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Need a new truck

Postby Dan the goose slayer » Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:06 pm

Hey guys I'm in the market for a new truck. I'm looking for something that will haul a decoy tailer and still run smoothly on the highway. I'm not for looking for the one with the best mileage I'm looking for the one that's ruger and reliable just like my shotguns. I'm looking to buy new and have a 40,000 dollar budget. Any help is appreciated
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby cluckmeister » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:17 pm

Ford F150 4x4 gets my vote
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby don novicki » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:15 am

I'm a GM guy. Bought a 2013 Silverado 1500 last year and have been pleased with it so far. Got decent mileage on the way to Sask. last year 17.4mpg. Good power and I bought a Ranch topper for it. Saved a ton on the topper as compared to LEER. I paid 980.00 plus tax compared to 1400.00 for a LEER. :thumbsup:
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby macdaddy » Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:47 am

cluckmeister wrote:Ford F150 4x4 gets my vote


I personally would up that to a 250 4X4. & Dan make sure you get off-road plates. I can't praise my 250 enough.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby Catdaddy89 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:16 am

If I had 40k to spend on a truck I would definitely get the F-250 with a 6.7. A couple of my friends have them and the fx4 package is a beast when it comes to getting off-road. The standard diff lock rear sells the truck all on its own. If your into modifying a deleted 6.7 on 35's will average around 16-18 all day long


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Re: Need a new truck

Postby Dan the goose slayer » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:00 am

Just out if curiosity what do you guys think if the ram 3500 or the ford f350? Are the only differences that they can toe more and have more payload weight and hose power thanks
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby ajmorell » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:43 am

The 1 ton versions don't have any more power, it's usually just a beefed up suspension over the 3/4 ton. If you don't tow or haul heavy loads with any regularity a super duty or heavy duty is a poor choice. They ride like crap compared to a half ton, use more fuel, cost more to maintain and cost more to buy.

You really opened a can of worms asking what everyone recommends, you know what they say about opinions. Personally I'd go drive everything I even think I might be interested in and do lots of unbiased research and go from there.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby whisperin' duck » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:14 pm

If you're not hauling big, heavy loads I'd opt for the 150. I had an 09 150 and loved everything about it. I've since had to upgrade to a 250 for the occasional hauling. As stated, if you're not going to pull with it don't put yourself through the misery of a 3/4 ton, or bigger, truck. Parking, added cost of maintenance, added fuel costs, availability of fuel, ride quality, and height for kids climbing in and out are a few of the immediate drawbacks that come to mind.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby cluckmeister » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:49 pm

whisperin' duck wrote:If you're not hauling big, heavy loads I'd opt for the 150. I had an 09 150 and loved everything about it. I've since had to upgrade to a 250 for the occasional hauling. As stated, if you're not going to pull with it don't put yourself through the misery of a 3/4 ton, or bigger, truck. Parking, added cost of maintenance, added fuel costs, availability of fuel, ride quality, and height for kids climbing in and out are a few of the immediate drawbacks that come to mind.


Unless a fellow is going to pull anything big and heavy, a F150 FX4 is the ticket and I wouldn't classify a decoy trailer as big/heavy and I wouldn't waste money on a 3/4 or 1 ton, the fuel for them and the insurance costs
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby biscuitsandgravy » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:12 am

Gas is for lawn mowers. 'Nuff said.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby cluckmeister » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:51 am

biscuitsandgravy wrote:Gas is for lawn mowers. 'Nuff said.

And diesels are for Peterbuilts LOL
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby justinduckman7 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:15 pm

I have a SRW 350 crew can long box diesel and it rides damn good for 8000 lb truck. It pull everything and anything I want or need.
I average 16 mpg all around driving and can knock down almost 20 on the high way. Oh and if I want to get stupid I can add 175 hp extra and then you get a 8000 lb rocket ship. I would look for a 08-10 6.4 their pretty good trucks but if you want the power of a diesel and mileage and awesome ride find a 07 Classic Chevy and you will be set.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby 2500hdon37s » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:50 pm

justinduckman7 wrote:I have a SRW 350 crew can long box diesel and it rides damn good for 8000 lb truck. It pull everything and anything I want or need.
I average 16 mpg all around driving and can knock down almost 20 on the high way. Oh and if I want to get stupid I can add 175 hp extra and then you get a 8000 lb rocket ship. I would look for a 08-10 6.4 their pretty good trucks but if you want the power of a diesel and mileage and awesome ride find a 07 Classic Chevy and you will be set.

My buddy has an '08 SRW f-350 with the 6.4L and has a Spartan tuner on it... runs like a striped ash ape but its been to the shop more times than I can count and he'd be dead beat broke if it wasnt for his warranty! They rebuilt the motor before he put the tunes on it.....

he also only got around 14mpg on the highway when he had 35in trail grapplers under it, now he has factory sized Nitto cross tecks he gets 21-22mpg on the highway with the tunes and a DPF delete pipe.

Its his 2nd powerstroke SRW f-350 in 2 years and both went back to the dealer with major problems and if it wasnt for a warranty he be broke. I do have to give it to the dealer though for fixing him up with loaners and being stand up and no questions asked about the warranty.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby macdaddy » Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:57 am

2500hdon37s wrote:
justinduckman7 wrote:I have a SRW 350 crew can long box diesel and it rides damn good for 8000 lb truck. It pull everything and anything I want or need.
I average 16 mpg all around driving and can knock down almost 20 on the high way. Oh and if I want to get stupid I can add 175 hp extra and then you get a 8000 lb rocket ship. I would look for a 08-10 6.4 their pretty good trucks but if you want the power of a diesel and mileage and awesome ride find a 07 Classic Chevy and you will be set.

