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Hey gang

New here. My wife and I are considering going full time with our infant in a fifth wheel and I need some help picking the right tow vehicle for our needs. We are planning on going with a Grand Design Reflection150 290BH.

I know I will want to go with a 3/4 ton minimum, but was curious if those with experience feel we should throw in the extra $10k for a diesel. I’m leaning towards Ram with the 6.4 Hemi with MDS. We plan on moving once every week or two and would go 400 miles tops. Between travel we would putz around the area and the extra MPG of the MDS would be good to have. My wife also doesn’t appreciate the chatter of a Diesel engine.

If we do opt for a diesel, we would need to move to a full ton to accommodate the payload requirements of the fifth wheel and passengers. The 3/4 ton diesel would just squeak by. Doing the math, and considering the price gap between gas and diesel stays about flat, it would take us 90-100k miles to make up the cost difference. But then the towing ease makes it an even harder choice.

thanks for the help.

 

moved from HDT

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With a light weight trailer I don't see the diesel option as so attractive.      Yea the gasser will use more fuel in hauling the camper but, by your own admission the pay back is way out there.    The new small truck diesel engines have issues with emissions systems and maintenance cost that are not trivial.      Personally, I would choose gas for the task at hand, you may want to get a larger camper or sell the whole thing.     As a first go around, don't burden yourself with unnecessary expense.

 

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Yeah, we are worried we may want to upgrade, but the 6.4 can manage our bigger dream rig short teen if we do so. To many moving parts to making this a hard purchase.

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Trey and/or Susan

thanks for the link. I’ve been watching YouTube vids like mad, bud hadn’t seen that one yet.

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So the Ram 2500 with 6.4 3.73 gears and 4x4 leaves about 1800lbs extra towing after factoring in passengers, truck cargo, and max fifth wheel GVWR.

How do the experts feel about that wiggle room? Moving to the 4.10 gears increases tow capacity by 3k. Is the upgrade worth the reduced gas mileage? Is the driver satisfaction that much greater? OEM upgrade is small potatoes compared to the overall cost of the vehicle (<$200) vs thousands to upgrade later.

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