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Old 01-02-2013, 09:08 PM
zabmasonry zabmasonry is offline
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Operating cost differential 3/4 or 1 ton

Starting up a business here in the next few days, going to be buying a truck to yank around a 12,000 GVW trailer. I have basically narrowed my search to one of the following trucks. I won't buy a truck without a full 8 foot bed. i expect to drive 20-30k a year

12V dodge cummins 1 ton. likely an extended cab

I won't buy a V8 diesel, after looking a dozens of them 7.3, 6.0, 6.4, 6.6Dmax. A v8 is great for higher rpm horse power, which is great for a few applications like tub grinders or boats, but stupid for a truck. I get why people buy them, but I'm not interested in owning one.

Chevy/GMC 2500HD with a 6.0L roughly a 2004-2006. probably a regular cab.

All things being equal I really only care about yearly operating cost. Any input on a rough estimation, or difference between the two?
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