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I did not NFR this thread as it is very much associated with fishing. I want a new full size truck... talk me into the right one. Looking to upgrade my 2006, 2500 CTD for a newer one that has a few more features; namely integral exhaust brake and heated seats. We will use it for a truck camper and a moderate size TT.

Topping my list is a 2014 or newer 3500 CTD with the Aisin transmission. Likely a Laramie package as they come standard with the heated leather seats. I've not owned a Ford, Chevy, or GMC full size truck before... should I be looking at those and, if so, what years, package, engine and transmission combo's? Have any of you switched from Dodge to others and what has been your experience? My Dodge has been pretty darn reliable at only 112,000 miles. Thanks for the input.
 

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5.9L CTD, 48RE and 3:73. Our want for upgrade is largely creature comforts such as the integral exhaust brake, added load/tow capacity of a 1 ton, and heated seats leather seats.
 

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I've found it very informative to read online forums on whatever vehicle I want to research. I might do a search for Ford pickup forums (pick your truck brand) and do a lot of reading. Usually you have to use the search function.
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I've found it very informative to read online forums on whatever vehicle I want to research. I might do a search for Ford pickup forums (pick your truck brand) and do a lot of reading. Usually you have to use the search function.
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No doubt and yes, I have been doing much of that. But I suspect many of our forum members are also long time truck owners (WA is one of the truck capitals of the nation) and it's great to hear feedback from fisherman (and women), because they never stretch the truth. As I stated, I'm particularly interested in those who have switched from Dodge -- why and for what. Thanks
 

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Toyota Tundra- I have the CrewMax w/ a canopy and absolutely love it. I'm a big guy and it's very comfortable.
 

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Toyota Tundra- I have the CrewMax w/ a canopy and absolutely love it. I'm a big guy and it's very comfortable.
Had not considered the Tundra mostly due to want for diesel. Not that our current tow/haul plans necessarily require that much capacity, but it's nice having it if needs change. I had heard the Tundra was to be offered with a V8 CTD option, as was the Titan, but that seems to keep getting delayed. In fact word had it that both Toyota and Nissan were going with the same Cummins engine. To some extent, that speaks volumes about Cummins performance and reliability. There was also talk of Nissan pairing that option up with an Allison transmission. That sure would be mouth watering to me. What year is your truck and how has your mpg been?
 

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I've got a friend that bought a 2009 1 Ton Chevy with the Diesel and Allison tranny. Towing a huge enclosed trailer, with 4 big Quads inside, is a beast! We fly over Stevens Pass ( fairly steep for 15 miles ) , no laboring from the engine and the Allison shifts perfectly......you don't even notice it shift. Super quiet and comfortable. He said it was his last new truck he was going to buy: leather, 6 way adjustable heated seats sold the deal for him...no 'Jake' brake...maybe the new ones have them? 120,00 miles so far with NO issues. Super comfortable and quiet, and when it's empty, is a rocket ship. I've hit 90 mph driving it on a level stretch of freeway & it is solid. We came down Stevens Pass empty one morning and he spooled it up to 105. Not sure if that kind of driving is in your wheelhouse, but it sure was fun! No info on the new ones or Ford diesels. I have heard great things about the new Dodge Tranny, but no first hand experience with them.....hope some of this helps.
 

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I did not NFR this thread as it is very much associated with fishing. I want a new full size truck... talk me into the right one. Looking to upgrade my 2006, 2500 CTD for a newer one that has a few more features; namely integral exhaust brake and heated seats. We will use it for a truck camper and a moderate size TT.

Topping my list is a 2014 or newer 3500 CTD with the Aisin transmission. Likely a Laramie package as they come standard with the heated leather seats. I've not owned a Ford, Chevy, or GMC full size truck before... should I be looking at those and, if so, what years, package, engine and transmission combo's? Have any of you switched from Dodge to others and what has been your experience? My Dodge has been pretty darn reliable at only 112,000 miles. Thanks for the input.
I have a couple Ford trucks - a 2011 F350 with the 6.7l and a 2012 F150 with the 5.0. Both are King Ranch versions. I haven't had any issues with either truck, except I did have a motor on the steering column go out this past summer.

If you look at Ford trucks, I probably would look at their Lariat models and not the King Ranch, or a more expensive (and more optioned) model. My F150 has 2 motors that automatically adjust the steering column - telescoping and up/down. One of these motors broke last summer, and it cost $750.00 to repair.

Both of my trucks also have heated, and air conditioned, leather seats. I rarely use either feature on the seats, but my wife does like heated seats in the winter. Ford's leather seats in their Super Duty trucks especially we have found to be top notch. My F150 has nice leather, but it is softer than the F350, and does not seem as rugged or durable.

I suppose that other trucks have similar features as Ford trucks for towing, but not having owned them I can't comment on them. But, I will say that Ford trucks, equipped for towing are great. My trucks have factory built in brake controllers, as well as what Ford calls "tow/haul mode" which gives you something like an exhaust brake - allows you to downshift by tapping on the brake.

This might just be me, but if I were ever considering buying a used vehicle, I've always said I would never buy one that had been owned and used in Montana, unless I knew the prior owner, due to the likelihood that it was beat to hell.

