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Old 08-01-2018, 11:10 AM
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dodge diesel vs. Ford diesel

If you were going to buy a used truck to pull a 3 horse, horse trailer which would you buy? A dodge 2500, or a Ford F-250. I will have to buy a used truck so if you could help me with the years that are good, bad, or ugly that would be great. Thanks for your help.
 
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6.0 and 6.4 Fords are serious question marks. What is your budget? You have a horse, you must be rich.....
 
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Not rich

Thank you, really not rich
 
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for me it would be a 7.3 or 6.7.
i am not a fan of dodge trucks made after the 70's, they are way too flimsy for me with all the plastic and paper thin sheet metal in them.
 
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The Dodge Cummins diesels are all missing 2 cylinders. I wouldn't want to try to tow with one.
 
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What year ford would you recommend? I like the F-250
 
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Budget and what are you hauling, how much does it weigh, how far and how often, and what else are you carrying? An F250 may end up maxed out on cargo load even though it might still be ok on the trailer.
 
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with three horses in the trailer, i would automatically not even consider a 250, and look at minimum a 350 dually, or even a 450 or 550 pickup with 5th wheel plate.
 
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what size horses?

3 draft horses 7,000 lbs
3 Horse Gooseneck trailer (5,300 lbs)
supplies and gear 700 lbs

As you can see the weight is getting up there.
Live weight moving around might make you wish for dually.

I have towed 11.5 k Camper with my 95 F350 and it goes well enough for my needs but those at higher elevations or going up steep grades might want more power via mods or newer truck.

I never drove a dodge diesel but see many of them towing trailers
 
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Dodge has the inline 6 Cummins, stout, reliable, lots of torque. But the package it's wrapped in, ugh.
Proving again that the only redeeming quality of a RAM is the engine.
Ford, V8, avoid the whole line from 2003 to 2011, 7.3 before 03, and 6.7 after 11 are good engines.
IMO, find a late model Ford 6.7 dually for horses. Your weight moves around, I think you need dual wheels for stability.
My sister did what you are doing for years. Big trailer with dressing room, 3 horses. 1999 F350 Dually, 7.3 . Just worked.
Check Enterprise car sales. I got my 16 (it's SRW) with 26k, in lease service for one year, for 30k.
 
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Dodge has the inline 6 Cummins, stout, reliable, lots of torque. But the package it's wrapped in, ugh.
Proving again that the only redeeming quality of a RAM is the engine.
Ford, V8, avoid the whole line from 2003 to 2011, 7.3 before 03, and 6.7 after 11 are good engines.
IMO, find a late model Ford 6.7 dually for horses. Your weight moves around, I think you need dual wheels for stability.
My sister did what you are doing for years. Big trailer with dressing room, 3 horses. 1999 F350 Dually, 7.3 . Just worked.
Check Enterprise car sales. I got my 16 (it's SRW) with 26k, in lease service for one year, for 30k.
I bought a 2011 diesel super duty 6.7 engine. Thank you for your help. Love the truck it is a King Ranch Lariat
 
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What year ford would you recommend? I like the F-250
2012+ for the 6.7L Powerstroke. 2011 was the only year with issues (valves and glow plugs).
 
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im just starting a build, and im mind set on a 6BT for several reasons. 1995 dodge 12 valve cummins. mostly because it is all mechanicals and takes a minimal amount of wiring. as the comment above says, " dodge diesels are missing 2 cylinders each". well, thats why im going to drop a 10 speed eaton RR behind it. to me, There is no other diesel to go with, this is definitely the motor of motors when it comes down to it, in my opinion that is .
 
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They’re both junk frankly.

The cummins is a better motor than the powerstroke but Ford makes a better truck all around.

Either way, keep about $10k in savings for unexpected repairs.
 
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Spending time on bus forums it's clear that a cummins 5.9 isn't quite the machine that pickup truck Cummins owners think they are. Don't get me wrong they are great motors and I'd trust one and own one but they aren't a be all end all. 7.3 heui engines cost thousands more in school busses and still in a majority of them it seems. Seems to be more reliable than a 5.9 at moving buses around anyways. That being said, the 6.7 cummins seems to be a favorite, maybe the favorite in buses now. Which goes to show that internet opinion doesn't always match reality.

something to consider here is the year of truck and transmission combo. If the dodge has an automatic transmission, some years are terrible. And aftermarket tranny builds are expensive as hell. It's not uncommon to hear people spending 5 to 8k on an auto transmission behind a 5.9 to handle towing and or bumped power. I believe the newer dodges with the 6.7 and aisin transmission are the best but can't remember if that's just in the 4500's.

dollar for dollar I believe you're gonna end up with a better nicer truck putting money into a 6.0 truck on engine upgrades than a dodge doing transmission upgrades, but there are variables.

manual transmissions are nice, but in the last few years I've really noticed the pain some people are experiencing now finding parts on the road, and really I wouldn't say they're more reliable at all anymore. I love them but I would not own one in this day and age.

anyways it really depends what you find and for what money. There are plenty of trucks with good engines and transmissions but the rest of the truck would nickle and dime you to death, and I seem to see that lots with dodge trucks, but it can be any truck.
 

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