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Old 06-01-2016, 02:05 PM   #1
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Decision Time!

We have never owned a truck but will be picking up a Ram 2500 Laramie Power Wagon or a F250 Lariat 6.2.

It is not my intention to start a heated discussion but rather hear from those that have owned either a Ram or Ford. We like the Power Wagon given it's off road ability and all that it offers. We like the F250 as it will pull our 25 Safari with out issues and provide more then enough payload while we are travelling. The F250 probably has 1500 pounds more payload which would be handy when not just travelling but also whenever we have to haul stuff on property.

There is something about the power wagon that is intriguing and I have seen from some other posters it does the job just fine.

We will be travelling with our 25' Safari SS, my wife, myself, our daughter and our dog. We would also like to take our bikes either on the airstream or in the truck bed and some other random equipment that is needed.

My questions would be:
- Which from your experience is more reliable?
- Would the Ram cost more to repair given it's different suspension?
- I live in Canada, the truck will be sitting in the cold (Yellowknife) for extended periods during the winter. Does anyone have experience with either in extreme climates (-45)
- Extended Warranties. Are they worth it? I can't seem to find a price online for either Ram or Ford? Any general thoughts?

Thank you for your help!

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Old 06-01-2016, 02:19 PM   #2
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I've owned several Ford trucks, including 3 F250s of various vintages. The latest one is pretty much the same truck as the one you are looking at. Real wold gas mileage was around 12.5 around town, 10 towing, and 17 on the highway. It had a better turning radius, and rode better, than the Ram 1500 it replaced.
Gas engine would probably be better as far as starting in extreme cold, especially with the optional block heater. It will warm up faster, too.
With all that said, I'm probably biased in my opinion, as I worked for Ford's light truck division. In all fairness, nobody builds junk trucks anymore, so both trucks you are considering will be good, it will just be a matter of which one is better for you.

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Old 06-02-2016, 08:28 AM   #3
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As my friend Terry points out, current trucks are pretty dependable beasts. I've put 46,000 miles on my '14 Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab with 4 WD. Virtually every miles has been towing. Including the Rockies and a bunch of other mountains. Mileage overall is right at 14 MPG when I tow. I have yet to encounter a problem with my Ram. The incredible torque of the TBD helps you go up the mountains, but I have to say that going down using the automatic exhaust braking is incredible. Just came through the Smokies on Monday...a number of long downhills without every touching the service brakes is pretty awesome. I did NOT buy the extended warranty after doing a bunch of research. One of my favorite bits of input was from an OTR trucker who swore by Cummins' reliability. "That DODGE will have turned to rust long before that Cummins is ready for the graveyard." I think I bought the just happens to be in a Ram!
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