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Old 03-28-2021, 07:27 AM   #1
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Did I find my forever tow vehicle?

Saw this at the dealership and it got the gears turning in my head. I don't need butt massaging seats or satellite TV...and a whole lot more of the truck is going to payload. The taxes inherent in owning a commercial vehicle, and that "Incomplete Vehicle" note has me wondering about the legalities of making it a complete vehicle, but with the two fuel tanks, I'm betting it'd make a helluva TV.
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Old 03-28-2021, 07:32 AM   #2
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You better like it when you buy it, because there aren’t many people in this world that would be interested in having it. Oh not to be too harsh, but that truck has very very little to offer in the way of amenities. Plus the engine is possibly detuned if it’s the 6.6.
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Old 03-28-2021, 07:38 AM   #3
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At a certain level, it's a work truck. Pull the hitch off it, and sell it as such.

(It does have rubber flooring, you're right there.)
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Old 03-28-2021, 07:42 AM   #4
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I know several people who use fleet trucks and put a work bed on them.

They make great tow vehicles for 5th wheels.

I don't spend money on stuff like heated seats, carpet or leather. I'd rather spend the money on a nicer trailer or travel.
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Old 03-28-2021, 08:07 AM   #5
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Saw this at the dealership and it got the gears turning in my head. I don't need butt massaging seats or satellite TV...and a whole lot more of the truck is going to payload. The taxes inherent in owning a commercial vehicle, and that "Incomplete Vehicle" note has me wondering about the legalities of making it a complete vehicle, but with the two fuel tanks, I'm betting it'd make a helluva TV.
Itís got potential but by the time you outfit it with a bed( unless your able to fabricate it yourself) I would think your pushing into the price of a stripped down dually with a standard pickup bed...it would make sense if you could find a retired fleet truck for less then half the price..some gov agencies buy trucks and maintain them but hardly use them at all..pick up at an auction or reseller
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Old 03-28-2021, 08:11 AM   #6
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Itís got potential but by the time you outfit it with a bed( unless your able to fabricate it yourself) I would think your pushing into the price of a stripped down dually with a standard pickup bed...it would make sense if you could find a retired fleet truck for less then half the price..some gov agencies buy trucks and maintain them but hardly use them at all..pick up at an auction or reseller
Apparently Craigslist isn't the right place to be looking for them. All the Work Trucks there look like they've been used...hard...

I used to work for the DOT. Once, all the Fleet Tauruses were checked out and they threw me the keys to one of the trucks. Never have I felt more power. I could go.....ANYWHERE!

(The fact the orange paint on the inside of the cab was the same as the orange paint on the outside of the cab....because it was a single sheet of steel...was not lost on me.)
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You can special order a Chevy 6.6l 4x4 DRW "work truck" built to tow a fifth wheel (pucks in the bed with spray in bedliner) with "basic conveniences" like cruise, upfitter switches, electric windows, remote start, etc) for an MSRP of $48K. You should be able to negotiate a price close to the asking price on that truck (and this one comes with a factory bed)... https://www.chevrolet.com/trucks/sil...-price/summary

The "bed delete option" reduces the truck by about $1300. You won't find a "aftermarket bed" for less than around $5K, so even though that truck is under $50K, it's going to be a $55K truck by the time you put "something flat" behind the cab....
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Buy it, install a dump bed and go make money.
BTY, there is a dealership in Oregon that sells lots of pickups beds from newer pickups. I asked the owner once why?. He goes to Alaska every year and buys the beds they took off pickups going to the pipe line. All colors and nearly new new.
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You can special order a Chevy 6.6l 4x4 DRW "work truck" built to tow a fifth wheel (pucks in the bed with spray in bedliner) with "basic conveniences" like cruise, upfitter switches, electric windows, remote start, etc) for an MSRP of $48K. You should be able to negotiate a price close to the asking price on that truck (and this one comes with a factory bed)... https://www.chevrolet.com/trucks/sil...-price/summary

The "bed delete option" reduces the truck by about $1300. You won't find a "aftermarket bed" for less than around $5K, so even though that truck is under $50K, it's going to be a $55K truck by the time you put "something flat" behind the cab....
Sticking this in my back pocket for later.
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Saw this at the dealership and it got the gears turning in my head. I don't need butt massaging seats or satellite TV...and a whole lot more of the truck is going to payload. The taxes inherent in owning a commercial vehicle, and that "Incomplete Vehicle" note has me wondering about the legalities of making it a complete vehicle, but with the two fuel tanks, I'm betting it'd make a helluva TV.
Saw this guy ..looks like a mad max rig..plenty of fuel though..guess he made it himself
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Saw this guy ..looks like a mad max rig..plenty of fuel though..guess he made it himself
Handy for jump starting, too.
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I know several people who use fleet trucks and put a work bed on them.

