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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by knox gsl, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am in the market for a newer truck to pull a mowing trailer. I am looking at getting a GM or Ford Gas burner. GAS ONLY I have nothing against diesel but that's not the best engine for the job. It will be used 95% of the time to pull a 6K lb trailer and have lots of stop and go driving. The engines I will consider are the 5.4 and the 6.0 as I don't think you can get the 5.3 in a 3/4 ton chassis. The biggest deciding factor is fuel consumption and making it to the 200,000 mile mark. Will look mainly at 2wd trucks.

    The only modification I may make is a flat bed dump or dump insert to haul mulch in.

    I'm not looking for a bashing thread but more or less a pros and cons thread.
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,812

    Ford gas trucks seem to be built though :waving:
  3. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,160

    Get the 6.2 l. Newer engine. The others are under power( especially 5.4 ) the 6.2 has 400 hp and is better on fuel than the rest
  4. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Posts: 6,832

    Can't go wrong with a GM 6.0. :weightlifter: *newusflag*
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  5. johnslandscaping

    johnslandscaping LawnSite Member
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    Gm 6.0 plus Chevy has less sag when loaded.
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  6. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,128

    the 6.2 is a beast, and its quite a bit better on fuel than the other. find someone who can tune it and it'll be even better. buddy of mine had a 6.2 1/2 ton with a tune and flowmaster, it ran 13.2 in the 1/4 mile and got 16mpg and he drove the piss outta it. totally different application but give you an idea on fuel consumption. 5.4 is a little underpowered in a 3/4 ton IMO, just means the engine has to work harder which burns more fuel.
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    I didn't really consider the 6.2 but will now.
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  8. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    I have a GM 6.0 and love it . A 6.2 could only be better !
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,066

    What year did ford start the 6.2?
  10. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    6.2 was new for 2011

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