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Old 07-29-2018, 12:30 PM   #1
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Hey guys, as some of you might know from my last post Iím looking to upgrade my trucks in the next six months or so.

Currently have a four-door F1 50 and Iím going to upgrade to a four-door F350.

My question is would a flat deck be a good all-around truck for owner operator. I know there would be benefits having it or the work side of things but Iím wondering if doing quotes in a flat deck truck be a negative over a standard pick up?

It would still be a single rear wheel truck

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Old 07-29-2018, 12:37 PM   #2
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I dont think it matters what kind of rig you pull up in.

More important will be your appearance, punctuality & demeanor.

I know of two guys in the last couple of years that ditched flatbeds and went back to conventional pick up.

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I dont think it matters what kind of rig you pull up in.



More important will be your appearance, punctuality & demeanor.



I know of two guys in the last couple of years that ditched flatbeds and went back to conventional pick up.


Do you know why they ditched their flat beds?
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I think that the answer to this is very dependent upon what sort of work you do.

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Do you know why they ditched their flat beds?
Didnt like working out of them. They said just inconvenient.

Another guy was looking in to it but quit after finding out the cost to do it right and make it look right.
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I have a lot of stuff fork lifted right on to the truck. Lots easier to pull the side rail & set a bundle of flooring right on the truck. Friday, I got a big assss shaper in from Darcey & we forklifted it right on the back of the truck instead of having to drag a trailer to town. There's times it's not convienent, like when I'm hauling stuff that don't get strapped down, but thrown in the back of the truck. On those days, we take the other truck.



Picked up a job box for the flat bed that can be fork lifted on & off for when I need to carry small stuff that needs to stay put or dry.
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I do a wide range of stuff from interior Renoís to decks and pavers. The idea came to light this year with my mini skid steer. Much easier to load is in the truck and take the tool trailer in tow than to make two trips with two trailers.

I have been finding myself using the dump trailer for picking stuff up more as it can get a skid of flooring or lumber in it easier than the truck.

I figured it would be better to have a truck that could do the same so the dump trailer can go back to being mainly for garbage
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Flat beds are great, flat beds on a single rear wheel truck look goofy.

Next truck will be a CC with a 12 foot flat bed.

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My dream truck is a crewcab 12' dump flatbed. Some of the newish beds look fantastic too.
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Thinking about a lift gate on the back of my gooseneck.

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Thinking about a lift gate on the back of my gooseneck.

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When I worked with my Dad the best vehicle for moving big stuff was a 5 ton box truck with a lift gate. Sometimes half the battle is getting the gear up to loading height.

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When I worked with my Dad the best vehicle for moving big stuff was a 5 ton box truck with a lift gate. Sometimes half the battle is getting the gear up to loading height.

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I don't need it on my end, but it would be nice when places don't offer load out or when delivering stuff to customers that have no way to unload.

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What truck are you using as the platform?
I get grief from local dealers asking for a F450 or GMC/Chevy 3500 with CC and 10' bed.



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I get grief from local dealers asking for a F450 or GMC/Chevy 3500 with CC and 10' bed.



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If and when I buy New, probably be a dodge. Every dealer around here has numerous CC and chassis on the lot.

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Hey guys thought I would addd to this thread over making a new one.

I have been asking around about truck people might be selling that havenít gone up for sale yet to see if I could catch a good one.

Iíve found a 2008 F350 DRW with a 9 ft flat deck with metal drop down sides and a few under boxes.

Essentially everything I was looking for except DRW and itís a V10. The engine was replaced about 1000km ago and they ended up buying a diesel while the truck was being fixed and therefore they are selling the V10.

Itís more truck than I need as a DRW but the deal Iím getting makes it the same price as some of the SRW I have been looking at.

Any insight on that age of v10. Am I going to kick my self for fuel mileage? I donít do much highway driving just around our little city and a few trip into the main city ever other week or so.(hour return trips)
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Hey guys thought I would addd to this thread over making a new one.

I have been asking around about truck people might be selling that havenít gone up for sale yet to see if I could catch a good one.

Iíve found a 2008 F350 DRW with a 9 ft flat deck with metal drop down sides and a few under boxes.

Essentially everything I was looking for except DRW and itís a V10. The engine was replaced about 1000km ago and they ended up buying a diesel while the truck was being fixed and therefore they are selling the V10.

Itís more truck than I need as a DRW but the deal Iím getting makes it the same price as some of the SRW I have been looking at.

Any insight on that age of v10. Am I going to kick my self for fuel mileage? I donít do much highway driving just around our little city and a few trip into the main city ever other week or so.(hour return trips)


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I can't add any first hand advice but I've heard nothing but good things from the two people I know who owned them. That being said they are a Ford modular engine so they will suffer the same short comings as the 4.0 V6 and the 5.4 V8... except the cam phasers as the V10 didn't have VVT iirc.

My reservations would come into play about the "engine replacement". Unless you know it's history don't touch it with a 10 foot pole. Every junk yard engine is sold as having 130K on it even when it's actually 300K.

On top of that the 10 year mark is where the more serious repairs start creeping up.

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Whats 1000km? Like 25 miles?

Seriously, if you are just putting around town, the fuel mileage will be horrendous. Unless you are used to 8-10 mpg. To me it's normal, but it is an issue in the long run.

If it's a hauling rig, it will have plenty of power.

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Whats 1000km? Like 25 miles?

Seriously, if you are just putting around town, the fuel mileage will be horrendous. Unless you are used to 8-10 mpg. To me it's normal, but it is an issue in the long run.

If it's a hauling rig, it will have plenty of power.

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