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Need work truck...have questions
So I just joined up here and I'm hoping to get some help. I have a part time landscaping business that I've been doing for about 8 years now. I have gotten very very busy just this year and I'm wanting to stop using my personal truck because business is just getting a little bigger than I had imagined.
I was using my 2002 Silverado 2500HD up until last summer. I sold it and got a 2015 Silverado 2500HD with the gas engine. Just seems hard to find used Silverado's with the Duramax motors and the used Fords are a lot more abundant from what I am able to tell while searching.
I'm really not a brand loyalist in regards to wanting a work truck. I want something older that I'm not afraid if it gets dinged up or real dirty. I'd also like a diesel too. I have a 14 foot dump trailer that I hauled 12 yards of mulch in recently and my truck did not like it. Specifically, going up any inclines or getting it going from a stop. That's my main reason for wanting a diesel. Also, with wanting to look at older trucks, the diesel seems like a more reliable option than gas anyways.
So before I joined here I was researching the Fords. From what I'm able to tell from "older" trucks is this; the early 2000's 7.3 diesel is great and then it jumps to the years 2008-2010 and the 6.4 diesel. It appears I should stay far away from the 6.0? I think at this point, looking at the 7.3 is not in the equation just due to how old the rest of the truck would be. So would the 2008-2010 years be the truck to search for? Again, I'm not sure if all this is fact, just from reading at different sites online.
I'd like a diesel engine, an extended cab, 4x4, A/C, and an 8 foot bed although 6 is doable. I'd like to keep the price at 10,000 max but if that's not realistic, than a few more thousand could be doable. With that said, does that sound like my search parameters are realistic?
My current truck is rated to tow 13,000 pounds on the hitch and that is max. That 12 yards of mulch plus my dump trailer was right around 12,925. Are the older trucks even able to tow that much on the hitch? Seems like those weights might be something newer over last 2 -3 years or so?
At any rate, that's just a brief background of what I'm in need of, what I'm doing, and how I got here. Any help is appreciated. Also, anything to look for on a truck, what miles to stay under while looking, what might need replacing after I buy or anything that should have been recently replaced? I'm just looking for a good, reliable work truck that can tow good as well. Thanks again.