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Old 07-24-2006, 04:14 PM   #15
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I am on the side of the Diesel. What make is up to you. Edjucate yourself well, take the time to test drive all models, look into exaust brakes and if that is a dealer installed option.
I switched to diesel years ago and have never looked back.

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Old 07-24-2006, 08:53 PM   #16
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Whatever you do, buy a one ton. My 3/4 ton diesel is not rated to pull what we wish it could pull. We are severely limited... IF we could go back and do it all over again we would have purchased a one ton diesel. The size of the rig, the ride and the cost are virtually identical yet the towing capacity is significantly different.
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Old 07-25-2006, 05:57 PM   #17
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Diesel is not hard to find out here as a rule. With an Aux tank it should not even be an issue.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 09-17-2006, 04:47 AM   #18
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Looking seriously now at the GMC 2500

Ok I am really beginning to start my search seriously now. I test drove the 2500 with the Cumins Diesel and loved it. Now how about 2500 vs 3500? 2006 vs 2007? any other helpful advice? Thanks the information provided so far has been excellent...
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:33 AM   #19
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We are towing close to 13000 lb. with the 5th wheel and only have 28 gal. tank and have never had trouble finding fuel. The first diesel I have owned, wouldn't have anything else, towing or not. Would like a new truck in a year or so.
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Old 09-17-2006, 08:16 AM   #20
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Deo, with the Dodge, check the size of the rearend.
The dealer here got all his 3/4 ton diesels equiped with the 1 ton rearend.
That is the 11.50 rearend. The springs are still 3/4 ton but all the running gear is the same as 1 ton "except the overload spring set".
I have never got the axle close to where I would look for an overload.
It is still rated at 13,300# towing, but it is the same truck as 1 ton.
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:58 PM   #21
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I buy diesel at CFN cardlock fuel stations. They are located in the rural areas where I like to travel in Oregon and Northern California. Welcome to CFN
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:55 PM   #22
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Diesel goes up hills good. If you are going to be in the mountains it doesn't get any better than a Duramax and an Allison. After all, once you go up you have to come down. With the Diesel and a few aftermarket additions you'll hardly need the brakes.
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:33 PM   #23
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I'm not sure what FLGator is driving, but my 3/4 ton diesel GMC Sierra can tow the same 12,000 pound trailer on the hitch that the 1 ton can. That's a thousand pounds of tongue weight with a weight-distributing hitch.
The payload capacity and 5th Wheel tongue weight are greater for the one-ton trucks, mainly because of the extra springs.
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:51 PM   #24
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There is also one school of thought that the 1-ton has a harder ride than the 3/4 ton because it does have stiffer springs and that this harder ride is rougher on the Airstream. This school of thought says that the hard ride can cause shear stresses on the rivets. I'm not sure, but it may make sense.

However, I have to disagree with FLGator that the ride of the 1-ton is the same as that of the 3/4-ton. The springs are different and the ride would be different. Also, I remember riding in a 1994 1-ton when it was almost new and it was significantly harder than my '05 3/4 ton of the same make.
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Old 09-17-2006, 08:11 PM   #25
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All this "1 ton, 3/4 ton" designation is bulldada. My 2000 GMC single rear wheel pickup was a 3500, and had 9200 GVW, and was a "1 ton". Now my 2003 2500HD has 9200 GVW and is considered by some to be a "3/4 ton". They have muddied the waters further by coming out with a 3500 "1 ton" single rear wheel pickup with 9900 GVW, as well as the 3500 "1 ton" duel rear wheel 11,500 GVW pickup.

Since my 2500HD has a payload capacity of over 2200 pounds, and a ton is 2000, I guess I can still call it a one ton.

I think a simpler method would be to just rate them by GVW.
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:09 PM   #26
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I was at NAPA yesterday when a guy comes in. He wanted an oil filter for his DuraMax. It was $45. Man he ranted and raved. We joked with him; that he's got a $50K pickup and gripes about a $45 oil filter.

The one for my Cummins costs $12. Two years, no problems whatsoever.

You'll be happy with a turbodiesel. Probably any of the big three would be fine.

For me, it's MOPAR or NOCAR though.

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Old 09-18-2006, 06:06 AM   #27
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Good info on Dodge Diesels

I just sold my old Nissan Titan and picked up a 2004 3/4 ton Dodge Diesel. Just a great truck so far and it actually seems easier to drive than the "smaller" truck. Anyway, I find a lot of good info on these diesel Dodge's here:
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:08 AM   #28
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I agree with Pick. The waters at Chevy are muddy to me. There are a lot of options when it comes to power plant combinations that seem to yeild a lot of confusing results for me. The 1500HD has the same pay load, or very close, and the same towing limits as the 2500HD. Is that right? The 1500HD is considered a 1/2 ton and the 2500HD is a 3/4 ton. But when you mix and match the component transmissions, rear ends, and power plants, you can get more or less the same results in either model.

I know with Ford, you can mix rear ends and get differing results to a point, but it was just a little easier for me to understand what I was getting. I'm not saying Ford is better. I don't want to start a "my truck is better than your truck" arguement because I honestly believe when it comes to durability and rugedness, the big three American name plates are all three the top of the hill.

To me, the decision comes down to personal preference. Do you like the styling of one over the others? Do you like the most popular model in your part of the country? Do you like the interior of one better than the other two (really, that is what you are exposed to 99.9% of the time anyway)? Yes, there are subtle performance differences and subtle technical differences, but when it comes to trucks, they are built to take a beating in the commercial/industrial sector and if I buy one of the gussied up Lariat versions and drive it to work every day and once a month tow my 8,000# trailer 200 miles round trip, I am not going to put it anywhere near the conditions it was designed to handle.

Your best bet, IMHO, is to buy a 3/4 ton diesel crew cab, or whatever you chosen manufacturer calls it, so there is comfort for the family and be confident in the knowledge that you have plenty of power for the hills and mountains and power to spare on the flats. I tow at interstate speeds on the interstates and posted speeds off the interstates using the cruise and a/c with extra power when I need it on inclines and never have seen a change in any of my guages from what they run when my 30' Safari is not in tow. The only thing that changes is the turbo boost guage and the fuel guage. Both increase their movement.

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