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donn0128 wrote:

... The truck is driven by only a few employees, and while it is used for work they do take pride in their equipment.
If they took pride in their equipment there wouldn't be holes in the bottom. It may not be as strong as steel but It's not made out of aluminum foil either. Despite your best suggestions that it is fragile, let's get real; and the reality is it takes some real effort to put a hole in it. Pride in their equipment indeed. Did you ask them how it got the holes in it, I doubt it. But you just somehow know it was treated with due care and somehow just got a hole in it. Sounds like your everyday teenage kid to me.

And you can't shovel 5000 lbs of gravel out of the back of your truck without scratching the paint with the shovel either, unless your using a kid's plastic sand pail shovel.

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Who the heck spends $40-$70k on a new vehicle and doesn't get a bed liner?

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Who the heck spends $40-$70k on a new vehicle and doesn't get a bed liner?
Sounds like the Park Rangers do. They picked up someone's errant soccer ball along the road and threw it in the back and low and behold it put a hole in the truck.

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When I had a 2013 Chevy one ton turned in for a lemon issue, I test drove the Ram and found it to be just OK. The inside was not as nice as the Chevy. I would never touch a Ford after having an issue back in 1980's where they knew there was an issue with engines stalling but tried to just sell me another car. So, back to Chevy I went and got a 2016 one ton LB. Absolutely love it and never any issue what so ever. I will say that if you like the Rams, I did find through my research that the majority of commercial RV transports are Rams. Good luck

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Pickup errant soccer balls? You must not be familiar with what Park Rangers or BLM Rangers out West do. Believe it or not there is still a segment of the pickup market that actually works out of a pickup. We will know soon enough whether the Al. beds hold up to hard work.


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That's good info to have. I also have a 2013 Durango that I've been pleased with. No quality issues with it at all. There are still several left over 2017 2500s in the area. Maybe I can get a deal.

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troubledwaters wrote:

Samsonsworld wrote:

Who the heck spends $40-$70k on a new vehicle and doesn't get a bed liner?
Sounds like the Park Rangers do. They picked up someone's errant soccer ball along the road and threw it in the back and low and behold it put a hole in the truck.



LOL......I heard it was one of the Pickleballs from the place they refer to in the "where not to stay" thread.

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dugwms wrote:

We currently pull a Flagstaff 26RLWS, 30' and 7500lbs or so, with a 2002 Chevy 1500HD. Ole Red is getting a little long in the tooth and it's time to consider a new tow vehicle. Looking at Ford, Chevy and Ram 250/2500 trucks. When/if we upgrade the RV, it won't be with anything considerably bigger than what we have. Have been very happy with the 1500HD. It's basically a 3/4 ton truck in disguise. 3080lb payload, 6.0, 4L80 transmission, 8 lug wheels and 373 rear end. Tows very well. Anyway, I would like owners impressions of the differences between the manufacturers. Not just ratings but, having lived with a truck for a few years, what are your impressions and experiences? Reliability? There doesn't seem to be a major cost difference between any of them of any significance and the capabilities are very similar for what we'll be dealing with. Not considering a diesel, just doesn't work for us. Greatly appreciate everyone's input.


I've got the same truck, and about the same size camper. I'm starting to look since I've got 214,000 miles on it. It has been a great truck. I've been reading about the RAM 6.4 also, and it really has my interest. I'd like a little more power, and the 6.4 I think would be great. Also if you can find a 4.10 rear end I've read that really helps with the shift points, and fuel economy when running light is basically the same. They say the MDS is used more, and it equals out.

I hate to leave Chevy since it has been such a good truck, but the 6.0 has a little more power than it used to, and the 6spd tranny now, but I really wish it was just a little stronger.

I really just don't like the looks of the F-250, but the 6.2 seems to be pretty solid.

Good luck in your search!


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I'm researching the MDS on the 6.4. Haven't decided yet about the long term concerns, if any, of MDS. I had also found several statements that the 4.10 rear seemed to be a better match for the 6.4 than the 373. Need to educate myself on how MDS works.

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dugwms wrote:

I'm researching the MDS on the 6.4. Haven't decided yet about the long term concerns, if any, of MDS. I had also found several statements that the 4.10 rear seemed to be a better match for the 6.4 than the 373. Need to educate myself on how MDS works.


On one of the Ram forums there is a thread for high mileage 6.4's there is one guy that is a car transporter, and he has over 200,000 on his. He puts about 16,000 miles a month on it, mostly hauling 2 cars on a trailer, and he seems to love it.

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