Time for an Upgrade

It’s time for an upgrade. Yep, this long-time Ford guy is considering a Dodge Ram. This time I have my sights set on a 4×4, one-ton, SRW. Why a Dodge? Because I can simply get more truck for the
money by going with one rather than a Ford. For the same price, I can get a 6.7L
Cummins Turbo Diesel and many other features and options not found in my Ford F-250. Now, Ford’s 6.2L gasser
is a fine engine, it’s been great for us on our trips, but I sure miss having a diesel and the Cummins is a
proven workhorse. A 4×4 diesel means we can boondock far off the beaten path and tackle steep grades getting there.

Why buy now? Because buying at the end of the year means I can get some serious discounts and rebates totaling $10,000. Not only that but the dealerships are motivated to move their old 2013 stock before the end of the month and the end of the year. It’s also a good time to trade-in my 2011 Ford F-250. It only has 17,000 miles and there’s still one year left on the original manufacturer warranty. In addition, what I owe on it is close to what it’s worth, so I won’t be losing much money on a trade-in. So you can see it’s a great time for us to shop for a new truck.

Stay tuned for pics of the new ride. I’m looking forward to it and hope to take it out on the road in January after I get it set up to haul a truck camper. I’ll need to outfit it with a set of Torklift Tie Downs. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to use the same set of tie downs that were on my F-250.

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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. A communications expert and licensed ham radio operator (KK7TCA), he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, holds a BS degree, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side. He currently rolls in a 4WD Ram 3500 outfitted with a SherpTek truck bed with a Bundutec Roadrunner mounted on top.


  1. We've always bought at the end of the year and usually score a pretty good deal. We loved our truck camper and at times wish we would have hung onto it. Good luck with the truck purchase.

  2. I have some friends who own Mopar and a few who own the Ford F250 and the guys always complaining about issues come from the Mopar camp, both gas and diesel. Their engines are fine, it's the rest of the truck they complain about. Good luck, I hope you get one of the good ones!

  3. That's a very serious, new fun "toy" for you. You're right, one of my best friends worked at a dealership for 20 years, and this IS the best time of year to deal with them. They will do almost anything to move their stock right now.

    The January trip will be exciting in the new truck. 🙂

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