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Old 04-23-2003, 12:46 AM
Gravel Rat Gravel Rat is offline
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I think I will go for a 350 4x4 I don't do that much gravel hauling its too hard on any light truck I do mostly rubbish removal and hauling lumber for a local mill.

I was hauling demo waste on sunday the heaviest load I got on my truck was 2000lbs I ran out of deck space before the truck was overloaded. A 1 ton could do that job most rubbish hauling jobs are in this range having 4x4 can enable me to get closer to the piles of junk. There are times where I have to carry the trash the truck because I can't get down a road or on a part of the person property without getting stuck in 2wd drive.

If the demand for the gravel hauling my dad and I may buy a tandem axle gravel truck we have been wanted to for awhile now.

A tandem axle dump will darn near go where a 5 ton single axle will the other thing with a tandem you don't have to worry as much about getting stuck. Single axle 5 tons are known to get stuck easy with only two tires driving just don't have the traction even with a locker.

The problem what I have now the homeowner wants me to get into a tough spot with a 2wd drive and I'am always concerned on getting back out.

If I never left the pavement with my truck I would probably keep the F-Superduty but I live in a rural area where jobsites are tough to get to.
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Old 04-23-2003, 01:15 AM
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Just to correct a misstatement, All Ford diesels are International engines from the 6.9 to 7.3 NA to 7.3 IDI and the Powerstroke. Navistar is also making Fords heavy trucks.
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Old 04-23-2003, 01:58 AM
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Chevy/GMC Kodiak C-4500 or C-5500

They offer a 4x4 and a crew cab.

Duramax diesel + allison auto.

$4000 cash back offered now plus the new Section 179 tax-break for new purchases after 9/11/01.

C-4500 = 17,000 +/- GVW

Should get 12-15 MPG unloaded.

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Old 04-23-2003, 09:10 PM
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Where did you see 4x4 in the new 4500 and 5500 .chevy does not have that option yet on them.
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Old 04-24-2003, 10:33 PM
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i think they were gonna be available with the 4x4 option around this time. I read in a post somewheres on the that they would be available early spring.
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