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    Not if you Fix Or Repair Daily...

    IMO, 300 gallons is a bit much for an F-350. We run an F-550 with 300 gallons, but we also have to carry a lot of gear and a five person crew (forest service). We have it just about loaded to the max. It looks like BLM is starting to go with the GMC 5500s for there light (300 gallon) engines.

    Also, that 6.0 diesel seems like nothing but trouble.
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    6.0, in no particular order,had injector issues,turbo issues,and an occasional head gasket.A COMPETENT diesel mechanic or Ford tech should be able to find and install the upgraded parts to fix ANY of these issues.If you're installing multiple turbos either they AREN'T the right parts or they didn't do the other upgrades.300 gallons on a 350 is stretching the upper limits of chassis capability.Say what you will about Ford but I make a living fixing GM's and I don't/won't own one.I run my Fords about a million miles before I retire 'em and they get "tried"every day.My current small wrecker is a '96 F350 4x4 with 383,000 on the clock.It's due for some injector work but outside of that we've done nothing(outside of routine maintence)to the Engine. T.C.

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    If you're buying a Ford why would you buy a F350? Increase in price to a F550 is minimal. Change out to singles on the rear if it really matters to you.

    If you're using a skid unit why buy the diesel? To save $ on fuel? Over the 20000mi your driving in the next 20yr? And pay extra $6k to buy it and 40% more for fuel? Get the V10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    If you're buying a Ford why would you buy a F350? Increase in price to a F550 is minimal. Change out to singles on the rear if it really matters to you.
    Well, you lose a lot of ground clearance on the 550, ours have very little room under the read diff.

    If you're using a skid unit why buy the diesel? To save $ on fuel? Over the 20000mi your driving in the next 20yr? And pay extra $6k to buy it and 40% more for fuel? Get the V10.
    Our diesels feel like they have more power on hills, over rough terrain, etc and they carry substantially more weight than our v10s. I would definitely go diesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnufsh View Post
    Well, you lose a lot of ground clearance on the 550, ours have very little room under the read diff.


    Our diesels feel like they have more power on hills, over rough terrain, etc and they carry substantially more weight than our v10s. I would definitely go diesel.
    An added bonus is the same lesson we learned in WWII. We used gas engines in our tanks at the time and all the enemy had to do was lob a shell near one of them and they would start to burn. Diesel vapors are not as flammable as gasoline vapors.

    Some may say its not such a big deal but if you are off-roading there is always a chance that something might snag a fuel line. Nothing is more embarassing to a fire department as having their fire truck burn up at a fire.

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