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Old 08-08-2011, 06:46 AM   #15
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Before you purchase your hitch you may want to do what I did. On my 2009 3rd generation truck there are some spacers at the bottom of the spring pack that jack the rear of the truck up in the air. I had a spring shop take these out. It lowered the rear of the truck about 1.5 inches and the truck has only a slight rake to the rear of the truck - but it looks almost level. This does not effect the payload capacity of the truck. This is easier and cheaper than putting a 2" lift kit on the front which changes the dynamics of the front end alignment.

I have a little over 28k on my truck right now with 17k driven by me. So far it has been a good truck, very quiet and very comfortable on long trips. Fuel mileage went up a bit after 20k miles. As a daily driver back and forth to work I get 17.5+ (stop/go/backroads/interstate). Pulling was a solid 13 on the last trip if I keep the speed under 65 mph, knock 1 or 2 mpg off if I run 70 mph. Regeneration mode will knock about .5 mpg off a tank of diesel. So if your comparing this to a truck with a DEF system - pay me now or pay me later.

The only thing I would do differently is get the Laramie edition with a few more bells and whistles.

Nice truck Airslide - The interiors of the 2010+ trucks have come a long way and are now equal to the competition.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:18 AM   #16
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The interiors of the 2010+ trucks have come a long way and are now equal to the competition.
Yes they have! They are super nice now! Finally!
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:29 AM   #17
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Nice truck Vin, your Ford friends won't hassle you to much on this nice Ford replacement
A bit surprised with your profession and all that you couldn't hammer a deal with Ford
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:54 PM   #18
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Nice truck Vin, your Ford friends won't hassle you to much on this nice Ford replacement
A bit surprised with your profession and all that you couldn't hammer a deal with Ford

Thanks Jeff,

Ford is very proud of that truck and with the options I needed I would have to spend about 5k more. Im a big fan of the Cummins and it has a Mercedes-Benz transmission so that keeps the boys here happy lol.

All three big truck offerings are good these days. It just came down to price.

Now im trying to get over the sticker shock of the Knapheide body. Yikes.. dont know how I will get this one past the wife
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Wow Vinnie, No Ford.

Nice truck!

You are correct, Dodge seems to be a better bargain for the money.
The new Ford engine and body looks great but with a huge price tag.

Did any one watch Top Gear last night?
The guys were testing the big 3 crew cab DRW diesel trucks.

That show was a sight to be seen.

Ram was the slowest in a drag race, but who races trucks?
Ford could spin the rear wheels for a long time. Chevy has to be put in reverse to spin the tires, Ram did well.

All 3 did great pulling something, the Ford did pull a 220k locomotive and coal car a couple of feet.
Chevy torn down 2 telephone poles and the Ram pulled down a stick built house.

A little over the top but fun to watch anyway.

I would not want to own these trucks after they got finished abusing them.

If money was no object, I would want a 450 PS King Ranch 4 x4.

Again, congrats on the new truck.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:16 PM   #20
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Thanks Jeff,

Ford is very proud of that truck and with the options I needed I would have to spend about 5k more. Im a big fan of the Cummins and it has a Mercedes-Benz transmission so that keeps the boys here happy lol.

All three big truck offerings are good these days. It just came down to price.

Now im trying to get over the sticker shock of the Knapheide body. Yikes.. dont know how I will get this one past the wife
Vin, after you get approval from council for the knapheide, we need a build thread if not this one to follow the rest of the improvements that you haven't disclosed yet.....
Have you started a web site so we can start making appointments for service calls? We'll all be looking over your super nice rolling tool cabinet while your wrenching on our stuff!
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LOL.. yep I saw that episode last night. I think anyone of those trucks could have pulled the train and house and especially the telephone poles. I think only the Ford could do the burnout. I wondered why they didnt use the HO 800 ftlb of torque cummins? The truck they used I think was like mine with 610 lbs of torque.

I have my eyes on the Knapheide due to their construction. There is a box that sits about a foot over the cab and doesnt have the plumbers pipe doors on the back. It just comes with the side cabs and the two rear doors. That unit installed and painted comes in around $9700.00. So I might show up at the rally with plywood over the rear duals.. lol
How redneck would that be?
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I plan to eventually go into mobile auto and rv repair.
If I lived there id come to you..and my friends would ..and their friends too ..
good service and with a smile would be handed out without any doubt
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I might show up at the rally with plywood over the rear duals.. lol
How redneck would that be?
Huh, that would be going from utility to utilitarian in my opinion! LOL
No bragging rights with plywood Vinnie, unless of course we use it for a serving table during potluck!
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If I lived there id come to you..and my friends would ..and their friends too ..
good service and with a smile would be handed out without any doubt

Why Thankyou Ms. Lili...

I think the 280 is due for service.. bring it back!
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Huh, that would be going from utility to utilitarian in my opinion! LOL
No bragging rights with plywood Vinnie, unless of course we use it for a serving table during potluck!

They are telling me 4-6 weeks to order the box if I did it right now and a week to paint it and install. Im doing the math and I think im showing up with plywood

besides.. the Ford is on ebay and that needs to sell first.
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They are telling me 4-6 weeks to order the box if I did it right now and a week to paint it and install. Im doing the math and I think im showing up with plywood

besides.. the Ford is on ebay and that needs to sell first.
Oh I get it, 94' Ford F350 Dually Crew IDIT = Knapheide
Quite the shell game Vinnie!
What are the measurements of the plywood? Need table cloth I'm a thinkin' for pot luck
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I have to say up front that I have been a Ford fan for over 40 years .... but because I knew a fellow who started selling Ram trucks, I decided to give them a look. We wanted to move to a diesel for better pulling up mountain passes; so, we looked at diesel offerings exclusively.

Test driving the Ram was a shock! It was beautiful and had all of the towing features we wanted. The Chevy drove very nicely, but the cabin was spartan by comparison. The insturmentation on the Ram with the EVIC was superb. Ford Lariats are beautiful and we thought that we'd miss our Lariat trade in - but my wife is very happy with the new Ram.

Our first longer trip will be tomorrow and we are excited to check mpg stats for the 2012 2500 Ram Lariat... and no need for the DEF/urea, but we have heard that the "cleansing" of the soot filter will adversely affect mpg for a short while. YMMV
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