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Old 12-02-2013, 08:01 PM   #15
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I do not have familiarity with Dodge or Chevy, although based on what little I know I would tend towards Dodge, purely on anecdotal knowledge.

What I would probably recommend based on what I have experienced would be the Ford 7.3L engine. It enjoys a huge knowledge base of mechanics far and wide, does not suffer from some of the newer emissions gear, and has a tremendous track record. It sounds like a marble machine, but if you can find a decent truck, based on what you described, this would be my guidance.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:11 PM   #16
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Agreeing with nilesrob,the 7.3L is not like its replacement engine series, it enjoys a pretty solid reputation.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:39 PM   #17
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Friend of mine recently replaced the engine in his early 90s 1 ton Dodge work truck. It still ran fine but he got a good deal on a low mile, used motor. The old one has a million miles on it.

Cummins engines are hard to beat and are sold and serviced all over the world in all kinds of equipment.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:26 PM   #18
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I have just typed about a full page about my truck that I am selling and pushed the wrong button, and "poof" all the info is gone ! If you have an interest in finding out the full story let me know through a private message or phone call and I can do it all again.
Basically I have an 06 Dodge quadcab longbed, 4x4, Cummins diesel with 30k miles. It has a replacement under bed 75 gallon fuel tank, pacbrake exhaust brake, pacbrake rear airbags, Goerend transmission [$7k] etc. etc. over $15k in extras just for towing and comfort.
You mentioned that you would be hauling a camper and consequently probably wouldn't require the new ARE shell and Bedslide and maybe a few other items. I set this truck up to tow my Airstream 30' with slide. I am asking $30k for the truck but would reduce the price accordingly for whatever you didn't want.
This truck has no "mods" and has never pulled my trailer.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:21 PM   #19
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A big fuel tank, like mentioned in the last post, is a HUGE plus, particularly where you aren't sure where you may be able to fuel next.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:05 PM   #20
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We have a Toyota Tundra for sale. It's a 2008 with 88000 miles. Has a tonneau cover, bed liner, step. The truck has brand new mirrors, we'll include towing mirrors. Body in perfect condition. We have towed our 28 and 31 with it. No problems, even with the 31 fully loaded. The truck is in your price range. Why are we selling it? We just bought a 2013 Toyota Tundra. It's the best truck in it's class. None of the problems that GM or Ford trucks have that our friends own.

If you are serious about buying we can get you financing through a local dealer. We'll pay for your air fare since the truck is in Florida.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:12 PM   #21
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Unfortunately the Tundra seems to have too low of a payload capacity for the truck camper that we're looking at. Supposedly payload capacity is 1310 lbs but truck camper has dry weight of 2200 lbs so we'll need a 3/4 or 1 ton truck.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:17 AM   #22
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I have several friends who did the Central/South American exploration thing, some all the way down to Patagonia.

Those who reported the best time, friendliest locals and least hassle from the cops and border guards were those who projected the least wealth. They drove Westfalia campers, didn't lock their doors and made sure they didn't show anything worth stealing.

By contrast, another friend who approached this trip like a sojourn into Iraq, basically used a truck that looked like an expedition vehicle, came back angry and frustrated.

Not saying that what's you're planning, but there seems to be wisdom in keeping things simple.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:53 AM   #23
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This is exactly our dilemma. We don't want to buy "too nice" since it'll stand out down there, plus there is a big chance of dings/dents/scratches, especially while driving around small towns or off-roading to remote ruins in the jungle.

So, we need 4x4 ... that's about all we're certain about at the moment
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:10 PM   #24
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With that budget you can get a super clean, fully hard loaded, low miles 2005-2007 GM Duramax/Allison crew cab. No customization/modification is a plus. 2wd is a little less expensive and most are 4x4.
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We bought the camper today. It's a used Starcraft truck camper and has a dry weight of 2,200 lbs, so a one ton truck is recommended.
In the spirit of not buying a flashy truck, we're looking at the older F-350s with the 7.3 diesel and Dodge Ram 3500s with the older 5.9 cummins diesel.
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What diesel fuel is sold in your route? Older trucks drink most anything, don't later rigs require ULSD to not mess up emissions systems.
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We just bought a 2005 GMC 1 ton dually crew cab pickup with about 180,000 miles for $15,000.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:25 PM   #28
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We're trying to decide between the following 2 trucks:

1) 2006 Ford F-350 4x4 dually long bed with the 6.0l turbo diesel and 192K miles. Dealer is asking $15,900. The infamous engine issues (EGR valve and catalyst converter) have been fixed.
Very good condition, King Ranch edition with nice leather interior.

2) 2008 Dodge RAM 3500 4x4 dually long bed with the 6.7l turbo diesel (24V) and 191k miles. Dealer is asking $16,900.
Not as nice on the inside; cloth interior with some stains.

Both trucks are under NADA value and around the 'good'/'very good' KBB value.

Which one would you pick? Based on the appearance we're more drawn to the King Ranch Ford, but based on what people are telling me about the engine ... the Dodge.

Any comments?
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