extra for the 3500 was the best decision I have ever made. The long bed pulls much better, I would buy an automatic next time. Hope this helps.
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Check out http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/08...tout.html#more

They did a VERY indepth Heavy Duty shootout with the big three.
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In real life and after 100 to 200,000 miles you probably won't tell one from the other looking at the record book, so get the one that has a color you like . Larry
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This really hurts me, but the Dodge has a bit of history to its 6.7, has corrected a soot problem in the early models and does NOT require the expensive emissions fluid of Ford (and GM). Ford, my long-time favorite, has yet to find a viable replacement for the Navistar 7.3 since it tried the 6.0 in '03. Now, done with Navistar, they'll try it on their own with the new Scorpion. Who knows? But if I were buying new, and I'm not, I just couldn't risk the money on this new engine until it has has several millions of miles experience. Can't comment on GM other than to say this is truck country and in a parking lot full of trucks, most will be Dodges, due to reliability and price, followed fairly closely by Ford, less so since the diesel difficulties, and, well, maybe a Chevy, maybe not. Don't claim to know why. I drove one years ago and it was maybe a bit too car like, quiet, Buick ride. Scared me off. If I only drove on paved roads I'd probably have bought it. Love my 7.3 but it's noisier than my old 6.9. Whatever your choice, enjoy camping.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:15 PM   #9
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For what it is worth our Local paper tested the big 3 and ranked them this way GM, Ford then Dodge. GM and Dodge were 3/4 ton's and Ford was a 1 ton as that was all that was available. The one thing that they commented on was that they weren't convinced that the Ford Transmission could handle all the power of the new engine. I don't know which I would chose if buying new (which i am not) a friend at work has the GM with Duramax and has really liked it so far, he was a Ford guy before this. I really like the look of the new Fords.
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I guess Moparman had a computer problem , Im starting to have flash backs to Ross Perot pie charts . But if i were to buy a diesel it would be a GM with a Duramax , Ill take my chances with the new Ford engine next . and sure Cummins diesels will last a long time , its the rest of the Dodge you have to worry about , the transmissions are very trouble prone , the dash boards are prone to cracking, body hardware ect. . Dodge is starting to come around .but if Im laying down 50,000 clams it had better last . Durmax has been around andis tried and true . ( I drive a F150 with a 5.4 gas )

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