Home Current News News Archive Shop/Advertise Ridecamp Classified Events Learn/AERC
Endurance.Net Home Ridecamp Archives
[Archives Index]   [Date Index]   [Thread Index]   [Author Index]   [Subject Index]

Re: [RC] Dually or not? - Mike Lewis

I have the Dodge, too, and like it well enough (coming from a guy who drove nothing but Ford trucks ever since he started driving pickups.)  Had to go with the 6-speed manual transmission, as the 4-speed automatic just masked too much of the Cummins' power compared to Ford's and GM's offerings.
The deciding factor for me was price.  I was able to include a "Jake" brake and nav system in my order with the money I saved buying the Dodge vs the other 2... got a special deal from my Farm Bureau membership and membership on a Dodge truck-related website... pretty much employee pricing, plus.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2007 12:17 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Dually or not?

A few months ago, I bought my first diesel and first duelly.  Even with the bumper pull trailer, it feels more stable.  I also had an exhaust brake installed.  The gooseneck definitely feels stable with the duelly but this is my first gooseneck too.  I have been towing with half ton 5.4 liter gas engine.  An aspect to consider is also what you may be towing the a few yrs.  The diesel and deully combo will tow most anything. Not so with the gas and nonduelly.  The diesel engne will give you twice the longevity of the engine verses the gasoline. 
The rest is just what one can afford safely.  I have a Dodge.  I stay away from the chevy due to some bad experiences.  Strangers stop and tell me how beautiful my truck is and how dependable it is, ie on the job or personal.  I have seen some good comments about the Duramax tho.  I am concerned about the Ford as they have been doing a lot of tweaking to their diesel engine.   My last truck now has 168,000 miles in 7 yrs of drivning.. I may die before this diesel has hit 400,000...lol
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2007 9:59 PM
Subject: [RC] Dually or not?

We are looking for a truck here in BC Canada to carry a 9' camper and to tow a 3 horse BP stock trailer.  Do we really need a dually for stability for the camper?   Is that the only benefit of a dually?    We currently drive a 1994 GMC 1 ton dually gas but it doesn't seem to have enough power/torque for the big hills and its killing us in gas.  Gas here on Vancouver Island in BC Canada is $1.17  per litre.
We would like to find a Duramax diesel but they are like gold around here.