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Old 11-02-2014, 05:52 AM   #15
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This is a tow vehicle discussion I am interested in following. I've been a Ford guy all my life, and our '13 2wd F150 Supercrew 5.0/3.55 does a fine job of towing our Pete, a '14 27fb (at least in our flat South). But I sure like the mileage numbers folks are reporting with the new Jeep/Dodge 3.0 ecodiesel, and one never knows.......

A lot of the discussions over tow vehicles on this forum talk about real data, data from scale tickets and all the spec numbers of a rated vehicle, as it should be. As this particular topic of the Ram pickup versus the Jeep GC with the ecodiesel continues would it be possible for some of you actually towing with them now to post some data from your setup? Scale ticket data, stated specs of your particular vehicle choice, etc? Your data will help many of us, including the OP of this thread.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:52 AM   #16
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We - until recently - had a Ram diesel, but have now voted for another brand ... factor in tire / wheel size, brakes, towing capacity AND rear axle loading, creature comfort, dealer support and warranty considerations in your final choice (not just miles per gallon as a 3-8 mpg difference often turns out to be a relatively minor consideration if major repairs are needed) as well as "incentives" to purchase... we got an over book trade-in allowance of $10k on a recent purchase.

There is no one size fits all and most folks will lobby you to purchase what they have ... it would be good to have a thread where folks say just why they would not purchase that TV again if given the option of the current crop of alternatives. YMMV
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Considered the Ram Eco, but the available incentives for the F150 are pretty amazing. In addition when I factor in the slightly higher cost of diesel, total cost of ownership numbers don't add up for me.
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You do not want too light a tow vehicle for a 10,000 pound GVW Classic. That is a lot of mass and sail area for winds to much against. Consider a diesel engine for the exhaust brake action that saves wheel brakes from getting hot on steep mountain descents.

We converted our Classic to disc brakes and have a truck that weighs in at nearly the same weight as the trailer. We have no acceleration or stopping issues at just over 19,000 pounds going down the highway.
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