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In a bit of a truck pickle..Dodge or Ford?

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  • In a bit of a truck pickle..Dodge or Ford?

    So I am in the market for a truck to pull a two horse gooseneck trailer. I would need it for everyday barn use as well, so I need something that will last me as long as possible.

    Seems like I am between two major brands, Ford and Dodge.(probably somewhere between and F250+ and a Dodge Ram 2500+) But everyone I have talked to have either been die hard Dodge fans, or "would never get anything but a Ford fans."

    So I come to ask you guys! So what do you guys use to pull your rig? Ford or Dodge? Maybe another brand? Why?

    Any help you guys could give me that would be great!
    The Little Man


  • #2
    My first truck was a F-150 regular cab, short bed 5.0 it had a limited slip axle, but I forget the ratio. It was rated to pull 7,300 lbs.

    I had a 2H BP DR and I really needed a truck with a longer wheelbase (extended cab or long bed) as it did sway. I also think the height of the trailer 7'9" had something to do with it. I would "white knuckle" it when the semis passed me and I never felt all that great on highways with it. I tried the sway bars, but the hitch and bars were a PITA to deal with and I didn't notice all that much difference.

    My next truck was & is a Dodge 2500HD Diesel 5.9 crew cab, short bed. I would forget the BP was behind it - pulled it great. Then I got a 2H GN LQ 5' shortwall and it pulls it wonderfully. Fully loaded for camping trips, I'm guessing it weighs 8500- 9000 lbs and the truck is rated to pull 13,450 - so I'm well within it's range if I decide to get a bigger trailer.

    A 150 or 1500 can easily pull a 2H BP - but I do reccomend getting an extended or crew cab or the long bed - you need the wheelbase for stability.

    I bought the brand trucks I did as I got the best deal at the time, I'm not stuck on any one brand, but I sure do like this Dodge. www.horsetrailerworld.com is a great source for info such as this as there are hundreds of threads about which truck to buy.
    Last edited by Heart's Journey; Feb. 24, 2010, 09:29 AM.


    • #3
      Another Dodge truck girl here Own a 1995 Dodge 2500 with the 5.9 Cummins diesel engine and pull my 3 horse with large living quarters with no issue at all. Now keep in mind this truck is now 15 years old and still going strong. I anticipate another 10 years with it still....and even then the engine will be worth money to sell.

      My truck is in excellent condition..no rust..no maintenance issues at all! love it! I do understand that this particular Cummins diesel engine is no longer on the market though. Thats a shame because the mileage is great (even with the big trailer behind).


      • #4
        I actually have pulled both a 3 horse gooseneck and a two horse bumper pull with a chevy silverado. It works well, does the job, and I have not experienced any sway problems

        BUT if I was to buy another truck I would get one of the Dodge dully trucks.


        • #5
          I am a "Dodge" person, currently own an older 3/4 ton diesel and a newer diesel dually. But going forward I would probably buy Ford, not because I don't like my trucks but I would question the longevity of Dodge in the market. LOTS of people in the know have stated that it is not likely that Dodge/Chrysler is going to make it in the "new world." I just question whether 5 years from now if the company will exist. And the company is mostly owned by the union and the US govt. Not a good thing, IMHO.


          • #6
            We, by chance, have used Ford pickups for many years, had a friend that sold them.
            We currently have a 1990 and 2007, both 150F 4x4, old one 8' bed, new one crew cab, 6 1/2 bed.

            Both have worked great, pulled our trailers and hardly have had a wrench on them, other than for standard service.

            Then our neighbor has had dodges, 3/4 tons, for all those years.
            He uses his harder and he has had several problems with each one, right now has his last one in the shop, transmission troubles.
            As I say, if he had Fords, he probably would have some troubles also, because he uses his pickups very hard and many miles more than we do.
            He is using our 1990 Ford right now, again, while his Dodge is being repaired.

            I would not worry about the brand, they are all about the same.
            Have a mechanic look at what you find and tell you which one INDIVIDUAL pickup is best for what you will be doing.


            • #7
              If you need it to be a daily driver, I'd go with the dodge ( we have three if you count my vet truck) gets way better mileage than the ford (last vet truck was a ford, and while it was ok to drive it got craptastic mileage and was uncomfortable after about an hour on the road)
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              • #8
                Dodge all the way!!

                I had a 1993 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually with the 5.9L Cummins diesel engine and I loved it

                That thing made more trips hauling horses to and from FL then I can remember. It really wasn't that big, and drove GREAT, so I ended up driving it around for personal use too. Her name was "blondie"

                ..........Of course my ex got it in the "divorce"


                • #9
                  It think it depends a lot on if you are buying new or used and if you are buying used what your price range is. We just bought our truck in September and we had a budget which meant we were buying used. I am not particular about brand as long as it met my requirements (diesel, quad cab, 3/4 ton or 1 ton...etc) there are some years of each brand that you should avoid depending on your preferences. I like my Dodge a lot but if we were buying new I think my DH would have instead on a Ford based on the current economic trends of the different companies


                  • #10
                    I pull a two horse gooseneck with a 4' wall LQ. They are big horses, but not WB huge. I used to pull that rig with a Dodge one ton dually. It was way more than I needed, and I found the rig to be cumbersome. Now I have a 2001 Chevy Silverado HD 2500, which I love. It is perfect. I forget the terminology for allo the backseat configurations. This one has the small back doors with a small backseat, which is perfect for tack. This truck has never given me one bit of trouble, hauls wonderfully, and is easy to park and maneuver. No major work, but it only has 60,000 miles.

