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  1. #1
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    Default buying my first 10-wheeler

    I'm to the point where my 450's and 550's just don't cut the mustard anymore and I'm going to buy a bigger truck hopefully by april or may. I know there have been a few threads on trucks but if you could humor me with a few questions.

    If you had it to do again what truck would you get and what bells and whistles?

    Cummins, Cat, DT, Mercedes, etc.?
    Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Pete., etc.?
    Horsepower?
    Lock-in rear differential?
    How heavy of axles?
    How long of bed? I'm thinking 25 feet. 288 hives.
    sleeper, or is this just a waste of space?
    What other options?


    I'm not going to truck all my bees myself to California so I wont add a trailer to this and pull 400+ hives. Only a forklift trailer. I don't want too huge of a cab because some pollination locations are somewhat tight.

    Last week While placing my bees in the almonds I rented an international that I could haul 192 hives on. Worked great, sure beat the 80 or 120 I can put on my 550. Anyway, I think a 10 wheeler would be even better. Just not real familiar with the bigger trucks. Not sure what questions to ask or what to look out for. If anyone with experience in these bigger trucks could give some advice on what to avoid and what to look for I would greatly appreciate it.
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

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    Keep an eye out for used oilfield trucks over towards Price and Vernal. The oil patch is slowing down and there might be some equipment showing up this spring/summer. Companies around here are beginning to announce layoffs.

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    did you want to stretch a tractor ? Its not that expensive to have done.


    it would probably give you more options on trucks as well as prices.

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    "did you want to stretch a tractor ?"

    If I can't find the length I want in a cab chassis or flat bed I might do this. It's a good idea.

    I'll keep my eyes open Barry at the oil fields. Thanks.
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

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    Default what I want

    We don't have trucks that size but if I got one I think I would want the sleeper and 4wd. Dad says they are great for stuff that don't need to get wet like suits, suit cases, and other things that don't fit right behind the seats. We are building honey house and one of the block drivers has a snub nosed truck with a 25 ft bed. I never thought I would like one of them but I got in it and it seemed good. Didn't feel like the view was blocked by the trucks front clip. Clyde say's it's easy to move around in a tight job site too. They have a Princeton piggy back lift on the back of the trucks. It would make a great bee truck as is except the door was fiberglass and my cool magnetic door stickers wouldn't stick when we tried it . We use a ton truck now that has 4 wheel drive and would want that some of the places are pretty rough around here.

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    Rob, forgot to tell you that all of our trucks were stretched. My old one even had a sleeper we chopped off. That's really the way to go. You get a good used truck with 100,000 miles or so, with the motor you want, (my old Detroit Series 60 sure was great) but I do like my new Mercedes engine. Wish it got a little better mileage.

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    i drive a 18 wheeler for a living if i was you i would get a ch613 mack its a really tuff truck and its easy to fix. macks are made for off road .and i would get a 13 speed tranny with a low reduction switch for soft mud . good luck

  8. #8
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    I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless

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    Allen,

    That was priceless.

  11. #11
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    Aug 2003
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    Couple of good trucks on ebay now....one a fl 70 with 36" sleeper andtool box but even a better bee truck if you dont need a sleeper is a Fl 80(says fl 50 but in description a fl 80 which is correct)with mercedes diesel. It has air ride and a 9 speed tranny(both a absolutely necessary thing on bee trucks)the 9 speed gives you a top end of 80 mph but you can crawl very slow off road! With a 5 or 6 speed you are slow off road then limted to 55 mph and that will get you run over on interstate or you go thru field too fast! There is no bed so you could build one specifically for bees. Starting bid is 6k with no reserve....if you are looking for a bee truck....a great one!

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