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2012Coleman wrote:

I Tow with my Ram Diesel the same number of times a year. My commute to work is a walk up the stairs. Nothing wrong with having a diesel as a daily driver - mine is a 3500. And when your towing, you won't have to listen to the gas engine scream. Plus, you will get better fuel mileage towing, and the ability to step up to a larger TT in the future.


That noise you hear with a gas engine is not "screaming", it is the music a well engineered piece of machinery working at it's design parameters.
Dang I love that sound, downshifting into second gear and that engine just snuggling into the task and pulling!
Why the heck some are scared of the machines abilities befuddles me!

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jdc1 wrote:

We all end up with larger trailers...which necessitates a larger truck.


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Agree, good half ton would do the trick and likely be the best overall solution for the OP, unless "daily" miles is much less than towing miles.

I'll add another viewpoint. If you can buy a comparable diesel (comparable condition, age, appointments), for about the same as a gasser, get the diesel because it's a good deal, or the gasser is overpriced.

But, not overanalyzing that point, the F250 gasser will do just fine with a 7klb trailer.


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Is it good for a diesel engine to be started cold and driven 2.5 miles twice a day?


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cekkk wrote:

Is it good for a diesel engine to be started cold and driven 2.5 miles twice a day?
I wouldn't think so. That doesn't get things up to proper operating temperature. Exhaust pipes are susceptible to condensation and rusting.

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cekkk wrote:

Is it good for a diesel engine to be started cold and driven 2.5 miles twice a day?


Had one and did this. Was hell on the injectors, which were a PITA in a 2001 Duramax.

I'd end up buying a POS at auction for the winter.

Decided to get gas and will stick with gas going forward.


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The gasser would definitely do the trick, but in my opinion (and experience), come resale time, the Ram diesel will lay over the gas Ford like a dollar over a dime. Best of luck to you!


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Depending on the length of your trailer, you might be OK with the F150 MaxTow Eco. I'm pulling around 7500lbs @ 32' with one, and it works although if I had the purchase to do all over again, I'd hold out for a F250 gasser with a longbed. That extra length and weight make a difference for stability.



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Have to ask where and how far are you towing? Diesel will be better in the mountains and will be easier to fill on long trips (truck stops instead of having to fit at the gas pumps). Also how long is the TT, with that weight, I'd still prefer 3/4 ton if over 28', again depending on the tow distance.

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cekkk wrote:

Is it good for a diesel engine to be started cold and driven 2.5 miles twice a day?


First, you never actually have cold starts in southern Nevada.
Second, it won’t hurt the engine itself one bit. Unless it’s .5miles of subdivision and 2 miles of 90mph on the freeway, 30 seconds later.
Third, it also won’t hurt the emissions unless that’s all you do with the truck. If you actually drive it “normally” enough to let the emissions regen do its thing, then it’s fine.

If all you’re doing is driving 2.5miles with it though, a bicycle or moped would be a much more efficient means of transportation in the sunny desert climate.

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