If you're buying to lease to a company, what truck would you buy?

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  1. Jbrow327

    Jbrow327 Light Load Member

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    You're getting a loan for 80k to 100k for the truck. You're main concerns are reliable number 1 and mpg number 2. What truck do you buy? List all specs and why you choose them.
     
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  3. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike Road Train Member

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    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Old school 12.7 liter 500 HP Detroit. Why? You didn’t men performance. If you’re pulling a box and bean counting, the old 500 Detroit is the most reliable, gets great fuel economy and cheap to repair and build. Transmission? 13 speed. Rears? 3.36-3.55
     
  5. Pamela1990

    Pamela1990 Road Train Member

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    Pulling what?

    Terrain?

    All paved?

    Max weight?

    Really no way to answer the question, with 1% of the information.

    My needs, your needs, and the next persons needs, could be very different.
     
  6. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Road Train Member

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    I would look at trucks based on engine and ease of service. Ease of service may be dependent on if you are doing local, regional, or OTR.

    My perceptions, Going by engine manufacturers.....

    Volvo: makes a fine engine. Factory authorized service centers may be a problem. The serviceability for an over the road application may be a challenge. Even If you buy a Volvo truck with a Cummins the service may be problematic if you are not near Volvo dealers.

    Paccar: I just got out of a Paccar powered T680. A Paccar engine may require you to go to a Pete or KW shop. More shops than Volvo, and the number of independent shops are growing. Good fuel economy out of the new ones. I was disappointed with the power though. It is a smaller engine and the one I drove never met a hill it didn't balk at. Mid western flat land routes it would do fine, but heavy and hills will kill that thing.

    DD15: good serviceability with a big network of service providers. Good fuel economy. My opinion is one of the least down time engines out there. May come out a bit lackluster with heavy loads running through mountains but will get the job done. Disadvantage: you can only get in Freightliners and Western Star.

    Cummins: good serviceability with a big network of service providers. Since they make engines for most every manufacturer, most every dealer can patch them up if they can get parts. I think they generally pull better than the DD15. Unfortunately they do not put up the fuel economy numbers of the DD15. Short term side note: Availability of service parts has been suffering during the supply chain fiasco.
     
  7. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    You mean my 389 set up for pneumatic work pulling 80k every load can’t do it all? It’ll even blow dry my long, flowing locks of hair if need be.

    *confused*
     
  8. Ridgeline

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    Freightliner cascadia as much as I hate them.

    it is all about economics.
     
  9. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

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    Freightliner has the most shops.
     
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  10. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    *If* I were ever to buy a truck I would buy a glider rig so as not to have the emissions crap to deal with. And yes, I would continue my long standing policy of staying out of Nutland.
     
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