My buddy has an '08 SRW f-350 with the 6.4L and has a Spartan tuner on it... runs like a striped ash ape but its been to the shop more times than I can count and he'd be dead beat broke if it wasnt for his warranty! They rebuilt the motor before he put the tunes on it.....

he also only got around 14mpg on the highway when he had 35in trail grapplers under it, now he has factory sized Nitto cross tecks he gets 21-22mpg on the highway with the tunes and a DPF delete pipe.

Its his 2nd powerstroke SRW f-350 in 2 years and both went back to the dealer with major problems and if it wasnt for a warranty he be broke. I do have to give it to the dealer though for fixing him up with loaners and being stand up and no questions asked about the warranty.



Dan - good luck.


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Re: Need a new truck

Postby whisperin' duck » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:38 pm

What happened this morning that broke your heart? I've currently got a 12 250 and an 07 wrangler. I'm anxiously awaiting spring to shake this wrangler.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby California Sprig » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:05 am

Most anything will easily pull a decoy trailer. You want rugged and dependable and it won't take your entire $40k budget. You want something that will go 300,000 miles , get you where you want to go and back, a great 4x4 truck - get a Toyota Tacoma double cab 4x4.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby surfrat » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:36 am

I have a mint diesel Excursion 2004 with only 63000 miles...23,000 dollars. It is loaded and looks like a new truck. It tows 13,000 lbs and gets 20 mpg highway.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby ajmorell » Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:37 am

surfrat wrote:I have a mint diesel Excursion 2004 with only 63000 miles...23,000 dollars. It is loaded and looks like a new truck. It tows 13,000 lbs and gets 20 mpg highway.

$23k for a 10 year old truck? I don't care if it has 100 miles or 100,0000 miles that price is absurd. Not to mention this isn't the classifieds
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby Jmorris » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:02 am

I'm a diesel guy, always have been. Only buy new and I usually buy a new one every 2-3 years outright. Keep the old one for a work truck, new one for the town truck/customer truck. Then usually the old one ends up as a crew truck when another new one is added. Just a rotation. My work truck is a '09 Ram 2500 4x4 CC, 197,000 on the clock. I deleted all the emissions off the Cummins when this truck had w200 miles on it. This truck has never been back to the dealership. Only tires and maintenance. My new truck is a 6.7 Ford F250 4x4 CC, jury is still out. Nice truck but I'm typically a Ford guy so I'm a little partial. I bought a gas truck once, traded it back in while it had the temporary tag on it. Didn't make it 30 days.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby surfrat » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:33 am

You don't know what you are talking about....Check what 04 excursions with a diesel and 60,000 miles are going for. You should get your facts straight before you stick your nose in something. Kelly Blue Book for my Truck is over 24,000 dollars. They sell for more than that all the time.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby Rhock19 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:44 am

For the average joe, I think a diesel is out of the question. To the OP just stick with a half ton and you will be more than happy. Pick the truck that really catches your eye. Chevy, Ford, and Dodge are all great in certain areas, and piles of sh** in others. Just remember, if its got tits or wheels, you're going to have problems..
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby ajmorell » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:08 am

surfrat wrote:You don't know what you are talking about....Check what 04 excursions with a diesel and 60,000 miles are going for. You should get your facts straight before you stick your nose in something. Kelly Blue Book for my Truck is over 24,000 dollars. They sell for more than that all the time.

Be that as it may, this still is not the classified forum
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby BKScripto » Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:04 pm

I love Chevy trucks and I really like the new body style. I use my '96 Chevy Z71 to pull my boat all duck season and she's still kickin strong. But... I don't know if I could buy a new one from Government Motors. I may be in the market for a Ford in the next few years.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby 2500hdon37s » Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:36 pm

surfrat wrote:I have a mint diesel Excursion 2004 with only 63000 miles...23,000 dollars. It is loaded and looks like a new truck. It tows 13,000 lbs and gets 20 mpg highway.

I would sure hope a diesel 3/4ton SUV could tow 13k lbs.
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Re: Need a new truck

Postby 2500hdon37s » Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:47 pm

Rhock19 wrote:For the average joe, I think a diesel is out of the question. To the OP just stick with a half ton and you will be more than happy. Pick the truck that really catches your eye. Chevy, Ford, and Dodge are all great in certain areas, and piles of sh** in others. Just remember, if its got tits or wheels, you're going to have problems..

depends on the joe, I know tons of guys that have diesels and really they could get by with just an s-10/ranger/ tacoma mid-size truck, but I know plenty of guys who have diesels and use them like they should be used. I'm actually thinking of getting a newer gas 3/4ton just to be a little cheaper than a diesel and still have the 3/4t running gear and suspension. But my dad has a 2500hd duramax, he tows pretty much at least once a week as he works masonry, brother has a 2500hd duramax (built ~700hp) as well and he works in an office.... but he tows his boat a few times a week/ all weekend in the summer and tractors on occasion. I have a 3500 cummins as my work truck and I tow with it 95% of the days I use it at work. Buddy of mine has a f-350, goes to college, works at a feed store, and owns horses. He tows his horse trailer a good bit, and usually car pools with his wife in her car when he can.

weather somebody needs a diesel or not should come down to how often they tow, the more you tow the more economical a diesel is as they do pull better and get better fuel mileage while pulling. If you occasionally pull heavier loads a 3/4 or 1 ton gas truck will do just fine, and if you tow small stuff (jon boats, duck stuff, the occasional hardware store load of lumber ETC) a half ton will be more than enough truck. and be most economical, some of the younger guys I know that have diesels have them for the entirely wrong reason... speed, smoke, and Jack@$$ery. when the most they tow is a single riding mower once a week.
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