Deciding on a truck

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  1. RItrucker36

    RItrucker36 Bobtail Member

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    Hey everybody. So I’m trying to make my mind up. We run a tractor trailer and hit shot setup but honestly find the smaller unit is way more profitable as we have direct shippers. I’m deciding between a brand new ram 4500-5500 or a 2015 F450, 150k with zero rot underneath. Motor is original and clean carfax. It has brand new wheels and tires also. I’m trying to decide on spending 100k with a warranty and new or 32k asking for the used truck. Thoughts, ideas, and I’m sure some wise ### comments. Thanks!
     
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  3. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    You called?
     
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  4. Sons Hero

    Sons Hero Road Train Member

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    If it’s so profitable, why ask? Buy new!!! JMO, the transmissions in the new RAMs are junk. Aison is only an option in the 2500s I think
     
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  5. Diesel Dave

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    Why not go full board and purchase a semi ……. Quit messing with the wannabe little stuff….:p:D
     
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  6. RItrucker36

    RItrucker36 Bobtail Member

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    As I stated. We already run 48’ spread axles. Was just asking if guys are buying used or brand new.
     
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  7. FLHT

    FLHT Road Train Member

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    When the Ford needs to go to the Dr.
    They are very expensive to fix.
    Parts are just as expensive as labor.
    The people who I deal with all have Rams.
    Transmissions are the major thing but only the ones who run way too heavy.
    Quite a few get around 400.000 miles before they retire them.
    The warranty is a good idea but when your sitting days/ weeks waiting on parts.
    Kind of puts the hurt on the pocket book.
     
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  8. BoxCarKidd

    BoxCarKidd Road Train Member

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    The folks I know with the F350 - 450's in that year range like them. Most have been altered.
    Rams have been dependable mechanically in the past. Do not know about those new trans. My older 2500 always shifted funky. Learned how to drive it. Had it rebuilt at about at about 230,000 miles. Then I bought a 3500 GMC, price was right. Will see how that goes.
    If I was buying new thank I would get the Ram with a manual if the price was right.
    Any brand truck that has been altered can get you in a bind out on the road. My local dealer will roll them in. Find they are altered and roll it out. Come get your truck.
     
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