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07-11-2017 06:13 AM
ron mexico75
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Originally Posted by Boudah View Post
Yknow, I really like the older trucks. IMO, if youre going full time with the landscaping the 6.0 isn't a bad truck as long as you address the stuff that needs addressing.



BPD Oil cooler

ARP Studs

Head gaskets

EGR delete or BPD EGR.



otherwise my neighbor at my shop I rent just traded switched out his 98 3500 dually with a 2017 F350 SRW 6.7 .... super nice... 71k dollars later haha. he does Turf/fertilizer/mulch... that's it. prob more than youll ever need esp if youre on a budget under 20


Yeah I don't know if I want to put that much money into something right off the bat with regards to the 6.0. I'd rather put money into things that are expected like brakes, power steering pump, water pump,etc.
07-11-2017 05:44 AM
sbluke55
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Originally Posted by JustinOOO9 View Post
Im on the fence about an F450/550 they can carry more weight but have a little higher maintenance cost with tires & brakes. If you found a nice 450/550 with low miles I wouldn't hesitate to look at it, but it seems like a diesel is what you really NEED. I woulndnt get a shortbed supercab f250 like me but ive been pulling 30ft RV's and Goosenecks no problem. only had to turn down a 43ft 5th wheel etc.

Start with F350s and see what you can find for a good deal and don't hesitate to look at a 450/550.
Yeah but he has said he wants to haul so much weight. Then possibly get a bobcat. Why buy a light weight truck of your going to need a larger truck in the future. If rather have too much truck vs not enough. It would suck to have to buy twice. For city driving a low geared truck wouldn't have much fuel consumption issues imho. It's nice to do the research now and not just jump head first into this.
07-11-2017 05:41 AM
Boudah Yknow, I really like the older trucks. IMO, if youre going full time with the landscaping the 6.0 isn't a bad truck as long as you address the stuff that needs addressing.

BPD Oil cooler
ARP Studs
Head gaskets
EGR delete or BPD EGR.

otherwise my neighbor at my shop I rent just traded switched out his 98 3500 dually with a 2017 F350 SRW 6.7 .... super nice... 71k dollars later haha. he does Turf/fertilizer/mulch... that's it. prob more than youll ever need esp if youre on a budget under 20
07-11-2017 03:06 AM
ron mexico75
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Originally Posted by Boudah View Post
He pulls a BRi MAR 12k lb capacity Dump trailer. he does landscaping and some other stuff, exactly what im unsure. But he has a V10 F350 SRW, 8 foot bed extended cab manual. (im 90% sure its a manual ) and he loves it. YEs, sure 10 MPG ish... but it tows like a breeze for a gasser. the 5.4L wouldn't even tow my Race car up a hill. ( 7k w/ trailer ) had to slow to 55 and turn off the AC LMAO.... it was an 02 F250.



My buddy has a 01/02 F250 ECLB 7.3L manual trans and tows a Gooseneck 2 car trailer with that thing... he bought it to 8k in Commi Connecticut where I live w/ a **** bed so he put a take off on it. he tows his jeeps and other bits around and yeah... its slower than my 6.0L stock and has a 39 GAL fuel tank... but its a damn good truck. the Manual is way more fun to drive than my auto... but that's me.


Damn.....all those "old trucks" and their manuals. You never see those made now.

Well like I said, I have a truck now so maybe I'll just look and ask questions here and maybe plan on next spring or so to get a dedicated work truck.
07-10-2017 12:29 PM
Boudah
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Originally Posted by ron mexico75 View Post
You know you're not the first person to recommend the V 10. I'm kind of surprised as I thought work trucks were all diesels. I mean I hardly ever see a construction site or larger landscape companies or any type of trades using gas motors.

I mean I guess I'd be open to it but I just figured for pulling heavy loads hauling heavy loads and just keeping it for a long time in general , a Diesel would be better. Maybe I'm wrong?
He pulls a BRi MAR 12k lb capacity Dump trailer. he does landscaping and some other stuff, exactly what im unsure. But he has a V10 F350 SRW, 8 foot bed extended cab manual. (im 90% sure its a manual ) and he loves it. YEs, sure 10 MPG ish... but it tows like a breeze for a gasser. the 5.4L wouldn't even tow my Race car up a hill. ( 7k w/ trailer ) had to slow to 55 and turn off the AC LMAO.... it was an 02 F250.

