General tow pig concerns

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by maulcruiser, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    I give Dodgeboys hell, but only to aggravate Shawn and ChrisK :flipoff2:

    I did a butt-ton (that's a METRIC butt-ton, not US) of research before buying. My best friend since 2nd grade is the lead mechanic at Cummins Atlantic in GSO...so I had a HUGE head start in what to look for...but after weighing the cost of ownership vs initial purchase price, I could buy a LOT more truck in a ford wrapper than I could a Dodge or Chevy. Mainly because of the bro-tax and smack talk on the interwebs generating over-inflated values on chevy and dodge. Shawn was fortunate in his purchase, as was James.
    I was $2000 from buying @Oliver's Dodge before I bought MY truck....and occasionally wish I DID....but I just didn't have the cash to swing that deal.

    I think they all 3 have their drawbacks. It's just how hard you fanboy, and how fragile is your ego
     
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  2. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    Fixed it for ya buddy

    You are right. I'm a true blue Ford guy. But having wrenched on both Powerstrokes and Cummins at the dealer for many years, I came to the conclusion that the Cummins (in whatever wrapper it comes in) is the most dependable. Add to that the fact that only Dodge offers a diesel with a manual transmission these days and my decision was made.
     
  3. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    Errbody knows you ditch the EGR and all it's wacky leftist agenda first thing :D

    Yeah you can't dispute the shear reliability of the 12 and 24. My buddy at Cummins Atlantic has nothing good to really say about the newer models though (may be because he HATES electronic BS and nanny overlord devices)
     
  4. GotWood

    GotWood Sayer of Fact

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    I love my 99 250 6spd extended cab long bed 2wd. Bought it out of Texas about 5 years ago w/159k for $6k. It now has 257k and I've rebuilt the rear diff and then just regular things water pump, alt, etc. It it's basically rock stock.
     
  5. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    6.0 ford was the best diesel ever made. :D
    Don't have to worry about oil changes either. Just fuel it up and go!

    Don't add anything other than exhaust and an intake and your head studs and gasket should be just fine. I've had a couple and never really had any major issues, gaskets included. Even got 326k miles on one and only changed the oil like 5 times. True story.
     
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  6. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Nah, I paid NADA "good condition used" for mine.
     
  7. GLTHFJ60

    GLTHFJ60 Well-Known Member

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    Have a cummins in my Land Cruiser and a Ford 6.0 ZF-6 as my tow rig. Love the cummins engine, hate the dodge trucks. First gen RAMs were awesome, but everything between then and the most recent trucks were fiat Chrysler garbage. Ford bodies, chassis, suspension and everything are top notch.

    Put head studs in a 6.0 with EGR delete and ELC coolant, and you won't have any issues. There's a reason why the guy who always places top in the Diesel Power Challenge has a Ford 6.0 year after year :D
     
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  8. DSM Turbos

    DSM Turbos Well-Known Member

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    lets diesel drag race past the in-laws house.
     
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  9. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Because a Dodge cab will fall apart if you lift it due to shoddy construction :flipoff2:
     
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  10. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    Sorry buddy, I'm not compensating for anything.
     
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  11. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Huh. So I guess you've never driven a <05 Super Duty. Or had somebody pop the door handles out with a screwdriver. Or had the body mounts fall out from under the cab. Or had to put air bags on a 3/4 ton diesel pickup truck just so it could tow a 6000# trailer without dragging ass....

    Weird.
     
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  12. CasterTroy

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    First time I saw that I shat a little. Ordered those door plates that second. Talk about a BIACHE to install!
     
  13. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    Just buy a decent LB7, replace the injectors, toss on a lift pump, and solid axle it....that's what I did :D
     
  14. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    I'm waiting for you to grow board with this black one and sell it :D
     
  15. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    You'll die of old age before that happens :D I've never sold any of my vehicles.
     
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  16. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    But aren't you like 22?
     
  17. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    I'm 27 :flipoff2:
     
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  18. CasterTroy

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    FTFY
     
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  19. k5-1402

    k5-1402 Well-Known Member

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    The RCLB should tow whatever you want just fine. Those have always been the configuration for the higher payloads anyway. I towed with a regular cab f250 for years. I only got rid of for something with more passenger space.
     
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  20. upnover

    upnover Grumpy, decrepit Old Man Moderator

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    Back to the original post:

    Personally, I'd go with any extended cab vs a single cab. just no room in a regular cab for much of anything. A dog, luggage, sound system, tools or what ever. Add any of those things and you run out of room, QUICK!

    I too like the rubber floors, just a lot easier to keep clean.

    If buying a auto, I'd have to say Duramax. Hard to beat an Allison auto.

    I would walk away from any truck that has been lifted, or had "performance" additions. other than the norm of studs, egr delete and so on. Updated exhaust, I'd be OK with, so long as it wasn't stack in the bed or one that was the size of a pie plate.

    Temp gauges, yeah, that would be a plus, so long as they were not put there because of add ons, tuners and so on.
     
  21. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    Before this Duramax, I'd only owned regular cab long beds and swore that's all I'd ever have. Once I got a crew cab, I was hooked! Don't be scared to come to the dark side :D
     
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  22. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    Here is what you need:

    An exteneded cab SRW F350 woth a 5.9 Cummins engine and an allison trans. Then you can piss off every die hard ford, dodge, and gm puriest at the same time!
     
  23. doc

    doc Well-Known Member

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    Lottery winner project...only difference is make it a dually & crew cab.
     
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  24. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    Or just find a F650 with the Cummins motor and Allison transmission and roll with it.
     
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  25. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    Definitely crew cab...extended cabs are juuuust enough to piss you off.
     
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