Info on your newer trucks.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 5speedpsd, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. 5speedpsd

    5speedpsd LawnSite Member
    from NWCT
    Posts: 55

    Well its about time to replace my personal pickup and I'm not to sure what I want to get when it comes to make or really the truck itself. I need either a 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck and an extended cab long bed. I've narrowed it down to a 2011-2012 F350 Gas job, 2008-2012 dodge ram 2500 diesel or gas, and a 2008-2012 chevy 2500 gas or diesel. Im looking to hear what people who own one of these trucks have to say. The only reason I'm not considering a diesel in the ford is the milage is horrible from what I have heard. Most likely whatever I buy will be a gas job, although if I get a dodge it will be hard to step away from a cummins. I dont really care about how a diesel will last longer since I've only had diesel trucks up till this point and to say the truth I dont think its worth it since the body doesnt last long enough or even a gas motor to fail for the most part. basically I want to hear what kind of milage your seeing and what problems you have with your trucks.
     
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I have a 2007 checy 2500hd which is the new body style, same as the 2008+ chevys. I really like it so far and have owned it for almost a year and a half (about 20,000 miles of use). I've had a few little things go needing repair but that's to be expected. I use it as both a personal and work truck, the ride is great for trips. The mileage is good, about 17mpg highway, 12-13mpg city and about 14mpg combined, though towing it varies from 8-9mpg depending on the load I'm towing. That's all with the 6.0L Vortec gas engine
    It gives me plenty of power and is quite fast. Overall it has been a very reliable truck and has worked wonderfully towing my equipment, which my trailer can tip the scales at well over 6000lbs pretty often and does near 7000lbs sometimes. I do highly recommend the chevy trucks.
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  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have an 11' Ram 3500 crewcab dually 4x4, Cummins. Bought it in August I've put 8000miles on it so far. Mileage is pretty good(amazing compared to old 08'F250 powerjoke). Tons of power will pull a house down and then some.
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  4. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Posts: 1,062

    Bought a 2011 cummins in Sept. It has 6000 miles. I have the emissions junk off with a tuner, and a k&n air filter. It gets 12 to 14 towing 8 to 9k landscape trailer. Pulling 32' gn with 5303 JD tractor and mx10 shredder it gets 10 to 11 mpg which weighs apps 17 to 18k. Empty is 17 to 20. If run 20k miles or less a year and tow 10k or less I would say get a gas truck. However if you tow more than 10k regularly but do less than 20k miles per year I would recommend an f450 ford with a V10. You can still get the v10 in the 450 & 550. It is a very proven reliable and powerful engine.
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  5. 5speedpsd

    5speedpsd LawnSite Member
    from NWCT
    Posts: 55

    This truck will be my personal truck Ive already got a 2002 F450 and a 1997 F350 with diesels for moving my equipment. I average about 17000 miles a year on my personal truck and the most load it usually has in it is maybe 1500 pounds in the bed worth of equipment and fuel, hence why I'm leaning towards a gas motor. KrazyKajun what are you seeing for milage on average, I was considering a dually like yours but figured it wouldn't do much better then my F450.
     
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I still have my emissions crap on mine. I'm getting around 14-15mpg cruising around town. Pulling my 18' enclosed I get around 11-12mpg. I pulled my 25' gooseneck with a cat 226 skidsteer, grapple bucket and stumpgrinder about 200 miles and averaged around 11. Also my truck is the High Output option. Can't wait to dump the emission crap in the spring.
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  7. 5speedpsd

    5speedpsd LawnSite Member
    from NWCT
    Posts: 55

    I've been tempting the idea of getting a dually for a personal/work truck and getting rid of my utility, and may have to consider that a little more now. Another big thing I forgot to mention is I will be replacing one of my other trucks come spring and I'd like to have the same trucks when that happens. Looks like when I go to the dodge dealership this afternoon I'll have to look into that.
     

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