New truck needed for towing 3500 lbs

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jkilov, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
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    I am looking fora Chevy with the 5.3 engine. Bullet proof and good on the gas. Trying to find a 2500 with long bed. They are in short supply. Stay away from 6.0 engine. Reliable and powerful, but will not pass a gas station.

    That's what I'm looking for. Maybe it would work for you.
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Put heavy duty springs on Tundra if you don't like the ride.

    Turbos on gas burners can be troublesome...this is fact.
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  3. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What ever you say man. I am willing to be you sport a Toyota?
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    And it doesn't change th fact that in two years most of those Fords only have about 20-30k on the clock.
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  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd get a V-8 of some sort. A six cylinder or in-line five is just way too underpowered.

    I finally gave up on my S-10 last fall with the 4.3. Good truck and traded it with 250,000 miles, but way too under-powered for pulling anything.

    I went with an 05' F-150 with the 4.6, and I get the same or better fuel economy with it compared to my S-10.

    Ultimately I've got enough power now to actually pull a few things. I was originally looking for an F-150 with the 5.9, but I've got my C3500 HD with an 8.1 to pull the big loads. [​IMG]
  6. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You won't find one. Chevy never put a 5.3 in a 2500. Older models had the V5700 (old 350), but with less power than the 6.0 and probably as thirsty. If there was such a thing as a 2500 with a 5.3 it would probably be as bad on gas as a 6.0 but not have the power.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nope, a pair of 06 Dodge 2500's diesels and a 99 1500 gasser for shop and brush hauling. An 04 Dakota for pool service. Looking to replace the Dakota. Personal vehicles are a 02 Trailblazer and 10 Mustang GT.
    I wish Ford had continued pursuing diesel tech for the F150 and now defunct Rangers. I think any V6 is going to too stressed under daily towing operations. The 5.0 is probably going to the most popular option.
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  8. stik208

    stik208 LawnSite Member
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    The 6.0 and 6.4's
  9. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
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    I don't know why so many people hate the 6.0......I bought mine new and have been running and SCT X3 programmer on it since about 200 miles, I now have nearly 129,000 and it still runs great. Doing routine maintenance on the 6.0 is the key to the engine lasting. I pull my mini x or my CTL almost daily with my truck as well as trips west to go snowmobiling in the off season. This 07 F350 CC SB 6.0 has been the best truck I've ever had. Including all the GM and Dodge trucks that have been in my possession.
  10. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Because so many people have had them turn out to be money pits. You obviously have a good one. I think I know 4 guys with them. 1 has been perfect for over 150K, the other 3 are money pits. The '07s are supposed to be better than the earlier ones.

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