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    I personnally own both for plowing snow

    550 built up pickup
    5500 downsized medium duty

    4x4 550 maximum GVW is 17,950
    4x4 5500 maximum GVW is 19,500

    4x4 550 front axle GAWR 6k
    4x4 5500 front axle GAWR 8k

    Downside is gearing is 5.13 highest in 5500 vs 4.30 in 550

    Tighter turning radius in 5500

    Service from medium duty truck dealer (5500) MUCH better than Ford car dealer service on 550

    Straight frame rails: Doesn't get stuck in snow as easy....

    I won't go back to Ford after driving the 5500.

    No dents in 5500 hood from intercooler line blowing off after 6.0 overboosts

    Would I build a 5500 ambulance, probably not because of the height.

    International builds a 4200 4x4 in 19,500 GVW and 25,900 GVW... That is probably what I am going to get next.

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    Should add that a 5500 2wd can be speced up to 26,000GVW so that crew cab mini pumper is probably ok

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    chevy doesnt do gas engines in these right? does ford put the v10 in 4/550s/

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    They actually put the big block 8.1L V-8 in their medium duties (325 hp and 450tq.)

    So yes you can get it with a gasser if so desired.

    And Ford also puts a gas engine in the 550 and 450 it is the 6.8L V-10
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    which is better, ive heard the diesel is a bit of a slug.

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    Wow......... How'd I miss this thread????????/

    We have the GMC 5500, and we love the thing. It is so much better than the Ford F550. Ours is the 2WD with the 26K GVW......... We had a similar truck on the F550 and it was already sitting on the helper springs with very little equipment on it. Now we have a bigger tank with more equipment and still have plenty of weight to spare. Turning is unbelievable compared to the Ford......... Plus the price for the GMC5500 was approx the same or slightly less/more than the Ford........
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    Quote Originally Posted by skipatrol8
    which is better, ive heard the diesel is a bit of a slug.
    Im not sure on the new ford 6.0 diesel lots of problems from what i have heard.
    The 7.3 diesel (no longer offered) that we have in our 2002 F550 rescue (16ft ambulance style body) is enough to get it up and going and the engine has had no problems yet.

    I can tell you (from experience) the GM 6.6 duramax is anything but a slug in the medium duty trucks
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    We have a 2006 Chevy C5500, 2WD, 19,500 GVW, 8.1L gas chassis. It's constructed as a mobile command post, 32.5' long, 102" wide. We've only had it a short time, but so far, no problems. We drove it to Pennsylvania from the middle of Iowa without any issues. Lots of power, good turning radius, nice ride with an aftermarket rear air suspension. Overall, nice truck.
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