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    Cool Alternitive chassis for C5500

    What alternitives are there for the Gmc/chevy 5500 chassis that is 4 wheel drive. The f550 is physically to small, even tho it can carry all our weight. Also the f650/750 seems a bi too big. Any help would be awesome!

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    Where are you? There are some dealers trying to move what chassis they have left. Are you anywhere near any of the Rush dealers in Texas or Georgia?

    I've received e-mails from them trying to move product. If you have a GM medium duty dealer, Chevy or GMC, nearby ask them to run a locate. They might be able to find one for you.

    Otherwise, pray like the rest of us that Isuzu buys the tools from the Flint plant and moves everything to the Delmonte plant they own in Alabama and start making the trucks again like they did when it was GMICT.
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    The type truck you are looking for is one of those gaps in the industry left unfilled.

    A lot of us hope that someone steps in with a mid-size medium duty 4x4 alternative.

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    Have you tried Dodge? In my area they (dodges) seem to be taking over with "medium" apparatus and utility vehicles and medic units. They're 2011 Cab/chassis is, from what it seems, designed to fill the void. Good luck with what ever you get.

    http://www.dodge.com/en/2011/ram_chassis_cab/
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    When will this chassis become available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoofTopTrucky View Post
    Have you tried Dodge? In my area they (dodges) seem to be taking over with "medium" apparatus and utility vehicles and medic units. They're 2011 Cab/chassis is, from what it seems, designed to fill the void. Good luck with what ever you get.

    http://www.dodge.com/en/2011/ram_chassis_cab/
    Specs of cab for current truck are approx same
    http://www.dodge.com/hostc/vsmc/vehi...ode=CUD200918#

    Nice chassis now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFSKPII View Post
    What alternitives are there for the Gmc/chevy 5500 chassis that is 4 wheel drive. The f550 is physically to small, even tho it can carry all our weight. Also the f650/750 seems a bi too big. Any help would be awesome!
    I've got to ask... why, if it can carry the weight you need, is the F550 "physically too small" ?
    Do need something with a longer wheel base, or is it just an aesthetic thing?

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    The real deal-breaker for me on the F-550 hss no diesel availability:

    http://commtruck.ford.com/vehicle-sp...delYearId=8885

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy2802 View Post
    I've got to ask... why, if it can carry the weight you need, is the F550 "physically too small" ?
    Do need something with a longer wheel base, or is it just an aesthetic thing?
    The f550 is too small because we would like to have the larger compartments, like we could have on the C5500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoofTopTrucky View Post
    Have you tried Dodge? In my area they (dodges) seem to be taking over with "medium" apparatus and utility vehicles and medic units. They're 2011 Cab/chassis is, from what it seems, designed to fill the void. Good luck with what ever you get.

    http://www.dodge.com/en/2011/ram_chassis_cab/
    It does look as if the Dodge Ram 5500 would work for FFSKPII when it becomes available. I built one using the online tool and the cab/chassis came to around $50,000.00 MSRP with 4x4, Diesel, and Auto trans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfyre View Post
    Where are you? There are some dealers trying to move what chassis they have left. Are you anywhere near any of the Rush dealers in Texas or Georgia?

    I've received e-mails from them trying to move product. If you have a GM medium duty dealer, Chevy or GMC, nearby ask them to run a locate. They might be able to find one for you.

    Otherwise, pray like the rest of us that Isuzu buys the tools from the Flint plant and moves everything to the Delmonte plant they own in Alabama and start making the trucks again like they did when it was GMICT.
    We are in colorado

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    Quote Originally Posted by Command6 View Post
    The real deal-breaker for me on the F-550 hss no diesel availability:

    http://commtruck.ford.com/vehicle-sp...delYearId=8885

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    They want to keep pi**ing International off! Why does Ford(and I love 'em)keep shooting themselves in the foot? T.C.

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    Is the Dodge really that much bigger than the F-550?

