Truck shopping is hard to do. Especially when you’re trying to purchase something 4 thousand miles away!
I now know way more than I ever wanted about diesel trucks. Probably something I should have done before we purchased our 2006 Ford! Ha, hold the laughter folks 🙂
When we started seriously researching we were only looking at Fords. I’m not totally sure why, I guess we’ve just always been Ford people. But during my research I could really only find 2006 Fords in our price range, hmmm I wonder why?!? HA! So off I went to the blogs to do a little digging on other years, engines, and of course the Ram.
Wow, those Ford vs Dodge blogs get nasty!
As with any endeavor we always have a loose budget in mind, and for the truck, we were hoping to keep it at about 10K. Pretty early on I realized that this number wasn’t going to be possible. I mean sure anythings possible. We also talked about scooping up a 1983 GMC Van and seeing how far that got us… But if there is one thing I have learned about our travel style over the years is that we aren’t the rugged, let’s just see what happens, kind of family. We like a little more security, and we’re willing to pay for it. I like to blame it on the kids, but I guess we’ll find out who really needs the security in a few more years 🙂
So the blogs led me in all sorts of different directions. But the Dodge Ram 2500 was getting pretty high on my list. Yes, I know they have transmission problems. But I’m a little biased seeing as how our 2006 Ford did all the terrible things the blogs said it would. Once we got a little more info I settled in at an out the door price of 15K for the truck.
I was still in the process of finding the rig so all the searches were still nationwide. The US is a big place, just in case you didn’t know. And the logistics of getting a family of four with 12 bags from Alaska to somewhere in the lower 48 to pick up a truck and trailer can be a little daunting.
I kept narrowing my searches for the truck and then finally one day we came across the best deal on the rig. So now, I had at least one location nailed down. Grand Rapids, MI. Terrytown RV. Travis is amazing! At this point, we had pretty much given up on the Ford because anything with a decent engine either had too many miles or was way out of our price range. And I really didn’t want to go through the “bullet proofing” process again. But within a few days of getting the rig set, a truck popped up in Mt.Clemens, MI. Mashburn Motors. Kevin is Great! I thought wow, this is pretty perfect! The Car Fax looked great, their reviews were outstanding, which is REALLY important when purchasing from afar, and it got a thumbs up from Jill and George, who mean the world to me. Everyone should be so lucky to have RV friends like them! Sooooooo while we are in the lower 48 we are proudly going to be Dodge people!
2004 Dodge RAM 2500 Short Bed w/Camper Shell!