                    I have to put in a good word for Chevy. My 1995 half ton Silverado has 210,000 miles and runs like a champ. It has forgiven me for all my sins, such as when I used it as my hauling truck for the above rig. Really too much for a short bed 1/2 ton. I have had it in the shop for brakes, air conditioner, several occassions with bills of $1000 or so, but no transmission or major engine issues, and I have gotten way more than my money's worth from that truck. The guys in the shop say I will easily get to 300,000 miles.
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                    • #11
                      we have an 03 f-250 diesel that we use to pull a 2-horse gn. i love this truck! i hate hauling but have hauled from texas to illinois and kentucky on numerous occasions. the truck made it easy. i thought we got decent milage hauling....around 13 miles to the gallon as i recall. i get around 17 mpg otherwise.


                      • #12
                        Mostly it really is a personal preference issue. And personal preference usually depends on past experience. I drive a lot of trucks for work and have owned a few. The trucks we drive at work, work hard -- tow, 4x4, carry loads. In my experience -- the Dodge engines are great, the rest of the truck is cheaply built. They are always knocked out of alignment, the front ends fall apart, the transmissions conk out too early. It's a Chrysler, and sadly, is made like a Chrysler and I personally will never buy one after driving the ones we have. The Fords have a bigger, sturdier frame and overall have lasted better with fewer issues with the hard work. I like the old Chevies best, but the new suspension Chevy is using now is so ridiculously soft, it does not handle weight well, blech. I loved my 96 Tahoe, but hate the 08 Silverado, sure glad I do not own it! It's pretty, but underpowered, geared too high, and eats tires. There are certainly good years and bad years for each of the brands.

                        So, again, it's kinda like religion, but there's my experience over 15 years or so.
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                        • #13
                          I think trucks can be as individual a choiceas, well, saddles
                          We currently have a Dodge Ram desiel 2500....I LOFF that truck! It pulls extremely well (I have a 24ft 3horse GN) hard to tell you are hauling at all. It was built for that work. It is primarily a towing vehicle for us, but if I were using it for daily driving, I might have considered the gas model.
                          We have had a Chevy in the past, and a good friend has a Ford---both good in their own rite, but for us, the Dodge is the best at towing.....


                          • #14
                            When I traveled a lot we pulled our 3 horse slant goosneck with dressing room, with a Ford F-350 Dually diesel and never had a problem. Truck ran until it had 350K. We have since down graded but still stick with the Ford. I guess we are just a Ford family.
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                            • #15
                              Well, we just went through this. We had a 1996 F250 supercab and it was a great truck. We did have to replace the torque converter at about 85000, but that is pretty common with those trucks.

                              We looked really hard at used and new Fords, were ready to buy, but hubby talked to several diesel mechanics and they all said go Dodge, but if you don't want to replace the torque convertor or auto tranny, get a manual.

                              So, I am driving a new 09 Dodge 2500 quad cab in a snazzy red. I love the truck, getting used to the manual and how much sharper this truck manuevers than the old one.

                              I have towed several times with my two draftieX geldings and it is a towing machine. Can't wait to get the hitch in it so we can tow the fifth wheel camping.

                              I think both will tow the moon, but you have the same risk with the auto tranny's in both trucks. The deciding factor on the new Dodge was a factory close out price we just couldn't refuse.


                              • #16
                                Definitely a Ford girl here!! I currently tow with an 06 F-150, 01 F-250, and an 05 F-350. I've towed with an 00 Dodge 3500 and found it had many more mechanical issues than the Fords do.

                                Personally I'd go with the Ford, but truck people tend to get a little biased
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                                • #17
                                  You could always get a Toyota...
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                                  • #18
                                    If you are considering Ford, only get a truck with the 7.3 liter diesel.

                                    Or you could be real patient until '11 and get a New Ford with the Cummins engine!


                                    • #19
                                      I've had both as tow vehicles

                                      Get the Ford. Way better made. I traded the dodge with it's THIRD motor in it and the frame on the Ford is much heavier than the dodge.


                                      • #20
                                        I haul with a Dodge 1/2 ton. My first was in 1988, and it was an incredible workhorse, with almost no repairs or maintenance bills (probably about $1500 in 13 years and 150,000 + miles) so I got another!

                                        My 2001 1500 crew cab (another 2 wheel drive) has also been a super truck, and I now haul a 2 horse gooseneck. Again, my maintenance bills have been less than $1000 in almost 9 years, and it is our only vehicle.