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Old 10-21-2006, 02:34 PM   #1
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Best 1-Ton Dually on the market and why?

Looking at 1-ton dual-wheeled trucks (f350, 3500, etc...) and was just wondering if anyone out there prefers one brand (Ford, Chevy, Dodge) over another and why? Thanks.
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Old 10-21-2006, 02:57 PM   #2
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ok, i'll start this. get a dodge 3500 turbo diesel 6 speed or auto. just because they get the job done. . . . .
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Old 10-21-2006, 04:10 PM   #3
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Okay, I'll jump in here. I am a Ford Powerstroke owner but I am of the opinion that all of the big three diesels are so good that you would be happy with any of them. Each has its own minor pros and cons.

In the past, I would have said that if you want the highest mileage and pulled heavy loads at low speeds, get the Dodge/Cummins. If you pull loads at high speeds and wanted more performance, get the Ford. However, the GM/Duramax with the Allison had changed this.

You may want to get an '06 as the '07s will meet new emissions requirements which will require a particulate trap and the use of ULSD. Both the Ford and Dodge have increased engine size as result of the emissions requirements. Don't know if GM had to do the same with the Duramax.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:54 PM   #4
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Hard to make a recommendation because it will be a compromise between the three good vehicles you mentioned. I had good luck with both Ford and Chevy but never owned a Dodge.

I always start the buying process by first listing my requirements. My technical need or “must haves” are weighed heavier than my “nice to have” wants. I’ve spend many hours studying, analyzing and evaluating the technical specs and options before I commit with a down payment.

What other requirements do you have other than that you want a 1 ton-dual-wheel truck?
Can I assume its primary job is not just towing your 25’ Excella?
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:53 PM   #5
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There are very large websites filled with thousands of arguements pro and con on all three makes. At bottom it amounts to this: some like Fords, some like GM, some like Dodge.

As suggested above, if you carefully define your requirements it will narrow the search considerably.

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Old 10-22-2006, 12:14 AM   #6
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Looking at 1-ton dual-wheeled trucks (f350, 3500, etc...) and was just wondering if anyone out there prefers one brand (Ford, Chevy, Dodge) over another and why? Thanks.
Hi, everyone out there thinks their truck is the best; And it is. If you are a Ford person, Ford is the best. If you are a G.M. person, Chevrolet or GMC are the best. And if you are a Chrysler person, Dodge is the best. If you don't like any of these, buy a Japanese truck. I'm a Ford person and just like the seating positions and the locations of the in-cab controls better. G.M. is OK, but I still feel better in a Ford. And I have never felt good in any Chrysler product. [almost like a foreign car to me.]
I never understood this question; I know what I want, and buy what I want. I don't need anyone to tell me why I should have bought something else. And I don't need a pat on the back for buying what other's think is best. Whatever I buy is absolutely the best, because it was my decision to buy what I want.

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Old 10-22-2006, 12:20 AM   #7
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If this were my decision, I'd consider things like which dealer in my town was the best to work with. There aren't too many really decisive differences between them in terms of features or performance, so I would give a lot of weight to other factors that might be important over the life of the vehicle.

For what it's worth, I've been shocked at how excellent the maintenance service has been at every Chevy dealer I've been to across the country. That's not to say the others are worse, just that I've been pleasantly surprised by Chevy dealers. Maybe they treat big trucks differently, knowing they are so important to the livelihoods of many of the working people that own them. I just don't know for sure.

