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Trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by OldRedFord, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. OldRedFord

    OldRedFord LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    Eventually I will be looking to replace my Ranger with something that is a bit more towing capable. With the 900 lb trailer, and the 1100 lb mower and a few other odds and ends totaling no more then 2500 lbs of trailer weight...it falls flat on its face above 50 mph. If you are familiar with interstate driving around here, if your going 50 you are going to get run over. Also with this trailer I am getting less then 15 mpg towing.

    Right now I wish I still had that F250 around. The Ranger has been a good truck. Put 100,000 miles on it and its sure been used and abused, and asks for more.

    So I am thinking of saving up and getting another used F250. Maybe a little newer then a 1986 but not real set on that. I do want one that is a auto this time around and I dont really need 4x4. Air conditioning is almost a requirement tho. I want diesel. Not gas.

    I thought about trading in towards a new one. But then decided against it. I dont like how the new diesels are being chocked down with all the new smog stuff. That and I am leery of the new engine Ford has.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    If your not towin and not plowing, why do you want a diesel? If I may ask.
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  3. OldRedFord

    OldRedFord LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    I would like to have it for when I get a bit more equipment, and also MPG's.
     
  4. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 371

    Look for an older 7.3L in decent shape. They are out there, I would suggest traveling to the right truck rather than just looking locally. Autotrader.com is great for this.

    Also Paid-For is a lot better than having to deal with a payment.
     
  5. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    Cars.com is good too!
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  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    If you are looking for a truck try find a 2000-2003 with a 7.3 PSD or if you are looking for something older then a 95-97 PSD. A 2wd truck would have fairly low mileage and probably sell cheaper.
     
  7. FiveOJoe

    FiveOJoe LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 249

    My diesel gets 15 mpg towing. At $2.70 a gallon it would cost $1800 dollars to go 10,000 miles.

    My gasser gets 9 mpg towing, At $2.40 a gallon it would cost $2600 to go 10,000 miles.


    (Today's NJ prices down the street)


    So the diesel would save $800 every 10,000 miles. If it cost $10,000 more to buy the diesel, it would take me 125,000 miles to break even. :)

    I have owned my diesel 6 years and it just turned 65,000 miles.

    Unless you need the diesel for performance they are not really a great money saver.
     
  8. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    So what do you get just regular driving?
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  9. FiveOJoe

    FiveOJoe LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 249

    A couple more mpg each. I was talking about towing my landscape trailer, which is not very heavy. I have also towed a fifth wheel trailer weighing 10K with the diesel and it got 9 mpg! (and that's when diesel was $3.20 a gallon!) Wouldn't even consider towing anything heavy with the gasser.

    My Duramax is a 2004 and the best I ever got out of it was 17-18 mpg, unloaded, on the highway. I hear the new Duramaxes do a little better?
     
  10. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239


    My trailer is not too heavy either! Only about 4k total.
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