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sticklelm
02-01-2013, 11:13 PM
Ok... my 92 f150 is struggling pulling my fully equipped 16ft enclosed trailer. LOL. I originally bought it without knowing i was going to be in this industry. I need to find something else to replace it. Considering bumping up to a 2008 or newer superduty. f-350 maybe.

Thoughts?

Sprinkler Buddy
02-01-2013, 11:16 PM
3/4 ton or bigger you'll be good to go.

sticklelm
02-01-2013, 11:18 PM
Should i go with a gasser or diesel?

LandFakers
02-01-2013, 11:23 PM
3/4 gas will pull it fine. I would go diesel for the long haul. It kind of comes down to how much cash you wanna drop... You can get a fully loaded 3/4 ton cummins for 45k. That's not to bad.

Sprinkler Buddy
02-01-2013, 11:25 PM
I have two diesels, love them other than the cost of fuel. lol Find a good clean truck at the right price, I would go with either one.

sticklelm
02-01-2013, 11:26 PM
Im going with the ford line up.

2008 or newer used in good condition. something around 8-15k

F250-F350

XL - XLT

(gas or diesel)

just started really looking tonight. pulled my trailer today and my truck has gotten worse

here's a 2008 f350 with a custom bed

www.carsforsale.com/used_cars_for_sale/2008_Ford_F350_171094353

sticklelm
02-02-2013, 12:56 AM
May look at this tomorrow

2008 chevy silverado 2500 4x2 123,000miles 8cylinder gas

265037

Curcioslawn
02-02-2013, 10:20 AM
Definatly get a diesel
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sticklelm
02-02-2013, 11:10 AM
why do you say that? people around here dont use them. do you think a diesel is really necessary for a mowing route with a 16' enclosed vnose trailer? im looking at getting a 2500 silverado. its rated for 10,000 standard towing and 15,000 for max towing

jackal
02-02-2013, 11:22 AM
You don't need a stinky diesel to pull a couple lawn mowers.

sticklelm
02-02-2013, 11:24 AM
Thankyou
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LLandscaping
02-02-2013, 10:29 PM
A 3/4 ton gas motor will pull your trailer fine. I would stay away from the newer Ford diesels.

GQLL
02-02-2013, 11:41 PM
A 3/4 ton gas motor will pull your trailer fine. I would stay away from the newer Ford diesels.

And what info do you have on ford diesels. I run 2 of them a 7.3 and a 6.4 the 6.4 is a strong motor all these people bash ford based on what they read on the forums, but what you don't hear are the motors that are running strong and problem free. For your average mowing route a diesel is not worth it. Diesel is running almost 75 cents more a gallon. Plus the cost upfront cost over a gas motor.

sticklelm
02-02-2013, 11:46 PM
Thanks for all the responses. I would be using it for my mowing route like you said. Looking into 3/4 ton Chevy and Ford trucks with a gas engine.
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knox gsl
02-02-2013, 11:51 PM
I would go with gas unless you leave the truck running. Most diesel engines don't like the on/off use that a mowing route will put it through. A gas truck pulling that load will be around 10mpg and a diesel will be around 13, not really worth it to me.

sticklelm
02-02-2013, 11:54 PM
Good point there
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precision8m
02-03-2013, 09:24 AM
If all you do is pull a mower or two around, then a Gasser will be fine. If you want to get decent mileage, occasional heavy towing, and longevity out of your truck, then a diesel is where it's at.

sticklelm
02-03-2013, 10:12 AM
2-3 big mowers trimmers edgers blowers takes shovels axes chainsaws loppers gas work bench pitch forks and a bunch of other little things.
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LandFakers
02-03-2013, 02:25 PM
2-3 big mowers trimmers edgers blowers takes shovels axes chainsaws loppers gas work bench pitch forks and a bunch of other little things.
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Definitely go gas. The 6.0 vortec in my truck has hauled 17k of hay once and it did terrific. Do you have 3.5 or 5k axles in your trailer. Your max will be 10k so that truck you showed it rated to pull that day in, day out no problem.

sticklelm
02-03-2013, 02:27 PM
5k I believe
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LandFakers
02-03-2013, 02:30 PM
There you go! So the truck you showed will have NO problem towing around with that all day. Did you go look at it yet

sticklelm
02-03-2013, 02:32 PM
They are closed today. Will try Monday morning and see how I like it. Been a ford guy but can't beat the price for this one. And it looks nice from what the pictures show.
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LandFakers
02-03-2013, 02:36 PM
They are closed today. Will try Monday morning and see how I like it. Been a ford guy but can't beat the price for this one. And it looks nice from what the pictures show.
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Ever thought about the Ford V10's? Those are supposed to be pretty cheap and nice

sticklelm
02-03-2013, 02:41 PM
I'm looking at 2008s. Silverado 2500s and ford superduty. I've considered the V10 but always thought those would drink more gas.
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LandFakers
02-03-2013, 02:46 PM
I'm looking at 2008s. Silverado 2500s and ford superduty. I've considered the V10 but always thought those would drink more gas.
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Thats true, and just for mowing I think the V8 gas will be perfect for ya

jackal
02-03-2013, 04:44 PM
That 2500 silverado would be the way to go. I pull about 5k with an 02 1500. It has a 3.73 rear end and gets about 14 mpg. Ford has had lots of trouble with their diesels, especially 06 and their abouts.

jackal
02-03-2013, 04:46 PM
What are they asking for that 08? High miles and reg cab ought to be reasonable.

sticklelm
02-03-2013, 06:02 PM
123k miles. $8700 from a commercial vehicle dealer
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Deori
02-04-2013, 01:33 AM
Personally I wouldn't be very happy paying 9 grand for a regular cab gas truck with those miles, but it's only 5 years old so I can see them asking that at the same time. If you're comfortable with over 100K miles, I think you could scoop up a decent regular cab 2500 series a few years older for around 5 grand. Just my 2 cents.
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jackal
02-04-2013, 07:13 AM
Too much for 2 wheel drive.

precision8m
02-04-2013, 09:10 AM
Too much for a gas engine.

Mr.LaVere
02-06-2013, 05:52 PM
I pull a 16ft Doolittle with a 48 and 54 walk behinds, trimmer, edger, blower, misc tools and stuff. All stop and go in town with a 2001 Dodge 2500 Cummins, Automatic. 4x4 with 33 inch AT tires and I average 15-16 MPG!!! Just under 200,000 miles now and when I need to pull a dump trailer or ANYTHING I can do it. Love the diesel!
As far as "not liking all the stop and go" I rebuilt original starter last year for $36! Took one hour to do.
My truck is FULLY loaded with all options, cost me $10,000 used and is still worth $10,000plus! One thing to consider with diesels is the resale value after 100,000 miles is MUCH higher the ANY gasser.
I do think any 3/4 gas would soot you just fine for that trailer set up. This is just my experience. Good luck.