finally made a truck choice.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TPnTX, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
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    F250, 2500, 1500HD NPR man I've been all over the map trying to get a truck to be my main route truck. As it stands an 03 F150 ext cab has been handling it okay pulling the trailer with 3 guys, a 61" a 36" 2-3 21's and and a vac.


    I had written off a box truck or an NPR with a landscape bed. An open bed alone is 6k. An early 2000's NPR with over 100k is 10-15k. Skrew that.

    it seems patients is a virtue. Yesterday an ad popped up for an 04 W3500 with a 12ft flat bed. 70k miles for 10k. I was so worn and tired from talking to people I just texted the guy and offered 7k. He came back at 85 I countered with 8k and later yesterday after seeing it bought the truck.

    Now I have to fabricate 18" sides and some other things but that is no biggie. A dove tail costs 2600.00 install. I'm trying to decide if I want to tackle that myself.


    This truck is very nice. Power windows for that is worth. Nice interior low miles. The guy at the Isuzu dealer said he buys these all day long for 11k with more miles than this one.

    Oh and brand new tires all the way around. sweet deal
    So I'm pleased so far 12ft is short but I can make it work.

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  2. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD LawnSite Fanatic
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    looks like a nice clean truck, best of luck with it:drinkup:
     
  3. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
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    Cabovers are great work trucks! Im on season 7 with ours.
     
  4. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanks I can't wait to put it to work. That will give me the f150 and a landscape trailer for a second crew.

    I think I come up with a good idea. This truck has a rear bumper like you see on any flat bed. It also has a receiver and lights hookup. I hate to loose all that when the dove tail goes on it. So I'm thinking a dove tail frame that will basically slide into the receiver and over lap the top of the bed. The ramp of the dove tail will then slide right onto the barrel hinges just like a trailer. I can mount new lights to the frame and plug them into the trailer lights of the truck.

    Then the sides can be either hinged or be made to come off.

    Long term this would allow me to put a lift on this bed if I wanted to making this a very versatile truck.

    I know I sound like a crack head but this is all doable.
     
  5. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD LawnSite Fanatic
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    with a torch, welder and some duct tape anything is possible:weightlifter:
     
  6. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sorry down here we use bailing wire instead of duct tape
     
  7. SKYNYRD

    SKYNYRD LawnSite Fanatic
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    if ya run short i can spare a couple of metal coat hangers:laugh:
     
  8. driver5

    driver5 LawnSite Senior Member
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    once you add your dovetail, you will gain a few more feet of space.
     
  9. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes, once you add a dovetail you should be at around 14-15 feet.

    And, these truck beds are usually pretty wide, so you can put ZTRS and walk behinds on sideways which takes up less space.
     

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