My buddy has a 01/02 F250 ECLB 7.3L manual trans and tows a Gooseneck 2 car trailer with that thing... he bought it to 8k in Commi Connecticut where I live w/ a **** bed so he put a take off on it. he tows his jeeps and other bits around and yeah... its slower than my 6.0L stock and has a 39 GAL fuel tank... but its a damn good truck. the Manual is way more fun to drive than my auto... but that's me.
07-10-2017 11:36 AM
ron mexico75
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Originally Posted by JustinOOO9 View Post
Im on the fence about an F450/550 they can carry more weight but have a little higher maintenance cost with tires & brakes. If you found a nice 450/550 with low miles I wouldn't hesitate to look at it, but it seems like a diesel is what you really NEED. I woulndnt get a shortbed supercab f250 like me but ive been pulling 30ft RV's and Goosenecks no problem. only had to turn down a 43ft 5th wheel etc.



Start with F350s and see what you can find for a good deal and don't hesitate to look at a 450/550.


Yeah I guess I'll keep looking… I think at this point I'm probably not going to pull the trigger until next year sometime.

Want a F250 7.3 extended cab with 8 foot bed or even an F350. Probably not a duly though. Anything bigger than that like the 450 or 550 is basically like a stake body or dump body and not sure that's something I want to drive every day just for mowing jobs with a single axle 12 foot trailer behind it.
07-10-2017 11:15 AM
JustinOOO9
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Originally Posted by sbluke55 View Post
You know that gearing would have a huge factor in everything. That's why we have been pushing for a 450 or 550. That and you can haul more weight.

If you can find a 7.3 than so be it. But the main focus would be a 450 or 550 imho.


Im on the fence about an F450/550 they can carry more weight but have a little higher maintenance cost with tires & brakes. If you found a nice 450/550 with low miles I wouldn't hesitate to look at it, but it seems like a diesel is what you really NEED. I woulndnt get a shortbed supercab f250 like me but ive been pulling 30ft RV's and Goosenecks no problem. only had to turn down a 43ft 5th wheel etc.

Start with F350s and see what you can find for a good deal and don't hesitate to look at a 450/550.
07-10-2017 10:31 AM
sbluke55 You know that gearing would have a huge factor in everything. That's why we have been pushing for a 450 or 550. That and you can haul more weight.

If you can find a 7.3 than so be it. But the main focus would be a 450 or 550 imho.
07-10-2017 10:13 AM
ron mexico75
Need work truck...have questions

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Originally Posted by JustinOOO9 View Post
I would ask this: will the truck tow a decent to heavy trailer the majority of time? get a nice 99-2003 7.3l diesel. The v10 will get such poor fuel economy it will make up for a SLIGHT increase in maintence cost for a 7.3l. If the truck is just loaded with people and a small utility trailer a v10 would be OK. They aren't bad engines but there's a saying about the v10s. Never skip a gas station. my 7.3l gets about 14 in town with a 3k trailer/load. the v10 will get about 10 if you are lucky.


Also I have definitely taken your advice and a few of the other guys who helped me out. I am looking for that 7.3 exclusively. Kinda got scared off about all the bad info about the other diesels. That excludes the newest 6.4 but obviously I'm excluding that due to price.
07-10-2017 10:12 AM
ron mexico75
Need work truck...have questions

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Originally Posted by JustinOOO9 View Post
I would ask this: will the truck tow a decent to heavy trailer the majority of time? get a nice 99-2003 7.3l diesel. The v10 will get such poor fuel economy it will make up for a SLIGHT increase in maintence cost for a 7.3l. If the truck is just loaded with people and a small utility trailer a v10 would be OK. They aren't bad engines but there's a saying about the v10s. Never skip a gas station. my 7.3l gets about 14 in town with a 3k trailer/load. the v10 will get about 10 if you are lucky.


And you make a great point that's the thing… The gas mileage. That's what's eating me up now if I'm towing that dump trailer around I'm getting like 6 freaking miles per gallon! Granted it's not every day and it's not all the time… But who'd of thought I'd be getting a dump trailer and now looking for an actual work truck just one year ago? I didn't think that either was going to happen. So I would like to buy not only for now but maybe a few years down the road.

Who knows what type of jobs I'll be getting in the future. what if I'm towing a bobcat on a trailer or something like that? I can just see the gasoline gauge going to E very quickly versus a diesel.

I would say a majority of the time it's just a light utility trailer with the mowers and equipment on it. However with that dump trailers loaded up with mulch or soil or brush it might be several trips over several days when that thing is hooked up to the truck. Yeah I guess anyone can deal with poor gas mileage a couple days a month. But it's a real pain pulling that thing with a gas motor that has to be floored just to get it up to speed.

It just seems like the gas motor will pull it but it's not meant to pull it regularly...that's just the feeling I get though. I'm not doing a whole lot of it now I was real busy during the spring with the dump trailer. but who knows.
like I keep saying, what the next few years are going to bring? I would hate to get a truck and within a year or so wishing I had gotten a diesel.
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