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Old 01-27-2015, 12:52 AM   #43
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I agree, the C15 is very overkill. yet the reliable CAT engines and especially their strait 6 configuration is a winner. The power is a bit more than I need at 430 hp new , probably somewhere in the 400 range now. I went for a drive in it. It is clean, drove well enough for a retired long haul truck. I have to take the information to the shop Monday
to see if it can be down classed and as I forgot , check with the insurance to see the amount. The truck store dropped the price by email if I jump in 7 days to 7200.00 so I may go batter up and see how cheap it may get? I wasn't really serious to buy now but that price has me thinking a good deal may come out of it?
I do see a engine rebuild in its future though, it is a owner operator truck and the hour meter was ridiculous , he must have had it idle a lot. But with paint,tires,batteries to make it new. I should still be under 10,000 and a in frame rebuild is about 4000.00 in parts. But it has another 100,000 mi easily before the need. I liked the body lines on it , it seems to look aerodynamic and it has a airdam on the sleeper for the camper.. Im not sure how to insert a image , but I am more curious on how this works , there are many choices for the truck.. I was amazed by the number of them available.

In all honesty, the C15 really isn't overkill. With that kind of weight, you'll be more satisfied with the 470+ hp that that engine makes. You can also turn it up to over 500hp, and still maintain, or actually gain a little in fuel economy. I think you'll be disappointed with the 400 range. In Tx, you can declare your GVWR for under 26k,...so that will help with insurance for sure, because it puts it in the MDT class. Something that just came to mind,...it may "exempt" you from the Class A Non-CDL,...but don't take my word for it. You'll have to do your homework on that part. Just food for thought.

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Old 01-27-2015, 10:30 PM   #44
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Hello Bigg,
I think your probably right about the power. I took it to a CAT repair to get a checkup on it. I work with these engines in the yachts but there is a differance between the marine computer and the truck computer and they dont speek the same language S my equipment will not read it. Although I think I will buy it. It is a 1999 (ford) Sterling and it looks and drives well. I expect to put a bit of money into it but it fits my needs. Plus the price landed about 7500.00 after TTL . Ill just park it in the back lot until next winter when we slow down then repaint and build the bed remove the axle etc. Now I have the horse , I gotta finish the carriage..

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If we end up going with a 5er I can't see going with a HDT mainly due to our two large dogs. It's just too far up to get them in and out of the cab safely. I've looked at ramps but it's still just way too high and complicated. The other issue is what to drive when unhitched, we don't like a smart car both as we feel it's too small and there is no place for the dogs.

So it seems the only option is something between a F350/3500 to a F550/5500 depending on using Dodge or Ford. What supprised me is that there is such a small price difference going from the F350/3500 to the F550/5500. Each product line can have basically the same engine and transmission so it's mainly the frame and suspension.

Dodge or Ford is going to be a big question as I like both but I'll wait till we know more about the 5er before we go down that road.
John (N6BER), Joyce, Lucas (Golden Retriever mix), Bella (Great Pyrenees) and Lance (Great Pyrenees).
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There are several HDT owners with large dogs. One of the nicest things I've seen is a large folding stair kind of setup. It's made for dogs. Large platforms. Folds very easily and compactly. I don't know the brand. I wouldn't rule out the HDT because of the dogs. There are plenty of HDT owners that don't haul a Smart. Lots of different cars riding on their beds. Several just go and use their HDT for driving around too. My son is an owner/operator truck driver. He drives his HDT bobtail around all the time (he hauls local) and says he likes to drive the tractor around.

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