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Old 12-23-2010, 07:22 AM   #1
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which truck to get?

hope you all can help me filter out some info.

we are planning to tow 4 wheels down and put a vulcan 900 cruiser in the back. my current truck is a f-150 only 2 wheel drive and cannot be towed 4 wheels down. so, I will be trading it for something else.

any suggestions for a long bed, quad cab/super or other, manual? needed?

I like dodge but will go with another. doesn't have to be diesel.

any help appreciated!

thanks, cheryl
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:45 AM   #2
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I think Ford,Chevy or Dodge are great trucks and it is a personal preference. Obviously you should drive the three and pick what you like. If you carry alot of passengers you might want the quad cab but make sure you have the bed length for your Vulcan. If not carring alot of passengers I personally would opt for the smaller cab.
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I just bought a truck in May. Had made up my mind to try the Ford 4x4 but found out for some strange reason they CAN NOT be towed!!! I assumed they would because of the 4x4, NOT! I wound up back in the Dodge Crew cab. Still love the dodge, cheaper than the Ford and with more standard options. I am very pleased and happy with it. It is my 3rd dodge in 4 years. I hook in about less than 5 min. I also looked at the chevy but it was more expensive and had less options and features than the Dodge. No brainer there. Also, on the dodge if you just turn the key to the "Access" position instead of the "On" position your steering wheel will NOT lock and the mileage does NOT increase. Definitely a plus. If you put in the "On" position it will increment your odometer. This is on the 2010 4x4 Ram 1500. I have the Blue Ox and the SMI Braking control. AWESOME!!!!
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I tow my Tundra with a bike about the same size as yours in the bed. The big challenge is weight. Ours weighs about 5K lbs, close to 6 with the bike. The last time I checked, the full size trucks are running much higher in weight than that. I believe at least a 6 ft bed is important when hauling a bike, so many of the smaller trucks are ruled out, particularly if you want a 4 door cab. To keep the weight down, I suggest looking at the long-bed Toyota Tacoma or a Ford Ranger, the Tacoma will require a driveshaft disconnect and the Ranger is not available with anything larger than an extended cab. If something happened to my Tundra, I would either find a used 04-06 Tundra or go with the Tacoma. I have not had any problems with the disconnect after more than six years of use.
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hope you all can help me filter out some info.

we are planning to tow 4 wheels down and put a vulcan 900 cruiser in the back. my current truck is a f-150 only 2 wheel drive and cannot be towed 4 wheels down. so, I will be trading it for something else.

any suggestions for a long bed, quad cab/super or other, manual? needed?

I like dodge but will go with another. doesn't have to be diesel.

any help appreciated!

thanks, cheryl
Cheryl,

Unless you just want to purchase a new truck you might be able to tow your F-150 4 wheels down with some cheaper modifications. Check this site to see what it would require.

Application Charts | Remco Towing

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thanks to everyone

just wanted to say thanks for all the replies! I've got my research work cut out for me!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
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Instead of spending $1500.00 on the Remco Driveshaft disconnect to flat tow your F150 or investing $$$ in a new vehicle I would first consider a $5.00 12mm wrench and removing the 4 bolts connecting the driveshaft to the differential yoke - slide it out and store it in the bed. Problem solved. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes to do.
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so let me get this straight, I can just unhook it from underneath and stow it in the back? is there any lube pump involved? will fluid leak out? thanks!
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What year is your F150? Longbed or shortbed? Extended cab or regular cab?
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so let me get this straight, I can just unhook it from underneath and stow it in the back? is there any lube pump involved? will fluid leak out? thanks!
Some fluid may leak out going up steep grades if you have a one-piece shaft. If it's two-piece no fluid will leak. Make sure that the u-joint caps and the needles inside stay intact. Secure the caps with masking or duct tape during travel.
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Some fluid may leak out going up steep grades if you have a one-piece shaft. If it's two-piece no fluid will leak. Make sure that the u-joint caps and the needles inside stay intact. Secure the caps with masking or duct tape during travel.
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You can also go to a salvage yard and get a driveshaft yoke to put in the back of the transmission when you take the driveshaft out to keep the fluid from leaking out. Use safety wire to keep it from slipping out. Nothing else like a lube pump will be required.
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Instead of spending $1500.00 on the Remco Driveshaft disconnect to flat tow your F150 or investing $$$ in a new vehicle I would first consider a $5.00 12mm wrench and removing the 4 bolts connecting the driveshaft to the differential yoke - slide it out and store it in the bed. Problem solved. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes to do.
Just don't put it in a spot you need to back up and have to unhook.....with no drive shaft
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