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kellem

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Posted: 10/29/20 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get a Ford SD with 48 gallon tank.....more pee breaks without fueling.

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After our trip thru VT, NH and Maine I decided to upgrade to a bigger more powerful truck instead of a bigger tank in the Frontier. A bigger tank won't make the Frontier quieter or give it more power for the hills, which makes for a really tedious long drive. I've ordered a nice Ram 1500 with Ecodiesel, crew cab, short bed, 33 gallon tank and tow package. Why? More power, mileage, torque. The generation 3 ecodiesel has been on the road for two years and is getting great reviews and better reliability ratings. Crew cab gets me the larger 33 gallon diesel tank. Can't get a 33 gallon diesel tank on the Quad Cab because there isn't enough room for the DEF. Now if only COVID doesn't close down production.


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DougA wrote:


So there you have it... get a bigger truck or bigger gas tank in the current one?

If money isn't a concern, shop around and decide which manufacture you like best. Then order the truck you want. Keep in mind, delivery times are much longer due to the Corona.

If you don't want to buy a new truck to replace a truck that's only 1 year old, put in the larger fuel tank. The added weight from the fuel will only be 107 lbs and you are still a few hundred pounds under payload capacity.

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Posted: 11/21/20 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm in the new truck camp. But I would say get the best deal you can find.
How much is the new truck actually going to cost vs. larger tank.
Is it 5K for new truck vs. 2300 for a new tank.
Go kick some tires and find where the real numbers lie.
The final decision maybe a no brainer.
$? for a new truck vs. 2,300 for a new tank?
Shop all the truck brands you like, let the deal make the decision


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If you're not happy with what you have, why not buy what you want? If it's about saving money, throw a jerry can in the bed of your truck so you don't get nervous running on the last 1/8 of a tank.


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BurbMan wrote:

You're close enough to the limits of the truck now that I'm betting that you won't like how it handles with the bigger tank full of fuel, and will look to upgrade after spending $2300 on the new tank.


This is exactly my line of thinking too.

Plus, in a a few years you might have the urge to buy a bigger TT, which for sure requires a bigger truck.


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Doesn't anyone read the previous posts?
The OP posted 4 1/2 hours ago, that they decided on buying a Ram 1500 Ecodiesel with a 33 gallon tank.
Jeeezzz![emoticon]


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Now the wait for a review after the first tow....

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bikendan wrote:

Doesn't anyone read the previous posts?
The OP posted 4 1/2 hours ago, that they decided on buying a Ram 1500 Ecodiesel with a 33 gallon tank.
Jeeezzz![emoticon]


Right?? Lol

Congrats OP!! That’s quite the upgrade!


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Posted: 11/22/20 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DougA wrote:

After our trip thru VT, NH and Maine I decided to upgrade to a bigger more powerful truck instead of a bigger tank in the Frontier. A bigger tank won't make the Frontier quieter or give it more power for the hills, which makes for a really tedious long drive. I've ordered a nice Ram 1500 with Ecodiesel, crew cab, short bed, 33 gallon tank and tow package. Why? More power, mileage, torque. The generation 3 ecodiesel has been on the road for two years and is getting great reviews and better reliability ratings. Crew cab gets me the larger 33 gallon diesel tank. Can't get a 33 gallon diesel tank on the Quad Cab because there isn't enough room for the DEF. Now if only COVID doesn't close down production.


I think you will really be happy with your choice. Eager to hear your impressions after a trip.

I have the older version of the EcoDiesel in a 2014 Grand Cherokee. That engine, coupled with the ZF 8 speed is just a great combo. It might be my favorite vehicle of all I have ever owned.


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