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Offline BDildine

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Re: Used Diesel Truck Recommendations
« Reply #60 on: February 11, 2019, 12:27:35 PM »
I want to back up a couple things Jackalope and Yorke have said.

I have several customers that are going gas engines when purchasing new for work rigs.  The big reason is down time. I have one customer with 5 diesel rigs and one is always in the shop for a sensor or some other emissions crap. Down time kills more  than vehicle power or longevity because they are working rigs.

Be aware that if you do a delete other states have differing inspection laws and if deemed used for a commercial purpose it's a much bigger fine that for Joe Sixpack. 

Your only other option is to buy a used pre emission truck and just budget dropping in a new motor and tranny when the time comes. My brother is currently working on a 7.3  crate build that is complete to replace on one of his work trucks with 350k. They dont get a new one because the upgraded motor and tranny is $better spent than new.

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Your brother should build a Fummins
Fummins are $$$, the kits are the cost of a engine most of the time, sometimes more if you buy "everything". And the time to do, count on spending LOTS of time in the garage, or having someone do it for you (more $$$)
not saying dont do it, but if someone hasnt done the research and is aware of everything required along w costs, its a wake up call
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Re: Used Diesel Truck Recommendations
« Reply #61 on: February 11, 2019, 12:44:33 PM »
I have ran a LOT of miles maxed out on weight with a 1 ton and trailer...  the biggest issue is more maintenance and the need to drive slower with attention to other drivers.  Imo trips 3-4 times a year with a modest load doesnt require a diesel, just working eletric brakes and a balanced load.

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I agree 100%. that is why i set an 8,000 lb cap, towing this amount with a 4700 lb vehicle on a regular basis is probably not a great idea. it is starting to sneak past modest for a 1/2 ton.

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Re: Used Diesel Truck Recommendations
« Reply #62 on: February 11, 2019, 12:56:25 PM »
@Colin what will you use the truck for most of the time?this question is really an application issue IMO.  To me it seems like a gas 3/4ton is in your future. 2c

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Re: Used Diesel Truck Recommendations
« Reply #63 on: February 14, 2019, 07:10:14 PM »
@Colin what will you use the truck for most of the time?this question is really an application issue IMO.  To me it seems like a gas 3/4ton is in your future. 2c

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Well right now I'd be using a diesel the same as a 1/2 ton for the next few years. I think that i got a little ahead of myself and should wait until my business grows and forces me to upgrade to a diesel and trailer. I plan to run my 1/2 ton till the wheels fall off or I'm forced to get bigger.

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