buying a new truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by peeklandscaping, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    In my post I listed the things that I tow the most, and the average MPGs I get towing those things. When I average my trailers together, I get 7.8 mpg with the gas engine, and 14.5 with the diesels. And the new 6.7s get even better mileage than my diesels do!
     
  2. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    as far as maintenance goes, I dont find it all that much worse. I mean yeah your going to use 13 quarts instead of 7 each oil change, but in the grand scheme of things, whats an extra hundred bucks over the course of a year on a truck that is already so expensive?

    Then you have fuel filters, again just about 50-75 bucks more per year. big deal.

    No spark plugs or coils though:dancing:

    The part that does get you on the diesels though is cost of repairing them. They do get pricey when things go wrong depending on the problem. But if you plan on selling it within the 5 year warranty then thats a non-factor. Even after then I have never had that much of a problem.. Until I started the process of bulletproofing my 6.0 that is :dizzy:
     
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    6.0 is a swear word. I wonder what the new cummins get for mpg. I know if you do a delete kit and take all the epa crap off you gain a good 100hp and one guy who was selling one said he was getting 22-25 mpg driving around. I would imagine it would get like 16ish stock and 14-15 pulling a trailer.
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  4. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I bought my 6.0 I did look long and hard at the new ford, dodge anChevy, although I am a diehard ford man Ididn't want to just buy a new truck without checking out the competition. after doing a lot of research the ford was atop my list with the dodge being second. I just didn't like anything about the dodge except the name cummins on the side of the truck. After lots of research I would believe 21-22 empty with that truck but 25 sseems like an absolute stretch. Tuned and deleted or not both brands seem to be getting 21-22 Tops. And tthat's only 2013 and above for dodge because when they had the setup like the 6.4 Ford they weren't getting even close to the same mileage as the 2011+ fords
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  5. JCLawn and more

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    Well my dad gets 7-8mpg in his 600hp (around 18L cummins) kensworth while grossing 80,000 lbs. He has gotten 10mpg empty. Point being an engine about 1/3 the size and a truck a 10th the weight should get 3 times the mpg. I will give ford this, my ex gf's father was the ceo of the company that designs the front end linkage for ford, chevy, and dodge trucks. He said ford has the best frontend hands down, but 2014-2015 dodges will be just as good because dodge is finnaly letting them design it the way they want.
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  6. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd like a dumping flatbed, but don't want a dually. Will it work, or is it too much strain on the rear tires/ axle? I saw these too: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_552_552

    are they any good, or does the body bend out of shape under a load?
     
  7. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you are going to use the truck for personal use then get a srw. If it is only for business use then go drw flatbed or dumpbed. Ford makes the strongest parts in their trucks but their engines have been jokes. I still don't trust the new 6.7's. Best deisel engine made is a cummins and I have had a much better experience with my dodges than my fords but I cant deny that the ford parts are stronger. Don't fool with gas trucks.
     
  8. Dually00-00

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  10. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    talk about overpriced! that's more than a brand new one! (cool looking rig though:rolleyes:)
     

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