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Old 12-21-2016, 02:57 PM   #15
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We looked at HDTs but there were too many negatives for what we wanted.

One big difference between the 550 and a MDTs are the seats. The 550s have the same crud seats that are in pick ups.

I use mine as a daily when traveling. I can stick it anywhere that I can put my RAM. Quite frankly, I will never (I hope) go back to pulling with a pick up. With 4 doors and a large cab, there is lots of light and absolutely no feeling of claustrophobia even when it is full of people.

The downside is that you cannot be anonymous. Where ever we park, it draws folks. We even had our pics taking while on the road.. too funny.
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One big difference between the 550 and a MDTs are the seats. The 550s have the same crud seats that are in pick ups.
I have nice cushy gray leather air ride seats, so if your short like my DW 5'1" she can jack the seat up and telescope the steering column up to her size



The downside is that you cannot be anonymous. Where ever we park, it draws folks. We even had our pics taking while on the road.. too funny.
Grassy we call that being eye humped, I don't notice it as much anymore, but DW sees it all the time and points it out me, a 4 door 450, 550, 650 is just another run of the mill trucks, you dont see to many OTR semis with 4 doors, but when one of our 4 door Freightliners pulls up to the stop light, everyone takes notice[/QUOTE]


You both use the same word about the seats, crud, what does it mean?
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Old 12-22-2016, 09:51 AM   #16
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Mine was rated at 300 hp. I added methanol injection & a chip. MDT are not going to have air brakes. They will have air parking brake. Need to move up to a HDT & a class "B" license for air brakes. My 6.7l PSD is rated at 400 hp & 800 torque. It has a Bully Dog programer but only use tow mode.

Not sure who told you that.. I have air brakes, air supported cab and air ride seats. I have heard MDTs ( Freightliner, International, and Pete) have hydraulic brakes but I suspect that they are base models. I had to get my air cert but it was only a quick test and 15 bucks
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You both use the same word about the seats, crud, what does it mean?
I damaged my back years ago and am in chronic pain.,,so seats are kind of important to me.

I drive a RAM at home and I have been in all other makes,,including a RAM 550. It had basically the same seats with an option or two on them. I can drive for an hour or so before the pain really starts. I avoid my wife's car because her car seats makes my left leg spasm.

To compare this to my other truck. I did 14 hours one day..after a 10 hour day...stopping for necessary breaks.. I was fit as a fiddle. No added pain. Here is a link to the seats..

BTW, The BackCycler system is a gift from heaven.

Commodore - SEATSÂ*FOR TRUCKS

You cannot put a set of these in a normal american pick up regardless if it is a 350/3500 or 550/5500..

We are going long haul in a few years and we couldn't if not for these..

I should also add that you don't get the height in a 5500...

If you have any friends with a MDT, you should take note of how it is put together and try to drive it. Mine is an ultra shift so other that starting / stopping..you don't need to shift and you don't have the probs of a normal auto trans. Make sure it has air brakes and air suspension..but not airbags up front..you want springs there..

I am happy to help..my rig is in storage for winter so we are not on the road..pm me if you have any questions..
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Mine was rated at 300 hp. I added methanol injection & a chip. MDT are not going to have air brakes. They will have air parking brake. Need to move up to a HDT & a class "B" license for air brakes. My 6.7l PSD is rated at 400 hp & 800 torque. It has a Bully Dog programer but only use tow mode.

Not sure who told you that.. I have air brakes, air supported cab and air ride seats. I have heard MDTs ( Freightliner, International, and Pete) have hydraulic brakes but I suspect that they are base models. I had to get my air cert but it was only a quick test and 15 bucks
Mine had air ride seats, cab & parking brake. In California you need class "B" license for a truck with air brakes.
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It is probably to forces us to think about what is happening when you put our foot on the brakes. No instruction on how to fix but that is incredibly easy.. I blew a line ..had it fixed in a few minutes after I found out where the break happened and was back on my way.. Having rebuilt several cars over the years, hydraulic brakes are a PIA.

Most class A have them too...or at least the better ones do. The terminology of the license from state to state changes but it still is only a small written test.. with that, you get a far better ..and safer ..braking system.

Having pulled with both p/u and class 5..i would never (if all things stay the same) go back to a p/u .. but that is just me.

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A MDT is anything rated from a minimum GVWR of 16,001# to a maximum of 19,500#. That makes a Ford F550 a medium duty truck. (pg 109)


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A MDT is anything rated from a minimum GVWR of 16,001# to a maximum of 19,500#. That makes a Ford F550 a medium duty truck. (pg 109)


Class 4

GVWR 14,001 - 16,000 lbs
Dodge Ram 4500, Ford F-450 (chassis cab)
Class 5
GVWR 16,001 - 19,500 lbs
Dodge Ram 5500, Ford F-550
Class 6
GVWR 19,501 - 26,000 lbs
Ford F-650
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Class 4

GVWR 14,001 - 16,000 lbs
Dodge Ram 4500, Ford F-450 (chassis cab)
Class 5
GVWR 16,001 - 19,500 lbs
Dodge Ram 5500, Ford F-550
Class 6
GVWR 19,501 - 26,000 lbs
Ford F-650
I tried to post that, but I was unsuccessful for some reason, thus the links to Ford and truck classifications. Thanks.
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