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Posted: 05/29/20 11:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good luck with the new to you truck Burbman, sounds like you found a well cared for "baby".


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Posted: 06/08/20 07:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike E. wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Now all you need to add are these two things if u r towing a 5er.


Ummm, yeah.
If you'd read any of his other posts you'd know that he's restoring a Lance camper. [emoticon]

Thanks for the tip though. [emoticon]

He probably has it in his will that he will be buried with that hitch. As heavy as it is, at least the coyotes won't be able to dig him up.



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Posted: 06/08/20 08:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BurbMan wrote:

So I guess it's time to sell the Burb. They are super rare to find with the 8.1 anymore.

I've been a Ford man all my life but switched to a Chevy when I bought my current truck.


I towed this snowcat several winters with a 2007 1-ton dually regular cab with the 8.1L Vortec and 3:73 gears. That's the truck in the picture taken in Jan 2019.

Total combined weight was close to 27,000 pounds. 5000 over what the truck was rated for.

I totaled the truck when a boulder rolled off a hill onto the HWY right in front of me in a blizzard while I was towing the cat. That was pretty exciting. [emoticon]


This is the truck they replaced it with. A 2009 F-450 with the 6.4L diesel. It is a "heavy duty" which gave it 4:88 gears and it added 2500 lbs to the GVW over other F-450s with higher gear ratios.

What a pile of junk. [emoticon]

Climbing up HWY 24 towards Fishlake both trucks climbed the steep grades within just a couple of MPH of each other.

They both got 4.5 mpg towing the cat.

The 8.1 got about 12 mpg empty on the HWY.
The 6.4L for 9.5 mpg.

The F-450 LIVES in the shop. Its in there right now.

Due to the added wheel base, weight and limited slip in the rear the F-450 did "handle" the weight better and was more aggressive than the Chevy when the conditions got bad.

Those old 8.1L were pretty impressive for an old gasser.

I have no doubt that you will really enjoy your new Dodge.

Congrats on your new truck and camper. [emoticon]

* This post was edited 06/08/20 10:08pm by specta *

2011 Chevy 2500 HD 6.0L 4wd
1995 Lance 945 Onan QG 2500 LP
Regular cab. The best looking trucks.

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Posted: 06/08/20 10:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congrats on the new truck!

I've had a 2003 2500 Burb with the 8.1, and a 2012 CTD. I liked the 8.1 ok. But the Cummins is in a different league.

2012 RAM 3500 Laramie Longhorn DRW CC 4x4 Max Tow, Cummins HO, 60 gallon RDS aux fuel tank, Reese 18k Elite hitch
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 QC SB 4x4 Cummins HO NV5600 with Smarty JR, Jacobs EB (sold)
2002 Gulf Stream Sea Hawk 29FRB with Honda EV6010

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Well that’s a real plug for the 6.4 Flowerjoke!
We have one of those turds at work too. F550 service truck. Got shipped down here from Alberta with like 50k miles on it. Got a heart transplant not long after (engine blew).
And it’s still a turd. Empty service box with just a welder and autocrane on it, it felt like it had a 10k trailer hooked to it. And that was after we deleted it!
Got V10s that pull harder I swear!

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