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So the other day we got to talking about trucks in another thread, figured I'd start one. I am a Ram man myself had an 04 2wd with 240k and now on 14 4wd. The main reason I wanted to start it is the 2019 Ram is getting a lot of updates and I for one like it a lot. What do you guys have and what do you want or would like to see in the future of your favorite brand?
 

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I've got a 2010 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4. Up to 24k miles now and it's job is to pull my boat. It has everything I need but if I won the lottery I would certainly love to get a 2018 Ford Limited. It's crazy what's on trucks now days but mine having 4x4, electric running boards, leather, heated and cooled seats, heated rear seat, and a Clifford remote start system has me satisfied.

I'm running some MotoMetal wheels wrapped with 33x12.50 D!ck Cepek tires.
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I would also be very willing to take a Shelby F-150.
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I put a pic the other my Honeys 16 ram with a hemi but I gotta be honest I don’t drive it or care to she likes trucks and uses it to pull her camper. It’s a good lookin truck don’t ride bad either. I drive a peterbilt all day so I hate pick ups cross overs and suv,s by the end of the day I’m trucked out lol But again she loves it she drove them all and picked the ram in her words IT LOOKS LIKE A TRUCK SHOULD
 

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I put a pic the other my Honeys 16 ram with a hemi but I gotta be honest I don't drive it or care to she likes trucks and uses it to pull her camper. It's a good lookin truck don't ride bad either. I drive a peterbilt all day so I hate pick ups cross overs and suv,s by the end of the day I'm trucked out lol But again she loves it she drove them all and picked the ram in her words IT LOOKS LIKE A TRUCK SHOULD
I'm kind of along the same lines. I drive a delivery truck all day and prefer to drive a car at the end of the day. Now I do own a 99 Silverado with something like 287k on it and an olds bravada, which is an SUV. But, I prefer to take the park avenue. I kinda wished I would have bought my dad's late 90's Dodge 1/2 ton with only a little over a 100k instead of the Silverado. The main reason is because I hate the 6" lift. It's about the dumbest thing you can do to a truck that stays on tar all day. The Dodge just needed the intake gasket replaced.

I don't know why most people buy trucks. Most of them haul absolutely nothing. Back when I did drywall, I could guarantee I loaded more stuff into my cars than most people would with their trucks. The perfect vehicle would be a station wagon. You can haul a bunch, but still ride nice like a car usually does.
 

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Still have my 2008 Ram Laramie and lovin' it. The wife asked me if I was ready for a replacement and I suprised her by saying no. This truck has only needed the regular services and has never had an issue. Even at 104K miles I just now did my second alignment and all is good. It is easy on tires, tracks true, runs really well and strong (not fully stock) and mileage is fine for me. Plus it still looks good and is comfortable to me. And, of course, it's been paid for for almost 9 years. I plan to take this one into retirement.

If anything does ever happen, I will pull the Hemi, have some fun with it at a good builder and put it back as a sleeping giant killer.

I'm not particularly brand loyal, but I just love this truck.
 

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Where I live need a truck to be a truck, not an oversize passenger car.
This is my 2007 Ford 4x4 with plow. I have always liked Ford cars and trucks.
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2014 F150 Lariat 4x4 in red and 3.5 Ecoboost. 33k with zero problems, so far. When shopping for the truck, I considered Chevy. Wrote it off, as I did not like the front end hunt and peck suspension steering looseness that I experienced on 2 different used Silverados. Hope they have changed the problem on the new ones. Considered the Ram, especially in the 3.0 liter diesel. Found the high hood dimensions hid my view of the roadway too much to accept. It becomes super important when trying to turn around in tight quarters. There was some concern with the long term dependability of the exhaust system components for the new Diesel engine, at the time. Ordered the super crew Ford and extremely happy with my choice. Used as a truck, constantly. Pull an rv 22 ft trailer couple times a year and utility trailer couple times a week. Has plenty of power, when needed, and gets great gas mileage, as long as you stay off the twin turbos. Cons- does not have that sweet V8 sound. Extremely pleased. Regards, Jim
 

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I have a 2012 Ram BH in Sage Brush Pearl. Unique color for that year and love it. I guess the 2019 style would have to grow on me a bit. Like topcat, I too loved the Fords (put 210K on a Ranger) and was very close to buying another Ford. The Ram's interior for that year and package was just so much nicer.

Money is tight right now (bike stuff) and it was the wifes turn to get a vehicle so I'm 5 years away. I predicted when I'm ready to buy again all 1500's will be HO 4 bangers.
 

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1971 Chevy K20 with a 350 & 4-speed. It is only used for hauling wood and pulling the trailer and tractor. I bought it in 1983 when working in North Dakota and don't use it in the winter because of the salt. A nice looking garage queen that is really fun to drive. In low range and creeper gear it has all the power you need but you better not be in a hurry.
At the Dream Cruise I get guys telling me it is from the days when trucks were trucks.
You guys with 6 cyl 150s or RAM 1500s could pull me backwards and haul more than my 3/4 ton but it looks tough and sounds good too.
I'll put up a picture when I get one on this machine.
 

