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Old 12-29-2011, 03:47 PM   #71
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Well, today we brought home a 2012 Ram 3500 Crew Cab Short bed 4x4 with the Cummins 6.7 H.O. engine. Being the end of the year we got a fair price and an aggressive trade. We are absolutely enamored with the truck and expect to keep it 20 years.

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Old 12-29-2011, 04:16 PM   #72
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Well, today we brought home a 2012 Ram 3500 Crew Cab Short bed 4x4 with the Cummins 6.7 H.O. engine. Being the end of the year we got a fair price and an aggressive trade. We are absolutely enamored with the truck and expect to keep it 20 years.

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Excellent choice! (I'd have got the long bed version - just my own preference - but, otherwise - excellent choice!) Longevity is good with that power train, economy is great, and you should be very happy with it! With regular oil changes, (about twice as often as mfg recommends!) that engine should be good for up to a million miles.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:57 PM   #73
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Well, today we brought home a 2012 Ram 3500 Crew Cab Short bed 4x4 with the Cummins 6.7 H.O. engine. Being the end of the year we got a fair price and an aggressive trade. We are absolutely enamored with the truck and expect to keep it 20 years.

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Yikes! Are you going to tow a fiberglass trailer with that beast?
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:54 PM   #74
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John, congratulations on the new Ram!
It looks as though possible rear axle ratios include: 3:42, 3.73 and 4:10. I presume yours is a 6-speed automatic; can you tell me the axle ratio? (I'm just studying & comparing trucks specs, as I have the product data available.)

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Old 12-29-2011, 07:14 PM   #75
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Yikes! Are you going to tow a fiberglass trailer with that beast?
Don, he's got a 25' Bigfoot... not a 13' egg

Sounds like he's been talking to Mike Sanders....
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:53 PM   #76
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Don, he's got a 25' Bigfoot... not a 13' egg
Oh.

OK!

That makes more sense. I am still passing time until my ship comes in a 2 or 3 years so I can stop working so much and have free time to actually travel. The trailer will probably be a 17' Casita FD. I'm still undecided also about the tow vehicle. But in two or years, lots of things can change in the industry. I'm still hoping someone comes up with a 1/2 ton diesel. That would be great fun and not overkill. By then, gas will probably be up to $5/gallon.

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Old 12-29-2011, 10:33 PM   #77
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Yikes! Are you going to tow a fiberglass trailer with that beast?
There ain't no such thing as too big of a truck! (or too much torque!)
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:55 AM   #78
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Thanks everyone. I did talk with Mike too which nudged me just a little. A million miles would be fantastic, that would make this the last vehicle we'd ever buy. We went with the 3.73. The 3.42 would have worked but the 3.73 gives us room if we ever want to change campers (which we doubt we'd go bigger, maybe smaller but who knows). I do love the 4.10 but the pulling we're going to do I couldn't justify it and hopefully we'll get 1mpg more with the middle ratio.

I had to get a different downtown parking spot today since it won't fit in Mandi's parking garage at her job. That will be the biggest adjustment. Even with the short bed this truck is huge! It drives great though and we're excited to get the Bigfoot out soon.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:57 AM   #79
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Forgot to add that we did get the Automatic!

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Old 12-30-2011, 10:53 AM   #80
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There ain't no such thing as too big of a truck! (or too much torque!)
Of course there is,.... that's like saying there's no such thing as too big of a wrench!
My Ranger is the perfect size for it's purpose and it fits in my Garage!
Our town has "angle to the curb" parking, and the fullsized four door dually pickups actually block traffic and use two parking spots since they extend several feet into the lane. If they use one spot the fenders block parking on either side.
Nothing like an 7000# truck for taking a 110# woman to the store for a one pound loaf of bread!
At Walmart the dually versions actually need four spots to park.
I'm not saying that the choice here for pulling a large BIGFOOT isn't appropriate, just saying that there is such a thing as too big of a truck, and that , like wrenches....
the "right size" works best.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:09 PM   #81
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I agree with both of you. In the sense that having the power and pulling a smaller load is not an issue but having the load and not the power is a different story. Having a gigantic truck that doesn't fit where you need or want to go just for the sake of having a gigantic truck seems pointless. Most 2500's here don't ever see a trailer, dirt or anything else the truck was designed for... just maybe some mulch once or twice a year. It's become a status symbol or what's big enough for the occupants. If there was a smaller vehicle that could do what we need and had a chance of lasting a reasonable amount of time then we would have been all over it.

