If you are not a “seasoned” truck buyer, we hope this will help with your decision making.
WHAT SIZE OF TRUCK DO YOU NEED? … It is advisable to avoid a truck that is undersized for the intended use. Many truck models have very similar appearances, but perform completely differently. A Dodge Ram 2500 does not look that much different than a Dodge 5500 except for the dual wheels. There is, however a significant amount of safety and work related advantages.
Dual Rear Wheels begin availability in the 1 ton chassis of every manufacturer. Dual rear wheels immediately provide a higher GVWR (ability to carry weight). They also provide extra vehicle control in the event of a rear tire blow out or flat, especially if pulling a trailer. Trucks exceeding the 1 ton GVWR generally also include many other improvements to allow moving and carrying heavy loads.
Brake systems are generally significantly improved beginning at the 1 ton stage, and even more at the higher GVWR rated chassis. Most 1st truck buyers feel they only need to look at the power rating of the truck. Power is needed for heavy loads, especially on inclines, however, the need for proper braking is more important due to safety. HD TRUCKS & EQUIP LLC recommends to NEVER exceed the factory GVWR of any vehicle.
Power under the hood is important, but also relative to the application of the truck. A diesel engine in the extreme cold of northern states may not be the best choice for some buyers. One the other hand, a diesel in extreme climates such as the SW deserts are fair less likely to overheat when idling for long periods, such as in a bucket truck, tow truck or other vehicles. Diesels provide power and torque at very low engine RPMs compared to a gas motor. This helps under heavy loads especially in incline situations. A gas engine normally has less mechanical issues and repairs are usually less costly than diesels. For light to medium duty usage, a large displacement gas engine with usually be sufficient. Too little power for the application regardless of gas or diesel, will result in constant stress and likely premature failure.
Modern transmissions now offer many more “speeds” than previously. These will allow for compensation of lower power, because there are more gear ratios which help keep the engine in the proper RPM power range. Additionally, rear end final gear ratios may be altered to provide more low end torque and power. Be advised that changing those ratios will have an affect on fuel economy and top speeds.
You may contact HD TRUCKS & EQUIP LLC at (731) 435-1605 for other assistance.