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Freightliner trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ALarsh, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    Well I was thinking today about a new mowing setup and thought of Freightliner trucks... Get a 18'-20' van body truck and run that instead of a $20K truck and a $7K enclosed trailer. The truck should run for 500K miles with a little work and you probably won't be putting tons of miles each year. You can pick them up much cheaper than a good truck and not have to buy an enclosed trailer. All you would need to do is letter and make a ramp.

    I'm not in the position to make this move but I can see it happening in the next 2-3 years. Does anybody know about how long these trucks would last and what kind of gas mileage your looking at? What do you know about these trucks?

  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    what about navigating and parking that behemoth in a residential neighborhood? Quite a few guys around here have bought up old Ryder/uhaul trucks and converted them into mowing rigs, AFAIK they aren't diesel though. they run with the rear door up and have a big fold down ramp that acts as a vented door, then at the end of the day they lock the real door down.

    I might look into a switch'n go system this way you could put a flatbed or dump bed on the back when you're not mowing.

    edit, also that truck has a GVW of 32.5K which would require a CDL (anything over 25,001lb in CT)
  3. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    We have a cube van, and I hate driving it because of the huge blind spots, and its regular van mirrors.

    I wouldn't like driving a truck that big in a neighborhood.
  4. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    I hear you about parking, but it should be about the same length as a 18' enclosed trailer and truck which a lot of guys run around here...

    I was looking for one under 26,000 lbs so no CDL... Isn't that correct?
  5. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    oh boy a crapliner fl-70 where to begin lol......local building supply place has a fl-70 with a 16' dumping deck and the driver i know hates driving it,the shifting blows,its a fuel hog its hard to drive around the city way too many blind spots.

    2 years ago we had one with a 7 yard dump at work and every time i hit a pot hole i'd pay for it with the air ride system :rolleyes: oh the memories and the sore head.
  6. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    hmmm... etwman seems to rave about his fl-70's.
  7. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We use a Hino truck with a 16ft box. Before this we used a pickup and a 7X16 trailer. This truck is easier to drive and maneuver in tight neighborhoods than the truck and trailer.

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  8. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    i think the freights going to be a little long i see a few guys around her with E350 cubes and they run just fine
  9. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    When I was in school for CDL training, the tractor trailer set-up they had was a newer freighliner business class tractor. It had a 475 C15 cat and a super 10 in it.

    Personally, I loved getting behind the wheel and drving it. I have driven the smaller freightliners as well for test drive purposes and they seemed to shift ok. I would definitly recomend a truck thats air ride with air brakes as they ride a lot smoother IMO. The new Business class M2's C&C with the mercedes diesels seem to be popular around me. Several roofing companies and general contractors have been getting them.

    I have heard very good things when it comes to the Mercedes diesel fuel economy. A moving company said the M2 engine gets better fuel economy then the dt466 in their international of equivilant weight specs.
  10. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    Why not get a GMC/Isuzu like the one in this thread:


    Except, from the advice of this owner, get the box bed with dovetail instead of the open bed for security and weather concerns.

    I know this operator and it is a great truck and a great setup. I do not know the milage on this truck, but I know Phil got it new and has had no problems with it and it rolls 5-6 days a week, year around all day long. I think he mentions the milage in the thread as well and he says it does navigate much better in tight neightborhoods over a truck/trailer set-up.

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