Glider Trucks

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  1. SHC

    SHC Spoiled Rotten Brat O/O

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    This post is ONLY for those who actually have a glider truck. I don;t want to hear about a buddy you have, or someone's aunts cousins sister..... Come this spring, I am most likely going to take the leap and get a glider truck. I'm not going to get anything with emissions on the engine, so don't bother trying to sway my decision, it's made.....

    that said, I am contemplating on a few different versions.

    First is the Coronado sold by Harrison Truck Centers with the 12.7 Reliabilt motor and 13spd

    Second is the Peterbilt 389 sold by Fitzgeralds

    third and most probable is a 389 with a 6NZ and 18spd

    I guess my main questions are:

    How do you like the truck?

    Anything you would have ordered or changed on it?

    How were they to deal with and how have ANY repairs been handled???

    Thanks for any input
     
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  3. FLATBED

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    My aunts cousins sister has a buddy that has 1 of the CORONADOS from HARRISON and works for my son as an O/O but supposedly I cannot tell you about it :)
     
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  4. Balakov100

    Balakov100 Road Train Member

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    I drove a Fitzgerald Coronado
    Had a 12.7 Detroit and a 10spd.
    Had it for about 6-7mths.

    I liked it.
    ECM was giving me trouble when I first got it. That got switched out at Freightliner not sure if it was warranty, was a company truck.

    Alternator went out at one point also.
    Guess some of that stuff can happen.
    Other than that it ran good.
    You did say the Coronado you were looking at was from Harrison but probably not THAT much different.
     
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    Hi SHC, you left yourself wide open for FLATBED's comment, but being a Pete guy, definitely go with the Pete. It's a much cooler truck, and you have resale later on. Be careful with glider kits. Years ago, they were all the rage. I've known several people that did that, and saved a bunch, but unless you do it yourself, there's a lot to it. Wiring, air lines, alignments, can all come back to haunt you, and there are so many trucks out there, it may be easier to just get the truck you want. It's a big project, for sure, good luck.
     
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  6. 2CAN

    2CAN Medium Load Member

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    I have nothing to add, but interested in the discussion. please let us know how this works out.
     
  7. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4394021]Hi SHC, you left yourself wide open for FLATBED's comment, but being a Pete guy, definitely go with the Pete. It's a much cooler truck, and you have resale later on. Be careful with glider kits. Years ago, they were all the rage. I've known several people that did that, and saved a bunch, but unless you do it yourself, there's a lot to it. Wiring, air lines, alignments, can all come back to haunt you, and there are so many trucks out there, it may be easier to just get the truck you want. It's a big project, for sure, good luck.[/QUOTE]

    These are not gliders like you remember from the old days. These are turn key ready to work trucks already built with reman motors, trans, rears installed. Google Harrison and Fitzgerald. Sorry SHC not to jack the thread.
     
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  8. The Admiral

    The Admiral Heavy Load Member

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    Jerry Hoover in New Philadelphia, Oh. has an excellent reputation.
     
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  9. BigJls1

    BigJls1 Medium Load Member

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    I have a fitz glider . 12.7 13 3.42. Tall 22.5. We don't drive for mpg. We drive for miles. Almost always in the high 6 mpg to low 7's. Again this is running 75 mpg. Truck is a 2012 and sitting at a little over 300k. Show me any truck on the road that can go 300k without a few minor issues?

    Had 2 alternators go under warranty, an air bag under warranty and a speed sensor, which Fitzgerald priority overnighted with Saturday deliver, no cost, no questioned asked. You can bet your paycheck my next truck will be a Fitz. And you can bet that even with the1800 monthly payments, I'm still making more money with this truck than our last one, that was paid off.


    The Harrison boys were on my radar, but their glider Coronado's don't come with the full running boards or rear box's. Their motors don't come standard with the big Borg warner turbo or the ported coated manifold. Fitz did on mine. Why pay extra when fitz was cheaper and it came standard.

    I know cowpie had a great experience at Harrison. So I see nothing wrong with their product...just maybe different situations.
     
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  10. Inland-Pilot

    Inland-Pilot Light Load Member

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    I don't have a glider. This is only a test post. If I had a glider, this might've been followed by some useful information.
     
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