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Old 04-24-2016, 08:13 PM   #11
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I too chose the gas. If money wasn't a consideration I would've bought a deisel but the deal I got on a year old gasser (new off the lot) was not available in Deisel. The power when towing would be awesome but I wasn't able to justify the extra $$. Plus I have several short trips a day, rarely get out on the way for highway except for hockey in the winter and towing in the summer.

Mifl I'm surprised to hear you felt air bags where necessary, I hooked up my WDH last week and got that all set up and I couldn't notice any sag. That was just eyeballing it tho. Do want to get some measurements cause I was considering adding stable loads I had from my half ton.
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:53 AM   #12
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First off since you have a fiver and looking at future upgrades (which always = bigger) then like others said skip the 250 and get a 350 SRW. For about $600 you get close to 2000 lbs. more in cargo capacity which is a no-brainer.

It's funny the people that always say "I skipped the diesel because of the high maintenance". I had a 2006 Dodge 2500 diesel that had 135,000 miles on it and now own a Ram 3500 SRW diesel. Sure oil changes cost more but my 2006 was 7500 intervals and my 2015 is up to 15,000 intervals. Throw in fuel filters every 15,000 miles and $15 in DEF every 7500 and the rest of the maintenance is no different than gassers.

I use mine as a daily driver and have never needed a manual regen and actually have no clue when mine goes into regens. The exhaust brakes on these newer diesels in just awesome and my brake controller usually stays at 25% all the way down to 15 MPG when I finally need to apply more brakes.

You'll get most of the premium paid for a diesel when you go to resell it. Sure I'm biased towards diesels for towing but I also had a 2003 HEMI towing a light TT so I know both sides.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:41 AM   #13
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Thanks for the reply guys. I mostly will drive under 10 miles daily for work and the 50-200 mile camping trips once a month with a 5th wheel. I currently have the TT with an F150, but am looking to get the HT (27.5 rlts with a 1,525 # pin weight). I had the airbags installed on my F150, but now backing off of that as an option for the new 5th.

I guess I assumed that diesel would be the only option when going through mountains with a trailer/5th wheel.

Sounds like I now will look at gas. thanks!
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:49 AM   #14
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We have just completed a 700 mile round trip to Northern AZ, and LOVED how our Ram 2500 Diesel performed! First of all, diesel fuel prices are either equal to or less than regular gas. Then, we towed our 29.5BHDS up and down several mountain ranges and have to say how impressed we were at both performance and mileage. Our overall average for the whole trip was 12.2 mpg, while had no issues passing up others towing similar size trailers. Needless to say, we're now a believer in the power of diesel!
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:09 AM   #15
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I currently have a '13 6.2L F250 with the same Eagle 27.5 RLTS that you're considering. It is more than enough rig for that 5er. Only thing that I'd stress is to get 4.30 gearset. A little extra low end as compared to the 3.73 that is widely available.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:20 PM   #16
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I tow with a 350 everyday. I help people like you set up trucks and trailer everyweek. The F250 can handle your trailer and most 5th wheels. Many people upgrade to airbags to handle the bounce and sag. It makes a good improvement. I would stay with the diesel if you plan on pulling. It can handle the trailer better. My fuel mileage with 3.73 gears is 16 hwy and 12 city, average 14 daily pulling different trailers. I would never recommend larger than 4.10 gears, no fuel mileage and no top end speed. That is why many stay away from cab & chassis trucks, geared to low to run high speed on interstate.
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Old 04-26-2016, 02:50 AM   #17
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Thanks for the reply guys. I mostly will drive under 10 miles daily for work and the 50-200 mile camping trips once a month with a 5th wheel. I currently have the TT with an F150, but am looking to get the HT (27.5 rlts with a 1,525 # pin weight). I had the airbags installed on my F150, but now backing off of that as an option for the new 5th.

I guess I assumed that diesel would be the only option when going through mountains with a trailer/5th wheel.

Sounds like I now will look at gas. thanks!

For what you will be using it for you will be fine with that setup, I've being looking at the some 5'er HT27.5 but I am getting the 2500 hemi 6.4L 4.10 gears.
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Been down those roads in life and while I cannot add much more to the already sage advice I will give my insight after driving trucks and pulling/hauling for 50 years.

Back then all our ranch trucks were gas, mostly 6's and low rear end gears. The pull was there and so was the payload, but performance was not there and only recently has been. So my last 3 trucks have been F 350 diesels, now you more capability and performance to boot.

Remember, it don't come cheap, get more pay more!

The real question you have to ask is what are your requirements payload/tow today and in the future.

My current truck will let me enter the freeway without having to turn on my flashers with or with out a load. I pull up to speed when down here in Tx we have 75 and 85 mph limits in many places. I integrate with traffic without some guy honking and passing giving me his one finger salute.

Let your NEEDS drive your truck decision. Being underpowered is not only dangerous but high stress driving.
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Since I know nothing about diesels, please help me to understand what costs are involved in owning one (F250 or F350)??

I get the oil changes are $100 ?!? good with that for 7,500 miles. what is a regen?

Any other costs which I don't know...
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Since I know nothing about diesels, please help me to understand what costs are involved in owning one (F250 or F350)??

I get the oil changes are $100 ?!? good with that for 7,500 miles. what is a regen?

Any other costs which I don't know...
The modern diesel has a soot filter that helps clean the exhaust. When it gets saturated the computer initiates a regen. The engine runs rich (mpg goes south) and DEF (diesel exhaust fluid - mostly water with urea) is injected into the filter to clean it.i use about a gallon per 1000 mi and my 350 has a 5 gallon def tank.
This is my first pickup and first diesel and I love it. Our 5er has 3020 on the pin with GVW 12700 at the last weighing. The 6.7 is an OX and it loves to pull.
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