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KD4UPL

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Posted: 04/13/20 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I've only ever wished for bigger trucks, never smaller. My 3500 dually was over the GVWR with the TC and the boat. Next truck might be a 4500.

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KD4UPL wrote:

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I've only ever wished for bigger trucks, never smaller. My 3500 dually was over the GVWR with the TC and the boat. Next truck might be a 4500.


I feel the same way about beds. Never complained about a bed being too long, and would have bought a 10’ if they made it. Short beds are for 1/2 tons.


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Had a '03 F250 and it did very well w/ coach we had at the time. Cost of repairs and age/miles on the truck more/less forced us into a new truck. Went w/ a '15 F350 SRW 4wd. Did an even better job w/ same coach and loved the truck. Kids all grown up and coach served us well, so we decided to get a new RV. New RV is LARGER than old one and we were pretty much at max weight all the way around w/ tires being the most weak link. Like the ;03, the '15 did very well w/ new coach. Year after we got the new RV, it was decided that we head to FL for summer vayakay. Knowing we were maxed out, had this never ending gut felling w/ the tires, so now upgrade to a F350 DRW 4wd. Like many, I've read all the posts about the advantages of a DRW over a SRW and just kept turning a blind eye to towing. Now after having the DRW, it's freaking AWESOME to tow with. Not so happy in snow and would rather have my old '15 back for that, but that's not happening. So bottom line OP, get the 350/3500 even if SRW.


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Moving up to a 1ton SRW makes a lot of sense if buying new as it costs almost nothing extra.

Dually, unless you need it, I wouldn't get it.

Assuming lightly loaded, the overload springs won't engage, so all else being equal, the ride will be about the same.

That said, if you get a deal, I wouldn't shy away from a 3/4 ton, you could add some sumo springs or airbags to make up for the leaf springs.


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The 2500 is a "rules" truck. Commercial, Homeowners Assoc., lane control, parkways, parking, insurance and so on. If these rules apply to you, buy a 2500, if not 3500. I have and will buy a rules truck. However since I am a Ford truck guy, the camper/snowplow package gives me a 350 with 250 on the side. However, the 10k option on the 350 gives me a 250 under the rules. Somebody is crazy.

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It is like that here as well. A 2500/F-250 is classified as a passenger vehicle and subject to a luxury tax if over 55 grand which most are. So the dealers only stock the 3500/F-350. My Ram is an American market 'rules' truck, a 2500HD.

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Well the 18 is about the same size as the 13.
Presume you mean 6.6 diesel since talking 2018.
You're upgrading for the "options" presumably creature comforts and newer chassis?
The L5P has more snort than the LML in your truck. You can fix that for alot less $ than a new truck.
3500 has a greater rear spring rate, rest of the truck is the same as a 2500.

Get the new truck because you want a new truck and newer amenities. It won't wildly outperform the LML, but a 50/50 bump in HP and TQ is nice.

Like lwiddis suggested, go drive it. And bring your tire pressure gauge!


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KD4UPL wrote:

3500
I've only ever wished for bigger trucks, never smaller. My 3500 dually was over the GVWR with the TC and the boat. Next truck might be a 4500.


F450 Fords have the same 14K GVWR as the F350 and weigh more, so they have less CC not more. Check carefully on what you are buying. RAM or GM 4500?


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KD4UPL wrote:

3500
I've only ever wished for bigger trucks, never smaller. My 3500 dually was over the GVWR with the TC and the boat. Next truck might be a 4500.


F450 Fords have the same 14K GVWR as the F350 and weigh more, so they have less CC not more. Check carefully on what you are buying. RAM or GM 4500?


Mmmmkay buddy. Yep them 450's cant haul as much as 350s.
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