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what tow truck to get

Poll ended at Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:08 am

gas
5
19%
Diesel
6
22%
ram
4
15%
dodge
2
7%
ford
4
15%
chev
3
11%
gmc
1
4%
Lincoln
0
No votes
Toyota
0
No votes
dual wheeled
2
7%
 
Total votes: 27

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what tow truck to get

Post by Lowka53 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:08 am

8) I have a chance to get a used tow truck must be 1 ton 4x4 crew cab.
I know this will stir things up so please no trolling i want honest options
is dual wheeled better for towing then single wheeled etc
and let it begin also if you have other makes please list them also give reason why you recommend the stuff you do
it also must be a truck for double duty with full bed
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Re: what tow truck to get

Post by jamundsen » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:45 am

Rod
I have an F-350 dually crew cab. I've had it for 15 years. It now has 327000 miles on it. I used to tow a 32 ft fifth wheel with it. You almost didn't know you were towing something. When not towing it gets 17 miles per gallon. (7.3 diesel) When towing it gets 11 to 12 miles per gallon. Its terrible in snow. No traction at all. Its also hard to start in the winter if you don't plug it in. I'm looking at getting another truck this year and my preference will be F-250 crewcab 4X4 non dually. I have found i don't really need the extra weight capability of the 350. It hard to pull the boat out of the water with the dually. No weight in the back end. Modern day 4 X 4 are very reliable. If you're looking at ford diesel (its really International harvester) try to avoid the 6.0 engine. Its not half the engine the 7.3 is. The 7.3 doesn't meet the new epa rules but they last forever.
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Re: what tow truck to get

Post by Lowka53 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 2:26 pm

8) thank you for your input very helpful I will be pulling a 45 ft house boat with it so i want some beef in truck good to hear the diesel have a long life to them :wink: I know my half ton I own just will not be enough truck and would rather be on the over kill side than under kill. i take it yours is not a 4x4
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Re: what tow truck to get

Post by tug » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:35 am

I recently bought a 1985 f-250 long bed extended cab 4x4. It has 98,000 on it. It's the 6.9 non turbo diesel. Picked it up on Craigslist for $2,900. I haven't towed my boat yet, bc it's still being built. But it hauls green fire wood like it's going out of style. I didn't really have a brand preference. The 4 main factors for my purchase were 1. Diesel 2. Price 3. Miles 4. Seating for the whole family.
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Re: what tow truck to get

Post by Lowka53 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:17 pm

8) I almost bought a chev 1 ton with 35000 miles for 35000 going to another dealer latter today. the poll is almost a tie across the board with ford chev and dodge and with motors
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Re: what tow truck to get

Post by John K » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:36 pm

If you ask my brother (who is a diesel mechanic), go Dodge diesel. He likes that diesel engine the best.

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Re: what tow truck to get

Post by Lowka53 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:30 pm

8) well I finally got my tow truck
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Its a ford :lol: 1 ton with the 7.3 diesel finding a good cheap one ton in this state is hard trucks are very popular here and they run them to death :roll:
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Re: what tow truck to get

Post by Bill Edmundson » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:53 pm

Rod

Looks great. I ended up with an Ford Expedition. Runs great. It gets about 18 mpg. That's not great. But, it will tow!

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Re: what tow truck to get

Post by Lowka53 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:02 pm

:lol: I have not drove this enough to see what I will be getting on mileage but the size of fuel tank this thing has is scary looks like a fifty or bigger :?
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