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Old 08-16-2010, 05:30 PM   #43
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the warehouse clubs have buying services too.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:21 PM   #44
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the warehouse clubs have buying services too.
Thanx for the reminder. We got a better price on an '04 Tahoe through Sam's Club.

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Old 08-16-2010, 06:25 PM   #45
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As best I can figure, I will need to carry about 2500# in the bed of the truck, and another 1000# on the hitch. I will need a minimum 3500# payload capacity.

I have searched the specs on-line for 2011 1 ton trucks with single rear wheels.

The GM comes in at 4286#

The Ford comes in at 4050#

The dodge comes in at 3360#

Am I reading something wrong, or is the Dodge payload spec that much less than the others?

It appears that the Ford and GM could handle the job, but the Dodge would be a little shy.

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Old 08-16-2010, 07:03 PM   #46
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...Am I reading something wrong, or is the Dodge payload spec that much less than the others?
yes and yes.

the ford is 3550 lbs and the dodge is 3030 lbs.

"reading something wrong"...

YES

max payload DEPENDS on which gvwr is selected (axle and spring package)

the FORD long bed, crew cab 4x4 diesel has a max payload of either....

2080 OR 3550 (10,000 OR 11,500 gvwr) with the diesel (and 2850 or 4050 with a gasser)

((the HIGhESt payload specs listed are ALL with the gas engine (because it weighs less than a diesel))

and 4x2 trucks have a tiny bit higher payloads than 4x4.

the dodge is ONLY available as a 10,100 gvwr rating

the ram long bed crew cab 4x4 diesel has a payload of 3030 or 2950 (AT vs manual)
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"dodge payload spec that much less..."

YES

let me post this for the THIRD TIME in this thread...

the rear leaf/axle rating is 500-600lbs LESS on the dodge and there is NO UPGRADE available in SRW...

so the max payload is lower by that amount.

(the dodge is LIGHTER so at the lower gvwr it's got a TINY bit more payload.
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ALL of that is dependent on options ordered with the truck and wheel/tire size and axle ratios...

so trucks with 17s have slightly different payloads that 18s or 20s and that isn't OBVIOUS without the code book.

the FINE PRINT is in a book and website called "esourcebook.dealerconnection.com"

but u need a password to access it.

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Old 08-16-2010, 07:19 PM   #47
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pricing 2011s.

unless the dealer is emotionally attached to the truck...

a buyer can BUY them all day at invoice which is about 9-11% OFF msrp.

club shoppers, the X plan and other seemingly good deals aren't better than invoice pricing.

the X plan appears to be a tiny bit less than invoice but doesn't come with the SAME rebates/customer incentives...

so right NOW invoice + rebates is the best deal, UNLESS u r a CURRENT ford employee or recent retiree with a PIN.

supply is much different that just 3-4 years ago

and computers mean they can TRACK the codes used for real employee pricing.

the dealer hold backs are only 1000-2000$ and they've started restricting HOW dealers deal with holdbacks.

there are a about 50 different rebates depending on eligibility (like active military or first time buyer...)

any seemingly lower deals come with LESS trade value so don't confuse the 2 issues.
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IF you really wanna order, you'll need to VISIT a dealership and get the REAL OPTION code list thats available...

this isn't completely available on line (the fleet ford website has it but you need a CODE)

but a dealer can PRINT it out for ya.

when options are selected the computer matches specific wheel/tire/axle ratios to certain options...

so some things u might WANT can't be had with other things.

it LOOKS like there are 4-5 rear end ratios available

but the fact is on a 350 srw there are ONLY 2 options 3.5 or 3.3 for the diesel.
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nothing wrong with emailing several dealers with your 'want list' or emailing the 'internet sales person'

but almost ALL of the door stickers are now ONLINE

and you can quickly scan 20-50 dealers inventory...

and READ the options packages on any/all the 350s they have IN STOCK.

the dodges are 2010s on the lot right now, but 2011s are coming soon and with no real changes.

ordering a dodge can take 3-5 months, ordering a ford can take 5-12 weeks.


