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Old 01-30-2013, 09:08 AM   #11
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After having 3 Dodges 1998, 2003 & 2005 with all over 250K miles they served me well. I had a major engine failure on the '98 and the '05 of things that should have never happened and waiting for a new engine is not what I bought a new truck to be doing. The mechanics of the Ford such as ride quality, the power of the PSD vs the Cummins is very noticeable when towing and I plow snow and the Ford FAR exceeds the ability of the Dodge. The trans in the Dodge was always loose feeling and front end parts always needing replaced every year was crazy. I guess the biggest thing was the Dodge dealer knew me, thought I would automatically buy a Dodge and tried to Ram it up me with his pricing. LOL. The Ford feels bigger and more sturdy to me as well while plowing, towing my boat and my 5er. As of now, I will stay a Ford guy just for all the little things that "I" feel are better between the 2. Oh, and Ford has the In bed 5th wheel hitch prep package. That means when I take the 5er hitch out of the bed there are no rails left behind. That alone is worth it to me. These are just MY reasons not looking for a debate.
No debate. Just curious. Thanks.

I always wanted to try towing my 5er with my Dad's F-350, but he took out the hitch etc. before I could try it. It was a 2009, not 06 as I originally typed.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:56 AM   #12
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If you were closer I would let you try my truck and you would be HOOKED...LOL
Sorry if my 'No Debate" sounded harsh. I just was giving my opinion and that's it. Hope it helps you. Just be leary of a Ford with the 6.0 liter as there as so many issues with that motor. The 6.4 is better, but mileage was bad. The 6.7 in the 2012 I now have is better than the 2011 6.7 as we are now on the 3rd revision of the motor and most of the bugs are worked out. My 2011 F-350 was one of the first that was put out in April of 2010 and is now back at Ford for them to try and figure out the issues it had.
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Oh and one last thing... The Ford is made in Kentucky USA and the "Dodge" or should I say Ram is made in Mexico.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:56 PM   #14
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Although we have a V-10 gasser F-350 instead of a PSD, we feel the same way as MikeNChelle about the superior qualities of a Ford all around, and especially pulling our 11,000 lb 5er. Had a Chevy suburban to pull our last TT, and would never have one again, due mainly to GM's failure to honor their warranty because we changed a defective new engine while 2,000 miles from home, without written permission from the selling dealer.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:58 PM   #15
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I'm a Chevy guy so there's no other choice then a Duramax and an Allison auto... but you may also want to look into when your area has for vehicle safety standards. Where I live anything with a GVW over 9900lb requires yearly vehicle safety inspections weather it is a single or dual rear wheel. But anything under 9900lbs GVW is exempt from yearly inspections and must only be inspected when selling the vehicle. I can't fit anything longer than a 26' in my yard so the 2500HD is all I need, my trailer is 7500lbs so I could tow with a half ton... but I've done the 5th wheel with a 1/2 ton and never again, besides my Duramax gets better fuel mileage both in the city and on the highway than my wife's 2010 Grand Caravan. My brother-in-law used to tow a 27' TT with a 06 Ford 5.4 and I got the same fuel mileage towing as he got empty. Now he has one of those new F-150's with the turbo V6 and gets 8-9 MPG towing and it does 1 MPG better empty than his V8 truck did.

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Old 02-02-2013, 11:21 PM   #16
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Thanks for the input everyone. We have been looking at the 2012-2013 F250 4x4 w/crew can 6.7L diesel w/3.55 axel ratio. Expensive but looks like it may be worth it. We are eyeing the jayco 30.5 RLS that has a dry weight of about 8280 & gross of 10,200. I would think the F250 would be fine. Don't you think? My other question is that I prefer the short bed truck. Will the short bed work on the 30.5RLS? Considering ordering it with he Reese revolution pin box. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:34 AM   #17
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Josie, We are new at towing a fifth, and don't have the history with trucks that everybody else has. What I do know is that our 2012 Ford F350 Diesel DRW pulls our Pinnacle like its not even there. 15 mpg most of the time, rides great, lots of room for those long rides, and power, power, power.
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Josie, I have that truck. 2012 F-250 crewcab, shortbox, 6.7l with the 3.55 axle ratio. Although I don't pull a 5th wheel, I do pull a 2012 Eagle TT 320rlds @ 9200#'s with a 1450# tongue. I test drove all of the big three trucks before I went with Ford. All were nice. The Chevys were 4 to 6k more than the Ford and I thought the Dodge didn't ride as well. Just a few little things the Ford had- urea tank fill position, power folding and extending mirrors for towing etc, and immense power and quietness of the 6.7l. I believe the truck has a max loaded 5th wheel trailer weight rating @ 15,900lbs. Not sure of tongue weight. I think the short bed would be fine, just watch those corners. By the way, the crewcab "shortbox" has a 6ft, 9in. bed.
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Thanks everyone. We bit the bullet today & purchased a new 2012 F250 crew cab w/6.7 L power stroke engine, 3.55 axel ratio, diesel. Sweet ride! Now, have to save up some pennies to get the 5th wheel hitch & 5th wheel. We got an extended warranty - don't know if we need it (was a bit pricey) but have never owned a 5th wheel before so I figures it's a little insurance.

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:50 AM   #20
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So long as it's a Ford extended warranty you are better off. If it's a secondary company warranty, sorry but not so much.
I am also not seeing if you bought a LB or SB? The long bed is better for tight turns and you also get a larger fuel tank with the LB.
Other than that, sounds nice...
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