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Old 07-02-2020, 08:24 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Daquenzer View Post
The payload number on F250 diesel XLT is about 250lbs more than my F150 XLT. Not much of an advantage. If you go to an F350 you really get a crappy ride when not towing. And I carry 2 ebikes, a small generator, my wife and my dog. Plus tools etc. Just put some of it in the trailer. My rig rides smooth, level, well under control, and for $15,000 less than a similarly equipped diesel. Those few extra items for $15,000 seems pretty expensive.
So I disagree, and that's ok. First off in 2019 when I test drove a 250 back to back with a 350 empty no noticeable ride difference at the Lariat trim level that either I or the wife could tell.

Second my 1/2 ton which i replaced had a approx. 1,400 lb payload which I was over instantly. I don't want an XLT trim level.. I want higher level of interior options and comfort. Which is what my post indicated. there are trade offs between luxury and payload. Yes there are cost trade offs as well but non of us who by newer Airstreams are buying just cost we are all looking at the tradeoffs between features, functionality cost and resale. When it's time to sell my F350 diesel Platinum I know I'll get a good number as it's an in demand truck where I live. But not selling for a long time as it's purpose in life is to tow the Airstream as we travel almost full time.
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Old 07-02-2020, 10:27 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by Nstaskey View Post
what concerns would anyone have?
I wouldn't buy the truck until the Airstream purchase was imminent.
I did the same thing, bought a Ram, then ended up with a motorhome.
The truck was lousy and didn't solve anything.
It's possible by the time you buy the trailer, you decide on a bigger one and wish you had a 2500 also.
Keep your eye on the market, with Auto Trader online, etc. You'll find a nice certified used truck.
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Old 07-02-2020, 10:49 AM   #43
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Thanks for the detailed run down of Dodge Ram rowing. Been considering the same truck for our 27fb international.

Wondered what your real world towing mpg has been?

On that versus a 3/4 ton.

When getting close to payload and towing capacity does MPG get really affected?
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Old 07-02-2020, 04:08 PM   #44
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On newer GM trucks the ride difference between 3/4 and 1 ton is negligible because the extra springs do not come into play until the truck is loaded down. However, if you really want a good ride, empty or loaded, get a full air suspenion system. Expensive? Yes but very comfortable. The Kelderman's system is about
$8,600 installed. My 4-wheel shop does them. I had rather spend the money and drive the truck longer than trade often and ride rough.
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Old 07-02-2020, 04:09 PM   #45
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Real world towing mileage with our RAM 1500 with 5.7 Hemi and towing package while hauling our International Signature 27FB has been as high as 13, and as low as 9, depending on the grade and the direction of the wind.
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Old 07-02-2020, 04:20 PM   #46
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I bought a Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn. Towed a 25 Globetrotter. Both were 2019's. Traded the Globetrotter for a 2019 Classic 30ft. Great towing both the GT and Classic. Built as well or better the a previous Chevy Duramax. I see no reason to go back to a diesel. Would I like one, sure. Do I need one, nope.
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Old 07-02-2020, 04:35 PM   #47
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Ram 1500 - Towing International Serenity

The 2020 5.7 L 1500 ride is superior to other 1500’s due to coil springs and can be easily fitted with air support systems. I traded Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland no comparison ride in that vehicle was terrible and noisy.
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