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post #21 of 23 Old 06-02-2013, 10:45 PM
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I live in an Alpine region, you can't go anywhere unless you're hauling up a mountain. For years I hauled with gas engines, struggling up steep passes, gas pedal to the floor and going slooow, we now have a diesel 7.3 litre engine, what a difference. There is no comparison and I will never haul with chinzy gas engines again. OP, consider a diesel, you won't regret it.
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I live in an Alpine region, you can't go anywhere unless you're hauling up a mountain. For years I hauled with gas engines, struggling up steep passes, gas pedal to the floor and going slooow, we now have a diesel 7.3 litre engine, what a difference. There is no comparison and I will never haul with chinzy gas engines again. OP, consider a diesel, you won't regret it.
I also like the 7.3 power stroke, though my experience with it is in the comercial format.

But I haul horses with a 454 Chevy and couldn't be happier with the power. I don't think I've ever had it on the floor, even up studebaker hill. And have out pulled a cummins.

I guess my point is, don't rule out the "right" gasser.
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We had a '06 F150 FX4 crew cab with the 5.4 L V8 and a towing package, and did lots of hauling with it. We mostly hauled 2 horses in a steel 14' southland trailer, and made lots of long trips and a few of those were fully loaded with 2 horses and gear through the mountains as well. I was *extremely* impressed with the truck overall, in the 7 years we had it we never had a single problem with it and never once felt like we didn't have enough truck or brakes or anything like that, even through the mountains when we were hauling for 12+ hours a day.

That said, if I was going to be making regular trips through the mountains, or there was possibility of hauling a third horse, I would definitely go with a 3/4 ton. For what you want to do, it sounds like a 1/2 ton would be sufficient, provided it has a towing package of course.

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