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Old 09-04-2016, 09:18 AM
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Default Newly used camper truck decision?!

Not sure if pictures showed up, I'm looking at getting an old diesel for our camping rig. Would be something we load the camper on and leave it on so reliability and ease of repair are the main things right now. With a 2250# camper with water and propane we'd also be hauling our 2-4 horses and horse trailer.

My options are an 85 6.9idi, 88 7.3idi, and 91 12v cummins.

85 6.9idi ext. Cab long box 2wd has 250000kms, rear fuel filler line leaks, needs glow plugs and probably controller, driver door weather stripping. $900.00

88 7.3idi ext. Cab long box 2wd has 264000kms, apparently needs nothing. $2200

91 12v cummins (believe it's earlier so n/a) 2wd reg cab long box has 520000kms, apparently needs nothing. $2500

I'm leaning between the 88 ford and 91 dodge, but the dodge I'm worried about the engine actually needing an overhaul.

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none of the above...
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Old 09-04-2016, 09:27 AM
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Why do you say that?

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Old 09-04-2016, 09:43 AM
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Because they're all N/A slow pigs that can't get out of their own way empty. No less loaded down with a camper and horse trailer with horses in it.
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never mi nd you will spend the entire camping trip wrenching on them to make it back home. Get something newer with less miles. You would be further ahead looking for a high mile 03 7.3 4x4 than any of those ones listed-will be cheaper in the long run. never mind safety features
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Buy the Cummins and bring it down here. Some flatbiller will offer you 10k for it within the day. I hate a dodge but those square bodies are highly sought after in some areas and truth is that Cummins should run forever if it's been remotely taken care of.
My opinion anyway..
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Because they're all N/A slow pigs that can't get out of their own way empty. No less loaded down with a camper and horse trailer with horses in it.
I believe '89 was first year dodge offered the turbo diesel
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I know they're no speed demons. But with the rig I'm not looking for speed. Used to have an 86 6.9idi but I was riddled with issues hence why I'm not leaning towards the 85 even though I like the old bulls over bricks. Problem I have is I have an 83 vanguard camper and they don't fit in new trucks because old campers flare out wider after wheel wells otherwise I would've just thrown it in the back of my 2015 f250 everytime I go camping.

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I believe '89 was first year dodge offered the turbo diesel
I'll look into it further but I was under the impression it was 91 that they started offering the turbo diesel.

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I believe '89 was first year dodge offered the turbo diesel
Sorry you are right, it was the intercooler that was add in 91. The cummins is turbocharged.

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Old 09-04-2016, 11:21 AM
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I see a recipe for heading out on a camping trip then before you get to your destination
you will be riding your horses to the auto parts house
at least you will have living quarters and transportation when your wrenching roadside

not to be downer. but those are some old vehicles and your going to be pushing them hard. specially if you hit hills
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Buy the Cummins and bring it down here. Some flatbiller will offer you 10k for it within the day. I hate a dodge but those square bodies are highly sought after in some areas and truth is that Cummins should run forever if it's been remotely taken care of.
My opinion anyway..
, like it would make it that far...
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I know they're no speed demons. But with the rig I'm not looking for speed. Used to have an 86 6.9idi but I was riddled with issues hence why I'm not leaning towards the 85 even though I like the old bulls over bricks. Problem I have is I have an 83 vanguard camper and they don't fit in new trucks because old campers flare out wider after wheel wells otherwise I would've just thrown it in the back of my 2015 f250 everytime I go camping.

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If you have a 2015 f250, why aren't you just buying a camper that fits that?

I have NO idea how you have a new truck and are looking at that garbage? Not trying to be mean, but you couldn't pay me to take one of those trucks over my 2015. And I don't care if it will get abused camping. It's a truck.


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Old 09-04-2016, 12:27 PM
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I like my old trucks for hobbies, and when something happens I don't have to worry about relying on them the next day for work. Limping them home after a weekend is one thing for me. Relying on them as a dd now that I have one thats new reliable and nice is another. May seem a$$ backwards to some but makes sense to me...even if I'm not all there lol 😀

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And at this time I'm saving up for property with house so I don't have much money to play with on the side at the moment.

If I can take the beater out a couple times before snow flies and I gotta do some maintenance over the winter that's fine...just not really wanting a lemon off the bat is a big thing for me.

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And at this time I'm saving up for property with house so I don't have much money to play with on the side at the moment.

If I can take the beater out a couple times before snow flies and I gotta do some maintenance over the winter that's fine...just not really wanting a lemon off the bat is a big thing for me.

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I see you signature, and read your post.
Doesn't look like saving for a house, lol.
Just sayin...

If you want to go camping with horses, buy a trailer with living quarters, and be done. More money up front, and a sh!tton less headache.
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id be more inclined to go with the dodge over the other options there...


he!l i'd even buy this and throw a used trans in it! Cheaper than wht you are looking for and parts are still available easily for it.

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/e...ationFlag=true


or this if you could live with 2wd

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/e...ationFlag=true


or this-a little rouogh body wise but still better than anything else you posted

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/l...ationFlag=true

Spend some time on kijiji=there are a tn of options

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I see you signature, and read your post.
Doesn't look like saving for a house, lol.
Just sayin...

If you want to go camping with horses, buy a trailer with living quarters, and be done. More money up front, and a sh!tton less headache.
True, 4 horse trailer with living quarters means longer rig and less access to camping spots. Right now we have a bumper pull 2 horse.

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don't get us wrong were not bashing on you
and I have contemplated a dedicated truck camper vehicle myself
VS my DD 2006 but the added insurance and upkeep / upgrades plus parking concerns far outweighed my loading and unloading the camper before work headache
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id be more inclined to go with the dodge over the other options there...
Thanks, I have been reading up on all of them and it seems still to be the best option for towing/hauling even with the amount of km. With reading it seems one of the big issues on the 12v is the killer dowel pin that has a tendency to loosen out and eventually the ip. 7.3idi seems to have the cavitation issue, ip and glow plugs.

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Thanks, I have been reading up on all of them and it seems still to be the best option for towing/hauling even with the amount of km. With reading it seems one of the big issues on the 12v is the killer dowel pin that has a tendency to loosen out and eventually the ip. 7.3idi seems to have the cavitation issue, ip and glow plugs.

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go back and read the edit on my post with three different options for you
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, like it would make it that far...
I glanced at where he is earlier and had a laugh, be a hell of a drive! I still bet the Cummins would make it, maybe not the rest of the truck.
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go back and read the edit on my post with three different options for you
Just check them out, you are absolutely right. Should've expanded my search for automatics to be honest

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