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Old 04-19-2008, 01:20 PM
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1/2 ton with dump insert

Truckcraft sells an aluminum dump insert that weighs 420 lbs. Would this work well with a 1/2 ton pick up? This set up would be used to haul grass clippings and mulch. I currently use a ford 1 ton diesel that gets 12 mpg(no dump) and I'am looking for better mpg at a reasonable cost. Diesel here is $4.34 a gallon.

Here's a link to the insert,

http://www.truckcraft.com/productDetail.asp?id=2&cID
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:18 PM
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It would probably work OK. You could haul around 1,000 lbs. or so in the bed without overloading the rear axle. I doubt your city mileage would be that much better than 12, although gas is cheaper. If you put an insert in your F350 than you could carry 3,000 lbs. Personally I think the extra fuel cost of a HD pickup is well worth it for the extra weight capacity.
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:31 PM
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Read your owners manual & see what the payload of your truck is!!!!! This will determine how much you can safely carry with your truck. I did the research. I would have had to sell my F150 & purchase an F250 to effectively add a dump insert and still have a reasonable payload of 2000 pounds.
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:27 PM
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I wonder how much a load of wet grass weighs.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:24 PM
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$4800.. I priced a ez dumper few weeks ago for $2300/cab guard. I know a few guys that have them, and no problems w/them yet. Keep the diesel, and get a dump for half the $$
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:50 PM
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downeaster stainless steel insert. power up/power down, cab guard, etc. Costs upwards of $6,000 but one of the best investments yet. I have friends that have ezdump and truckcrafts and they all tell me they wish they had mine because of the durability and simplicity.
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:51 PM
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check out the dump-pro.com website. they might be less expensive for your F-150.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:35 PM
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for a half ton i would go with a loadhandler. you could alwas build boxes to keep the mulch from getting stuck behid the wheel wells.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:53 AM
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I bought an 08 Chev 1 ton. It has an extended cab and a 9' dump bed. The cost of this set up was similar to the cost of a 3/4 ton with dump insert.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:47 PM
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I would not put a dump insert in a 1/2 ton. I'm not sure it would een be worth it in a 3/4 ton. I was going to get that tc-120 truckcaft for my 06 f250 but when it all came down to the nitty gritty, I can haul more on my 16' trailer than I could in the insert. Plus that insert is nice but its quite pricey!
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