I guess the time has come to try to get a good, dependable, reliable and tough truck for use around my operation.
I currently run two vehicles on the road, my old trusty 91 Ford F350 IDI non turbo service truck and my 01 Ranger. And before you say anything about having these two Fords would be why it is time to get a new truck, you ought to see what that dynamic duo went through to do my work!
For many reasons, I no longer need the F350 service truck. I don't need a service body sucking diesel like there is no tomorrow, and I am frankly tired of working on it. I love the truck, but now that I have accomplished all but one of the to-do list, making it as good as it gets, I am just ready to get something I can jump in and not wonder when I should make time to adjust that doo-hickey or upgrade that whim-wham. I am working on selling it as we speak. However, I have to get something bigger than that little baby Ranger to drag my trailer and do the dirty work for Old Paths Equipment.
I will end up with probably a diesel, 3/4 ton or maybe a 1 ton, 4wd, super cab and of course the best tow package on the block. I want something that will last. Budget is not really a factor. I like my Fords
, but if buying another brand is the best choice I might do it. (maybe)
So now I get to be a pollster. The question is what in the world of trucks has this crew had good experience with? I'm looking to buy low mileage and quality, so I'm prepared to pay what it takes... even up into the almost new market.
So far I have ruled out mostly anything new made by Dodge. Transplant a Cummins into anything else and I might be fine, but I have no love lost for a Ram. I have ruled out the Ford 6.0 Powerstroke. Never heard much good about longevity on those power plants.
I don't really want DEF or that Tier IV junk either. However, that really limits my options, so I might be stuck with it if I buy anything newer than about 2008.
So throw out some opinions.
Edited by superaben, August 12, 2015 - 10:17 PM.