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Old 05-18-2019, 09:48 PM   #11
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Russ, I truly appreciate your thoughts and insight. Me moving to a diesel is like trying to move a granite stone. I do however appreciate everyone's input and thoughts. I will make that decision at some point. Thanks.

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Old 05-19-2019, 06:02 AM   #12
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I bought a 3500 HD diesel and I will never go back. It is my daily driver as well as my TV and gets better milage than my 1500 gasser ever did. And I love my butt coolers and heated steering wheel.


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Old 05-19-2019, 09:36 AM   #13
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I was really worried about going to Diesel based on my memories of what Diesels were like decades ago. Boy have things changed. Our truck is still new, so I can't comment on the longevity other than what I read in the forums. This engine and transmission combination seems to be really hefty and well engineered.

Our truck was new and has all the features Danny was asking for and was purchased for around $62 (plus tax, title, etc.). I was surprised at how little they cost (but I had just purchased a Yukon Denali which came in around $80k ... )

The suspension is pretty stiff, but I really like that I can tow larger trailers (we're still considering a trailer upgrade) so I feel like we're all set, truck-wise.

Good luck on your truck hunt!
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:17 PM   #14
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I remember some of you guys saying the new trucks had too much power.
But now a couple of people have them & they seem to like going up hill the same speed as going down.
I'm still looking myself.
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:07 PM   #15
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I did almost the same swap, I had a hopped up 1999 7.3 with 425 hp and 900 ftlb and traded it in on a 14 with 400hp and 800 ftlbs, I am not sure how you got 525 hp on a 13 and kept the torque stock, the old 7.3 towed it fine, but the new 14 tows it so much better. the mid range in the 14 just pulls like a train and I barely have to give it throttle to accelerate. the 99, I used to have to lean into the throttle to get it up to speed then I was fine. I did get better mileage with the 99 then the 14 though, but I am attributing that to emission crap.

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Old 05-20-2019, 01:45 AM   #16
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Steve, if you read his post closer he is saying the old torque was 525 and the new is 800.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:24 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by rhagfo View Post
Is this a test for us other Oregonians? Thinking of 6% downgrade 35 miles from Gladstone.........
For me the test of any truck is my annual trek over Mt. Hood on my way to Prineville Reservior. This summer will be my first pull over the hill of our new Monty with my 2012 RAM. I expect an easy pull at 60MPH. We'll see...

My last truck was a 2000 Ford Super Duty with 7.3 diesel. I bought it used with high miles and put only 40,000 miles on it in 13 years. I have no qualms about buying a well kept used truck with around 100,000 miles on it. There is always a risk of needing to have something serviced with a used truck but so far have been treated well.

I can't imagine NOT having a diesel. I love the torque and longevity. But I've always bought older trailers and used trucks given our budgets at the times of purchase and the amount of time we would actually be able to be on the road...couldn't justify the bigger purchase.

Now there's a lot to learn on all of the newer trucks and trailers as we near retirement and plan to travel a lot more. I've enjoyed reading the experiences of those of you who are blazing the trails. We now have our first new trailer. The 2012 RAM should take good care of us for a while. It's just amazing how much the trucks have changed in their specs in the past few years.

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