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    My maintenance guys for our campus have talked me into a new service truck. Going to have a 9' service body on it with liftmoore 4000x crane plus a shitload of tools. regular cab dual rear.

    State contract and no need for 4wd and no towing. There's right at $4,000 between the most expensive Ford and least expensive dodge with chevy exactly in the middle. All basic work trucks in each company's version of that. The biggest difference I see is Ford has a bit more payload, but open rear diff. Chevy has a locking rear with way less payload, dodge has limited rear slip with only slightly less payload than the ford. The Ford does have the largest alternator at 200 amps which may be a big deal if using the crane often or for an extended period of time.

    I'm just not seeing a big difference in the three. Anyone using an upfitted chassis truck enlighten me?

    #2
    I have 5 all on the ford chassis’s. I have no complaints other than the fucking parking brakes will not hold a loaded truck on a 5% grade.

    Disclaimer I have never bought a new one so all I get is other people’s used junk.

    If your putting a tool box in it look at these guys.

    https://www.ctechmanufacturing.com/

    They make awesome drawers for the service truck industry. They are a local shop to me and do great work. I fill all my trucks with these drawers!

    Good luck on the new truck purchase.

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      #3
      Originally posted by ThePanzerFuhrer View Post
      I have 5 all on the ford chassis’s. I have no complaints other than the fucking parking brakes will not hold a loaded truck on a 5% grade.

      Disclaimer I have never bought a new one so all I get is other people’s used junk.

      If your putting a tool box in it look at these guys.

      https://www.ctechmanufacturing.com/

      They make awesome drawers for the service truck industry. They are a local shop to me and do great work. I fill all my trucks with these drawers!

      Good luck on the new truck purchase.
      Damn, those are nice drawers. My guys would love the shit out of that. We've been just rolling with divided shelfs.

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        #4
        Originally posted by junkytj View Post

        Damn, those are nice drawers. My guys would love the shit out of that. We've been just rolling with divided shelfs.
        https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...atalog+web.pdf

        here is the service body drawer book. Should have some that would fit right in your body. If you don’t find any you like they’ll build whatever you want

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          #5
          Ford, hands down.

          Dodge, great engines surrounded by a piece of shit truck.

          Chevy,

          I put between 45-55k miles a year on my F550 service truck, and the new one the company bought me 18 months ago has been flawless. I roll around grossing 18,760 and the truck still feels quick. I go to alot of shitty jobs sites being in the drill rig repair business and don't have a problem with the open rear end. Mine is a 4x4 but i rarely use it unless the site is a mud pit. At that point a 2wd service truck wouldn't be making it anyway, locker or LS.

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            #6
            Our entire campus is paved and it rarely gets off campus. I was just looking at differences that I could find. The ford has the least HP among the offerings so the other two must be rocket ships. I'm looking at 350s Is the frame the biggest difference there between the 550 and 350? I am a little worried about the restricted vision from the service body with the guys driving this around. Is the backup camera still there on the chasis trucks?

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              #7
              No backup camera on my F550. I couldn't say either way on the F350's.

              I've seen other service trucks with aftermarket backup cameras where the screen replaced the rear view mirror. They were pretty cool.

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                #8
                Gm 3500hd 88-01
                Ford f-superduty 80-97
                Ford superduty 99-03
                Dodge 1rst gen 77-93 and 94-02hd

                You didnt bother to say what trucks specicfaly you were looking at nor what type of materials and tools you plan to carry but it matters.

                Beam axle and 19.5 are best. I ran my 99 dodge 3500 pickup @ 14k and it beat the shit out of it. The bed and tools add up a lot faster than you realize.
                :ogre:

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                  #9
                  These are my options:
                  Vehicle: [Fleet] 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD CC (CC31003) 2WD Reg Cab 146" WB, 60" CA Work Truck
                  Vehicle: [Fleet] 2020 Ram 3500 Chassis Cab (DD3L63) Tradesman 2WD Reg Cab 60" CA 143.5" WB
                  Vehicle: [Fleet] 2020 Ford Super Duty F-350 DRW (F3G) XL 2WD Reg Cab 145" WB 60" CA

                  Whichever one will have
                  9' Knapheide Service Body Painted Red
                  Crane Mount
                  Boom Rest and Spring Work
                  Liftmoore 4000X Electric Crane

                  They will carry hand tools up to 2"
                  Files, gauges, rigging for lifting, pry bars, spuds etc
                  drills, saws, grinders
                  genset
                  air compressor
                  Various meters from vibration to basic multimeter
                  ppe, air monitor, fall arrestors
                  various chemicals, greases, and oils, spill clean up shit
                  Probably some shit I don't know about and some other shit I'm forgetting about.

                  No idea why the particular tools make a difference about one truck having an advantage over another, but there ya go.

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                    #10
                    I don’t expect this will be helpful but I brought this home today for $500 and nobody I’ve told so far has given a shit.

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                    2005 F-350 rated at 10k with the 5.4L, 2wd. No hitch but was pleasantly surprised to find the 7-way and 4-Way connectors under the rear bumper and the brake controller harness coming through the firewall (for some reason).

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                      #11
                      Damn good deal.

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                        #12
                        There is a reason why you see 30+ Ford work trucks for every 1 Chevy or dodge you see.




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                          #13
                          Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
                          There is a reason why you see 30+ Ford work trucks for every 1 Chevy or dodge you see.




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                          Fleet sales,

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by junkytj View Post
                            My maintenance guys for our campus have talked me into a new service truck. Going to have a 9' service body on it with liftmoore 4000x crane plus a shitload of tools. regular cab dual rear.

                            State contract and no need for 4wd and no towing. There's right at $4,000 between the most expensive Ford and least expensive dodge with chevy exactly in the middle. All basic work trucks in each company's version of that. The biggest difference I see is Ford has a bit more payload, but open rear diff. Chevy has a locking rear with way less payload, dodge has limited rear slip with only slightly less payload than the ford. The Ford does have the largest alternator at 200 amps which may be a big deal if using the crane often or for an extended period of time.

                            I'm just not seeing a big difference in the three. Anyone using an upfitted chassis truck enlighten me?
                            I would go with a GM or Ford, I don’t see much payload difference as they are both 14k lb gvwr. GM lists a 220amp single or dual alternatorsetup, Ford has dual as well. I don’t see much difference between the two. I’m a GM guy but I don’t think you can go wrong with either, both have fan boys who say ones the best.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Gatorgrizz27 View Post
                              I don’t expect this will be helpful but I brought this home today for $500 and nobody I’ve told so far has given a shit.

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                              2005 F-350 rated at 10k with the 5.4L, 2wd. No hitch but was pleasantly surprised to find the 7-way and 4-Way connectors under the rear bumper and the brake controller harness coming through the firewall (for some reason).
                              That’s a great deal

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