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Old 04-26-2015, 07:39 PM   #15
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Thanks for the advice

I really appreciate all the advice I've been receiving.

We just got back from the RAM dealer and discovered that the headroom is unsatisfactory for my tall wife, so we're going to focus exclusively on the Ford F250 with the diesel. We had the same situation with the tundra by Toyota and I've always been a Ford man so that's the direction we're going.

Any advice on what to look for specifically on a Ford F250 diesel maybe a year or two old would be greatly appreciated
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:43 PM   #16
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8 foot bed!

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4 door is required. I would re-opt for an 8' bed. The 8' bed has not really hindered me getting into any camping spot.

4WD has come in super handy about a half dozen times in the last couple of years.

Drive each of the Big Three brands for at least a week - I think you can rent them if you shop around. I recommend this because several years ago I purchased a light duty Chebby PU - I sold it 3 months later with 3000 miles on it. Why? -- My butt simply did not ever get warm and friendly with the Chevy seats. Not dissing Chevy here - just pointing out that not all seats have the proper "fit" for everyone. Much better to try out the seats for a few weeks prior to making a multi thousand dollar mistake.

Consider a used purchase from a couple who has had to quit travelling due to age.
Please tell me a little bit more about why you think an 8 foot bed is superior to a shorter bed
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:26 PM   #17
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Well, I'm a Ford man, too, but I was just glad you were looking for a 3/4-ton truck!
Good luck in your search. I don't have experience with the new trucks..... mine's a 1st-year PowerStroke (1995). I could tell you a LOT about them!

I like the 8-foot bed because it means an extended wheelbase, better for towing IMHO. Otherwise, you can haul more stuff!!
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:30 PM   #18
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Hey guys don't forget that Ram has a gasser 6.4 Hemi! !!! I have been thru 1/2 tons, 3/4 tons gas, diesel. This one is a winner.
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:44 PM   #19
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We went to a 2012 Ram 2500HD high output Cummins with automatic, four door crew cab with short bed and have no issues towing in the mountains both power going up and engine braking coming down. We have a shell over the bed the same height as the top of the cab.

We installed a complete Kelderman level ride air suspension system so the truck stays level no matter what is in the bed or the tongue weight. We use a ProPride hitch (second generation Hensley design) after having the original Hensley on the first Airstream.

A straight six is the most smooth running motor until one gets to a straight 12 cylinder.

The Dodge is not a sports car for handling, but I do not drive on race tracks so that is not an issue. We drive very conservatively and are not afraid to be slower than traffic if conditions warrant. I want space between me and the vehicle ahead.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:30 PM   #20
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Your wife must be REALLY tall. I'm 6'2" and have no problem in our new (to us) 2013 Ram 2500 Laramie 4x4 Megacab. We traded a 2006 F150 5.4L with 3.73 rear end for it. The F150 (according to specs) should have pulled our trailer fine but didn't, at least on an 8% grade in NC.

We only have one relatively flat tow behind us but it was unbelievably better. The F-150 would downshift on almost any kind of a grade. We towed at 55 and got 11 mpg tops. When we ran 65 it dropped to around 9. The Ram tows at 65 getting more than 13 based on two tanks. It never downshifted on the hills we ran into in the Ocala area (not very steep but the F-150 would have shifted).

In a few weeks we'll pull the same hill that the F150 had trouble with. I'm not expecting any trouble with the Ram.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:10 AM   #21
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Please tell me a little bit more about why you think an 8 foot bed is superior to a shorter bed
We have the eight foot bed on our F-250 and we like it because #1 we carry four bicycles plus generator, chairs and camping gear, a standard or short bed would not accommodate our cargo needs, #2 the long bed comes with a longer wheelbase which makes for a more stable towing experience. The latter issue is a subtle one and likely most people would not notice the difference 99% of the time.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:13 AM   #22
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I really appreciate all the advice I've been receiving.

We just got back from the RAM dealer and discovered that the headroom is unsatisfactory for my tall wife, so we're going to focus exclusively on the Ford F250 with the diesel. We had the same situation with the tundra by Toyota and I've always been a Ford man so that's the direction we're going.

Any advice on what to look for specifically on a Ford F250 diesel maybe a year or two old would be greatly appreciated
We love our 2015 F-250 Platinum Crew Cab Long Bed Diesel! The new (to 2015) diesel engine is very sweet and could pull a house of it's foundation if needed.
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:36 AM   #23
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My 2004 5.9L RAM 2500 hauls my 29' quite well, that's with a short bed and quad cab. I considered the long bed (as I'm also hauling drywall and plywood when not in camping mode), but it's already a hassle pulling into parking lots.

I put a tuner on the truck, and got much better mileage and no loss of power in Full Economy mode. I also have a cab-high shell (I haul kayaks), and a home-made bed slide. Both of these are very necessary for me!
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:20 PM   #24
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We pull a 30 with a 2011 F150 Ecoboost, 6.5 bed, and max tow. It has a payload of 1735. Plenty of power, smooth sailing. 10-11 mpg. I usually cruise about 68 mph.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:42 PM   #25
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:01 PM   #26
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You have chosen an excellent tow vehicle.
However, your new Airstream can be towed by many modern 1/2 ton trucks.
It is your money. You can do as you wish. You will never be dissatisfied with the RAM 2500 diesel. It will always do what you ask it to do. You will always have plenty of "headroom".
4 wheel drive is a good idea. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. I may never buy another truck in my lifetime as my 2007 has 46,000 miles, but if I ever do buy another truck it will be 4 wheel drive.
As I said earlier, you have chosen well.
Congrtulations on your new trailer! Get a tow vehicle and go campn'!
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:18 PM   #27
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Re long box versus regular, I guess the decision would largely be influenced by what other use you intend to make of the longer box and how much stuff you take on camping trips.

We bought the regular (short?) box / crew cab configuration and find that for us it is probably the best compromise.

A previous truck (1500) we owned had the half doors in the back and they were a pain. also we prefer having ore inside space in the cab for "secure" storage.

Since we use our truck as a daily driver, we do find that its longer wheelbase (longer than our previous 1500) makes it a bit of a pig for parking sometimes. My wife complains about that more than I do, mainly because I never even try to find a spot near the mall doors - I just go the far end row away from the mall where parking is much easier (and I m less likely to get door dings!).

I'm sure my wife would complain all the more with a long box - and more still if it was a dually!

So for us, what we have is likely the best compromise. We take a lot of stuff on our RV trips, more than we really should, but have never had a space problem to carry it all. We have a cap on the track bed which works out well for us.

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Old 04-27-2015, 04:26 PM   #28
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Like previous post - hard to understand headroom in the RAM. I am 6' 1" and my son is 6' 3" and both of us have a ton of space above our head (we have a 2013 2500 RAM Diesel). Love the gas mileage when towing - almost as if I am not towing anything. Also - took it over some passes this last weekend, and power to spare (and temperature stayed virtually the same).

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