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Cummins12V98

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Posted: 05/11/20 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just look under the hood and truck, are the emissions in tact?

A dealer can hook up and tell you "IF" a device had been on it.


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Food for thought... Diesel costs (Maint / Fuel) are higher than GAS across the board.. I have one, love the power. but the price of diesel and the cost for repair makes me question my purchase of it so long ago.

Make sure you check your camper specs against what you are buying....
Slide in Campers are famous for being heavy.... Just cause the truck says you can haul it does not mean it will be safe or comfortable to drive. Most folks who but a TC end up doing a lot of mods to the truck to get it where they want. Suspension and tires wise........ I know been there done it..


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Posted: 05/11/20 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not all tunes are done for high output purposes. Some are done for better fuel mileage. I have a Bully Dog tuner on my truck. My turbo went bad and I put in an improved one that wouldn't play nice with the factory tune. It has 4 settings. It sees two of them. No power (basically stock) and towing. I think the others are high and extreme. I like my transmission and rear end. No reason to venture into the higher two.


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Just up the road from me you can get a 2020 Ram CTD Tradesman Crew cab . dually , Advertised price $56,000.

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What a great time to be buying. GOOD deals can be had. Whatever you plan to initially offer, offer less. Look that the one wandering mentioned. Wow


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You're in the mid-40's for a 2020 3500 SRW LT nicely equipped gaser. The zero % interest is 2019 only and 2020 1500's, so far. 2021 is around the corner and maybe a 10sp transmission. Not a lot or maybe any aftermarket stuff available yet (anti-sway bar.)

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Good analyses, Queeg. I mean Captain.

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I have had lots of diesels. I now enjoy my 2017 chevy 3500 6.0 for my 12 foot lance truck camper. Diesels are heavier less payload. The fuel is more expensive and you are not pulling anything you need a diesel for. Diesel is fun but I think not worth while for your endeavor. JMHO


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IdaD wrote:

Watch out for a punisher sticker.


Haha, lol. (But true...)


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Just because emissions are in tact doesn't mean it wasn't or isn't tuned.
Dealer run ECM check is the only certain way.
And dealers sell deleted trucks all the time. Being "safe" buying from a dealer is a myth.
Other clues possibly tuned. Gauges, egt probe, not a guarantee but a clue.

Aside from the payload rhetoric that is getting tossed into this thread.....thanks weight cops for your service, lol, just becasue a truck was or is tuned does not make it a bad deal or an abused truck. But you have to have the confidence in how it was treated.
Won't get that from a dealer, but possible to judge a private seller.

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