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Old 10-30-2015, 11:22 AM   #71
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Small trailer the 1500 ram with the Italian diesel might be a good choice, good mileage...
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Old 10-30-2015, 06:09 PM   #72
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Except for a bunch of recalls, my "153% less reliable" '14 Ram 2500 (35,100 on the ODO), has only been in the shop for filter and oil changes. Somebody else must be having all the trouble I'm not having....I'm right at 14 MPG overall....and that includes plenty of mountains. Just put on brand new 20" Michelin Defender tires....and WOW! are they awesome....much better ride than the stock Firestone's.
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Old 10-30-2015, 06:29 PM   #73
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I'm sure you will be completely happy with either!

Ours is the Duramax, our first diesel. We have had it for 7 years and only one issue - which was probably my fault.

A fuel filter plugged when on the road and we had to "limp" to a dealer to have it changed.

I'm almost sure that got a load of bad fuel at some out of the way gas station earlier the same day.

Diesels (all) are sensitive to good fuel. Diesel fuel can grow algae, and it is best to always fill up at stations that have high turnover.

That day, I did not - but had no choice in the mountains of Pennsylvania!

My screw up!

Never happened again since!


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Old 10-31-2015, 06:34 AM   #74
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I did a lot of research on this before buying my truck in 2010. I was deeply enamored of the Chevy Duramax. I was ready to buy a NEW 2010 Dodge or Chevy. I ended up buying a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie with a hard tonneau cover. The only modification I have made was to add a set of dash gauges (pyrometer, trans temp and boost), and to dump the custom wheels and go back to original wheels with Michelin low rolling resistance highway tires.

I bought a 2006 because it was the last full model year for the 5.9L Cummins diesel engine. I searched the US for a truck that had been broken in with highway miles. My lucky find ("The Tomato") was a bright red model with 75K miles. I tow a restored 1983 Avion 34V. My typical towing MPG is between 23 to 26 mpg, mostly around 24 to 25. My unloaded MPG is between 31 to a high of 37.6 mpg. That VASTLY exceeds my wildest expectations of 24 mpg unloaded and 18 towing. I tow at 60 to 65 mph, and use the pyrometer to drive for maximum mpg.

As you can imagine, I LOVE this truck. I would have rather had a new one, but that giant sucking sound you hear from new Dodge 6.7L engines is fuel being used at an alarming rate! Either way, the Cummins 350K mile life expectancy vs 250K for the Chevy is always good. And you can't beat any Inline 6 for fuel economy. My only wish is that it had an Alison 1000 transmission, like I used to have on my old Freightliner FL60 (used to tow a 18K lb high-line 5th wheel).

I couldn't be happier than with Stella (the Avion) and the Tomato.

Livin' in Aluminum!!!

I can't blame you, I'd also love that truck! I think one of the first things I'd do is to put fresh batteries in my calculator, and make sure the decimal points are in the right place.

My 2003 5.9 Dodge/Cummins has 112,000 miles, with over 105,000 of those miles pulling either a 30' AS, or our current 34' AS. Actually towing, I get 13 mpg, thats an average, it could be a bit more or less, depending on wind and terrain. When I calculate over all mileage for each trip, including towing and local driving without the AS, it invariably ends up at 14 to 15 mpg. This is with a 3:73, and the 6 speed manual tranny.

Out of curiousity, I wonder what your rear axle ratio, and what transmission is in yours?

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Old 10-31-2015, 09:17 AM   #75
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Small trailer the 1500 ram with the Italian diesel might be a good choice, good mileage...
I just saw a new copy of Trailer Life, which has an overview of the 2016 TV Sweet 16s: 2016 pick up round up

Not a lot of details obviously in Trailer Life, but interesting overview including the new Nissan Cummins turbo-diesel. Enjoy.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:58 PM   #76
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Except for a bunch of recalls, my "153% less reliable" '14 Ram 2500 (35,100 on the ODO), has only been in the shop for filter and oil changes. Somebody else must be having all the trouble I'm not having....I'm right at 14 MPG overall....and that includes plenty of mountains. Just put on brand new 20" Michelin Defender tires....and WOW! are they awesome....much better ride than the stock Firestone's.
How "difficult" is the maintenance on a diesel? I do all my maintenance in my current truck, suv, and motorcycles.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:32 PM   #77
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Change oil ,filter, and fuel filter same as anything else...
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Ditto oil change, fuel filter chg. Keep it all Mopar. And ditto fuel stops anywhere big trucks fill up. They don't like old fuel.
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How "difficult" is the maintenance on a diesel? I do all my maintenance in my current truck, suv, and motorcycles.

I setup a technique to do oil changes on my Cummins, 3 gallons. So far not a drop of oil on my driveway. The only other suggestion, keep it stock, save the money for camping.
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Truck Sales Ticker for October!

Here is the latest sales ticker for the big three in truck sales for the month of October. GMC up 18%. Chevy up 17.6%. Ford up 14.3%. Ram up 3%. Just thought some might like to know. A good month for GM and Ford, not so much for Ram.
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So you mean that we should just buy what most people buy? We should jump off the cliff because everyone else is?
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So you mean that we should just buy what most people buy? We should jump off the cliff because everyone else is?
I didn't say anything! All that I did was report the "facts!" There's an old sayin that goes like this....."Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." Just because you may not like the "facts'" does not change them in the least. I don't report opinions, just the facts.
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I don't understand where Consumer Reports gets some of their information on the reliability of vehicles. I have never had any serious issues with my 06 Dodge Cummins with 187,000 miles on it. I have friends who own the gas and diesel Dodges and they have not had an issues. Before I retired I had 2 Dodge Stratus vehicles and never had to take them back to the dealership. My 2nd Stratus was sold to our neighbor who drove the car over 250,000 before the timing chain failed.

Most of the time I avoid the truck stops because their fuel prices are usually higher than surrounding stations. I try to make it a habit to always fuel with a half tank of diesel. I have never had an issue with bad fuel and I always purchase from name dealers. NEVER from mom and pop locations. I worked on a Motor Fuel Tax Unit and saw first had how good diesel could be blended with sludge or just plan crud from the bottom of the barges and sold at small independent stations.
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I didn't say anything! All that I did was report the "facts!" There's an old sayin that goes like this....."Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." Just because you may not like the "facts'" does not change them in the least. I don't report opinions, just the facts.
I didn't say you said anything. What I should have written is that if one takes these facts seriously it would be easy to come to a very unfactual conclusion. Percentages quoted are irrelevant to actual sales, only to sales increase. I don't disagree with your facts you quoted, only with the implied interptratation of them.
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