With 3 real options there's not a whole lot to choose from besides stepping up even further to a MDT or HDT. On another forum where most fulltimers are in the super sized fifth wheels they are switching to reconditioned HDTs. We realized along time ago that we are campers and not RVers so we ended up in the largest FGRV. We were actually looking for a 21RB when we found the 25RQ. We have more sporting gear than regular life stuff which has been our major problem this whole time.

I actually like the idea of the small FG fifth wheel but we like the extra width of the BigFoot. I think Bigfoot should make a 22-25 foot fiver similar to their discontinued 24SL class C. That would allow descent basement storage in a strong, long lasting, shorter package. The small fivers of the past have become history so there is a niche market that can be filled by an already niche product. If that could be made with a respectable CCC we would be interested if not one of the first in line... and it would look great with our truck!
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Of course there is,.... that's like saying there's no such thing as too big of a wrench!
My Ranger is the perfect size for it's purpose and it fits in my Garage!
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Nothing like an 7000# truck for taking a 110# woman to the store for a one pound loaf of bread!
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...just saying that there is such a thing as too big of a truck, and that , like wrenches....
the "right size" works best.
Since I will use one vehicle for both towing the Casita 17' FD and as a daily driver, there are lots of things to compare and to consider. Then there is the fact of $2/gal gas now over $3/gal and rising. Then I have to factor in my finances. Plans of traveling with my 1986 32' Argosy have devolved to traveling with a 17' Casita, partly due to the economy and finances. I will spend the $$ on a new Casita because I will keep it many years. (I've had the Argosy over 14 years) But I don't need a brand new TV. So I have considered the big diesel trucks, Toyota Hilander, Rav4, 4Runner, Ford F150 and even a Lincoln Town Car. It's not easy finding the multi-purpose vehicle, to get a balance in towing and street economy when not towing.

I'm still reading and asking questions. I'm not where I have to make a decision yet, not for a couple of years. So keep those suggestions and opinions coming.

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Old 12-30-2011, 12:19 PM   #83
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Too Big???

I guess it all depends on how many vehicles you have. Around here, every person in the house has their own car (Wife's Lexus LS, Son's VW "disease-el", my 4Runner), plus we have "Babe the Blue Ox" as "spare in case..." and for towing/hauling/general purposes. It is a long-box with extended cab and I have found myself wishing it was a full crewcab and had an even bigger box as I wind up hauling stuff that won't fit in the 8 foot box with the gate closed.

Next one (whenever that happens) will be a one ton long-box, 4X4 disease-el with a full crew cab. (But single-wheel style, as I am just not all that fond of the Duallies)

If my current truck was a 4X4, I wouldn't need my 4Runner at all and could reduce driveway occupancy accordingly.
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I guess it all depends on how many vehicles you have.
Hey Dave, every person in my house has two vehicles. I'm single. Right now I have two cars, two insurance payments. My 11 year old Buick LaSabre and my beautiful 1990 Lincoln Town Car, bought from a little old lady millionaire with 50K miles. Both cars are debt free. And I am obviously a single-income family, (although Republicans don't see me as a family, no matter how many parents/brothers/sisters I have.)

I don't do any off-roading so my tow vehicle will be for mostly interstate towing and daily driving. No 4wd needed.

Now all I ask is 28+ mpg when not towing.



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