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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:06 pm 
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I am shopping for long bed trucks.

This will be a truck that is used on the weekend for house projects, then will also be able to haul my SxS (1,100 pounds) in the bed and tow my travel trailer (about 3k pounds).

I don't "need" a diesel or want to maintain one, unless I trip over one cheap. I think a bigger gas motor would be fine for me.

I worked for Ford for a long time so I know the good and bad of those.

Most wondering about Chevy/GMC trucks. Maybe a 2500HD gas or something?? Anything to stay away from? Is the 6.0 enough for occasional towing or is the 8.1 needed?

Any advice would be appreciated.. :cheers:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:16 pm 
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By the sounds of it, you're pretty solid into only needing a half ton truck. What's you budget though, that seems like that would be your biggest limiting factor right now. Is fuel mileage a concern?

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I would absolutely go 2500HD with the 6.0 for your usage.

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bgbubabrwn wrote:
By the sounds of it, you're pretty solid into only needing a half ton truck. What's you budget though, that seems like that would be your biggest limiting factor right now. Is fuel mileage a concern?


Biggest issue with 1/2 ton (like the one I just sold last week) is getting a 8ft bed and 4 doors.

Thinking I can get a decent truck for $10k or less. Would spend more for the right truck if needed.

I don’t think fuel economy is an issue since it won’t be driven all the time.


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I would absolutely go 2500HD with the 6.0 for your usage.


How do they drive compared to a Ford 250/350? Better because of the IFS?

It’s currently between a v10 ford and a Chevy depending on what deal I find first. Would lean to a Chevy if there was a good reason.


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I would absolutely go 2500HD with the 6.0 for your usage.


How do they drive compared to a Ford 250/350? Better because of the IFS?

It’s currently between a v10 ford and a Chevy depending on what deal I find first. Would lean to a Chevy if there was a good reason.


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Ask Wang. He owned the exact truck I'm recommending. For your purposes I think it would do great.

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I missed the part about the 1100 lbs in the bed. Carry on.

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6.0 LS > V10

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If you can afford the diesel then get one. It will be more fun driving and towing with a diesel. Gas engine will cost you more in the end.


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If you can afford the diesel then get one. It will be more fun driving and towing with a diesel. Gas engine will cost you more in the end.


I beg to differ on that one. A $100 dollar repair on a gas truck engine is $1000 on a diesel truck engine. For what OP needs to do, the GM 2500HD gas 6.0 liter power-train is more than adequate. Ownership of that LS power-train is nothing but pure joy. So easy to work on. There is nothing easy, or joyful about working on the equivalent diesel power-train. If a person needs a diesel, then by all means sure. If not, then hell no, stay away. OP don't need.

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Gas engine will cost you more in the end.


This is VERY rarely the case, for MOST diesel truck owners.

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samjoem wrote:
If you can afford the diesel then get one. It will be more fun driving and towing with a diesel. Gas engine will cost you more in the end.


No... no it won't, actually a gas drive probably cost a 1/4 of what it cost to keep diesel on the road.. and for the op stay away from dodge and ram.. unless your gonna trade in before it hits 80k


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End up with a V10 brodozer. Finding a crew cab longbed in my price range was harder than I thought. Having worked at Ford for 14 years I am more comfortable working on this in a emergency than a Chevy anyways.

Now for some ramps to put my SxS in the back and I will be good to go!!!

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Sweet. I figured you'd end up w/ a Ford since you know 'em. :)

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