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Old 03-03-2013, 08:14 AM
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Hi everyone , I plan on buying a new (to me) 1995- 2003 truck in the near future and I have a few questions. I plan on towing a Bobcat s185 (about 7000lbs), maybe some light plowing and to transport a dirt bike. All work and towing would be around my house or relatives not a business with the bobcat. It will not be my everyday driver I would use it at the most once a week. It doesn't need to be pretty but mechanically sound and reliable. Budget is about $8000 and I don't care what brand it is either. Are there certain models, motors brands etc to stay away from? I've been looking mostly at f250 and dodge 2500. Should I look for a diesel or gas?
Old 03-03-2013, 03:23 PM
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If you're towing heavy weight a lot, spend the money on the diesel. Be warned that everything is a little more expensive with a diesel when it comes to maintenance... I have owned my 04 Dodge 2500 with a cummins since I bought it new in 2004, and I wouldn't trade it for the world, but it does cost more money to maintain than a gas 2500 would.
Old 03-04-2013, 12:28 AM
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Welcome to truck forums
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:18 PM
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5.9L Cummins would be more fun than a V10 gasser.
Gasser would be cheaper up front and would pull the weight you are looking at.
Either will work, personal preference and budget at this point.
Old 09-07-2016, 03:36 PM
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I would like advice. I have a toyota 2005 tundra 103000 miles in good shape. My mom and dad have a fifth wheel camper they gave me. It dry weight is 7600 so add 1000 for stuff and 8600. My truck is rated for 6900.
He has a 1995 dodge cummin diesel with 117000 miles that he purchased in 1995 to pull the camper. It pull great. It is a little dinged up but has been taken care of very well. The trade in on the dodge is 5600 dollars. The trade in on the toyota is 10500 dollars. I know a diesel will last longer. I like the camper.
Question I need help with. would you trade the toyota for the diesel or would this be a crazy thing to do. just give me opinions. That is all I ask.
Thanks ahead of time.
Thanks for the truck forum to help .
Old 09-13-2016, 08:19 AM
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I would definitely take that trade especially since they gave you the camper.

You may want to start your own post though. Welcome.
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