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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mini man, Jan 23, 2009.
I would get it. But there are countless times when 4wd really helped us out.
Just found out the wheel base is 176"....is this ok for a dump box and trailer puller?
but is that really a great price? w/o the body and everything? sounds like a pretty average price to me, but I haven't bought a chevy lately.
The price is pretty good your not going to find a deal any better. With the wheelbase its a little long but it depends on what you want to do. You can put a 14 foot bed on a 176 wheelbase truck or you can put a 2 foot toolbox behind the cab and a 12 foot bed.
Agreed! The towny trucks here in WI are all pretty much 2wd, can't really say anything about canuck snow as you get dumped on by the great lakes pretty bad, the townies got bigger loaders, garbage trucks, and last resort here the US Army (nothing like a civilian in a caddie driving into rear end of a camouflaged 5 yard CAT last year). Back on topic my old boss told me "leave the 4wd to 1 ton and lower" a expirenced driver can plow snow in 2wd all day.
Use a pick up to plow with and just use the 5500 for hauling. Yes 4 wheeldrive helps in the snow without chaining up but 4 wheeldrive just gets you farther into trouble. A dual wheeled truck needs chains in the snow.
In mud and soft ground your going to sink if you have 4 wheeldrive or not.
With some good tires on the back, a 2wd should do ok. I just put some Kumho mud tires on the back of my Dodge because the all-terrains were getting me into sticky situations and not wanting to get back out of them. Haven't had it off-road yet, but I did drive in some snow last week (our biggest storm in 3 years--only about 3 inches ) and they did great. From now on, I probably will not have a 2wd without some really aggressive tires on the back. You can get some pretty good 19.5" tires, like the Goodyear G-124 and Hankook DH01. You can see them here: http://www.ricksontruck.com/tires_26570R195.html
This is the tire I'am going with next for the drive tires on my F-450
I have Bandag recaps they are okay but the gripper tread howls like a banshee. Works good in the dirt and mud but howl on the highway.