Truck Posted August 29, 2022 Report Share Posted August 29, 2022 Need a little advice from those of you that have been driving HDTs for bit. Moving up from a 1ton dually that recently caught fire and burned to the ground. So since I need a replacement I was thinking now might be the time to go to MDT or HDT. The more I have read I’m leaning to HDT. I’m not a trained mechanic but I’ve been working on cars and jeeps since I was young so not afraid to do my own work if I can learn what to do. Why do I need and what will I be using it for? Primary and long term use is to haul a trailer with Jeeps or vehicles to events. I currently have a gooseneck trailer with truck slide in camper on it. An HDT with a reasonable sleeper setup has me thinking I could use it the same as my slide in on trailer and have a shorter trailer or have room for another vehicle. Short term use. I will be moving from VA to CO over the course of the next 2 years. I have several jeeps and cars in need of full restoration that I need to take out to CO. An HDT would allow me to have a larger trailer and move 5-7 cars at a time vs. 2-3. Making for significantly fewer trips. May could even use a dry van for household goods. In CO my driveway has a decent grade and is dirt/gravel (many places we take jeeps it is not paved). I’m a little concerned on getting up it loaded. Always put my truck in 4wd when pulling trailer. This all is still unfamiliar territory for me and need to know if I’m on the right track for my needs or need to be thinking differently. So based on my reading I think I want a single screw truck with sleeper large enough for two. To register as an RV in VA it needs 4 of 6 standard defined things. This weekend I was planning on going to look (approx. 9hrs away) at a Freightliner Columbia w/700k mi, single screw, locked diff (I thought that would help with my driveway), Detroit 14L only has EGR (no dpf or def), 10 speed, low straight top sleeper for around $17k. Doesn’t have anything it needs to convert to RV so I would have to do that relatively quickly to register it. Would need to put gooseneck and receiver hitches and electric brake controller to make more useful. Doesn’t have APU or hauler bed, both of which seem to be fairly spendy unless the used market is reasonable. Research seems to show the Detroit is a good motor if taken care of and potentially delete egr. Total investment I really have is about $25k but would prefer to spend a little as possible. I might could stretch to $30k if and only if it was something that had all the extras without me having to spend time and money doing it myself. So am I on the right track? Any suggestions for my price range? Should I look for something that is already RV and hauler ready? If I am on the right track are there things I need to look for and understand about the Freightliner? I do have a copy of the pre purchase inspection checklist from the resource guide. Most of the stuff I understand what to look for there are some on there I don’t. Thanks in advance, Truck Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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