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Re: New tow rig, forget the 1 ton

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09-24-2011 20:40:12

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The biggest reason I would stay away from the old detroits is noise....they are the best thing out there for converting fuel into noise :) As for the 60 series, our Western Star has a 500 horse 60 series in it at 900,000 miles and runs great and gets around 7MPG, I`m fond of it. I spent quite a few miles with a 475HP 3406E, and my seat-of-the-pants dyno always leaned towards the cat making a hair more power, definately a bit lower RPM power band, but I can get a speeding ticket with either one, so it don`t add up to much.

I have to say for a tractor hauler the versatility of a fullsize tandem axle truck is nice, mine has helped pay for itself helping other folks out with loads a single axle would struggle with, but generally the single axle is cheaper to register and insure. Either way beats apickup hands down.

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09-25-2011 03:17:21

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 Re: New tow rig, forget the 1 ton in reply to sixtyninegmc, 09-24-2011 20:40:12  
I have to agree there. Though for pulling a gooseneck, you lose so much maneuverability with a tandem, with the extra wheelbase. You have to put the hitch way out back, and it's a long way to the back of the trailer from the seat, compared to a pick-up.

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