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Old 02-03-2010, 12:16 PM   #15
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Been driving my first dually for almost three years now. No damage, no worries, easy enough when you get used to the turning radius.

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Old 02-07-2010, 02:48 AM   #16
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If you really want to be safe at the weight you are talking about pulling then you need a true medium duty truck. A Sport chassis is the way to go. THey don't exatly make good daily drivers but they will get you 12mpg pulling any weight up to about 20k. It will set you back about 90k also. Don't worry you can find a great used one for as low as 50-60k with less than 100k miles on them. Personally with the weight you are talking about this is the way to go. You can go with FORD F450 or even the Dodge chasis cab 3500, 4500, 5500, I would wait until the 2011 modles for them becasue of the new body style and the fix to the 6.7 cummins. As far as the Fords, yes they are now making their own diesel built in Mexico and no one knows how it will hold up. As it has been said, buy more truck than you will need, trust me, the trailer you actually end up with will weigh mor than you plan on right now.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:58 PM   #17
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Early 6.0 Fords were a tough call; '05-'07 seemed to be the same as any other diesel; the 6.4 hasn't had any more problems than the others--go on to any of the forums and you will see horror stories for all brands. I have had 2 6.0s--100k+ on the '04 and 95400 on the '07--neither blew up or left me stranded. The '04 did blow an oil cooler at 118K. I have the '09 450 with 20k now and only oil changes. The '11 model is going to be quite a technological advance--supposedly to have 400HP/750 torque--reliability?? If you want a true 450, you will have to get an '09 or '10; for '11, they have cut the GVW and have gone back to 17" wheels. I think it will still have more GCVW than either Dodge or Chevy.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:43 AM   #18
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I completely agree with Joe. My 2005 6.0 with 60K has been flawless. Didn't know about the 17" wheels though. Thanks for the heads up, I was seriously
considering going with 18" Conti's this year.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:29 AM   #19
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One other note on Fords--there has been an option available called "Monobeam Wide Track" that is the decreased turning radius front axle. It is standard on the 450s, but has been an option on some '05-'09 350s. When you couple it with the Tow Boss option, you have the shorter turning radius of the 450 and most of the towing capacity. You can tell it is on the 350 by the wide front fender flares that the 450s have. If you are looking at used 350s, that would be something to try to find.

1WAYTOGO..FYI, the 450s have had 19.5 wheels up to 2011 models--carrying capacity of those are 3750-3950 each.

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With the 5er you are considering I wouldn't have anything less thana 3500 dually. I currently have an '08 Ram 3500, and after 40000 miles haven't had any of the emissions problems. There were some originally but seem to be mostly resolved with the latest reflashes. For the first 2 years I drove mine 5 miles each way to work daily, I just used the exhaust brake, 4th gear to keep RPMs up and plugged it in if temps were lower than 40. Maybe you should give a new one a try, seems like the issues are now non-issues.
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One other note on Fords--there has been an option available called "Monobeam Wide Track" that is the decreased turning radius front axle. It is standard on the 450s, but has been an option on some '05-'09 350s. When you couple it with the Tow Boss option, you have the shorter turning radius of the 450 and most of the towing capacity. You can tell it is on the 350 by the wide front fender flares that the 450s have. If you are looking at used 350s, that would be something to try to find.
FWIW:
Pro - turns better than our old F250
Con - sprays water, mud, snow everywhere down the side of the truck.
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David, yeah to the spray on the truck. But thats what I have a pressure washer for. These 450s are one heck of a truck--no more looking for a side street to make a u-turn at.
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:27 PM   #23
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...I am looking to buy a new Truck and was wondering if there is anyone here that bought a Dually , and regretted it?...
...The trailers we are looking at are in the 15 to 16 thousand pound range, and right on the edge of the weight limit of a SRW 1 ton. I don't really want a Dually since we live in Southern Ca , and it is a pain to park anywhere. ....
....We are still only part timers and have a long way to go before we can retire, however when we do get the new trailer , I want to be on the safe side.
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Never regretted getting a dually. Only regret was not getting one in the first place. When we got a bigger fifth wheel, next thing was having to replace our F250 with a 350. Then when we got the next rig, we outsized the 7.3 PSD 350, and now have an F450. Only problem we've had with the 450 was a fuel injector which turned out to be a loose wiring harness.

Only place I can't get to are bank and fast food drive-thrus. Small problem since most banks have walkup ATMs and I dislike food drive-thrus anyway. Parking garages can be interesting but have driven into many of them. Just check the clearance signs ahead of time. I agree about wanting to be on the safe side. Could have kept the 350 but we were well over the GCWR. The 450 provides a good safety margin.

Lots of changes coming up for Ford and GMC in 2011 (actually this spring). If you can wait until both develop some real world history, you might be better off. Whether you plan on being part-time or full-time, get the right truck to start with.
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