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Axl
04-14-2006, 10:41 AM
I am looking at getting into either a 5.4L gas F350 chassis body with a dump or a 5.4L gas Silverado chassis w/dump. I want to know if anyone has experience with these or can give me some advice. I will mainly be towing my lawn trailer with occassional landscap job.

Thanks,
Ryan

echovalley
04-14-2006, 10:54 AM
We had a 04 F350 4x4 dump with the 5.4 9ft blade and 2yrd sander it pushed snow very well but its a little heavy on the fuel,but allways had good power.

NIXRAY
04-14-2006, 01:33 PM
MY COMPANY HAS BOTH TRUCKS. BOTH VERY GOOD, FORDS GOT MORE POWER:weightlifter: , GMC MORE COMFORT:sleeping:
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Axl
04-14-2006, 10:23 PM
Keep em coming guys, These are the deals I got so far......

05 3500 Silverado Dump w/drop down sides..33100..550/mo for 72months
06 3500 Silverado Ext Cab Dump w/drop down sides 35500..approx. 600/mo for 72mos
06 F350 Single Cab Dump w/drop sides 577/mo...72mos

Itsgottobegreen
04-14-2006, 10:34 PM
DUDE you must be on crack. Why in the world would you want a 5.4L V8 in a F-350 dump truck. The V10 at a minum. Better yet a diesel. You are going to over work that 5.4 motor hauling any amount of weight. The dump bed alone is going to add 1000-1500 pounds of weight.

I got a 7.3 diesel in my F-350 dump and its still doesn't have enough power. Heck put 4 yards of dirt in the bed and then try to tow a skid loader. The 7.3 is bogging. The 5.4 wouldn't be able to make it over 45 mph while it was redlining.

Dirty Water
04-14-2006, 11:32 PM
Yeah, its pretty counterproductive on both productivity and the wallet to have a gas powered dump.

bobcat9957
04-14-2006, 11:58 PM
There is no 5.4 in the silverado, the smallest motor in a 3500 is the 6.0. I like both trucks but would say the chevy and the ford are about equal in the power department, both 300 horse and about 360 ft. pounds. But i will agree that the chevys comfort and interior is much nicer.

6'7 330
04-15-2006, 12:08 AM
Last fall we bought a gasser, Chevy 3500, 6.0 .All the rest the trucks are duramax, Kodiak's and 3500 Chevy and Gmc's.It was mistake getting a gasser, the truck when loaded with just lawn clippings, or schredded leaves, pulls it like a crippled old lady, in comparsion to the D-Max.

RedWingsDet
04-15-2006, 12:45 AM
I have the V10 in my F350 Dump with fold down sides too. Its great, tons of power, but drinks the gasoline.

Axl
04-15-2006, 10:00 AM
AWWWWWWWW MANNNN, you guys are starting to burst my bubble. I was all excited about getting a DUMP and now Im starting to have second thoughts. Ive got one dude who says that the little gasser does a good job and everybody else says its TERRIBLE. I wish the diesels werent so dam expensive

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CutNLawns
04-15-2006, 02:47 PM
AWWWWWWWW MANNNN, you guys are starting to burst my bubble. I was all excited about getting a DUMP and now Im starting to have second thoughts. Ive got one dude who says that the little gasser does a good job and everybody else says its TERRIBLE. I wish the diesels werent so dam expensive

Anymore opinions/experiences

Do it right the from the start and spring for the diesel dump. Yes they are more $$$ but if you pinch pennies and go with the gasser and then find out it isn't enough truck its too late. Spend the money now so you aren't kicking yourself and spending more $$$ later.

Its only money...right???:cry: :hammerhead:

M RASCOE&SONS
04-15-2006, 03:06 PM
i have the 6.0 gasser in my 03 silverado 3500 and i have no problem with power what so ever,the only problem if any is stopping with a big load on because she gets up and goes ,and with the price of fuel the savings for me is better with gas:drinkup:

grassmanvt
04-15-2006, 03:21 PM
6.0 gas chevy 3500 dump here, no complaints.

cet
04-15-2006, 03:26 PM
Seeing that you are going to finance the entire truck I will say that the extra in payments is going to be offset with the savings in fuel. A loaded 6.0 is going to be tuff on fuel. I also think a 3500 Chev with a dump box is going to have a limited payload left. My 3500HD with a 11' steel dump box has 7,000lbs of payload left, the GVWR is 15,000lbs. I would even look at the W4500 or W5500 GMC's with the 4cyl. diesel. I bought a 2003 W5500 last fall for a salt truck and it was the best truck I have ever owned. Turns on a dime and lots of power.

hosejockey2002
04-16-2006, 01:12 PM
The base gas engines may seem weak in comparison to the diesels, but keep in mind these base engines today pull as well as anything you could buy ten years ago, and will pull the doors off anything you could buy 20 years ago. It's all relative.

grassmanvt
04-16-2006, 03:44 PM
The base gas engines may seem weak in comparison to the diesels, but keep in mind these base engines today pull as well as anything you could buy ten years ago, and will pull the doors off anything you could buy 20 years ago. It's all relative.

Exactly. I had a 95' chevy with a 6.5 turbo diesel and my current 6.0 gas makes that feel like it was a wet tomato. Also had a 7.3 turbo diesel and even that didn't set the world on fire.