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Old 08-16-2016, 11:02 AM   #21
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If you can put a Cummins into a Ford, anything is possible. Good luck.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:10 AM   #22
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Don't forget the Yosemite Sam mud flaps. Not a TRUE rig till it has Yosemite Sam mud flaps.
Just sayin...
Sorry to disappoint.

The dump body has the manufacturer's mud flaps.

If I ever did printed mud flaps, I'd use this image:



Let the outsiders just wonder....
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:41 AM   #23
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Going to get all maintenance items on our 2 trucks freshened up. A 2002 Explorer and my 2003 F350. Transmissions serviced, font ends gone over, exhaust systems up to snuff, brakes, etc. I have a trustworthy mechanic near my office. Figuring on spending about $3K to get both of them "Road Trip" ready. (Basically, either vehicle could do a 1,000 mile trip without any issues.)


Then the Eddie Bower seats in the Explorer will wind up in the F350. While no seats in the F350, I'll do the padding and rugs. Radio may wait.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:57 PM   #24
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Mike, I've SERIOUSLY always wanted a flatbed rack body as my tow vehicle. I've done my due diligence, and have found a way to load "just" the trailer, and run the pickup body empty.

Sorta took the rear axel payload issue out of the equation.

Agreed on the chore statement, that a flat would be ideal. Even if bikes were the only "payload" those are strapped down anyways.

Around here camp wood isn't transported. I'm out of reasons for the pickup body.


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Old 08-24-2016, 01:59 PM   #25
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Mike, I've SERIOUSLY always wanted a flatbed rack body as my tow vehicle. I've done my due diligence, and have found a way to load "just" the trailer, and run the pickup body empty.
Sorta took the rear axel payload issue out of the equation.
Agreed on the chore statement, that a flat would be ideal. Even if bikes were the only "payload" those are strapped down anyways.
Around here camp wood isn't transported. I'm out of reasons for the pickup body.
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Downside issues for a rack body:
- Noise! Everything rattles when underway, accelerating or braking
- Wind resistance. That big flat panel that protects the back of the cab creates LOTS of turbulence.
- Noisy
- Won't hold sand, dirt, gravel or other 'small' (under 6") material
- Did I mention the setup is rather noisy?
- Once the sides are off, anything can be loaded from all 3 sides.
- Once the sides are off, anything can be stolen from all 3 sides.
- It's noisy!

As a chore vehicle, it is the best I have ever owned (out of 3).

We'll see how it fills the role of tow vehicle after I try to make it a bit more civilized.
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Downside issues for a rack body:
- Noise! Everything rattles when underway, accelerating or braking
- Wind resistance. That big flat panel that protects the back of the cab creates LOTS of turbulence.
- Noisy
- Won't hold sand, dirt, gravel or other 'small' (under 6") material
- Did I mention the setup is rather noisy?
- Once the sides are off, anything can be loaded from all 3 sides.
- Once the sides are off, anything can be stolen from all 3 sides.
- It's noisy!

As a chore vehicle, it is the best I have ever owned (out of 3).

We'll see how it fills the role of tow vehicle after I try to make it a bit more civilized.


I never considered the noise the rack sides would make. Thumbs up for that good call!

Those mountain master FW tow bodies would be nice, though. And no noise
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:42 AM   #27
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I never considered the noise the rack sides would make. Thumbs up for that good call!

Those mountain master FW tow bodies would be nice, though. And no noise
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Glad I could give you the heads up!

For hauling big, chunky stuff they are great. Building materials? Nothing better! Any pile of 'stuff' from one end of the property to another? Beats 20 trips with a front-end-loader.
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