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#1 jim1398

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:28 AM

Hello new here, I am looking at purchasing eith a 2006 freightliner sport chassis with mercedes 330hp/1000 torque (400,000 miles) or a 2009 gmc 4500 365hp/660 torque (12,000 mi). I know the freight has high miles but talking to sportchassis and freghtliner I will have them do an oil sample/injector/head pressure test. My question is which is a better deal? both are priced comparitivly. I have a 2009 Holiday Rambler Presidential suite that has a 16,950 GVWR. Wife and I plan to start full timing for a while very soon, an anticipate out west/ mountains etc. Thanks for you replies.

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#2 Mark & Dale Bruss

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:02 AM

How about other factors like is the suspension air or leaf springs? Is the cab sprung from the chassis? Are the seats air sprung?

For towing, torque is more important than horsepower.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:49 AM

Jim, first welcome to the forums. You will find that trucks and questions such as you pose are often discussed here. I'm no expert but have owned one of each of the trucks you mention although of different model years. In my personal opinion the FL M2 106 with the MBE and Allison tranny is a much more capable, and I believe safer tow vehicle for the weight you are talking about. Assuming it is air ride as most sportschassis are and with the engine bake/exhaust brake that most MBE engines have and with the much larger air brakes it should handle the load much easier and safer than the class 3 GMC. At least that was my impression when we went from our GMC to our FL M2 106. I didn't find that the FL was all that much faster up the hills but going down the other side was less nerve racking with the bigger truck. I also thought that the higher seating and much larger mirrors are also a plus. The one thing you do give up with an FL is four wheel drive, if that is important to you then you need to put that in the decision process. We haven't yet missed it, but we try to avoid situations where it might be necessary. Now if the FL doesn't have air ride, air brakes and the engine brake/exhaust brake I would feel differently about choosing it. Lastly I would guess that an '06 FL with that many miles would be less money than the GMC, you might want to look on TruckPaper.com and see what similar trucks are going for now, Best wishes, Jay
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:49 AM

More to compare: Transmission? Type of locking differential? Wheel size? Type of brakes?

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:59 AM

Thanks, for the reply, it is a standard sportchassis from sportchassis and has all the bells, along with air in all conceivable places. It is a less price than the GMC, but much more truck when driving or even standing beside either one. I was just wondering about the pulling capability. I have read the pas Post on this forum and I should have done this in the begining. I have made my mind up to purchase the sportchassis. Thanks, all who answered.



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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:52 PM

I'd be wary of the GMC I'm finding it difficult to get wire diagrams and service tech from our former GMC MDT dealer, you might be in a better location than I, but just remember GMC MDTs are orphans...

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#7 Steveoreno

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 09:33 AM

I will chime in and give a internet opinion and worth what u pay for it. The 4500 has the same motor and trans as the 3500 truck. It will have a tighter turning radius than the 3500 and larger brakes. I looked at exactly the same thing as you are now. Some of the 4500 had rear air suspension and air seats. I drove a really nice 450 conversion I forgot by who and a sportcahasis. The sportchasis is a bit heavier. I also wanted a bit more GVW and 22.5 wheels and tires as to me the 19.5's look small. All in all if you are in the same price range the sportchasis has the 4500 easily beat.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 06:10 AM

I wouldn't own a Freightliner M2 if you gave it to me. From the two listed, go GMC...personally, I would look for a pre-2007 International or F650.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:05 PM

Howdy!

I would not go with the C4500 or C5500. We had a C5500 it was a good TV and had very little problems with it. Started to notice others having problems obtaining parts. I myself have problems finding places that could service the GM Mid Duty's. So I traded it while I could. Got a good deal on a new to us 2L Custom Hauler 4400 International 530 engine 6 speed Alison complete air (barkes, frame, cab, etc. . .)

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:37 AM

You need to go to a TRUCK shop (not a place you'd take a GMC 2500 pickup, someplace you'd take a GMC 6500 MDT) for service, like any other MDT. Long as you realize that, it's not a big deal.

(Well, except for the reactions you get bringing a GMC C4500 shuttle bus for service at Minuteman Ford Trucks...)
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