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post #1 of 6 Old 02-20-2010, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Question What should I look for?

I'm going truck shopping with my dad tomorrow to get an idea of how different trucks handle. My trainer says to look at an F250 and a Ram2500 to start with. I was also thinking of checking out a Nissan Titan but I've been told the Titans drink gas like a dehydrated elephant (exact words from a guy in Subway). The trailer it needs to pull is a 3 horse slant extra tall extra wide (7'7 tall and 7'7 wide 19 foot long), not sure the weight but it's a Sundowner.

Any suggestions on other trucks I should look at?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-20-2010, 01:00 AM
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My brother's boss used to have a Ram3500 with a Cummins turbo diesel and Jason used to drive it all the time. Fell in love with it too, said it would get very good gas mileage (like 20-25) and would run with the cruise set pulling a load of cattle. I have been told that diesel trucks are generally better, get better mileage, and pull more reliably, but heaven forbid anything ever go wrong with them. One trip to the shop will cost you one arm, both legs, and your firstborn child. LOL. I don't know how good of a truck it is but you might also consider a Chevy Silverado and a GMC Sierra. I personally want a Ford F250.

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I was told chevy and GMC don't pull nearly as well but my dad is very good at covering all the bases and asking questions I wouldn't even have thought to ask (that's why he's coming along). I'll be finding out everything and how everything ads up. I was looking at a silverado but the girly in me says "but it's not smooth and sexy rounded" I need to lock that girly part of me in a closet before she messes up my decisions based on a pretty car. haha.

A friend of mine has a Ram and loves it to death, my trainer has a F250 and loves it to death, my moms friend has had everything under the sun since 1978 so she's on speed dial when we get to the dealerships. I'll be testing everything suggested.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-20-2010, 02:36 AM
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Diesels are great, mom had a Silverado Diesel and boy could it pull, but you were screwed if you didn't plug it in in the winter to keep it warm ROFL! I personally like silverados, they arent the girliest looking things, but they are great trucks, ours pulled a 4 horse stock fully loaded up and down the Ozarks around where we live with no problem...

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-22-2010, 08:14 AM
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The titan will not pull that trailer and get more then 5 mpgs...

If your going the diesel route, you can not beat a dodge/cummins...the dodge isnt the prettiest thing, the interior sucks but its a power mill and built to work...

the gm trucks with the duramax/allison is also a great combo...good mpgs, great ride, great interior...

My cummins gets 19 highway, and about 16-17 pulling trailer...

My duramax gets 17 mixed driving and 21 all interstate...

Im not a ford fan never have been never will be the power isnt there and the longjevity with them just doesnt stack up when compared...


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post #6 of 6 Old 02-22-2010, 11:39 AM
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I have a Ford F250 SD with a diesel. I pull a 3h Exiss with an 8ft Lq. I have had this truck for 3yrs now and I have never had an issue with it. And it pulls just fine. I also have had Dodge trucks and I like them also...Everyone has thier opinion but any of the super duty, Ram 2500-3500 or the Chevy 2500 w a duramax will do the job. All have had thier issues but it's totally personal perference..Main thing to pay attention to is your combined weight. With the trailer that is mentioned I wouldn't go less than a F-250 or a 2500 series with a big V8 or diesel...

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