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LanceRKeys

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Posted: 02/07/19 04:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With three kids, an expedition el with the eco boost may be good.

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My thought is if your going to upgrade then UPGRADE.
A 3/4T truck is little more than a 1/2T.


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Posted: 02/07/19 05:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bionic Man wrote:

Shocked your towing MPG is that low with that small of a trailer. You are well within the capacity of a 150/1500 platform which is what you already have.

I like the 3.0 diesels that are available in the light duty trucks. It certainly would increase your MPG at the cost of higher fuel costs.

That's what happens when people tell the truth LOL.

You wouldn't gain much going to another 1/2 ton chassis, diesel or gas. Most payloads are pretty low, around 1000 - 1500 lbs.

You would gain a little payload if you went 3/4 ton diesel, they have around 2000 - 2200 lbs, or a lot of payload going to a 3/4 ton gas as they typically have about 3000 lbs payload.

The gas engine 3/4 ton will have an abundance of power for your needs, and costs less to buy and, maintain. I towed 12,000 lbs with one and got around 8 mpg average. You might get 9ish.

The diesel 3/4 ton will tow much better than all of the above, but with increased purchase price and increased maintenance costs. The diesel will likely get about 12 mpg pulling your RV.


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SoonerWing03 wrote:


I thought about that which I why I am considering a 3/4 ton truck. However, I'm hoping we downsize rather than go bigger or 5er. But who knows what the future holds. I usually guess wrong.

My extensive knowledge of diesel engines consists of knowing that you put diesel fuel in them rather than gasoline.

They tow effortlessly. They cost an extra ~$8000 as compared to a gas truck of the same size and brand. The oil changes are quite pricey, and they require DEF (diesel exhaust fluid). They are getting better, but the emissions systems typically don't do as well when used for short trips - they clog up.

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A lot of diesel or gas for that matter owners don’t know anything more than where to put the fuel and what kind of fuel to put in it. Don’t let that stop you.

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You can get a deccently equiped 3/4T diesel for what a blinged out 1/2T costs.

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Why not consider getting an F-150 max tow / max payload or a GM max tow? Either will offer more payload capacity w/o sacrificing much fuel mileage.


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I'd go 3/4 ton gas motor crew cab, unless your set on diesel.
I have 3 teens and it can get cramped in my truck at times, but with young uns you'll be fine.


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I would investigate the creepy crappy fuel mileage first. You have plenty of power and vehicle for the trailer you have. Well I wouldn't be towing with any half ton anyway, but if I had to, I would investigate the performance issues.

And I certainly wouldn't replace it with a V6 powered half ton, turbos or not.

* This post was edited 02/08/19 04:34pm by twodownzero *

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If I were you I wouldn't be considering getting a different vehicle unless I had a pile of extra cash kicking around that I couldn't figure out something to do with. I'm sure your Tahoe can handle towing a 5500 lb trailer 2000 miles per year. If you've got money coming out of your ears I think you'd love a new diesel crew cab.... I'd wait and get a 2020 GMC Denali or even a 2020 Ford Platinum or Ram Laramie Limited would likely do quite nicely.


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