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Old 04-10-2008, 07:09 PM
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Hi guys!! I need a new tow truck as I work with boats. I am looking at many different truck right now. Following is of interest:

2002 Chevrolet crew cab non-dually short bed with 340 hp 8,1 l gas engine converted to run on LPG (cheapest to run)
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2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad cab non-dually with 5,9 Cummins in-line 6. 305 hp.

I need to tow boats up to 42 ft Fountains. What should I go for? I am a little tempted to go with gas as this is the big block. What is your opinion? I have tried the Dodge and I think that engine is superb with LOTS of power and is quiet and has a great and precise steering. Great for everyday driving without a trailer.

Also is a Dodge Ram 1500 2003 suitable for bigger trailers? What is the difference?

I have driven a 47 Fountain in USA with a trailer with a regular 2" 5/16 hitch and electric over hydraulic brakes. Is this safe with a F-550 Dually? What about a F-350?


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Uff da. To tow a 47 Beak you need something far more serious than a dually. A dually can tow 15.000lbs at best.

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dodge cummins....no other way around it. The gas BB will be ok for large boats, but will not pull like the the diesel. Nothing short of a 3/4 ton will do.
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not even more thursty than the 5.9 but lots more power. I pulled a 12000lbs fifth wheel while someone followed with the dodge pulling 6-7000 lbs. same road, same day, same speed, except going up hill, I was faster. Ended the day with 115$ of fuel while dodge was 112$ but with half load and could not follow... simple and clear for me!
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Yor boat, Fountain 47, with trailer will weight uppward of 16000lbs. No 1-ton (350/3500) can tow that on the hitch.
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8.1 chevy is a gas hog and a slug. I would do the dodge diesel and I would never own a mopar. That should tell you how great the 8.1 is.
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8.1.
not even more thursty than the 5.9 but lots more power. I pulled a 12000lbs fifth wheel while someone followed with the dodge pulling 6-7000 lbs. same road, same day, same speed, except going up hill, I was faster. Ended the day with 115$ of fuel while dodge was 112$ but with half load and could not follow... simple and clear for me!
I highly doubt that that 8.1 out pulled a 5.9 cummins. It couldn't have half of the torque of that diesel.

GO WITH THE DIESEL, unless you want to stop every 50 miles to fill up the 8.1!
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I tow a 47 fountain with an f450 with no problem
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for dodge trucks check out www.cumminsforum.com classifieds/forum will get you all the info you need.
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I have an 2003 8.1 Yukon XL 2500 and a 2003 Dodge 2500 CTD 2500. The 8.1 is not a slug at all. I never towed the boat with the Dodge but I can say that everything about the truck except the engine is a complete piece of ****t. If you tow for a living, a diesel is probably the best choice, but I could never recommend a Mopar.
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