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Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Honey Brook, PA
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Looking at an EX as a tow vehicle. 7.3L or 6.0L
Love the site everyone! I've been lurking for a few months reading up on the different powerstroke engines as I'm in the market for a different tow vehicle.
I have a 33' travel trailer that weighs in about 7500 +/- lbs when loaded up, 7K unloaded. Currently I use an 04 Nissan Armada as my tow vehicle and it does an ok job, especially for a gas vehicle. Problem is that it has a hard time maintaining 60-65 and on slight inclines I have to downshift and keep the RPM's in the 3K-4K range so my trans temps dont spike. And with the small 25 gallon fuel tank I need to stop every 200 miles to refuel, as I'm only getting about 8mpg.
I've been going back and forth between getting an excursion diesel or a diesel truck. We have 3 kids so a crew cab is a must. We take the camper out as much as possible, usually 10-12 times a year. This past year, on our first trip with it and first time towing with the Armada we took it from PA to Maine. LONG trip but we made it there and back with only one issue, I blew the muffler out.
Question is, for towing, winter driving (I have a corvette I drive/track in the spring/summer/fall months) and when we don't feel like cramming the kids in the back of my wife's STI we'll be driving the Ex, what would be a better model to get, the 6.0l or 7.3l? Most of the 03's to 05's are stock with little to no maintenance records so that scares me off a bit. The thought of blowing a head gasket while towing our camper scares me a LOT.