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Old April 29th, 2007, 10:54 AM   #41
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All of the big three have their issues. The only thing that Chevy has going for it in my opinion is the availability of the Allison trans but that is only available in the HD trucks. I personally think that if you plan on towing go with at least 3/4 ton or larger. If budget allows go for a Diesel. I also think the new Chevy is butt ugly. If I were to go GM I would probably go with the GMC for the looks. As for transmissions take care of them and don't abuse them. Add the biggest trans cooler you can get. Heat kills transmissions. Change the fluid and filter at least once a year if you tow a lot. If you find the trans shifting a lot downshift to a lower gear. I drive a 2000 Ford F-250 Superduty with the 7.3 Powerstroke. It has almost 200,000 miles on it and I tow my Jeep on a trailer with a 2000lb camper in the bed of the truck. I have made many trips through the mountains with this setup with no catastrophic failures.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 05:34 PM   #42
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DODGE all way more power tow more and better looking cant beat that.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 07:30 PM   #43
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All of the big three have their issues. The only thing that Chevy has going for it in my opinion is the availability of the Allison trans but that is only available in the HD trucks. I personally think that if you plan on towing go with at least 3/4 ton or larger. If budget allows go for a Diesel. I also think the new Chevy is butt ugly. If I were to go GM I would probably go with the GMC for the looks. As for transmissions take care of them and don't abuse them. Add the biggest trans cooler you can get. Heat kills transmissions. Change the fluid and filter at least once a year if you tow a lot. If you find the trans shifting a lot downshift to a lower gear. I drive a 2000 Ford F-250 Superduty with the 7.3 Powerstroke. It has almost 200,000 miles on it and I tow my Jeep on a trailer with a 2000lb camper in the bed of the truck. I have made many trips through the mountains with this setup with no catastrophic failures.
He's currently using a 3/4 ton diesel with mods + heavily built trans.

The point of the thread is its overkill for his newer lightweight rigs(sami)...

I'll be doing the same in a year or two, My V10 will be overkill for my flatfender.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 05:31 PM   #44
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I would never own a new dodge.
X2!

I love the Cummins 6BT, but if it were only installed in anything but a Dodge!
I'd never own a new MOPAR anything!
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Old September 20th, 2007, 01:27 PM   #45
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X2!

I love the Cummins 6BT, but if it were only installed in anything but a Dodge!
I'd never own a new MOPAR anything!
I agree the cummins is a great engine its the only mopare engine IMO that is any good.

I bought a 04 quad cab 4x4 with a hemi, 20's and the 3.92 gear. Great power in the higher RPM's for a gas truck, no bottom end compared to a 5.3L Vortech.fuel mileage sucked I love when people say they get 14mpg towing... I got 13mpg hand calculated not driving hard and that wasnt towing. The best I got with my hemi was 15mpg to grand rapids one time set the cruise at 70mph and AC on. I love the looks of it, but I got tired of visits to the dealership. I would buy the Chevy...and im not a big chevy fan, but at the end of the day they are pretty good trucks.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 11:10 PM   #46
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Each truck is going to be similar in towing ability.... I believe what you are looking for is which, of the two trucks you are looking at, apeals the most for you.... you don't seem like you want to "buy" the vehicle but use it for a few years and turn it in... which it really doesn't matter which one you get at that point as you should be under the factory warranty for the whole period....

Now, I have towed my Humvee with an Escalade with the 6L in it down to GA and it was flawless. Set the cruise at 65 and it never faltered even in the mountains.... Even passed a few dodge diesel's carrying lighter loads...

I have also towed a 10k travel trailer with a 2500HD but it had a dmax.... it was amazing at pulling that trailer - much easier pull then with my Hummer...

Bottom line is.... get it setup to tow... get the one that appeals the most to you....

and since I work at GM, I hope you choose the Chevy, but the Guys down the street need sales too.....
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Old November 16th, 2007, 05:18 PM   #47
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I drove to Indianapolis and back this week. Almost every hotshotter pulling travel trailers was driving a Dodge. I saw one Chevy. The pros are going with Dodge at this point. There were several Fords, but by far Dodge was the most common.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 05:30 PM   #48
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Old December 10th, 2007, 06:03 PM   #49
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John, I would hands down go with a GMC or chevy on milage and drive quality. But with the big enclosed trailor you have I would strongly recommend looking in to a 3/4 ton. My dad has a 1/2 ton GM and we have towed my buggy cross country many times and get about 12 miles per gal, we tow at about 75mpg on avg.1500lb trailor 3500lb buggy
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Old December 12th, 2007, 06:56 PM   #50
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bye a dodge i got two 96 ram and a 2006 ram i like chevy but dodge all the power and more room dodge all the way
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The 08's are out and ford is giving good rebates on the 07 5.4 supercrew's. I have one (really it's the wife's ) You should go test drive one and look at the towing capacity and cargo rating.....You can't drive 2 trucks. I tow 7,800 lb loaded trailer with mine and set the cruise at 70 and still get 13MPG/18 empty . Drive them all and make the salesman work for his money!
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