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Old 03-22-2003, 12:59 PM   #15
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You definitely have the biggest tow vehicle here, unless someone has a freightliner (doubtful)

The nice thing about your truck is it's multi-purpose. You can fit lots of stuff in there. In a diesel, it would be great. But 1998 is almost new.
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Old 03-22-2003, 03:07 PM   #16
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Wait....I know I've seen that on this fourum! There is an Freightliner, Mack, Peterbilt or whatever out there and the person does also use it to pull his large A/S! I swear I've seen it in the photo section. I only wish I could have found it to post it.

It's quite a rig!

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Don E Texas has a Freight Liner. Well....he uses only part of it. We use the whole truck.

We carry a bit more than we used to in our van (like 2nd generator 3000i, a few hundred pounds more of music books, enough groceries for a few months-like maybe 20Lbs of rice,....). The difference is (besides BIG brakes), we have room to move things around and don't have to walk folded in two. People were always asking :"you're not putting all that stuff in your van, are you?". Yes. Except it took us about 6 hours to load. Things had to go a certain way, all displays had to be taken apart,..... A real drag. Now it's a lot faster.
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Chantal! That's it! I knew I didn't have too much to drink!

Thanks for posting the link to the picture!

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Oh, I read it that you had 454 in it instead of you went from a 454 in your van. What kind of MPG do you get in this beast? Probably comparable to big block gassers.
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We have had the truck for only one season and a half, and I have been too lazy to check the numbers. The previous owner said 9 mpg. That looks right.
Other big advantage to the van: I don't think that the MPG is different with or without trailer (maybe not in mountain). We rarely use it without trailer.
The other is the cost of fuel: most of the time, diesel is the same price as regular. When towing with the van, we used mostly mid grade, but used premium in mountain. 10 & 20cts a gallon more than diesel.
The last point: we talked about buying a smaller truck. We test drove a Isuzu I think or similar. The way you sit, there is nothing between you and whatever you may run into. Then, the brakes were not impressive.
We thought about something like a Ford 450 or 550, but couldn't afford them. This was a lot cheaper, and in the end, a lot safer.
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Those Big Trucks......

can cost less than a new diesel pickup truck. A new Crew Cab Dually can set you back $45K or more. With the economy in a slump, it is a buyers market out there for big rigs. Nice trucks can be had for $12K and up. Some of the folks on other RV websites have been converting Volvo VNL610's with great success, as well as the Frieghtliners. I would love to have one of those big rigs, but it is not the kind of thing you use to run to the store in, although some folks ARE doing it.

Lots of good used trucks here!
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Yeah, I agree, these Freightliners are a better buy, more bang for your money.
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