Are you sure you need such heavy iron to tow an ol' aluminum trailer? There are a number of posters who have suggested duelly rigs might be a little rough on medium and small sized Airstreams. Having never driven one, I wouldn't know myself. Our 2500 works great on a 28'.
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This truck would be used principally to pull the AS. I am not a contractor or a farm guy or anything like that. I just like the idea/concept of potentially increased stability and the fact that if I have a blowout in one of the dual rears I can still ride on a second until I get the flat fixed. Call it insurance or safety if you like. I think I prefer to have too much truck than just enough. I don't necessarily have to have a spanking brand new truck, but would like to have the latest safety features and I need the increased space of a crew cab (four legged friend(s)). Don't want an 8' bed, 6.5' should do fine.
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This truck would be used principally to pull the AS. I am not a contractor or a farm guy or anything like that. ... and I need the increased space ... (four legged friend(s)....
Streamer1,
Consider a Diesel (or V-10) Excursion (E-rated tires) ... With proper maintence your tire failure concerns should be directed to your Airstream. Further, the 4-leggers will love it & have their own air-conditioner. (& DVD if you go to extremes of animal riding pleasure)
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:55 AM   #10
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Our Dually certainly has better stability towing our 26 or 31 footer. My wife drives it in big truck interstate traffic she would not have thought of with our 3/4 van. Our Chevy had a gas pump go out at 35,000 miles with a sensor for $1000 ,no warrentee. The sensors on the front wheels went out at 40,000 miles (causing failure of ABS) but GM will not cover under warrentee or recall (although a lot of them are going out). That will be another $388. I like the GM independent front suspension and lower get in height for my wife with artifical hip.
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This truck would be used principally to pull the AS. I am not a contractor or a farm guy or anything like that. I just like the idea/concept of potentially increased stability and the fact that if I have a blowout in one of the dual rears I can still ride on a second until I get the flat fixed. Call it insurance or safety if you like. .
A 3/4 ton would do you just fine. Sure it won't have dual rears, but unless you're hauling serious stuff (other than the Airstream), which it doesn't sound like you are, then not only IMHO would a 1 ton be way, way overkill, it could most likely cost more in the long run to operate.

Say an inner tire blows out, you have to pull the outer one to get to the inner one, plus, when it comes time to replace the tires you're, adding several hundred dollars to the equation. Add to the fact that a fair number of us on the forum believe that a 1 ton is far too firm on an Airstream that likes a soft ride (do a search of popped rivets) and you'll start to see why way overkill might not be such a great idea.

Thousands of folks tow with 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton. In a blowout situation as you suggest, a proper hitch setup will help overcome most adverse issues that come up. I would think that if non dual rear towers had such an issue, you'd have heard about it. Though you can't predict everything, proper maint, and following the manufacs specifications (load, tire pressures, etc) more than anything else limit your exposure to blowouts and other nasty things. If you had a 34' slide out and/or hauled heavy items in the bed while towing, I might even agree with the 1 ton route, but from the info you've provided, you have a 25' Excella, which is way light and no indication of hauling heavy loads while towing.

I myself am a GM customer, so I won't comment more beyond that. I will however suggest that you seriously reconsider the 1 ton, regardless of brand selected.
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Don't know if I would go to a dually just for a flat tire possibility?

I have an E-450 work truck and it's true you can drive with a flat a long time, but the flat also heats up the good tire most times or if it blows it can take the other out in certain cases. It may also have a larger turning radius, and it is had to park.

But if you like it get it.

As far as brands I love fords but I'm buying a Chev 2500, it is lower to the ground and the interior is very nice. I was going to get the Duramax Allison, but since it's not a work truck I find the payback time on diesel using it 15,000 miles a year is to long, so will likely get the 6.0.

Dodge interiors are not as nice, their 5.7 is to small, so you need to go to their diesel +$5,000.

Ford is in a change mode but their gas engine is fine but their 6.0 diesel was trouble, so much so they are not using it now, I have a 7.3 in my E450 and it is great, but their tranies are a weak point.

In sum they are all about the same in price, it is engine drive train, interior.

You didn't say diesel or gas.

Also buying a newer used truck doesn't pay unless it's older than 2002, the deals with 0 interest are just to good and you're protected nationwide if you breakdown.
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If you really have to have a dually, look at Edmunds.com, they did a recent test of the three dualies and they said the GM pickup was the hands down winner. Here is the link to the article.

http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpconta...2/pageNumber=1
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Old 10-22-2006, 09:43 AM   #14
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I did read that article about 1 ton trucks.
Wasn't it titled "How can we make the chev look best?"

I don't agree with their conclusions.

I do agree that a 6 speed automatic pulls uphill beter than a 3 speed.
And rear end gearing is very important if you haul heavy stuff.
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