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Old 02-23-2013, 10:02 AM
h20seeder h20seeder is offline
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Truck dilemma help

Hey guys need some help picking a truck. Here is my criteria for what I need the truck to be able to do.

1. Must be 4x4 and able to plow residential driveways.
2. Must be legally able to haul 8 yards of mulch
3. Must have dual rear wheels
4. Must be reliable
5. Must be able to tow 10,000 pounds with ease

I currently have the ford 6.0 diesel junk. I am a little dissapointed in ford not stepping up to the plate with all the known issues with these trucks. I really don't want to support a company that doesn't stand behind their product. Hope not to offend any Ford guys, this is just my opinion. I am currently considering a 3500hd gmc diesel. Thoughts??
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:21 AM
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Are you looking for new or used?... Basically any 3500 with a larger dump body will meet what you need. Hate to tell you but the 7.3 ford put out was one of the best diesels made in my opinion but I understand where your coming from with that nightmare 6.0. Have you though about an older dodge cummins?. thats another bulletproof motor.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:33 AM
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Truck dilemma help

How about a 99 - 02 cummins 3500 dump or late 99 - 03 7.3 350 dump either one will do the job and is very reliable, or even a 93 - to early 98 cummins 12 valve may be an older truck but is very reliable sometimes you can find some with low miles at a good price. In my area now there 95 12 valve white 3500 dump with under 100,000 miles ..... Here's the link
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:40 AM
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Either way you're going to have to compromise. A dually with a 12' raxk body is less than ideal for residential driveways
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:14 AM
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Yes I would agree that size truck is not going to work on tight drive ways
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:10 AM
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Are you wanting new or used?
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:58 PM
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Truck dilemma help

Not sure how a 3500 can legally carry 8 yards of mulch. I was told 1 yard of dry mulch meaning it hasn't had moisture on it for a week weighs 800 lbs. 8 yards is going to weigh 6400 lbs the average 3500 weighs in at 8800-9400 lbs and has a gvw of 10,700-12,300. So i believe your going to need a 4500 to legally carry 8 yards.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:06 PM
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Im open to new or used. Gvw of the 3500 is 13,500 i believe. I plow residentials now with the 350 and it has been fine when its running.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:27 PM
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Dually and snow dont go well together. Did it for two years never again, was pulled out more than once by half ton trucks.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:34 PM
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an f350 regular cab with a 3 yard dump is actually not that bad on driveways, I do it all the time. No its not the "best" but it is better than having multiple vehicles when you do not need to. Its actually shorter than my pickup because it is 141" wheelbase and my pickup is 158".

I know its not "legal" but i have put 10 yards of mulch in mine....

If you listen to others advice and get an old truck you may switch to a more reliable engine, but youll be getting a significantly less reliable truck everywhere else. If i were you i would look for a 2002 or 2003 F350 one ton with a small dump body in great shape. Or a 2011 or newer F350 with the 6.7. Or a chevy duramax dump as new as you can afford.

All those repairs you did on the engine of the 6.0, you will be doing the equivalent to a dodge with a cummins, not on the motor but everywhere else. IMHO ive NEVER had good luck with dodge and neither has anyone else i personally know
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