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Hi all.  Due to fluke my 06 Duramax 3500 cc lb drw burned to the ground.  Can't afford a new pickup and looking into MDTs.  I typically haul a 40' gooseneck with slide in camper and 2 jeeps on the back to many off road locations and beyond.  We are also slowly moving from VA to CO and have quite a few (need restoration)vehicles that have to be hauled.  Looking to use biggest car hauler I can legally use to shorten the # of trips. 

Although I would love a 4x4.  Seems MDT in 4x4 are rare and expensive.  In my price range I've seen several Freightliner FL60s (98-04 range) with crew cabs, Cat 3126 and Allison 3000 series trans. All that being said.  What do I need to look for in one of these trucks?  What are key wear items and what are potential issues I need to avoid?

Thank you for help you can provide.


PS.  We have thought about HDTs and just don't think that will work for what we need at the moment.

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DT 530 is more desirable over the 466. Manual transmission will allow more engine upgrades than the Allison. FL 60s in general, are a well sorted chassis, but the dash plastic is prone to breakage. I think most of it is still available from the dealership. Check the condition of the steady bearing, and all the u-joints during your initial inspection. Rear suspension and cab air bags, too.

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I looked at the truck and although low miles the bed needed a lot of work.  Leaning toward an HDT with sleeper to use as a mini RV and more power to pull what I need to.

Thank you all, 



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