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If you wanted a Gasoline powered Cabover, better get one now while you can

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Rons Rightway Lawncare, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. Rons Rightway Lawncare

    Rons Rightway Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    Was at my Isuzu dealer last week having my truck serviced, and noticed they had the new 2008 models on the lot. It is a different truck.... interior is basically the same but a little fancier. Exterior is slightly more futuristic looking. Supposed to be a better truck overall.

    The ones they had in stock are powered with Isuzu Diesels, and these look like bigger engines, with much more complexity than the older ones. Even the exhaust system looked more complex than a gas engines system with the converters and so on. The thing just looked EXPENSIVE, and looks like down the road repair costs will be painful....

    Biggest thing I noted was no gas engine models. I was told by the service dept that Isuzu and GM broke off their ties and that we won't be seeing anymore Gas engined model cabovers.

    I wouldn't mind having a diesel, but the additional cost to buy one over gas.... the higher cost of the fuel.... higher cost of routine services.... much higher cost of engine overhaul or replacement..... etc.... all add up to make the Gas engine a good option. I have been told my many owners of Isuzu Diesels that they only get around 12 mpg of diesel. I am getting on average 9.5 mpg on 87 octane gasoline.

    Anyhow, my dealer still had one more Gas truck out front for sale with a landscape body on it. Not sure how many more of these will be for sale. If you wanted one you might ought to get it now while you can.

    PS, I paid 27,500 for my truck out the door. Truck had power windows and locks, CD player, A/C, Automatic trans, 18 foot landscape bed with underbody 48 inch tool box, trailer hitch Not bad price for everything compared to say a Chevy 3500 dually, or Ford F-350 and then a 18 foot trailer. The diesels will run WAY WAY WAY over 35 grand, I would say expect to pay around 40-42 grand for a new 2008 with a 18 foot landscapers bed.
  2. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,388

    I get 16 mpg in my turbo diesel npr.
  3. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    What year is your Isuzu? What type of bed is on it? What are you hauling? We gotta have more info! I might get 8 mpg on a 1995 gasser with a 16' box. I wish that it would get more but there's not anything I can do about it and I didn't buy it for fuel economy...............but that is great for you to get that good of mileage.
  4. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,388

    2003, knapeheide landscape body.
  5. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I was told under 25k miles per year...gas.....over........... diesel. Never did the math, but like he said....I paid about 28K instead of 36. And yes the tranny is 5k on the diesel....but they really don't have problems either.
  6. CrewCutEnterprises

    CrewCutEnterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    Where is your dealer, Im interested in buying one of the same, but 16 ft and I wanted to put the SLT gas/ mix tank on the side.

    I need to replace a truck.

    What is your payload on your truck IE dry weight and GVW

  7. Rons Rightway Lawncare

    Rons Rightway Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    Dealer is Carolina Peterbuilt / Isuzu.... google search them for the number.

    I haven't weighted my truck. I wish I knew the empty weight. Gross weight is 12,000 pounds.

    You do know that a 16 foot truck would only have a 12 foot flat floor area right? The dovetails on these things are usually 4 feet long. it is normally unusable space. that is why I got the 18 footer.
  8. CrewCutEnterprises

    CrewCutEnterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    It would be an upgrade from this that I built. I think your right about the 18 footer though. Can it tow a trailer???

  9. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,844

    Nice job Crewcut fabricating that body and gate. Was the hinge on the gate diffucult?
  10. Rons Rightway Lawncare

    Rons Rightway Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    Yes it will tow. I have towed a small trailer with a motorcycle on it, and I have towed a camper trailer to Florida with it. It tows really good.

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