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Posted 14 Mar 2013In my quest for the proper tool for the job I've been down some roads many others have gone down or will plan to go down, now I'm considering yet another move.
Bought a Nissan Frontier and put a Finch on it. Severely overloaded, truck swayed back and forth, front end was unweighted, dangerous. Sold both, bought a Hawk and an 07 Ram 2500 diesel. Not happy, always bottoming out front axle into the bump stops, ride was harsh, truck still swayed to much for my liking, front end with 85k on it was shot. Spent $5,000 on front end, including a minimal 2" Thuren front lift. Had custom spring made for rear end. Truck is now a rockstar off road, on road the front end is much softer feeling but the overall feeling is still to harsh on road in the ass end, always was. The Dodge has a very short wheelbase at I think around 137" for my Crew Cab 6'3" box.
My biggest complaint, as is with many Gen 3 Ram diesel owners is the NOISE. I have stock exhaust, but going down the road the wind noise around the cab is deafening, one can't really carry on a cell phone conversation. Nor do I feel relaxed driving the vehicle, with all the motor noise, wind noise, doors that vibrate and let air in past the seals in medium cross winds, etc. I just drove back from Santa Fe where I was climbing at Diablo Canyon, put in two back to back 10 hour days and I can honesty say the truck wore me out. Between the rough ride, wind and motor noise, I vowed to trade it in and be done with the truck for good. I've got it up for sale for $26,900 on Craigslist of Milwaukee right now.
I can't find sufficient information on this site that would lend info on the truck I'm considering next. 2013 Ford F-150 5.0 V8 Crew with 6'6" bed and an 157" wheelbase in the "Heavy Duty" package XLT. This package delivers 2,310lbs of payload, which I'd hope would mean that the HD package of a beefier rear 9.25" end, beefier springs all around (three leaf's and a overload vs. two on the non HD) would be a nice addition to my Hawk. I bought a Hawk shell and built my own cabinets, have an ARB fridge, 40 gal of water, a pump, and a Propex furnace (about 10 lbs). Incidentally the small Propex is the perfect furnace for these campers, doesn't drive you out of the camper, cycles quieter, and sips propane.
I know most on this site including me drink 3/4 ton cool-aid, but after a test drive of a non 3/4 ton F-150, I'm impressed.
Is there anyone out there that can shed some light on this thought of mine to "downgrade" from 3/4 to a "heavy half"?
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