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Old 09-09-2014, 08:37 PM   #41
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Great thread. I tow with an SUV and it is great with the kids (four of them). However, as they are becoming young adults and moving out on their own, a 3/4 ton truck is high on my list when the SUV needs to be replaced. Even though I will only be towing a trailer weighing in at 4300 pounds dry weight. I like the idea of having plenty of towing capacity.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:38 PM   #42
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I do a lot of pulling .. car trailers boats and my tt ... I had a gmc Yukon with the 5.3 and it did a lot of shifting even just on overpasses with little incline .. I went to an older 95 ford f350 crew cab with 7.3 5 speed manual duesel and I love it ... I paid about 11000 for it 4 years ago and I would do it again tomorrow ... but if you don't pull much it doesn't matter as much ... but i moved up to a bigger trailer and if I go to take a trip somewhere with hills I wont worry as much as I would have with the Yukon
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:51 PM   #43
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Everyone's input is truly appreciated. I have a lot to think about. Since I don't do a lot of traveling getting the diesel is probably out since I didn't realize how much more than a gasser it really was and how much it is to maintain it. I think it's down to an expedition or a 4 door gas superduty truck. I like the truck because you can haul stuff but my girls would really enjoy the entertainment that comes with an SUV. Thanks again everyone.
The diesel doesn't really have more of a maintance cost you have double the the oil but change it half as much. But yes very expensive to repair when they brake down. Stick with a half ton truck if you're going with gas. Otherwise if going up to a 3/4 ton do the fuel economy math you'll be cheaper per mile to drive the diesel. However you will not recoupe the initial cost for the upgrade to the diesel until you sell it and then down grade to the gas at that point I would say you'd get back at least 75% or more of it. Just remember once you get the camping bug. You'll want to go bigger and farther away. So upgrade truck now and then trailer. Gets expensive to do it at the same time. Just food for thought. Good luck with your decisi
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Good information regarding the 3/4 ton. I may have to re-evaluate my focus on one. I actually wanted a smaller trailer but couldn't find one with a good layout that met our requirements. I would be surprised if I ever go bigger.
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You'll want to go bigger and farther away. So upgrade truck now and then trailer. Gets expensive to do it at the same time. Just food for thought.
So true! I'd like a big, new fiver but my 7.3's tranny probably would poop out on me on one of the many high, long pulls we have up here in the mountains. But a new F450 in the model I'd want is just a little cheaper than a Rolls! On the good side, not buying anything means I don't have to trade retirement for a WM greeter job!
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I am sticking with gas because (1) our camper's dry weight is about 5500#, (2) we only camp 6-8 times/year usually within a few hundred miles of our home and (3) our TV is really only used for towing our TT, an occasional haul to the dump and a trip into town (not much more than 5K miles/year).

To someone's earlier response, diesel is the ultimate way to go, but if your situation is like mine, I would find purchasing a diesel hard to justify, unless you find an exceptional deal and/or have allot of money sitting around.

Also, I can't imagine not having a pick-up as having the bed to throw stuff in is golden.
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I am sticking with gas because (1) our camper's dry weight is about 5500#, (2) we only camp 6-8 times/year usually within a few hundred miles of our home and (3) our TV is really only used for towing our TT, an occasional haul to the dump and a trip into town (not much more than 5K miles/year).

To someone's earlier response, diesel is the ultimate way to go, but if your situation is like mine, I would find purchasing a diesel hard to justify, unless you find an exceptional deal and/or have allot of money sitting around.

Also, I can't imagine not having a pick-up as having the bed to throw stuff in is golden.
+1, I'm in the same boat usage-wise. Though we did put 10K miles on the truck this year, but that's because it's more comfortable for my preggers DW to ride in!

When we get our 3/4 T, it will most likely be gas for the exact reasons you mentioned. Someday though, it would be nice to have a diesel and use it for what it's for... day dreaming...
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Someday though, it would be nice to have a diesel and use it for what it's for... day dreaming...
I can actually use my diesels, but your day dreaming point is right on. They are my Harleys! Really, who needs a bike that requires a couple thou in leathers to ride? Answer: The guy that wants one!
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If you want a diesel buy a diesel and likewise for a gasser. The trailer you mention will tow easily regardless. I can tell you from experience that having a one ton diesel TV is nice no matter what size trailer you are hauling. As for the comments re higher maintenance costs on a diesel I would disagree. My oil changes (every 20,000 kms) cost me $55 in my driveway and takes approx 30 minutes, fuel filters (every 40,000 kms) are about $20 and approx 5 minutes. I've put a few miles on in this truck in the past 2 years and would not hesitate to replace it with another even if i did not need it for work. Our personal camper is only 4500lb and it's a DREAM to tow with the diesel.

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if you want a diesel buy a diesel and likewise for a gasser. The trailer you mention will tow easily regardless. I can tell you from experience that having a one ton diesel tv is nice no matter what size trailer you are hauling. As for the comments re higher maintenance costs on a diesel i would disagree. My oil changes (every 20,000 kms) cost me $55 in my driveway and takes approx 30 minutes, fuel filters (every 40,000 kms) are about $20 and approx 5 minutes. I've put a few miles on in this truck in the past 2 years and would not hesitate to replace it with another even if i did not need it for work. Our personal camper is only 4500lb and it's a dream to tow with the diesel.

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