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I have a couple Ford trucks - a 2011 F350 with the 6.7l and a 2012 F150 with the 5.0. Both are King Ranch versions. I haven't had any issues with either truck, except I did have a motor on the steering column go out this past summer.

If you look at Ford trucks, I probably would look at their Lariat models and not the King Ranch, or a more expensive (and more optioned) model. My F150 has 2 motors that automatically adjust the steering column - telescoping and up/down. One of these motors broke last summer, and it cost $750.00 too repair.

Both of my trucks also have heated, and air conditioned, leather seats. I rarely use either feature on the seats, but my wife does like heated seats in the winter. Ford's leather seats in their Super Duty trucks especially we have found to be top notch. My F150 has nice leather, but it is softer than the F350, and does not seem as rugged or durable.

I suppose that other trucks have similar features as Ford trucks for towing, but not having owned them I can't comment on them. But, I will say that Ford trucks, equipped for towing are great. My trucks have factory built in brake controllers, as well as what Ford calls "tow/haul mode" which gives you something to an exhaust brake - allows you to downshiftmby tapping on the brake.

This might just be me, but if I were ever considering buying a used vehicle, I've always said I would never buy one that had been owned and used in Montana, unless I knew the prior owner, due to the likelihood that it was beat to hell.

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Yeah, I opted for lariat, got the last year before they went all aluminum. King ranch and platinum are lariats with silly badges, cute status symbol but not much else
 

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Drive between Sheridan and Dillon and see how many new Duramax on the road. SW Montana looks like a Chevy commercial.
Stop by Beaverhead Motors. They have always been good to me, or Dave Smith in Kellogg. Must be some reason all those ranchers are driving Chevy trucks.
 

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Drive between Sheridan and Dillon and see how many new Duramax on the road. SW Montana looks like a Chevy commercial.
Stop by Beaverhead Motors. They have always been good to me, or Dave Smith in Kellogg. Must be some reason all those ranchers are driving Chevy trucks.
Know plenty of ranchers & farmers that run fords. stahl hutterites prefer fords and they farm far more than any rancher in mt. Chevy are cheap pavement pounders, I've driven both
 

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Drive between Sheridan and Dillon and see how many new Duramax on the road. SW Montana looks like a Chevy commercial.
Stop by Beaverhead Motors. They have always been good to me, or Dave Smith in Kellogg. Must be some reason all those ranchers are driving Chevy trucks.
Interesting you say that. When I was first looking into buying my a full size truck (2005), it was my observation at the Livingston NRA Rodeo that sealed the deal. Having been fishing/camping that week on the Yellowstone, I took the 4th of July off and attended the Livingston Street Fair and Rodeo. I had been taking a mental survey all day on the trucks... Dodge was the clear preference among those overrunning that small town. I subsequently found my certified used truck at the Richland Dodge dealer. If it had the heated seats and integral exhaust brake (offered in the 2007), I'd keep it as its been rock solid less one water pump replacement.

Subaru and Hyundai are the official vehicles of WFF. If you want a pickup, looks like you should get a yellow Subaru baja
When they come out with one that can haul 20,000+ lbs through the rocky mountain passes at 60 mph, I'll be first in line. ;)

This might just be me, but if I were ever considering buying a used vehicle, I've always said I would never buy one that had been owned and used in Montana, unless I knew the prior owner, due to the likelihood that it was beat to hell.
Excellent point and that has crossed my mind. I'm thinking a city princess from Dallas or San Jose is the ticket :D.
 

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Interesting you say that. When I was first looking into buying my a full size truck (2005), it was my observation at the Livingston NRA Rodeo that sealed the deal. Having been fishing/camping that week on the Yellowstone, I took the 4th of July off and attended the Livingston Street Fair and Rodeo. I had been taking a mental survey all day on the trucks... Dodge was the clear preference among those overrunning that small town. I subsequently found my certified used truck at the Richland Dodge dealer. If it had the heated seats and integral exhaust brake (offered in the 2007), I'd keep it as its been rock solid less one water pump replacement.

Back then I think Dave Smith only sold Dodges.
 

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It really depends a lot on your intended use and brand loyalty. I have a 2012 Toyota Tundra 4x4 that has towed anything from 30' trailers to nothing. Great vehicle; my only complaint has been it has too much power. Driven in all conditions and road surfaces. I had an '06 before that and it was just as good. I hear some of the newer trucks now use less fuel, but at today's gas prices who really cares.
 

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It really depends a lot on your intended use and brand loyalty. I have a 2012 Toyota Tundra 4x4 that has towed anything from 30' trailers to nothing. Great vehicle; my only complaint has been it has too much power. Driven in all conditions and road surfaces. I had an '06 before that and it was just as good. I hear some of the newer trucks now use less fuel, but at today's gas prices who really cares.
The Tundra backed by Toyota's reputation does indeed warrant some further research. They seem a bit more competitively priced... even accounting for the $5-6K increase for the Cummins. If I opt for gas, that opens up the field making the decision that much more difficult. As for today's gas prices, hold onto your wallet. With the OPEC agreement (market fix) just a few days ago, prices will begin to rise.
 
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