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Advice for the right truck

Advice for the right truck
I have been running a 2500 chevy for the past few years for plowing and towing my mowers around in summer. I never got into commercial lots, just residential mowing and plowing. I would like to try out some commercial work and I feel like a larger truck would better suit that. The 2500 is getting old and I think it's time to plan on purchasing a truck. Not brand new of course but something newer with less miles that can handle plowing and mild towing of a trailer and some mowers. I'm not sure how the fords plow, I know chevy has a better turn radius. I would like some senior advice or at least advice from a concerned citizens on what would be the right choice. There are a ton of fords in my area in Minnesota. I like the idea of a short box F350 crew cab because the box isn't going to be a big deal for me since I tow my stuff.

I'd say my budget is around 10k for a truck and I could also use a new plow. In my area a 6 liter powerstroke is pretty common, duramax are way over prices and few, cummins even less of those around.

I'm curious what mileage people are getting and what mods they run. I know on the 6 liter it's head gasket, studs, egr delete and tuner that makes better mileage? I worry a diesel is going to hurt the bottom line. How does the mileage compare from gas to diesel? I plow 20+ hours and over 30+ on occasion.

I like the 350 short box crew cab because I can fit in some bodies and it won't be too long for driveways. I would take a 250 crew cab short box too.

There are some nicely priced duallys in my area, there are more duallys than single regular trucks and I wonder what that would do for mileage??? I don't need a dually but would it hurt?
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