*Truck and Towing thread........ask your questions here.*

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  1. tiggerdad

    tiggerdad I don't always get distracted but whe...SQUIRREL!

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    Those old Detroits were nearly indestructible. Loud, but dang reliable.
     
  2. Clifton Tesh

    Clifton Tesh DIS Veteran

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    They only took like 44 qts of oil per oil change too!
     
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  4. mco65

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    Which came 1st, the truck or the camper?

    In the market.... but will need both a truck and camper..
    Do i buy the biggest truck I can afford and then get what ever camper it will pull?
    or do i pick my camper and buy a truck that can pull it?

    I have been looking at trucks and to be honest, I can afford a used 30-50K mile 1500.... but a 2500 is gonna stretch my budget..
    I am worried that i might not be able to pull anything bigger than a 13ft pop up with a 1500..
     
  5. 2goofycampers

    2goofycampers Sounds like something a camping trip could cure! Moderator

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    My opinion save up for the bigger truck. Then get the camper you want. Otherwise you'll be trading both up and it will cost more $. This is from experience.
     
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  6. Clifton Tesh

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    2goofycampers makes a great point if this isn't an option though, look for a chevy 1500 with the max tow package. They are usually rated around 9400-9500 pound towing. Now, you'll definitely feel the truck pulling the weight, but they can and will tow it.
     
  7. mco65

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    Thanks! Is there such a thing as a ~50k miles 2500 for ~$30k or is that an extinct species! :(
     
  8. dmaxphil

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    I've owned a few 3/4 ton and 1 ton diesels and have only paid more than $50k once. The right deal is out there if you are willing to search. If you have expensive tastes, and need all the bells whistles, Denali, King Ranch, Platinum, Laramie Longhorn, then you will have to go a few years back to find a deal.

    The truck I just traded in was a 2015 Chevy Duramax 3500 SRW LT that I paid ~$40k with ~19k miles. Got $37k in trade 2 years later.


    >> Just realized I misread this and the budget is $30k and 50k miles. Oops!

    Gas vs diesel will be a question you'll have to answer. With GM and Dodge, I'm thinking you should be able to find a 2009-2010 diesel fitting the description. I've always heard to avoid those years from Ford (6.4L) but have no firsthand experience. With a gas engine, maybe 2014-2016?

    2009 GMC Ext cab diesel https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/722674093/overview/ $27k

    2015 Ram 2500 https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/721713085/overview/ $28k

    There are currently 166 Diesel trucks on Cars.com with less than 50k miles and $35k or less.


    1500's are great if you are sure you won't have an itch to upgrade to a 10k lbs fifth wheel or a travel trailer exceeding 30' (My opinion). They are much more comfortable daily drivers.
     
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  9. mco65

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    ^ thanks phil! Good stuff as always!

    When i adjust my max price to 35k or less, there are a ton more trucks available... I can put a little more down on it to keep the MRC where i prefer it to be.. it might push my purchase back a few months but i am not in a big rush!
     
  10. dmaxphil

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    Well my point of searching $35k is that a significant number of dealers will be negotiable. When my dealer took my most recent truck in trade they marked it up $10k and listed at $47k
     
  11. PaHunter

    PaHunter Photographer in need of training.....

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    We had a 2003 Chevy 1500, we purchased a Keystone Bullet RB251, with a gross weight of around 8k. We towed from PA to WDW and got 6 mpg, it was a gas engine. After that trip decided to purchase a new truck. Ended up with a 2013 Chevy 3500 Dually, see first post on this thread for pic. We towed the same trip and got around 13mpg and hardly knew the trailer was there. This past year we upgraded our trailer, and purchased a fifth wheel that comes in around 15k in weight. Towed the trip to Disney and averaged around 10mpg on this trip.
    As was brought up before, buy what you want the first time, you may have to wait, but it is better in the long run.
     
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