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Posted: 04/18/12 07:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll take one in green with gas power.


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ib516 wrote:

"In the zero to 50 mph pulls, our Long-Hauler ran 18.57 seconds, with a best 30 to 50 mph run at 9.95 seconds (Hurt Locker numbers: Ford -- 21.05/12.64; GMC -- 20.60/11.39; Ram HD -- 23.09/13.90). You can see that the best time for the Long-Hauler was a good bit better than each of the Hurt Locker competitors"


Interesting numbers. Seems like the faster acceleration can be attributed to gearing, even though the 5500 engine is derated to a lower power rating. Makes sense that the 5500 had the slowest run up the hill, although not by much. Looks like a nice truck, but really LONNNGG! I wonder if those guys driving had CDLs, or if they were going cowboy, hoping they didn't get pulled over.


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Posted: 04/18/12 09:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This definitely shows what lower gearing can do, with less power output from the engine. I would want one with the 6 speed manual in 4.44 ratio.

In reality though, I think a 4500 with the 6 speed and 4.10 ratio would have plenty of payload capacity and power to pull even the heaviest of RV fifth wheel trailers, unless we're talking about a converted 40-53' semi trailer....

I wouldn't buy the Long Hauler model. I don't need or want a Mega cab. A regular crew cab is plenty enough cab room.

Instead, I would buy a standard issue crew cab 4500/5500 cab/chassis truck and build a bed for it, either in 60" or 84" chassis length, which means either a 9' or 11' bed. A standard issue cab/chassis truck and an off-the-shelf flat bed with storage boxes, or a home-built bed, would be far cheaper and more useful than the more expensive Long Hauler, with a normal pickup bed.

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recycler wrote:

looks good the hotshot'ers would love it....4x4ord towing that 15,000 lbs horse trailer behind a 3/4 ton would be unpleasant at best


Why would the hot shot'ers want a vechicle that uses more fuel. Lots of them use a 3/4 ton from what I have seen. empty trailers can be towed with the smaller trucks. BUT it would handle anything very well.
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305/610 isn't a lot of power.

It seems the thing they liked best about that truck was the air suspension.

My old truck has an 05 Cummins CR 325/610 and a very similar air suspension setup. I can vouch for why they like it.

My new truck is the Ford version of this truck.

08 F350 KR LB CC. Its getting air suspension and a twin turbo/ EFI Live 6.7. About 550 HP and over 1000 ftlbs.

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I think the thing looks like something put together by Dr. Frankenstein, aside from that and like mentioned previously in this thread, I could see a market for hotshotter's, contracter's and certain RV'ers.

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me2 wrote:

305/610 isn't a lot of power.

It seems the thing they liked best about that truck was the air suspension.

My old truck has an 05 Cummins CR 325/610 and a very similar air suspension setup. I can vouch for why they like it.

My new truck is the Ford version of this truck.

08 F350 KR LB CC. Its getting air suspension and a twin turbo/ EFI Live 6.7. About 550 HP and over 1000 ftlbs.
So you changed the engine and modified it?

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Yes. Search my posts.

I did the engine swap in my old truck back in 2005. I did the suspension a couple years ago.

I'm just about to start work on my new truck.

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larry barnhart wrote:

recycler wrote:

looks good the hotshot'ers would love it....4x4ord towing that 15,000 lbs horse trailer behind a 3/4 ton would be unpleasant at best


Why would the hot shot'ers want a vechicle that uses more fuel. Lots of them use a 3/4 ton from what I have seen. empty trailers can be towed with the smaller trucks. BUT it would handle anything very well.
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yep they do use 3/4 tons too.. mine is an ex hotshot truck and going by hitch rails being bent into tacos they hauled way overloaded alot

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Posted: 04/18/12 11:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is what I don't get and maybe I'm getting old but what is the big deal if you are a half a second faster in the 1/4 mile with a trailer on the back?

Don


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