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#24457 - 04/12/03 07:04 PM youre truck pt.2  
scjohn  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 74
charleston, SC, USA
I know this was asked a few months ago..but what truck do you use for work and why?? What has been the most reliable, because I have found out that customers don't care for "My truck is broken down, be there tommorow."

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#24458 - 04/12/03 07:09 PM Re: youre truck pt.2  
mj  Offline
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 186
meriidian, ms
we use f-150, they are in the shop 50% of the time. 1993-1995 models

#24459 - 04/12/03 08:42 PM Re: youre truck pt.2  
Electric Eagle  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 914
Alpharetta, GA
All vans are GMC, 2000 or newer. We got a big custom cube van a few months ago, one with boxes on the outside. It's great. At first nobody wanted to drive it because it is so big, but it's a shop on wheels, everything is in it, when you need it. It is on a GMC 3500 van frame and cab, the box is made by Supreme, the model is 12ft Spartan. The biggest draw back it it only gets 8.1 mpg [Linked Image]

If it wasn't for the low mileage, I'd sell all the vans and get the cubes instead.

[This message has been edited by Electric Eagle (edited 04-12-2003).]

#24460 - 04/12/03 08:59 PM Re: youre truck pt.2  
arseegee  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 324
Statesboro, GA USA
Chevy trucks, 95-02. Have had very little downtime on the 1500's but my 2500 has had a few trips to the shop. But still never left me walking. The oldest is a 1995 V6 manual transmission worktruck loaded with tool boxes, wire, boxes, devices, ladder rack and 5 ladders. I have spent less than a grand on it since i bought it. It gets great gas milage too. I drive a 2000 C2500 and it gulps down the gas. All i can say is the less stuff ya get on it then the less there is to go wrong.

#24461 - 04/12/03 10:06 PM Re: youre truck pt.2  
Obsaleet  Offline
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 362
I have 99 ford E350. Been to the shop 2. Both under warranty no worries since. Also have 87 G30 recently died 130K only left me sitting once or twice. Nothing beats good maintance. I find the 1tons seem to handle load better. For service and in town use the box trucks to big. Gas milage is 12MPG lately cost roughly $50 to $60 to fill up.

Choose your customers, don't let them choose you.

#24462 - 04/12/03 11:23 PM Re: youre truck pt.2  
Zapped  Offline
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 482
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Dodge. Reliable so far, especially the cummings motors.

#24463 - 04/13/03 12:18 AM Re: youre truck pt.2  
CTwireman  Offline
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 840
Connecticut, USA
Hey Eagle, you gotta love that 6.0 engine! Do you have a gas tanker follow you around?

Serioulsy though, have you considered a diesel? They at least get around 15-17 mpg.

Personally, I have a '96 F150, totally stripped. It's been great. Like arseegee, I have spent less that a $1000 on it in 7 years.



#24464 - 04/13/03 02:24 AM Re: youre truck pt.2  
frenchelectrican  Offline
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Wi/ Paris France { France for ...
i have ford F-250 4X4 disesl with super high miles allready it is clocked over 565,000 miles now allready with orginal diesel engine and fuel average about 16-18 range not much diffrence for both town and hiway due i have 4:10 gearing it is all purose truck for me i haul alot of stuff in my pick up and pull hevey load up to 15,000# weight and still give good fuel ecomey the last time i pull 11k# i get about 12 mpg but note that is alot better than the big 8 liter gas motor can do it for same wight and my truck have alot of idle time too pretty high percentage of time too ave about anywhere from 2 to 6 hours idle and quite few hours for pto for generator on pto i burn average 1 1/2 gal of diesel per hour and the pto generator is 10 kw size try that with gas motor !! he he but i cant aguree with anyone it is their opion what they want to do and i am planning to get the new truck pretty soon i am not sure which one willbe yet maybe 450 series or go with med truck the cost about the same btw [Linked Image]

merci marc

Pas de problme,il marche n'est-ce pas?"(No problem, it works doesn't it?)

#24465 - 04/13/03 09:16 AM Re: youre truck pt.2  
Electric Eagle  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 914
Alpharetta, GA
CTwireman, We looked at the Isuzu NPR with the same body. The problem with it was it made the box about a foot high off the ground, making it harder to work out of. Actually our regular vans don't get much better mileage, just 10-12 mpg.

#24466 - 04/13/03 11:02 PM Re: youre truck pt.2  

For dependability, economy and longevity you can't beat a properly maintained diesel. Mine (Ford F250) has nearly 200K city miles still runs strong A/C still works basically just batteries and oil changes over the years and maybe a clutch and an alternator.
Brian in AZ

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