2012 F-550 or Ram 5500?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ClassicLawnCareInc, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dodge sells trucks cheaper then GM and Ford ... There's your sign.!
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  2. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you dealing with Ralf on it ? I almost bought my Chevy from him
     
  3. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    If I go with the Ram itd be through Barry @ Criswell in Gaithersburg. If I go with the ford I'd deal with my friend @ Fredrick Ford in Seaford De.

    Now Im just trying to decide which one I want. Im trying to see what the main differences are between the 2 trucks besides the engines.
     
  4. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just got back from Eby Body in PA . If you are thinking of going aluminum they have an awsome body they are custom building to a large landscape companies specs . 12' with removable sides a low pull out gate in the rear that will also be used as a walkboard for the guys to load wheel barrows on the truck and a built in tool box ,cab shield and dump hoist for 13k. Thats only a little bit more than the steel body but it will last a life time.
    I saw somewhere that the warranty on the trans on the 4500 and up Dodge is 180 k miles is that right ? Call the guys number that I sent you at Ford they sell both Ford and Dodge and he will be able to tell you all the differences. I have yet to find a guy that knows trucks as well as he does.
     
  5. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    K Ill call that guy now.

    On the aluminum body, do you think itd hold up as well as a steel body? Ive always heard they are a lot lighter, but more expensive and dont hold up as well?
     
  6. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ruppert, True green , Us Lawns and several others are switching to the aluminum bodies to save alot of weight.With the weight savings they can go to lighter chassis or just add carring capacity and better empty fuel milage . I will send you the numbers to the guy at Eby and let him send you pictures of the body they are doing right now . Dollar for dollar the best I have seen yet by leaps and bounds. They are doing a flatbed for me early next week. They also were had several aluminum trailers that were awsome looking. As far as being strong look at all of the over the road tankers and dumps. They told me the reason people have problems with the bodies being weak are they are used to building them out of steel and try to do them the same when they need to be built differently
     
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  7. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice. The aluminum bodies look good. Im thinking they are the way to go. Now to decide on a truck....
     
  8. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We always trash the chassis before the body. They big guys are planning for multiple chassis to be used under the original body. Thier trailers are really slick ,truly built to last a lifetime. I want one but wil wait to see how winter treats us first. Thier 14k 20' skidloader trailer weights under 2400 #s compaired to a steel trailer of equal quality weighing 4200 #s . So just towing a T 190 track loader will put you right at the magic 10 k with an aluminum trailer or well into CDL range with a steel trailer
     
  9. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Dang that does sound like a good deal, its a lot lighter
     
  10. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    pics or a link to the trailers?
     

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