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bgum

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Posted: 10/29/20 07:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chevrolet Silverado and forget your worries. The problem is that when people get a bigger tv they figure they can pull a bigger trailer and then the cycle repeats. Just buy the best which is Chevy. The Tundra sucks gas. The engines that drop cylinders have issues. Cadillac proved that years ago. The Fords have reliable issues.

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Posted: 10/29/20 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd get a bigger truck. The Nissan works but a half ton would be much more comfortable. Personally if I were buying a half ton today I think it would probably come down to an F150 with the bigger Ecoboost or the Tundra with the bigger V8.


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Posted: 10/29/20 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From a $$ standpoint, the clear winner is new fuel tank for the Frontier, but as you pointed out it will add weight. 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. Been there, done that with trucks and trailers.

Find something pre-owned and you split the difference between the cost of the new tank and the cost of a brand new truck.

One of the reasons I went with a Ram is because they have an easy VIN look up tool that will show you the window sticker of any truck from the last 6 or 7 model years. I found this to be really useful when you're shopping for a pre-owned truck and need info on not-so-obvious stuff like rear axle ratio, optional tank size, and the like.

Here's the window sticker on my 2015 Ram, just replace the VIN at the end of the URL string with whatever truck you're looking at and it will pull the sticker.

I had a nationwide search running on TrueCar, Cars.com, and AutoTrader for about 6 weeks until I found this truck. I wanted a one-owner, clean CarFax Ram being sold by a Ram dealer. No used car lots. I looked a LOT of VINs, but if you are willing to invest the time, you will find what you're looking for.


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Auxiliary tank in truck bed?


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New truck.

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phillyg wrote:

Auxiliary tank in truck bed?


Negative ghost rider. Well at least not one that gravity fills to the primary talk.
You can haul a gasoline slip tank, contrary to what most believe on here , but you’re still stopping to fill up. Just not at a fuel station.


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BTDT. 06 Frontier towing a 4050 lb TT. Similar config (2wd) with 6500 tow rating. MPG's were abysmal to say the least. After a few months of towing I traded it in on a used 08 F150 5.4 3.73 gears. Mpg's went from the 8-9 range to a solid 10.5+. The F150 barely knew it was back there. Nicest thing was I jumped to a 26 (?) gal tank which bumped my towing range to 200 before looking for gas. I had a Scab and 6.5 bed which also made hauling camp gear nicer.

By far the least cost effective measure is replacing the OEM tank. The upside to a larger truck is more room and the possibility of up-sizing the TT. I would look for a used 1/2 ton or even a GM midsize diesel.

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DougA wrote:

The other option? Swap out the Frontier's 21 gallon tank for a 38 gallon tank. This would cost $2,300 (delivered from California and installed here). Yikes!
I would go with yikes and get the larger fuel tank. Does this eliminate the spare tire?

Worst case you get a larger truck in a few more years.


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Keep what you've got, in that you should be stopping every couple of hours anyway. You need to get out, stretch your legs, rejuvenate a bit -- you'll be a safer, more alert driver as a result. Even if you don't need a restroom break, you need a break to move around.


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If you don’t want the turbo in the Ford, with the 5.0 you can get the 36 gallon tank as a separate option or as part of the Heavy Duty Payload Package (HDPP) which also gives you well over 2000# Load Capacity with a heavy duty axle with 3.73 gears and and extra spring leaf, with towing package. Adding a Factory trailer brake controller before or after purchase (parts just over $100) essentially gives you the Max Tow package without the 3.5EB & mildly upgraded hitch receiver. And Max Tow comes with 3.55.


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