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Old 09-14-2017, 08:29 PM   #1
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Diesel Trucks? RAM or Ford

Narrowed down between a 2017 Ram 2500 Lauriat with Cummins with15,000 miles for $49,990 or 2012 F350 HD King Ranch with 6.7L Power Stroke 30.000 miles for $40,000. The F350 is one owner on consignment. fully loaded with plow. The RAM is purchased fleet lease. RAM will tow 1720 pounds, F350 will tow 24,000 pounds. My 5th wheel is a Crossroads Cruiser 315RL, GVW is about 13,000. Will be for occasional weekends for next year, then plan to take a trip around the US.

I work from home, so won't be adding many miles. Thoughts? Everyone I know that I talk to is either a RAM guy or a Ford guy. I'm leaning toward the F350.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:02 PM   #2
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Hands down, the Ford. But this will be a popcorn thread,
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:08 PM   #3
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Hands down, the Ford. But this will be a popcorn thread,
I know it will be a lot of opinions. Thing is sometimes the opinions make sense for choosing one over the other. I'm really struggling with a $10K difference over 5 years in age. However the Ford cost more 5 years ago new than the RAM did last year. Financially the Ford makes sense for me I like the look much more.
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I'm a GM guy but given the choices of the two, I'd go with the Ford as well.

If this is your first diesel, you will be pleasantly surprised on long hills with the pulling power. I'm not familiar with the tranny on that one. On my GM, I can put it in psuedo-manual and lock it to no higher than 5th. My Allison trans is a 6 speed with dual overdrive. 6th gear for me puts the rpm at a point where I'm lugging at anything slower than 65. I cruise normally at 65 & 1700rpm.
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Chevrolet guy here to but with choices I would go for the Ford also.
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Couldn't find any used Chevys or GMC? In my opinion if no Duramax/Allisons available I'd have to choose the Ram, Ford doesn't make the list.
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Towing capacity

How is it an F350 super duty with a 6.7 diesel only has a towing capacity of 15,200? The RAM 2500 diesel is 17,200?
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Here's your towing specs for the Ford, 2012 Ford Super Duty - Specs, Towing Capacity, Payload Ratings
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Buy the one "you like/want".
Either one will do the job for you. Don't put to much stock in some of the opinions posted here. Some are quite bias.
You will just have to shake the oats to get the chaff separated from it.
Good luck with your decision.
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I am biased towards the F350 obviously as I love my truck, but the Ford is a bull for towing. The 6.7 diesel is great and more fuel efficient than its predecessor and the tranny has been bulletproof for me. I do believe you have much more room for movement on the price of the 2012 Ford than the dodge. Should be able to get it for at least 10% less than you indicated so would be a better price point for the amount you plan to use it.

Update: Did a quick KBB evaluation on the 2012 F350 King Ranch and wow, dealers are still getting $45k to $50k+ for those. So your price isn't bad.
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