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and they ALL HAVE ENGINE/exhaust BRAKING NOW, it's NOT a dodge/cummins only thing.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:23 PM   #48
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Brian,
They are all pretty much the same in power,etc. Whatever vehicle you are most comfortable in is the on to buy.
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...I will need a minimum 3500# payload capacity...
this becomes an issue with ANY of the srw trucks.

because TIRE CAPACITY is the limiting factor.

there are only a few E rated tires with >3500 lbs rating.

so with 3500 in payload AND the base axle load of 3500, thats 7000 lbs on the rear axle.

this will exceed the spring rating AND many of the stock E rated tires.

one could add air bags or timbrens and buy wheels that will take the highest rated E tires...

but at that point (and that load) a dually is simply a better choice.
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there are a couple of camper shell options that only weigh 1000 lbs or 1500 lbs but they may not have the features desired.

for example the flip pac would greatly reduce payload needs and still provide shelter for a few nights...

flippac

we've got a member who recently added this to his 150...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tml#post833351

one could easily add a toilet, water, heat, a fridge, battery and seating/table and even an awning to this...

sleeping UP that high would make for better moose spotting too.


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Old 08-16-2010, 10:57 PM   #50
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It's coming down to a dually for an Airstream 25'??? For a few nights' good sleep away from the trailer.

All this makes the van camper look pretty good. Easy access, all inside same unit, can have swivel front seats that rival the comfort of good recliners, less weight, less operating cost, and less hassle.

We are somewhere in this idea ourselves, but leaning toward sleeping in the back of a small, agile SUV (FJ Cruiser, perhaps) for those back country excursions. So excuse me if I am heading the opposite direction of 2Air'. Have also considered the SWB Sprinter with pop-top conversion or high-top option, but that may be too light for your trailer, depending on who you talk to.

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Old 08-17-2010, 10:08 AM   #51
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Moosetags, here is what I did. I carefully researched the truck info and made a list of all the option codes. I bought the New Car Price Report from Consumer Reports so I would know the invoice and MSRP prices. I made an excel spreadsheet and contacted 7 Ford dealers in the area. I then faxed the spreadsheet to all and all responded with a price with a range of $2500 hi to low. I was able to order my new F250 exactly as I wanted for under invoice. I probably could have used the prices to negotiate a little better deal with one dealer or another, but I told them all they get one chance. I wasn't going to nickle and dime to save $100. BTW, Ford has a $1500 rebate offer on the new trucks. A couple of notes. I tried to use the buying service from Costco, but all that got me was invoice price. Same too with the buying link from Consumer Reports website. I suspect those services are for buyers who want a no hassle purchase.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:12 AM   #52
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Brian,

I haven't used AAA since 2000, but I believe they got fleet price and rebates minus dealer prep. I don't know how fleet compares to invoice, but it appeared to be close. No need to buy CR price report as Edmunds and others have same info for free on the internet.

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The FJ Cruiser is sexy looking from the outside, but the visibility from the inside is awful. The windshield seems more like a horizontal slit and the C pillar obstructs a lot of area when backing. I was thirsting for one when they came out until I sat in one. I didn't like the dashboard either. Better to get a 4Runner—same vehicle with different body although you can't get a stick with the 4Runner. I don't know if they still offer a V8 in either, but I suppose the V6 will pull a 20'.

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these daze fleet ordering is limited to very specific models, trim and options.

delivery time is also different.

using phrases like 'fleet pricing' or below invoice or dealer surplus or...

are all simply advertising gimics and hooks.

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One item to check on when shopping for a truck to carry a truck camper: When we purchased our 2005 2500 4x4 short bed, it included in the paperwork a sheet which said to Never install a truck camper. The implication was that the center of mass would be too high, risking a rollover. Whichever truck you choose, check on this issue.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:26 PM   #55
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Forget everything stated above about the Chevys/GMCs. The new heavy duty 2500 and 3500s were just released. GAME CHANGER! now has the most payload and GCWR. New maximum trailer weights AND new receivers. Virtually EVERY part is new from the body down on the chassis except the stabilizer links are carryover....that's it. Ford had to pull thier advertising about 3 weeks ago touting heaviest duty truck. Just arriving, but worth the wait.
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Brian,

You have a great tow vehicle (or two) already, and trailer. I highly recommend saving $60,000 and buying a tent, and maybe add an Aerobed for comfort!
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