help pick a tow rig

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by JUICED COUPE, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. JUICED COUPE

    JUICED COUPE Well-Known Member

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    Ok I have a great deal lined up for a 32 ft fifth wheel. 11k ish pounds. I need at least a 2500 series truck of course. Problem is I have small budget of around 5k maybe a little less. What would you guys look for?
     
  2. GubNi

    GubNi 8 lug disc brakes?

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  3. JUICED COUPE

    JUICED COUPE Well-Known Member

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    388k just scares me. Is that really ok? I don't want to strand my family at beach or mtns.

    Also wanted to add I prefer xcab at least.
     
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  5. GubNi

    GubNi 8 lug disc brakes?

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    I know they guy and the truck. It's been very reliable, but it is a work truck. But think of your 5k budget and spend 3k on the truck and 2k on some upgrades.
     
  6. BigClay

    BigClay Knower of useless ZJ things

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    I was in your same boat when it came to looking for a tow rig (although my trailer is much smaller). I only had $5k, and all of the diesels in that range were over 300k miles. I know the engine can go that high, but I kept thinking about all the other non-engine items that had that many miles on them - suspension, axles, gears, etc. - and I decided for my money a gas guzzler was OK for me. I went with a dodge V10 with ~105k miles on it. It drinks gas, but pulls like a tank.

    Edit: found the thread: http://www.nc4x4.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87369
     
  7. VortecJeep

    VortecJeep Powered by Uranium-235

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    Do you really need a trailer that big if you are only willing to spend $5K on a truck to pull it with? Would a smaller, less expensive trailer be acceptable if that meant you could spend a little more on a truck? You said it yourself, you don't want to strand your family.
     
  8. JUICED COUPE

    JUICED COUPE Well-Known Member

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    No the fifth wheel is coming from family and cheaper than I could buy a pop up in similar year and condition.
     
  9. chromerunner

    chromerunner The Scrambler

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    Thats gona be a hello of a haul with a 5k truck..BUT

    If you look hard and take your time you can find a good 7.3 dullay excab or crew that will be reliable and get the job done for under 5K. It will be basic and 2wd for sure. Thats what i would look for...maybe even a nice 4wd 460 will pop up.
     
  10. JUICED COUPE

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    I think gas will be fine for me too. It'll see 3 long trips and 4 or 5 short weekend trips per year.

    In the newer fords how's the 5.4? Then how's the v10?
    How many miles will these last? I've seen a few v10s with over 200k in my range.
     
  12. JUICED COUPE

    JUICED COUPE Well-Known Member

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    So you guys don't think like a 5.9 dodge would do the job? What if I can find a 6.0 chebby?
     
  13. BigClay

    BigClay Knower of useless ZJ things

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    I take it you are a ford man :D

    I don't know much about the ford motors, but I do know a few people towing with a f250 with the 5.4, it gets the job done, but it is no stump puller.

    A 5.9 gasser in a dodge will do fine, a 6.0 chevy would do better.
     
  14. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    If I had to go gas, I'd go with the GM 6.0 otherwise look for an older 7.3 diesel or 6bt
     
  15. JUICED COUPE

    JUICED COUPE Well-Known Member

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    I am a Ford man when it comes to cars. But I'm impartial on trucks. I think is go cummins if I could buy any truck I wanted.
     
  16. tbone1004

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    I'd put the cummins with an allison transmission in a ford body... Best of all 3 :-D
     
  17. JUICED COUPE

    JUICED COUPE Well-Known Member

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    Lets be realistic
     
  18. maddog411

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    IMO 11k is too much for a small block gas motor to pull...tow rating on a dodge 2500 with the 5.9 is only like 8k-8500.
     
  19. pgaloustian

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    X2!!!! A 5.4l f250 would HATE pullin that and your spend more money in gas in one trip than youd wanna admit! Be patient! Save your pennies and find you a nice 2wd diesel! IMO something THAT heavy is gonna almost need a diesel!

    If it were me id say find a nice cummins or 7.3!
     
  20. WeRideNTruX

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    today i pulled a pulled a 25ft gooseneck flat bed w/ a 3-4k nissan 720 truck thru charlotte with a 2wd 6.0 chevy and she did it with out a problem!... got 10mpg but towed just fine.

    o and that truck regularly hauls that same trailer with 14 800lb hay bales so the 6.0 will do the job easy and they're not hard to find.
     
  21. BigClay

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    Just to comment on another aspect of a tow rig, I say go 4x4, because I have been in a lot of situations where 2wd was just spinning the tires, and I had to put her in 4wd just to get going. Especially when trying to back up a hill.
     
  22. JUICED COUPE

    JUICED COUPE Well-Known Member

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    Id love 4x4 just don't know if it'll fit in my price
     
  23. tbone1004

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    my suggestion was perfectly realistic. Go find a f350 or f250 with a seized engine. find a box truck that is being sold, remove drivetrain. install in ford. when allison transmission comes around swap that... It could be done for $5k, would just take forever...
    If you can throw us a bone and stretch to $8k this will make everything 10x easier... i.e..
    http://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/2449962632.html
    http://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/2447845991.html this one is actually in budget, good looking truck
    http://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/cto/2434740961.html
     
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