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Old 05-22-2012, 11:15 AM   #11
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You can never have too much truck.
X2- The first rv is called a "starter unit"- It has been my experience that the next rv purchased is always larger and heavier- If you intend to be a weekend camper forever and the tv is your daily driver, a 1/2 ton pickup may be a reasonable choice- If you have retirement dreams involving extensive travel, it might be prudent to upgrade to a 3/4 ton and experience firsthand how you will feel in a heavier truck with a larger engine- We started out with a pop-up towed by the family station wagon and gradually arrived at our present equipment- Today, I would not turn a wheel unless I were driving a diesel crewcab dually which is what we have- JMHO- DD
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:09 PM   #12
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Yes, I have seen the demo truck and love it. It's a nice dually diesel. It's no wonder the Tundra has always been best of class in the 1/2 ton catagory with the 4.3 gear ratio and the frame of the F350, and an American truck made in Indiana.
Can't wait to see how they will beef up that frame!

i'll get a a lot more years out of our gigantor toyota, as it tows the 19H just fine... even with the smaller 4.7 V8....but i'll probably sock away for a new one down the road...


i do plan to upgrade to a diesel, as i'm doing a lot more towing.. and have a lot more stuff that i want to tow around... i finally feel the need for diesel power and a larger GVWR... however, in my best Texspeak, "DANG they are PROUD of those things!"

i sure hope they offer a manual transmission model, but i doubt that is in the cards.. in fact, i doubt a tundra diesel is in the cards either...
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:52 PM   #13
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Currently the only diesel from the big three that you can still get a manual trans with is the Ram/Cummings combo, and when you do the engine is mildly detuned in comparison to the auto trans.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:49 PM   #14
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I went from a 2002 F150 5.4L to a 2011 Superduty with the 6.7L Powerstroke. I will NEVER go back! It is a HUGE difference. Not only the HP/TQ but because it is a much heavier truck, you will naturally get a lot less sway. Passing trucks don't bother me any more, not even a little wiggle from the trailer. The integrated trailer brake control works flawlessly as well. Night and day difference. I have not driven the Superduty with the 6.2L gas engine, but I have been told that it is also a very strong engine. Your gas mileage will suck though. I get close to 12 MPG while towing with mine.

Good luck in whatever you decide.
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I went from a 2002 F150 5.4L to a 2011 Superduty with the 6.7L Powerstroke. I will NEVER go back! It is a HUGE difference. Not only the HP/TQ but because it is a much heavier truck, you will naturally get a lot less sway. Passing trucks don't bother me any more, not even a little wiggle from the trailer....
I agree X 2!!!
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:59 AM   #17
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So with what everyone has said, a 2005 F250 with a 5.4 Liter V8 (there is actually a nice one at a lot in my area right now) might feel more 'firm/stable' since it's heavier duty than my 2005 F150, however, it goes without saying that I would probably actually struggle a little more in pulling since it's a heavier truck with the same engine that I currently have.

Is this fair to say?
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Opinions will vary, if it were me, I don't think that there would be enough bang for the buck to make the switch. I made a change (from a Hemi Durango) to an F250 and I went Diesel and that was a significant change. Not sure I would have gone to an F250 with a similar sized engine though, but that's just me.
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I agree with nylyon. If that 2005 had the V10 or the 6.0, I'd make the change. Going from one 5.4 to another though, I don't think you'll notice enough of a difference, especially if your F150 is doing an admirable job right now.
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