They make great tow vehicles for 5th wheels.

I don't spend money on stuff like heated seats, carpet or leather. I'd rather spend the money on a nicer trailer or travel.
Well when your TV is your only vehicle, you do want some creature comforts, and as I call them handy features. Our Ram has backup camera and park sense, nice in a tight parking spot. It also has power folding, and heated mirrors, great with the Bullwinkle mirrors.
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This would be my dream hauler. It is a bit long as it has an 18" aux tank behind the Mega Cab, and in front of the long 8' bed. It is built on a 5500 cab chassis.





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Old 04-01-2021, 03:05 PM   #14
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Buy it, install a dump bed and go make money.
BTY, there is a dealership in Oregon that sells lots of pickups beds from newer pickups. I asked the owner once why?. He goes to Alaska every year and buys the beds they took off pickups going to the pipe line. All colors and nearly new new.
Sorry, didn't read all the posts, but this one struck a cord with me.

I would be VERY leery of putting a pickup box on a cab/chassis.

I was a service manager at a Chevy/Pontiac dealership back in the late 70's early 80's and the general manager got a great deal on a cab/chassis for a friend. He told him that we had an as new dually box that we took off of a sister John Deere dealership delivery that was made into a flat bed. Look good in theory, but the rear wheel track is different on a cab/chassis than on a 1 ton dually with factory box. We ended up swapping complete rearends to get the job done. As I remember the cab/chassis rearend is narrower than a 1 ton dually with factory box.

I know lots of guys strip off a box to make their welding beds, but just be fore warned that they may not fit the other way around. Take LOTS of measurements first. Things may be different now, but I would still be very careful before purchasing with that purpose in mind.

I think there was/is a company called Western Hauler that makes larger trucks into gooseneck/fifth wheel haulers with adding short custom beds on cab/chassis trucks.
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You better like it when you buy it, because there arenít many people in this world that would be interested in having it. Oh not to be too harsh, but that truck has very very little to offer in the way of amenities. Plus the engine is possibly detuned if itís the 6.6.

Does your truck have a hood scoop?
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This would be my dream hauler. It is a bit long as it has an 18" aux tank behind the Mega Cab, and in front of the long 8' bed. It is built on a 5500 cab chassis.





About 10 years ago I met 2 fellows at a park each with this truck in the 3500 model. They bought the mega cabs & there was some outfit in Texas that added 14", if I recall, to them to fit an 8' bed onto them. BOY were they long!! They'd probably need about 3 blocks to make a u turn. But they were roomy.
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About 10 years ago I met 2 fellows at a park each with this truck in the 3500 model. They bought the mega cabs & there was some outfit in Texas that added 14", if I recall, to them to fit an 8' bed onto them. BOY were they long!! They'd probably need about 3 blocks to make a u turn. But they were roomy.
Danny, the long hauler had an 17" or 18" fuel tank in front of that 8' bed it had three fuel tanks, for a total of 170 gallons of fuel. it also had a 16.45' wheel base!
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Well when your TV is your only vehicle, you do want some creature comforts, and as I call them handy features. Our Ram has backup camera and park sense, nice in a tight parking spot. It also has power folding, and heated mirrors, great with the Bullwinkle mirrors.
My work truck has a button that says heated mirrors... owned this truck since March of '15 and still ain't figured out why there is a button to heat the mirrors..

I'm convinced that you don't really need all them doodads and gimmicks in a pickup... although the heater is nice for winter driver I could and have done without it.. DW gets mad at me 'cause I'd rather roll the windows down than turn on the a/c... but I do that at home too..
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Well when your TV is your only vehicle, you do want some creature comforts, and as I call them handy features. Our Ram has backup camera and park sense, nice in a tight parking spot. It also has power folding, and heated mirrors, great with the Bullwinkle mirrors.
The plan (and it changes nearly hourly these days) is to keep the 3/4 ton because it's my wife's DD and she loves it dearly...and have a 1 ton where the payload isn't a factor, it's so high. We currently have a well optioned Acadia as well...so it's 'can you live without the creature comforts when you're away from the home-base'...and it the plan is to RV where it's comfortable, when it's comfortable, I don't need the heated steering wheel.

At least at this point in my life, I don't see living full time...it's just not my bag.


But when push comes to shove, I'll probably 'settle' for a fully optioned 3 year old one-ton for the same kind of money.
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There is absolutely nothing wrong in ordering a stripped down model of a pick up truck for many reasons but especially cost. But, I would recommend ordering the truck and putting in exactly what options you want/need at whichever trim level is comfortable for you. So you get a work truck that is customized for you. Once you start changing a truck after it is built, there are too many costs and problems. And you may never get the truck you really want.
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