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Old 03-17-2013, 06:55 AM
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No I'm not in the business I thought this was the new Facebook of course I am. Sorry for asking a honest dam question being that I need advice because my trailer is totaled and my truck has been wrecked just wanted to know if anyone else had this happen and what they did to fix it
Asking a question is one thing but anyone that sits and reads all of your posts that you have put on here would have to ask the same question...Good luck with your BUSINESS......
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If I was you I would look around before I made a choice. I know the 90's dodge with the Cummins are very cheap and easy to find one from a farm with a flat bed and low miles. Down here you can find them for 7,000 to 9,000 down here with low miles, 150,000 to 200,000 on a motor known the exceed 1,000,000 miles.

Hell my buddy who used to be in the business traded a lesco walk behind for one. Only thing wrong with it was the passenger door had a big dent where someone backed into it. These trucks get good fuel mileage and pulling small 16 ft and 20 ft trailers with them is a breeze.
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150,000 to 200,000 on a motor known the exceed 1,000,000 miles.
The rest of the truck is still a Dodge.
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Haha. Good one. I was giving him a cost effective solution. I drive a dodge. But if I had 60,000 to blow I would have a chevy
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If I was you I would look around before I made a choice. I know the 90's dodge with the Cummins are very cheap and easy to find one from a farm with a flat bed and low miles. Down here you can find them for 7,000 to 9,000 down here with low miles, 150,000 to 200,000 on a motor known the exceed 1,000,000 miles.

Hell my buddy who used to be in the business traded a lesco walk behind for one. Only thing wrong with it was the passenger door had a big dent where someone backed into it. These trucks get good fuel mileage and pulling small 16 ft and 20 ft trailers with them is a breeze.


the 90's dodge trucks with the cummins is garbage that is why they are cheap.
the motor is a good motor but the transmission is crap.

also, the cummins motor that has the reputation of lasting a million miles is not the one built for dodge it is the motor seen in the big rigs. cummins knows full well that the one they build for dodge won't need to last that long because the truck will be shot after a 100 to 200 k miles and will be sitting in the scrap yard waiting to be recycled.

you would be better served buy buying a 1980 chevy dump truck for a couple grand then buying a 90's dodge and the sad part is it would last you about 10 x's longer.
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you would be better served buy buying a 1980 chevy dump truck for a couple grand then buying a 90's dodge and the sad part is it would last you about 10 x's longer.
I mean, I wouldn't go saying that. The Dodges just aren't as idiot proof as a Honda Civic or something. The automatic transmissions overheat sometimes. So put in a bigger trans cooler and an in-line filter.
The manual transmissions need the 5th gear nut welded on or something. A pain in the ***, but nothing that totals the truck.

But it IS Chrysler product..from the 90s. So, of course, it handles terribly. And of course, there are no grease fittings on front end suspension components.
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Greg, I think you have a good drive to work and run a company. I dont think that you are ready to run a business by your self. From the posts you put up here I think a lot of us will agree.
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dodge trucks have many issues and still do and they were even worse in the 90's and i had two dodges in the 90's that i bought brand new because i fell for the " their cheaper then a ford or chevy bullcrap" and the money i saved buying that garbage i lost ten fold dealing with the repair costs and lost money dealing with lost time with the truck being out of service.

speaking for myself, i don't claim to be the burning bush about all there is to know about everything but after 23 years in business and over 28 years in the trade i have seen enough and learned enough over that time from my own experiences and witnessing others in the trade as well.

i take giving advice very seriously and i am not gonna sugarcoat anything even if i got to tell someone what they don't want to hear if i feel it can save someone the trouble and spare them from finding out the hard way.

buying a piece of crap equipment can have profound negative effects on someones business especially when they are starting out and have limited resources and can not afford a back up.

being down a truck is a big deal when you own a business and i am sure the OP can attest to that now that he has a damaged truck and trailer even though it may be by no fault of his own.

losing a truck can hurt any business and it would even have a effect on mine but for me if i lose a truck i got 7 more to get the job done but if you are a small guy like the OP you are pretty much out of business until you can resolve that problem.

now that he is in the market for a truck i am suggesting he find himself a truck that will give him a better chance of moving forward with as little headaches as possible and unfortunately there is no easy way out and as the old saying goes " pay now or pay later ".

in this business you not only succeed because of how well you run your business but also on how well you keep you eyes and ears wide open and listen to people who traveled that path long before you.
the answers are out there and you don't need to have a crystal ball and find out everything on your own and everyone can learn a lot and spare themselves a lot of trouble by not only asking the questions but by listening to the answers.
you don't have to follow the advice literally but at least you can have a better clue and be more educated if you do care to listen.
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I mean, I wouldn't go saying that. The Dodges just aren't as idiot proof as a Honda Civic or something. The automatic transmissions overheat sometimes. So put in a bigger trans cooler and an in-line filter.
The manual transmissions need the 5th gear nut welded on or something. A pain in the ***, but nothing that totals the truck.

But it IS Chrysler product..from the 90s. So, of course, it handles terribly. And of course, there are no grease fittings on front end suspension components.

oh really, if the solution is a trans cooler and welding a nut which either is under a 100.00 repair then why would the manufacturer not do that to spare themselves the trouble of doing warranty work or gaining a bad reputation.

to top it off they all have trans coolers mine did and that was not the problem.
the motor has more torque then the trans can take and as a result it destroys the transmission.
you proved my point buy suggesting a in line filter because considering they tear all the clutches up inside the automatic transmissions instead of finding all the brass shavings inside your trans pan it will clog your filter and as a result cut off the fluid getting to the cooler further compounding the problem.

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That is true about the torque. If you noticed the ford C6 transmission was rated for way higher then its actually use. These transmission are still used in dragsters. With a few mods they can take 700-800 lbs of torque.

Dodge couldnt make a transmission for a minivan. No way in hell would I trust it in a truck. I would buy a honda civic flatbed in a heartbeat though.
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