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Which Pickup? Chevy/GMC or Dodge or Ford?
02-21-2008, 10:54 AM
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Looking for a Cummins engine with an Allison transmission and the Ford integrated brake controller and other tow goodies.

Actually, I'm just looking for suggestions as to which dealers I should visit for test drives. Where are the dealers with the large truck inventories?

I was set on the Toyota Tundra with its high family acceptance value (everything is relative), but it doesn't ahve the payload I'd need for a 24' trailer. Here is my analysis:

The 24' trailer is 30" from coupler to bumper, so the 145.7" wheelbase of the Crewmax (4-door) Tundra is pretty good. The payload of the Tundra is 1,495 lbs., though. Assuming a tongue weight of 12% of trailer weight, a trailer of about 3,500 lbs. with a 3,100 lbs. car and maybe 500 lbs. of tools, cabinets, a/c, N2 tank and the like, the tongue weight should be 852 lbs., leaving only 643 lbs. for passengers (4 at 200 lbs./each will NOT work), fuel and anything in the bed of the pickup.

Said another way, if one were to really try to pull a trailer at the Tundra's limit of 10,100 lbs. with a 12% tongue weight of 1,212 (I pick 12% as half way between the 9% and 15% of most estimates of proper tongue weight), then there is only payload capacity of 293 lbs. left, just room for driver and one passenger, if that.

Chris
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02-21-2008, 12:22 PM
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Hi Chris,
To check out Dodge, try Bergy's on Broad Street in Lansdale.  They have a large selection, reliable service and are willing to deal.Smile
Good luck in your search,
Wally
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02-21-2008, 12:26 PM
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Chris,

When I was shopping Garnet Ford had a fairly large inventory.  That is who I purchased from.  Pacifico Marple Ford has a dedicated truck center with a huge inventroy but I could not find a truck equiped the way I wanted it at their truck center. I am sure the dealres around the airport auto mall also have substaincial inventory.  If you want to drive Dodge, Chevy/GMC and Ford without traveling all over then the Auto Mall would be an appropriate place to look.

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02-21-2008, 12:27 PM
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Thanks, guys. This is helpful. I signed up at the Auto Show for a Ford test drive. When I do it before the end of March they give me $75!

Chris
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02-22-2008, 12:36 PM
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Phokaioglaukos wrote:
Quote:Thanks, guys. This is helpful. I signed up at the Auto Show for a Ford test drive. When I do it before the end of March they give me $75!
In cash or do they knock $75 off a $35,000 truck?

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02-22-2008, 05:24 PM
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STEVEMCMORN wrote:
Quote:Phokaioglaukos wrote:
Quote:Thanks, guys. This is helpful. I signed up at the Auto Show for a Ford test drive. When I do it before the end of March they give me $75!
In cash or do they knock $75 off a $35,000 truck?
LOL...that is funny...Tongue

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02-22-2008, 09:07 PM
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STEVEMCMORN wrote:
Quote:Phokaioglaukos wrote:
Quote:Thanks, guys. This is helpful. I signed up at the Auto Show for a Ford test drive. When I do it before the end of March they give me $75!
In cash or do they knock $75 off a $35,000 truck?

$35,000? That'd be a steal!

It's a $75 MasterCard stored value card.

Chris
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03-06-2008, 10:18 PM
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Surprisingly, the '08 Chevy Silverados are the best rated pick-ups in several categories including customer satisfaction and are #1 pick from several top automotive and consumer testing magazines. The Silverados are available in a multitude of sizes, engines, option pkgs and towing cap choices. Also, they currently have excellent pricing, cash back and financing incentives available (see below). Like I sad, after a test drive, I think you'd be very surprised. Good luck!

http://www.chevrolet.com/specialoffers/index.jsp?zip=19087

http://chevyshowcase.com/

Dave "Cargod" Redmond
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03-07-2008, 01:05 PM
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2008 Nissan Titan . . .

Highest payload in its class of nearly 2000 lbs
Towing capacity of nearly 10,000 lbs

Who gave me that advice ????????????????

 

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04-02-2008, 03:07 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2008 03:07 PM by 356D.)
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Dollar for dollar and pound for pound, you can't go wrong with the Titan. Some things in life, are just understood.... Big Grin

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