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Looking to get a new vehicle, any opinions? looking for function over form currently have a ram 2500 with the 5.7. I use a 16' enclosed trailer that i carry my equipment in (generator, compressor,locks, sumps tools etc) as well as my ztr and can get about 12cyrds dbrs in, about 4500 lbs (including weight of trailer) need a 4x4 and at least an extended cab, don't mind a small bed.

I been hearing a lot of people saying to stay away from diesels as the maintenance is expensive and the gas is to (carneys that do long hauls)

I have a truck just for gc and small jobs

just looking for everyones opinion on what they have.

looking for a good combination of pulling power, MPG and price haha
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I currently use 3 trucks... 2009 Ram 1500, 2004 Ford f150 and a 2007 Toyota Tundra. Currently I use a combination of trailer,s all open, a 5x8 for simple lawns, 6x12 with 2 ft high sides (I use this for everything including debris and lawns), 6x12 with tool boxes on each side ( I use for everything excluding larger debris jobs, over 5 cy) and a 16ft for all my debris type jobs (I will take it out for lawns and such if needed) I find that my Dodge gets the best gas mileage right not averaging 12-16 MPG. depending on the trailer and equipment I'm Pulling. My F150 averages 10-10.5 with 16ft and all equipment loaded. The Tundra with same trailer and set up 11-12 easy. F150 has the small v8, the Ram has the 5.7 HEMI and Tundra I can't remember, All I know is that Tundra can pull.
My F150 is my everyday work truck with 202k on it and It has pulled easily 8.5k worth of weight at 1 time (SOD and TRAILER) The Tundra is the other work truck and is a good truck, however it has a transmission shudder, that we can't get to go away. WE had the Torque Converter Replace and a few other parts however it didn't solve the problem. Saw on a forum it's a common problem. My Dodge has 84K on it and is just out of warranty coverage now and needs 1000-2700 worth of tranny work done (Solenoids, Valve Body Assembly). However my F150 runs like a champ, Tranny slips between 2 gears every once in a while and runs great. I service it all the time and I do repairs on it when needed such as Alternator, Belts, Radiator, Hoses, ETC. I love that truck and it's just a basic STX EXTRA CAB version.
That's what I have and my deal. With you it's all about what you want. Where your work is located makes a difference. For Instance I cover a radius of 75 miles from my office. Most of my work right now is 20-60 Miles out, SO if I was looking, I would look at a smaller truck like a Ranger, Tacoma Type. Good Gas Mileage and will easily tow lawn equipment and debris job that are too heavy. I know of a company that covers like 20 counties in Florida and his employees all use single cab F150's and pull a 6x10 open Trailer with 5 FT high sides with walk behinds and equipment. His guys quite often travel 50-100 miles one way for 10-15 Lawn Cuts !!!! IF your in a more confined area than it's basically your personal preference.
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Go buy the f150 ecoboost...then give us a real time review. I say this because I too am in the hunt for a new truck. Been a ford man for 2 decades, and bought a Ram last year....hate it.
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PS+ : Why DO you hate the Ram?? Have any problems with it ? I really like mine actually, I seldom use it for work, I just bought it to help on the occasional job but it's mostly for Family use. (Ram 1500 BIG HORN quad Cab) I' m just pissed about the tranny issue at 84k. Because I bought it used it only came with 80k bc it's an 09 but a '10 or newer comes with 100k warranty. Dealer never explained that to me, so I thought I had 100k. Plus I never get that dreaded rip off extended Warranty. Lesson Learned.

Try the 6cylinder ecoboost F150. Better MPG supposely with the power of a v8.
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Can't help you much as I buy good used trucks usually from retired folks who have taken good care of them. I find this more cost effective as I have no payments and have money for high end mowers, tractors and trailers which actually make me money. I hear good things about the eco boost though. Might pick one up from an old man in a few years......
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I buy all my work vehicles used, while i'm sure its nice to have a brand new truck that first ding scratch or rip would bring a tear to my eye. I like my dodge a lot. put about 55K on it over the last 2 years with no real problems mechanically, i just don't want to pull more than the truck is capable of handling, ( i replaced the horn 4 times found out it kept getting full of water from the wheel wash at the dump.)
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I buy all my work vehicles used, while i'm sure its nice to have a brand new truck that first ding scratch or rip would bring a tear to my eye. I like my dodge a lot. put about 55K on it over the last 2 years with no real problems mechanically, i just don't want to pull more than the truck is capable of handling, ( i replaced the horn 4 times found out it kept getting full of water from the wheel wash at the dump.)
WHAT? I want a wheel wash at our dump!

Iíve already told you more than I know.
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If you going to drive a lot or tow with it you should only buy a diesel (cummins if you can). Even with the ecoboost the F150 only seems to be getting about 21mpg and that will probably drop to about 13 when you put any trailer at all on it. My dodge averages about 19-20 empty, 15-17 with a trailer full of lawn equipment and 13-15 with a full dump trailer. Plus its pushing 300k and still runs like a top, didn't even replace the first tranny until 250k.

With the state out of money you need to watch what you tow with these days as well, one of our guys with a chevy 1500 got stopped by DOT and they said his truck was too small to tow a 10,000 lb trailer, even empty.


So if you have the choice to buy a 1/2 ton or a 3/4 ton and the 3/4 gets the same or better mileage......
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If you going to drive a lot or tow with it you should only buy a diesel (cummins if you can). Even with the ecoboost the F150 only seems to be getting about 21mpg and that will probably drop to about 13 when you put any trailer at all on it. My dodge averages about 19-20 empty, 15-17 with a trailer full of lawn equipment and 13-15 with a full dump trailer. Plus its pushing 300k and still runs like a top, didn't even replace the first tranny until 250k.

With the state out of money you need to watch what you tow with these days as well, one of our guys with a chevy 1500 got stopped by DOT and they said his truck was too small to tow a 10,000 lb trailer, even empty.


So if you have the choice to buy a 1/2 ton or a 3/4 ton and the 3/4 gets the same or better mileage......

Agree I run two diesel rams and two gas burners 1/2 tons. only use 1/2 tons for mowing and large clean out to pull the trailer we put scrap metal on. For the heavy pulling only us my diesels! Started out years ago with only using 1/2 ton truck but after getting my first diesel i`m hooked!
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Agree I run two diesel rams and two gas burners 1/2 tons. only use 1/2 tons for mowing and large clean out to pull the trailer we put scrap metal on. For the heavy pulling only us my diesels! Started out years ago with only using 1/2 ton truck but after getting my first diesel i`m hooked!
I sold my last gasoline vehicle 2 years ago, only things that run on gas are mowers and bikes.
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