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Re: Pickup Truck Haulers

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Mr. J

03-13-2002 21:41:15

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Not wanting to upset your Chevrolet loyalty, I've got a 2000 Ford F-350 Super-Duty with a Power Stroke Diesel and 6 speed manual tranny. It pulled a 24 foot trailer loaded down with an Oliver 770 and a WD-45 Allis with a 2 rown mounted corn picker no problem. Oh yeah, it was in late August with temps in the upper 90's. AND...it was 500 miles one way to northern Nebraska from where I live in SW Missouri. It took a real large hill to make the truck slow down at all in 6th gear, and when I shifted into 5th, the truck would increase speed all the way to the top. Also averaged 18 mpg there and back... I was very happy. I've heard lots of good things about the Cummins, my father has a 91 Dodge with a Cummins, won't keep up with my powerstroke, but it'll outdo just about all gas motors in my opinion. The new Duramax Diesels from Chevy sound pretty strong, but I've heard 5 seperate stories of either blown head gaskets or cracked heads within 5000 miles. It'll keep up with a powerstroke until you lose a bank of 4 cylinders. So, I'm a ford fan, also like Dodge's with Cummins, but haven't been a fan of the Chevy Diesel performance. I guess I saw too many of those 6.2 L diesels in trucks that wouldn't spin the tires in wet grass. Oh well....I tend to digress, Oh yeah....Check out our Chapter's new website and sign the guestbook.

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Salvage man

03-13-2002 22:56:15

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 Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Mr. J, 03-13-2002 21:41:15  
Go to Ford-Diesel.com and look at the 99 and newer power stroke forums. The power stroke has it's problems. Like crackle, loss of mileage, idle knock, bad injectors, 6 speed clutch failure, CPS failure. I know the duramax is not perfect, the Cummins also has some problems. If I had to choose a new truck I would pick the Cummins over the Power Stroke or the Duramax because the Duramax is to new, and Ford's and me don't get along

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Paul Shuler

03-13-2002 22:48:40

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 Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Mr. J, 03-13-2002 21:41:15  
Mr J, enjoyed your web site.I to am from SW MO in Springfield. About your truck, how do you like the 6 speed?This fall I looked at two of the big dealerships here in Springfield and both of them told me they no longer would have the 6 speeds in stock on the lot, but they could order me one. When I asked why, they both said they have had to do very costly warenty work on most everyone they have sold.I test drove one and liked it a lot. Just wondered if you have had any trany trouble with yours?

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Mr. J

03-14-2002 06:26:26

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 Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Paul Shuler, 03-13-2002 22:48:40  

I haven't had a bit of trouble with my truck. It's got 42,000 miles now with several big hauling jobs under its belt. The 6 speed puts a gear between the normal jump from 4th to 5th...It sandwiches a gear in there so you don't lose a lot of RPM's. I love it, some have problems, but I haven't had a lick of trouble.

Jared Jeffries

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03-14-2002 06:46:56

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Mr. J, 03-14-2002 06:26:26  
Hey Mr. J, what sort of unloaded mileage do you get? I'd like to have a bigger pickup, but I commute a long way for work and a gas engine would bankrupt me.
Of course I could drive a car also, but two repair bills??? Nah.

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Mr. J

03-14-2002 06:56:35

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Ludwig, 03-14-2002 06:46:56  

Consistently, unloaded I get 22-23 miles per gallon. But, I drive my truck for economy, nearly all highway miles and I keep her under 1500 rpm's until I hit 6th gear. It all depends on how you want to drive them. My truck is a 2000 model, they added an intercooler that year and it helped the mileage considerably. My brother has a 96 powerstroke and he has a tough time getting 16 unloaded, so, the engine has came a long way in a few years.

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Ludwig - excellent

03-14-2002 07:38:43

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Mr. J, 03-14-2002 06:56:35  
Those are the numbers I wanted to see. My Dakota with the 318 gets 19-20 and I can't see me buying anything smaller or with less unloaded mileage. I drive 80 miles roundtrip to work, and have my Regular to tow which is all the Dakota can handle. If I need to tow the Super M I'd need more truck.
I've got 2.5 years left paying on the Dakota now, so when I'm finally ready to buy just think how good they'll be...

Maybe when my busted wing (broken left wrist) gets healed up I'll test drive a dorf....

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Jim (Mi)

03-14-2002 08:18:56

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Ludwig - excellent, 03-14-2002 07:38:43  
I am surprised you feel you need more truck for your Super M. My dad has a 93' Dakota ex.cab w/318. Pulls my WD (#3500) around no problem. Also had weighted tires (#1200) and loader on (#2000). Heck never even slowed down. He pulls his 23' Whaler around in O/D all summer back and forth between the big lakes. Has well over 2 hundred k on her. Actually my 2000 Dakota w/3.9 pulled the trailer. Only went around thirty miles, and went slow since trailer had no brakes, but still pulled it.

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Ludwig - yeahbut

03-14-2002 08:32:23

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Jim (Mi), 03-14-2002 08:18:56  
The Super M starts out a 5700, then 1200 for the trailer. One tire is filled, but I'm thinking to unload that. I'm pretty sure the tow limit on the Dakota is somewhere in the range of 5700 anyway. The whole truck only weighs 3500.
Its not a lack of power I'm worried about its the mass to keep everything going where I want when a big semi truck passes me on the highway.

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Jim (Mi)

03-14-2002 08:53:40

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Ludwig - yeahbut, 03-14-2002 08:32:23  
Good Point.

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03-14-2002 09:09:32

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Jim (Mi), 03-14-2002 08:53:40  
Its not that I don't think the truck can handle it either, its that I drive that truck 80 miles round trip every day. I can't have it down and I don't have $$ to spend repairing it all the time.

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Jim (Mi)

03-14-2002 10:31:05

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pickup Truck Haulers in reply to Ludwig, 03-14-2002 09:09:32  
I do 130 a day. Have an 87 Ram w/318. Gets about 9mpg with hurricane Hugo behind it. Dakota pretty much gets sat. Get around 330 miles on full 23gal tank. Have a shadow I drive. Gets 420 miles on 14.4gallons. Friend has 2001 Ram w/5.9 Diesel. 100 miles roundtrip. 25 bucks/week. Fortunately lease is up soon.

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