Truck to buy for hotshot? F-350 or Freightliner M2?

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by GATATransport, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. KANSAS TRANSIT

    KANSAS TRANSIT Road Train Member

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    IF you are interested I do have an 2007 M2 ext. cab for sale, it has the 250hp C7 cat that can be uprated to I believe 300 hp. It has the 6 sp. Allison, all alum 22.5 wheels, is pretty well loaded, A/C, Air Brake, Air ride, P/W etc.

    Looking for about 25,000 for it with a clean, clear title.

    Truck has 300,000 easy miles on it and I got 13 MPG bobtailing it home, probably figure around 9-10 MPG loaded, rated at 33,000 GVW. It is a sharp little truck. m2.jpg
     
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    You can do pretty well. With a 45' horse trailer, the M2 with the C11 and 10 speed was in the low-to-mid 8s. But if you're running something with a drivetrain comparable to a pickup, and you're turning as many RPMs as a pickup would be, then you're not likely to see any improvement. Ran across a guy yesterday running a Class 8 single axle pulling a gooseneck. F/L Columbia with a C12 Cat and 3.55 rears with a 13 speed. So he was probably only turning about 1400 - 1450 RPMs at 70 MPH.... you'd be turning considerably more in a pickup.
     
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    Kansas Transit, I will pass this along to my partners and see what they think. Do you have any more pictures?
     
  4. KANSAS TRANSIT

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    These pics are from the sister trucks that I had converted, but they are all the same.

    They do have air ride seats, tilt/tele wheel decent stereo, dual fuel tanks, they also have the optional wrap around sleeper curtain that comes all the way across the dash like a sleeper truck truck to give you more room in the ext. cab area.

    THX, Stan
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    Thanks for the pictures. I will pass along to partners and see what we would like to do.
     
  6. KANSAS TRANSIT

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    No problem, it is the last one that I have, it was suppose to be sold already but the guy is having trouble getting financed.

    Thanks Stan
     
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    Hey Kansas Transit, What'ca hauling on them flatbeds? You got me curious.
     
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    I'd go with at LEAST a F450 and prefer a F550 for hotshot work.
     
  9. KANSAS TRANSIT

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    Hey LA, they were built to haul and RV travel trailer on the deck and pull one behind, the reason there is a hyd. lift on the front part of the deck so that they can haul two cars back.

    But I had a guy that waned four of them before I every got them on the road, so I sold the ones that were done and then just never did anything with the last cab and chassis as it was not started yet.

    Thanks for asking,

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    I'm looking for a haul and tow. Is this truck still for sale? How much with a bed on it like the other two?

    Thanks