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I'm kind of along the same lines. I drive a delivery truck all day and prefer to drive a car at the end of the day. Now I do own a 99 Silverado with something like 287k on it and an olds bravada, which is an SUV. But, I prefer to take the park avenue. I kinda wished I would have bought my dad's late 90's Dodge 1/2 ton with only a little over a 100k instead of the Silverado. The main reason is because I hate the 6" lift. It's about the dumbest thing you can do to a truck that stays on tar all day. The Dodge just needed the intake gasket replaced.

I don't know why most people buy trucks. Most of them haul absolutely nothing. Back when I did drywall, I could guarantee I loaded more stuff into my cars than most people would with their trucks. The perfect vehicle would be a station wagon. You can haul a bunch, but still ride nice like a car usually does.
Well stated and I agree; a lot of people don't use their trucks as trucks. Sure is nice to have though and when you need one; you need one. I have an 01 F150 CrewCab Lariat with the biggest V8 they came with at the time (5.4L) I had a modern double-din stereo with 7" display and backup camera for a grand total of $300 to update it. It made a big difference in how new it felt. It doesn't get a lot of miles though because I prefer to ride one of the bikes and my little Saturn needs some miles to keep the battery charged up and the seals in good shape.

I actually prefer an SUV with back seats that pretty much disappear so there's this big area in back for my dogs or whatever and it's protected from prying eyes and the elements. Something with a substantial engine can have a tow hitch for limited weight pulling like a bike or small utility trailer so they you have the benefit of a truck when you really need it. The big SUV's will pull larger travel trailers and the family. The 4 door truck is second best though.

I guess the SUV's are the modern day station wagon.
 

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The 4 door truck is second best though.
Have you seen the room in the newer Ford trucks? Even my 10 has a ton of room and when you fold the rear seat up my two dogs have plenty of room and the newer trucks have even more room without the metal frame that remained in the older models.

I understand what you're saying but from 01 and even my 04 FX4 I had are a good but smaller.
 

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I have a 2012 Silverado 2500HD LTZ Duramax with 43,000 miles on it. It only gets used on the weekends that I'm not riding, or for pulling the trailer, hauling stuff, etc. I have a work car during the week. I don't plan on getting a new truck for several years.
 

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My wife's parents worked for GM, we got a letter from the company a few years ago stating that we qualified for their "Legacy Program" which means we get employee pricing on GM vehicles. The savings is significant and there happens to be a GMC dealer 5mins from the house...so I leased a 2014 Sierra which I liked and never had an issue with. But I didn't have use for a full size truck, it was fuel hog and kind of a pain in the ass to maneuver around. Toward the end of the lease last year I traded the Sierra for the mid-sized 2017 GMC Canyon. This smaller truck I REALLY like, it handles all my truck needs, but is more comfortable and much better for everyday driving than the full size pick-up. As for GMC, these trucks are the only GM vehicles I ever leased or owned and I have no complaints. My GMC trucks(and my wife's SUVs) have been trouble free and very good runners.

 
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Today is one week with the new Ram 2500 HD. They upped the power a little this year (50 HP-ish). Around 645 miles now and so far I'm quite impressed.

I went with the Ram/Cummins combination because:
*It's a good looking truck
*It's a towing beast
*Good fuel economy (so far averaging 18 mpg)
*It drives like a car (the Ford rode like an old Army Jeep)
*Love the interior
*I enjoy driving it more than the others
*It has a lower rpm ceiling (3000 rpm), so maybe it'll live longer
*The start-up sound is all business
*The exhaust brake sounds 'big rig' as hell
*It was substantially less expensive (20% under sticker). Ram offers a nicely-optioned truck that won't break the bank.

The truck may not win any category of a shootout by a substantial margin or win a drag race, but as a package it's seems to be the best truck overall. This truck will remain stock and be used to tow my RVs. One is 5,000 lbs and one is 15,000.

This one has the skid plate under it, cold weather group, snow plow group, 5th-wheel prep, electric shift-on-the-fly 4WD, posi rear, 5" Uconnect, 6 speaker stereo with subs, spray in bed liner, 5 aux switches, and a bunch of little interior and exterior upgrades.

It looks like this... not my actual truck.
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I will probably de-badge it. Thinking of leaving the Cummins badge... A friend has the stock 20" black wheels from his and he said he's trade me even up. I'm not sure they will look right with the chrome bumpers and stuff. What do you think?
 

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I like what everyone has to say about how they use and like their trucks. The reasons are varied and mostly personal, but that's good. I do have one other reason that I love having a truck that I didn't mention.

That is, it has a nice large smoking section for any of my friends who want to smoke as we travel. :bandit: :badgrin:
 
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