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Old 12-28-2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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F550 vs MDT

How much of a margin do the MDTs have over, say, a F550?

I'd love to go the MDT route but getting around town (parking, etc) once parked at the CG seems like it would defeat the purpose. I'm sure MDT owners will say otherwise. But can you tell me why you went MDT vs F550?

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Old 12-29-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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I don't have a MDT in fact I am planning on getting an HDT. Keep in mind that any MDT or HDT for that matter is just as wide as the 550. The only difference is the 550 is a bit narrower in the front and the MDT/HDT are the same width from the front bumper to the back of the bed. You can also get the MDT with a shorter wheel base so its "foot print" is no bigger than the 550 and might even be smaller.
The MDT platform has a lot better visibility due to sitting higher, has heavier drive train components, and also has brakes that are more heavy duty, plus you can find an air ride MDT easier than an air ride 550 not to mention the power increase.

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Old 12-29-2014, 03:02 PM   #3
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We have a 450 that works well. Makes 16 mpg when empty. We have a RollnLock that covers the box so when unhooked we carry whatever cargo we want (basically a heavy half ton).

MDT/HDT would be better for pulling but not for running around IMO. Nothing wrong with them for daily drivers except I can get mine into a parking garage. I see numerous 2500/3500/450 at the golf course but have yet to see a MDT/HDT. I have seen a few driving around town just not at the golf course.

Have to agree about the extra power and lack of issues over GVWR and GAWR.
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:18 PM   #4
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I have since switched from a toyhauler pulled by a MDT freightliner to a diesel pusher. It replaced a duramax dually. For a almost a year I drove it every day for work and a 50ish mile commute. It was easier (for me) to drive than the dually. I bet it turns as well as a reg cab shortbed PU. 30-40 better than the crew dually. It had more room crew cab and rode as well. Full millage was the same as well. Unless your buying a new MDT it was 1/2 the cost of a new dually with similar set up.
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If worried about size around town I'd be looking at the Chevy Kodiak 4500 MDT. From what I've seen it seems to be a bit smaller then the Ford MDT 650. When we were looking at 5th wheels to full time in the Kodiak was our first choice.
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Old 01-14-2015, 06:14 AM   #6
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If worried about size around town I'd be looking at the Chevy Kodiak 4500 MDT. From what I've seen it seems to be a bit smaller then the Ford MDT 650. When we were looking at 5th wheels to full time in the Kodiak was our first choice.
Before I bought the freightliner I looked for about a year before I bought mine. I looked at International, Ford 650, Gm's 4500 & 5500 and freightliner. I wanted a conversion with air ride and hauler bed. It did not seem like many fords were out and the ones I found were pricey and or higher miles. Internationals were the sames as the ford. Plenty of GM's were available but when you really dug in to the meat and potatoes the driveline came up short. Same engine and trans cooling as 1 tons. They did have big brakes, spring and axles. I did and still like the interior of a nicely equipped GM. Then they became orphans when GM killed of the MDT and HDT divisions. Where as the other 3 had big truck service shops more suited for this type of rig. Even when I had my dually it seemed like the GM dealer really struggled with working on the diesel which did not instill confidence. I have a 2014 crew cab silverado with a duramax and like it except for the DEF BS. I went to a place that sold both and was convinced after driving and looking at the FL and the GM. I will say that each one had a down fall. If going with a later model and spending in the 40-60k for a 1 ton/550 or MDT or more for a new one I would thick about a HDT conversion. More comfort, power, and so on. If I were to go the 5r route I would look really hard at going that way. As it is we switched to the DP with bigger power and wont look back unless in the mirror going up a big long hill

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