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    Not really but it has a different rail configuration. T.c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Command6 View Post
    The real deal-breaker for me on the F-550 hss no diesel availability:

    http://commtruck.ford.com/vehicle-sp...delYearId=8885

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    The 6.4 is the diesel. scroll down and look farther down the page. the 6.8 is the V-10. The new Ford 6.7L "Scorpion" diesel is due out in the next couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoaddoggAK View Post
    The 6.4 is the diesel. scroll down and look farther down the page. the 6.8 is the V-10. The new Ford 6.7L "Scorpion" diesel is due out in the next couple of years.
    I looked at the specs page again and I see my earlier statement was incorrect. They really need to make the chart less confusing to simple minded jakes like me.

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    Talking 6.4 twin turbo diesel

    We have a new 2008 F550 chassis under our brush truck. It has lots of torque
    And plenty of power provided by the twin turbo 6.4 liter diesel. Ours has a 300 gal h2o tank & 20 gal foam + a diesel CAFS system on it so it's not a light weight. Much better than the 6 littre slug motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandfire03 View Post
    We have a new 2008 F550 chassis under our brush truck. It has lots of torque
    And plenty of power provided by the twin turbo 6.4 liter diesel. Ours has a 300 gal h2o tank & 20 gal foam + a diesel CAFS system on it so it's not a light weight. Much better than the 6 littre slug motor.

    The only good thing about having a 6.4 in your brush truck is that you dont need to carry drip torches to conduct back burns. the flames coming out of the exhaust will take care of that for you.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dKLKm5i2ic

    too bad the 7.3 got killed it was an awesome engine. ford has really dropped the ball on their last 2 diesels
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    Quote Originally Posted by k1500chevy97 View Post
    The only good thing about having a 6.4 in your brush truck is that you dont need to carry drip torches to conduct back burns. the flames coming out of the exhaust will take care of that for you.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dKLKm5i2ic

    too bad the 7.3 got killed it was an awesome engine. ford has really dropped the ball on their last 2 diesels
    We haven't had any issues with the ovrfueling burn off from the tail pipe.

    You are correct about the 7.3 it was a bulletproof powerhouse.
    Ford doesn't make the diesels , they are made by international hay rake corp now known as Navistar.

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    I'm really surprised these haven't popped up yet in our line of work...

    https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...m/2009-LCF.asp

    I can imagine a light rescue or an ambulance on one of these for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laddertruckgoes View Post
    I'm really surprised these haven't popped up yet in our line of work...

    https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...m/2009-LCF.asp

    I can imagine a light rescue or an ambulance on one of these for sure.
    There's only one problem, Ford and Navistar have announced they are cancelling the Blue Diamond project and will no longer build the trucks.

    I ordered an Isuzu NPR-HD for Diamond State Ambulance and it's at Life Lion getting bodied up as "we speak".
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfyre View Post
    There's only one problem, Ford and Navistar have announced they are cancelling the Blue Diamond project and will no longer build the trucks.

    I ordered an Isuzu NPR-HD for Diamond State Ambulance and it's at Life Lion getting bodied up as "we speak".
    Has anyone put an ambulance on one of those yet? I have seen the odd fire apparatus on this chassis (or the GMC equivalent) and the chassis that is a step up from the NPR, but never an ambulance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skipatrol8 View Post
    Has anyone put an ambulance on one of those yet? I have seen the odd fire apparatus on this chassis (or the GMC equivalent) and the chassis that is a step up from the NPR, but never an ambulance.
    According to my customer no one has done it yet, this might be the first one in the country. They are in use in Japan and Europe.
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    Sept09 "Light & Medium Truck" arrived today. Lists 2010 chassis status.

    2011 Dodge 4500/5500 +6" leg room. New body

    IH - +$6,000 to the cost of the 2010 MaxxForce 7, 9, 10 and DT medium-duty engines and $8,000 to the MaxxForce 11, 13 and 15.

    Several of the Low Cabovers go away.

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