What's driving a medium duty box truck like?

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  1. I love tequila

    I love tequila Light Load Member

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    Under cdl 10-26ft box trucks like the international durastar, international 4700, freightliner m2, freightliner fl series and gmc topkick box trucks... what type of options can you expect i.e. (air ride seats, air ride suspension, manual transmission) any opinions or reviews are appreciated...
     
  2. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce until you are nauseated, bounce some more.

    Find yourself on broken concrete and add slamming to the bounces.

    God help if you youre on gravel in Arkansas. SWAY.... SWAY ..... SWWWAAAAYY whoops skiidddd.
     
  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    The newer ones are comfortable.
    I drove a U-Haul box truck that surprised me; it was like driving a car; smooth & comfortable.
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  4. Colt6920

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    These things really run the gamut.
    You’ll have anything from a pickup cab and interior paired with a big gas motor, auto trans, hydraulic brakes, non air ride seats and leaf springs (mostly your Ford F650s, this is how Uhaul specs theirs) up to a full heavy duty cab off a semi, dock height, 22.5 tires, Cummins diesel, manual trans (not a real popular option anymore, and when spec’d is often a 6 or 7 speed sychronized unit that you would shift like a manual Honda Civic and not like the unsynchonized 10 13 or 18 speed semi truck trans) air brakes, air ride suspension, and air ride seats. This would be how Ryder, Budget and Penske trucks are setup (but with auto transmissions not manuals) These trucks ride pretty rough and are bouncy as hell when empty.

    Also typically the shorter you go the lighter the truck is and the more car like it is. For instance many trucks under 16-20 ft are under like 20k gross. These typically ride on Ford E3/450 cutaways or F3-550 chassis, or Isuzu NPR cabovers. The F series actually share the cab off the F150 so they are pretty plush. These ride a lot better than the big trucks, except for the Isuzu cabovers. These things are great for city work. Awesome visibility and turning radius, but are ####tastic on the highway. No power, wander, lots of wind noise, #### ride and you are the crumple zone. Also the driving position is kinda odd, as you are sitting in front of the front axle.

    Once you get to like 10ft trucks those are typically built on single rear wheel Chevy Express vans or F350s. These are gonna be pretty close to your 1ton pickups.
     
  5. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    "It's just like driving a really big Pinto."
     
  6. buddyd157

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    you mean it explodes..???
     
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  7. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    Watch the movie Speed again. ;)
     
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  8. BUMBACLADWAR

    BUMBACLADWAR Road Train Member

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    Ohh.. You left out the "Wind Gusts".
     
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  9. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    that ain't been on for a while now.

    i'm still waiting for Outbreak, and Contagion to come back as well.
     
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