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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-28-2016, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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My dad is looking to buy a 2016-2017 full size pickup truck. Probably a 150 or 1500. He needs to be able to pull his travel trailer which is about 5000-6000 lbs.

What is everyone's top choice for a truck
Dodge Ram 1500
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Toyota Tundra
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Chevy Silverado 1500

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Titan? I thought you said he was looking at trucks
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Depends what weights and all that....i believe newer fords can tow around 8k if I'm not mistaken.having both ford and dodge diesels before I feel the best bang for your buck is a 1500.im a ford boy at heart currently have a 14' powerstroke. But the new F150s are stupid priced.you can get a decently optioned 1500 ram for same price as a base xlt ford.

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True story: One of my best friends, a life-long Chevy man, bought a loaded Chevy Silverado to pull a huge fifth-wheel RV. He and his family went out on a short camping trip. The truck pulled okay, but got 9 mpg and less. He came home disheartened. A couple nights later, he sat bolt upright in bed, sweating, waking up his wife. She asked, "What in the world is the matter!?"

He answered, "I HATE that truck!"

She said, "Well, if you hate it that much, trade it on something you'll like! And don't wake me up again."

He traded his month-old Chevy on a Dodge Ram with a Cummins diesel. He beats his vehicles hard, but the Ram is strong and reliable, and although it looks worse for the wear, he loves it. I'd always been a Ram fan anyway. And have you looked at a Ram interior?? Pretty posh digs for a utility vehicle!

Another friend has a Tundra. It looks nice and has lots of bells and whistles, but when I ride in it, I notice that the interior components aren't very durable.

The new TV commercials showing an empty toolbox poking a hole in Ford's aluminum bed are pretty convincing.

Never met a Titan, and there are very few on the roads in my redneck, truck-drivin' state, so that makes me doubt them.
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The camper he is towing is a mid-size one... Probably 20ft and about 5k#.

Dad is currently looking at the Toyota, Ford, and RAM. The rest seem to have kinda fallen out of the running.

I personally really like the RAMs and I've seen a lot of good stuff about them. They seem to hold up well and most reviews I've read rank them better than the Ford.

Also, the uConnect system is the same as on my Jeep, so I'll know how to use it!!!

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If we're talking about diesels yea I'd go with dodge or ford. I went with a used Ford because it still had a warranty. I couldn't find a used Dodge under 40k with a factory Warranty still.

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The camper he is towing is a mid-size one... Probably 20ft and about 5k#.

Dad is currently looking at the Toyota, Ford, and RAM. The rest seem to have kinda fallen out of the running.

I personally really like the RAMs and I've seen a lot of good stuff about them. They seem to hold up well and most reviews I've read rank them better than the Ford.

Also, the uConnect system is the same as on my Jeep, so I'll know how to use it!!!

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Well shoot, my Cherokee pulls a 21' bumper to bumper. The Ford F-150 with the ecoboost are nice, but the Chevy Colorado with the diesel is a towing monster for a mid size. Personally it would be between the ram 1500 eco diesel, Chevy Colorado diesel or the Ford F-150 and I'd lean towards the Chevy. Although the ram can be equipped with similar features to the Cherokee...


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True story: One of my best friends, a life-long Chevy man, bought a loaded Chevy Silverado to pull a huge fifth-wheel RV. He and his family went out on a short camping trip. The truck pulled okay, but got 9 mpg and less. He came home disheartened. A couple nights later, he sat bolt upright in bed, sweating, waking up his wife. She asked, "What in the world is the matter!?"

He answered, "I HATE that truck!"

She said, "Well, if you hate it that much, trade it on something you'll like! And don't wake me up again."

He traded his month-old Chevy on a Dodge Ram with a Cummins diesel. He beats his vehicles hard, but the Ram is strong and reliable, and although it looks worse for the wear, he loves it. I'd always been a Ram fan anyway. And have you looked at a Ram interior?? Pretty posh digs for a utility vehicle!

Another friend has a Tundra. It looks nice and has lots of bells and whistles, but when I ride in it, I notice that the interior components aren't very durable.

The new TV commercials showing an empty toolbox poking a hole in Ford's aluminum bed are pretty convincing.

Never met a Titan, and there are very few on the roads in my redneck, truck-drivin' state, so that makes me doubt them.
Regarding the BS Chevy commercial, who in their right mind would use a truck bed without a liner or bedliner? Nobody. All the aluminum is doing is saving weight and therefore saving gas. No opinion either way on the trucks, but don't be naive enough to fall for their crap.

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I agree with xinarin13 as well im not buying a 50k truck to drop a toolbox in it from 10 feet or river rocks. I wouldn't be scared to load it by hand that's how I load all my trucks when moving material I don't just drop it in there bed from a height.

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Your Dad can't go wrong with any of those choices. The main choice is gas or diesel. Diesels have a lot more torque and can do the trailer towing duty much easier, and while getting far superior fuel economy. The downside is the higher upkeep/maintenance.

My Dad is currently towing a 21 foot travel trailer (around 5000 lbs) with his '10 Dodge Ram 1500. The 5.7L Hemi pulls it no problem, but the gas mileage drops like a rock. His highest mpg while towing was 8 mpg. He's looking to upgrade to a Ram 2500 with the Cummins diesel. He's not considering the Ram 1500 with the 3.0L EcoDiesel, as its torque rating is only slightly higher than the Hemi.

Another thing to get is the larger fuel tank. My Dad's '10 Dodge Ram has the smaller 26 gallon tank. He has to stop a LOT for refueling while towing.

Since you're talking a $50-60K purchase, might as well move up to the 2500 series. I'd rather have too much tow vehicle than not enough.
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