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GAR2

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Posted: 11/09/19 07:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello intraveno, I’m going to go at this from a different angle than the others unless I missed something already stated. No experience with Dodge Cummins (I have a 2002 F350 Power Stroke 7.3L. What I would recommend (from experience) is looking at the bed support channels- Ford are notorious for rotting, not sure on the Dodges. I removed my bed and replaced the channels myself- no big deal as I have the shop and tools to do it.
The other thing, personally I wouldn’t trust the 5th wheel rails bolts. When I removed the old bolts (twisted off with breaker bar and 5’ cheater pipe because they were seized up) I found that the bolts were wore 1/3 of the way through where they went through the ‘L’ brackets attached to the frame. Just saying- something to check in case you do decide to pull a 5ver later on down the road. My truck was 17 years old, yours has a few more years on it- but I like the older trucks...... best of luck.


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Grit dog

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Posted: 11/10/19 12:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

^Good call on checking for rust, but that's the beauty of the truck the OP is talking about. Said never driven in winter and oil coated.
Since we haven't heard back from him, hopefully he's out doin burnouts in his new camper hauler!


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As for older trucks I bought a 95 Ford F-350 duelly 4 years ago with 192000 miles on it well oiled down south truck wouldn't think twice about jumping in it and doing a cross country run with the camper. I've probably rebuilt the whole truck but it's cheaper than a new one and no emissions, as for sticker weights in Ontario they go by axle weights as per DOT as I have checked and as long as you increase the carrying weight on your ownership you are good GVWR means nothing to them as long as you don't go over GVAW weights. (Call your local DOT in Quebec and ask them)

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jaycocreek

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djg wrote:

As for older trucks I bought a 95 Ford F-350 duelly 4 years ago with 192000 miles on it well oiled down south truck wouldn't think twice about jumping in it and doing a cross country run with the camper. I've probably rebuilt the whole truck but it's cheaper than a new one and no emissions


I agree..I did the same with my old 3/4 ton '76 Ford with the 390..Almost totally rebuilt from end to end..I to would not have hesitated to head anywhere in that one..And no emissions necessary..

New or newer trucks are nice but the cost of repairs anymore is unbelievable,especially with a diesel..


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jaycocreek wrote:



New or newer trucks are nice but the cost of repairs anymore is unbelievable,especially with a diesel..


That's why you have 5 years/100k miles factory warranty before you can consider extended one.
DPF and DEF systems were scarry 5 years ago due to lot of "baby teeth" and mechanic's learning curve.
Now not only we have lot of DPF regeneration shops, but mechanics know how to fix it.
Main progress was ScanGauge developing X-gauges who will tell you soot level and DPF regeneration status, so you can avoid main problem of cutting regeneration short.
Bare in mind that in commercial use the DEF equipped engines logged million miles.
The only thing that sucks is manufacturers milking customers by SCN coding, but we fight back with https://repair.org/stand-up





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Posted: 11/13/19 03:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are looking for a Roamer TC I know where you can get one at a premium price

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Posted: 11/14/19 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good luck calling the dealer for help with a new, over-computerized truck fritzes out in the middle of nowhere.
Simplicity IS reliability.


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burningman wrote:


Simplicity IS reliability.


rright!

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intravino

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Thanks for all of your replies.

I had some personnel business to attend lately, so I had no time.

I called the owner and I have to go see it during the weekend.


Thanks,

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Posted: 11/17/19 10:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update on the Cummins pickup.

I called the guy for an appointment and asked him more details questions (thanks to the replies form members here); the injection pump is due, the auto transmission is slipping and plus there is a werid noise from the differential.

Too good to be true. I passed on going to see it.

I will look more into a gas engine.


Thanks again for all of your replies.


Intravino

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