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Old 06-27-2014, 01:20 PM   #11
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My big block laughs at hills and its not a diesel. But gas mileage is horrendous..lol
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:35 PM   #12
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If half ton it is hard to beat a ford ecoboost. I had a 2013 ram 1500 and it had power but payload capacity was low and it sucked the gas when towing. Now that I have a 2014 3400 cummins, I doubt I would ever tow another trailer with a gas engine. The difference is night and day. No half ton truck compares to a diesel 3/4 or 1 ton when it comes to towing. Those that say their half ton tows it like it's not even there have likely not towed with a bigger truck. The trade off is higher price and rougher ride when empty
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:51 PM   #13
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x2 on a Diesel, initial investment is more, but longevity and re-sale value is considerably better than a Gasser. Much is made of the horsepower and torque of Diesels, but in my opinion the breaking ability with the exhaust break is awesome! Once you get into a Diesel you'll probably wonder why you didn't do it earlier!
Good luck with your selection
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:54 PM   #14
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I was thinking 3/4 ton too. Does anyone have a preference on maker?

I'm going to test my Titan 4x4 next week by picking TT up at the dealers empty
(No hills on way home), then July 4th with a short-but-steep hill.

Any pref of gas/diesel?

Thx everyone for the advice
NOW you are going to stir up trouble. Asking for a definitive opinion on truck brand and engine type.

I bought my latest truck because:
a. most comfortable driver's seat for me
b. I still needed to seat 6
c. If I am going to spend that much money, I am getting luxury.
d. I like diesels, fewer moving parts, less maintenance, last longer, better milage (for equivant HP/Torque.
e. 8' bed, 'cause I had a short bed early in my life and wished I had a long bed.
f. cheapest of the big three (at the time)
g. 3/4T has heavier: brakes, frame, running gear.

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TV: 2010 Dodge Ram Laramie 2500 CrewCab Long bed w/Cummins diesel
TT: 2008 JayFlight GII 26BHS (9300# gross trailer weight)
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:05 AM   #15
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I'm sold on the 3/4 ton diesel. Now I just have to pay down the TT
I haven't even picked up yet-haha.

The Dodge Ram 2500 'express black package' looks baaaadass.

I'm fully expecting my Titan to give me 6mpg when I pick it up this Wednesday.
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Oh --- 4x4 or 4x2? That seems like a chunk o change esp
in the 2500's across the board. I'm in southern CA, and seriously doubt
I will see anything wild enough to REALLY need fwd.

It is nice tho. Not sure if it's $4000+ nice.

Thx
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:39 AM   #17
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I just sold my Silverado 1500 (5.3) and bought a 2500HD gasser. I was not impressed with the towing ability and constant transmission shifting of the 1500 (4 speed) towing aroung 5,200 lbs. I would have entertained a diesel but it wasn't in my budget and I'm not handy working on diesels. A co-worker has a new diesel and loves hers but hates having to put DEF in it all the time. 4x4 definately has a greater resale value and attraction in certain parts of the country...I learned that trying to sell my 2WD Silverado last week.
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:29 AM   #18
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Have you considered a lightly used truck? I realize that lightly used and truck seems like an oxymoron, but there are some out there. Mine was turned in from a 2-year lease and had only 23K miles on it when I bought it a year ago. Took over a year of searching to find it in the color I wanted, but it sounds like you've got some time.

Why not let someone else take the $10-$15K hit when they drove it off the sales floor?
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Take a look at the Ram 1500 with the 3.0L EcoDiesel. 9200# trailer tow cap and 30 mpg hwy with out trailer.
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Take a look at the Ram 1500 with the 3.0L EcoDiesel. 9200# trailer tow cap and 30 mpg hwy with out trailer.
I think the ecodiesel is a great idea, but the payload on them are quite low...some less than 1000lbs
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