Posted 2011-12-28 1:06 PM (#5318 - in reply to #5316) Subject: RE: F-450 vs Freightliner
That truck will pull it- there are some other things that go into the equation though. How much hauling,(how many miles a year approximately), where(mountains, flatlands), do you need the truck as a daily driver too...... these are some of the things that come to mind. That's a lot of trailer- the bigger truck(International, Freightliner, Peterbilt) will do a better job, be safer, and last longer, but I could see where a 450 might be OK in some applications.
Posted 2011-12-29 7:59 AM (#5319 - in reply to #5318) Subject: RE: F-450 vs Freightliner
Thank you for the reply.
We will be hauling most week-ends during spring, summer and fall. On occasion we will have to go over some passes. I don't need the truck for day to day driving, we have a different work truck and a car for normal driving.
We have been using a Chevy 3500 with a slide in camper and a BP 4 horse trailer, but have the need to haul 6 horses to jr. and high school rodeos. My husband thinks that the new 2011 F450 with 6.6L V8 can handle a 36' Elite trailer. I think it has plenty horse power to tow it, but I worry about being able to stop it coming down a steep grade.
On the other hand, a Freightliner M2 106 might be overkill, more expensive to maintain, more difficult to find someone who can work on it as we live in a very small town fairly remote?
Posted 2011-12-30 11:04 AM (#5320 - in reply to #5316) Subject: RE: F-450 vs Freightliner
Personally, I don't think an M2, International 4400, or a 300 Series Pete would be overkill for a 6 horse trailer with 11' living quarters. Especially if you're going about every weekend, and dealing with mountains too. You can buy something like that used, but not worn out by any means, for probably close to the same dollars as a new 450. And there will be a big difference in how they handle the weight. Maintainence won't be a whole lot more for the bigger truck. Do you have any big truck(semi) diesel shops close to where you live? If so, and if you buy something that has a Cat, Cummins, Detroit, or International engine in it, you should be able to get it worked on. The one thing that might be an exception is if it's 2010 or newer- for those, you'll probably want an actual dealer that's kind of handy or close by. One thing to be aware of- the medium duty trucks will live longer than the lght dutys, and 450s, but they generally won't liast as long as the heavy duty(semi truck tractors).
Posted 2011-12-30 11:07 AM (#5321 - in reply to #5316) Subject: RE: F-450 vs Freightliner
There are a lot of folks moving into trucks like the one in this picture- big horsepower, big whoa power, not that expensive to get into- and it won't be worn out in 100,000 miles. Oh, and by the way, automatic transmission!