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Old 11-22-2020, 07:47 PM
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How many miles do you drive a year?
Old 11-22-2020, 07:52 PM
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Ill never own a gas truck because I had always had diesels and just cant go back. But for what you describe a gasser should be fine for your needs.
Old 11-22-2020, 07:56 PM
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I have seen it all. A 21 foot boat needs a diesel or 3/4 ton gasser lol.
Old 11-23-2020, 03:56 AM
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If your buying used, stay away from from pre 2018 diesels. For gas find a used chevy 6.0 and it will do everything you want, and they last a long time.

For new I would find one with the 6.2.
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I drive less than 10k a yr I have a company car that is driven to and from work. Landscape contractor is a side hustle. I will take a hard look again at the 6.0 gasser. May find one of each and see if dealer will let me hook the boat and eliminate from there. All replies are appreciated and I appreciate the view points.
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Originally Posted by js118 View Post
How do I determine the gears? ThenVIN#?
Do you have a factory brake controller? If so, it is almost certainly 3.42.

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I drive less than 10k a yr I have a company car that is driven to and from work. Landscape contractor is a side hustle. I will take a hard look again at the 6.0 gasser. May find one of each and see if dealer will let me hook the boat and eliminate from there. All replies are appreciated and I appreciate the view points.
Decent number of 6.0 and Ford 6.2 trucks out there. No more mileage than you are running, mileage wouldn't even be a consideration for me. Hemi ram's are also a solid choice. 2500's and up get rid of the MDS (cylinder deactivation nonsense) on the 5.7, and the 6.4 doesn't have it either.

Out of the bunch I'm personally partial to GM if you are going 4x4 due to having independent front suspension.
Old 11-23-2020, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Do you have a factory brake controller? If so, it is almost certainly 3.42.



Decent number of 6.0 and Ford 6.2 trucks out there. No more mileage than you are running, mileage wouldn't even be a consideration for me. Hemi ram's are also a solid choice. 2500's and up get rid of the MDS (cylinder deactivation nonsense) on the 5.7, and the 6.4 doesn't have it either.

Out of the bunch I'm personally partial to GM if you are going 4x4 due to having independent front suspension.
The new Ram 2500 6.4s have MDS.
Old 11-23-2020, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Do you have a factory brake controller? If so, it is almost certainly 3.42.



Decent number of 6.0 and Ford 6.2 trucks out there. No more mileage than you are running, mileage wouldn't even be a consideration for me. Hemi ram's are also a solid choice. 2500's and up get rid of the MDS (cylinder deactivation nonsense) on the 5.7, and the 6.4 doesn't have it either.

Out of the bunch I'm personally partial to GM if you are going 4x4 due to having independent front suspension.
6.4 does have MDS
Old 11-23-2020, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Wicked Game View Post
The new Ram 2500 6.4s have MDS.
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6.4 does have MDS
When did that garbage start? Scratch that one off if that's the case.
Old 11-23-2020, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
When did that garbage start? Scratch that one off if that's the case.
At least in 2017 - my 2017 2500 has MDS.
Old 11-23-2020, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by BillTex View Post
???
3.42 with a 5.3l? That couldnt haul my lunch...
That's why transmissions have so many gears. Just downshift to keep the revs up.
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2014 is when it started
Old 11-23-2020, 07:35 AM
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The up shifting, down shift and higher rpms is what concerns me on interstate inclines. It sounds hard on the engine.
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a 6.0 gasser will be your best bet.

the other option since your hooked to a trailer more times than not, an older diesel that has been deleted.
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Originally Posted by js118 View Post
The up shifting, down shift and higher rpms is what concerns me on interstate inclines. It sounds hard on the engine.
Not really bad for it, but its painful on the ears. I personally can't stand it myself.
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Originally Posted by js118 View Post
The up shifting, down shift and higher rpms is what concerns me on interstate inclines. It sounds hard on the engine.
with the 6,8, and 10 spd transmissions today, sometimes when towing it is necessary to lock out one or two of the higher gears. lugging the engine and constant downshifts are more of a concern than higher rpms. much better for the engine to run higher rpms than it is to be lugged
Old 11-23-2020, 08:16 AM
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I would get a weight on your boat/trailer if that is the concern. Your trailer should be nowhere near 2000 lbs. I have a 2400 lb trailer, its a dual axle, galvanized, roller trailer, 6 lug, with two winches (one to pull boats on, one to pull boats off) and a battery set up on the tongue designed for a 27-28 boat. Hard to imagine a 21 boat trailer only being 400 lbs less.
Old 11-23-2020, 09:35 AM
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Seems you're set more on Chevy but I'll add my 2 cents...... I have a 13 F150 with the 3.5 ecoboost and max tow package. I can routinely haul around town and on the interstate with no problems. I also had a side landscape business with 2 60" exmarks on a landscape trailer and all the other gear I never had a problem. Also my pontoon was #4500 pounds with gear and fuel and I could set cruise on 70 and truck didn't struggle at all. The 3.5 eco is proven in the Ford lineup, one to consider. If you haven't test drove one, try it.

I debated a F250 diesel when i got the f150 but haven't gotten anything I tow that justifies that towing capacity so went with the F150 for cost and ride.

Old 11-23-2020, 10:50 AM
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I'm gonna go look at a few this evening. I really appreciate all the replies that have been coming in this gives me some direction and a starting point.
Old 11-23-2020, 04:43 PM
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Im partial to the Ram. But I own 5 of them. Two with the 5.7 and 3 with the 6.4. All trucks have been problem free. Had a wheel bearing go out on one truck under warranty. 6.4 routinely tow 7-15k pounds without a problem. Id look hard at 2500 with a 6.4

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