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Old 06-10-2013, 09:25 PM
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Stake Bed vs Dump Truck

I am looking to expand to a larger truck, it will be bought used probably 2005-2008, not sure which brand or if it will be a gasser or diesel.

I have been looking for a stake bed that dumps, but it has been nearly impossible to find one. I thought about just adding the hoist system to the stake bed for a few extra thousand, thought it would be a good negotiating tool.

I then began looking for a dump truck, but stake beds have so much more capacity with the longer beds.

Does anyone have experience with owning both of these?

Model will probably be f350/3500 or maybe f450, also been looking at Isuzu NPRs
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:53 PM
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Don't bother with a 1-ton. Just get a F-450/4500 or bigger.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:48 PM
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Is there really that much of a difference in towing/hauling?
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:24 AM
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Not common but great to have. Many years ago I had a summer job where they had a rack truck that had the rack body that could dump. It's extra length made holding debris and tilting the bed made unloading so nice.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:32 PM
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I have a 1990 gmc 3500 stake body dump. It is 7x12. I have put a motor, tranny etc in it. It is awesome for what I use it for. I can load from any side 5-6 high of material. They are hard to find. Good luck.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:46 PM
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Is there really that much of a difference in towing/hauling?
Towing? No. Hauling? Yes. 1-Ton trucks have very little legal payload. Only around 2-3 tons AT MOST, not to mention you can get a 450/4500 around the same $$$.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:15 AM
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Towing? No. Hauling? Yes. 1-Ton trucks have very little legal payload. Only around 2-3 tons AT MOST, not to mention you can get a 450/4500 around the same $$$.
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This is also the way I see it. Next purchase will be a cabover dump. Found a couple on CL that I would love to but I'll have to wait for the $$$ to roll in. Hauling 6 yards of wet mulch with a half ton with a dump bed and a single axle is no fun or legal.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:29 AM
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Is there really that much of a difference in towing/hauling?
The difference is capacity of what that sticker says you can carry. I would only go 450 or bigger. I question what a 1 ton truck is used for they cant carry much. Plowing they are good for good turning and a short body to watch where you are going. Maybe a 1 ton pickup with a dump insert.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:15 AM
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We bag a lot of grass so one ton is the perfect fit there. But we need to haul leaves and other items so we went with 4500s instead but if I do add a 3rd crew that truck would be a 3500.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:20 AM
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I had an NPR with a stake bed dump. Loved it except for the bone-crushing ride.
I'd recommend a gas engine if you can find one, the diesel in those is a little underpowered if you want to tow and carry a payload.
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