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Looking at picking up a new truck

Hey guys. Been trolling the forum for awhile and wife is pushing me to get a new truck. Currently have a 2007 2500 Mega Cab w/ the 6.7 that's given me 210,000+ miles without any hiccups. I honestly love my truck, but having the new amenities and a much nicer interior of a new Laramie or Limited is appealing. Any feedback? Things I should specifically look for or be considering? Seems rebates are pretty weak right now, is there a best time of year to buy? It seems the Aisin versus 68RFE trans is personal preference... The 2500 has been sufficient for my towing needs (28' enclosed loaded with a racecar and tools) but bigger is better no? The truck is my daily driver, with a about 15-20 trips a year pulling my trailer anywhere from 100-600 miles away.

I'm just so torn on the new truck, 3500 versus 2500, then HO with the Aisin or 68RFE... HELP!

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I think if I was looking at a newer one, I would lean towards the 3500 just for more payload in the event of ever getting a fifth wheel rv.
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3500 vs 2500 really comes down to payload requirements. If you are set on Cummins I would go with the 3500. The available payload is diminished on the 2500 unless you get the Hemi. Additionally, there is a stop sale and hold on trucks with the 68RFE (standard output Cummins) due to a recall affecting 2019 and 2020MY. HO with the Aisin is good to go right now.

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I chose the 68RFE because I only pull our 16,000 lb fifth wheel 6-10 times a year and also I didn’t like how the aisin shifted when unloaded. I felt the 68RFE was smoother during unloaded driving. Also helped that I saved damn near $3K by going with the 68RFE.

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I have the Aisin and it’s been ok after about 5000 miles. I personally just can’t leave 150 ft lbs of torque and some horsepower on the table after having many tuned trucks. Some guys say they don’t need the extra power which I’m sure is true but to this day I have never once heard anyone say “dang it my truck just has too much power”.
If you do get the 3500 don’t get the factory airbags! I hate mine!! The whole truck sits a lot lower, doesn’t ride very good and they are not very adjustable at all. A 3500 with leaf springs and some Fox 2.0 shocks will ride quite nice.

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I bought a 2500 CTD in 2004. Was fine until we upgraded to a bigger trailer. I've regretted that decision since so the new truck on order is, of course, a 3500.

There's so much less payload. For me, if there's a difference in ride quality it's a moot point. I need a truck to tow and drive my car for most everything else. There's very little downside to getting the 3500.

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I bought a 2500 CTD in 2004. Was fine until we upgraded to a bigger trailer. I've regretted that decision since so the new truck on order is, of course, a 3500.

There's so much less payload. For me, if there's a difference in ride quality it's a moot point. I need a truck to tow and drive my car for most everything else. There's very little downside to getting the 3500.
I would say the ONLY downside is ride quality. Some say they don’t notice it but sure as hell did.

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I would say the ONLY downside is ride quality. Some say they donít notice it but sure as hell did.
I'm hoping the 2020 3500 with supplemental air suspension and +16 years will ride a little better than my current 2500. I have bags on my truck now, but of course the bags and tires are aired down when I'm not hauling.

Crazy thing is I ordered a truck without even driving one.

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either truck is going to feel like a YUGE step up from your current rig, so it really comes down to how much payload you need.

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Depends on what you need the truck for. Its always best to have more truck then what you need to pull incase you upgrade a trailer. I've had an 06 5.9 QC 2500. Great truck for a 3/4 ton and ran that thing all over Alaska and down to TX then Maine. Put over 100k on her and never had an issue. I also owned a 17 with a 68rfe and now upgraded to an 18 3500 DRW with aisin, factory air bags. The 18 rides much smother and shifts better then my 17 with leafspring. I know there are difference in the factory air on the SRW vs DRW. So far Im sold on the DRW. The HO that comes with the aisin is a powerhouse bone stock and the MPG empty are not too bad. 15-17 depending on what im doing.

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Thank you all for taking the time to share feedback. My thought process was just to do the 3500 since who knows what the future will hold in terms of my payload (I don't need it know but I plan on keeping the truck longer than my current trailer).

I was aware of the new recall regarding the 68RFE, although I'm good waiting it out if that is the path we decide on ~ and hopefully there will be some rebates once its cleared up. Although again I'm leaning toward the Aisin just for the additional power it provides.

My '07 has bags that made the ride a million times better while pulling so it was my plan to opt for the factory air setup, but that seems to be mixed reviews between you. I haven't driven either option, and was more planning on making the purchase without going through the test drive BS but maybe that isn't the smartest plan.

Thank you all again, and if there is any additional feedback or things I should consider I'm all ears and would really appreciate the feedback.

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You are welcome and glad we can help. You can see my truck in my sig. If you have questions please ask

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