Who Makes The Best Truck On The Road

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Renegade's Comment
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If you came in to a pretty significant amount of money and had the opportunity to purchase a brand new truck in full, what kind of truck would you buy? Peterbilt, Kentworth, Volvo, International, or Freightliner?

Rick S.'s Comment
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1 - Volvo 780 Workstation Setup - Volvo D13 with Volvo Autoshift 2 - KW T680 Workstation Setup - Paccar MX-13 with Eaton Autoshift

You buying me one too?

Rick

Pat M.'s Comment
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Mack or Western Star. Love the room in a Western Star and you can get the same setup you get in a freightliner. Been driving a Mack the last couple of weeks and so far I am impressed with them.

DynaMike13's Comment
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Prices?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Western Star 4900 with 82" Stratosphere high roof sleeper. That or Kenworth W900 with 86" studio.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Prices?

Most - if not all new trucks are in the $140K+ range. And don't forget that pesky FEDERAL EXCISE TAX (12%) on heavy trucks, plus whatever your state sales tax is (Florida - 6%). So for a $145K truck add another $26K out of pocket for taxes (which you can write off as an expense on your taxes - but you STILL have to pay them).

You're going to want an APU on that - since it's YOUR TRUCK and you don't want the additional wear & tear of constant idling - throw another $10K onto the pile.

Since we're just pipe-dreaming here - are we getting our own MC? Or leasing onto a company?

I ran all the numbers for myself (the real numbers, as a business plan), 4 years ago when I was considering this. Going all cash (or really close to it) to keep your debt service down, would be the only way I'd consider it. And I'm CRAZY - but not STUPID.

Not really seeing where this is going - aside from playing a "fantasy what-if"...

Rick

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Renegade's Comment
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I was just curious who makes the best truck. Best engine, best on-board accessories, with the best resale value. I noticed nobody has mentioned Peterbilt, International, or Freightliner yet. This is not a discussion to become an owner operator vs a company driver. This is simply a what if scenario based on the possibility of one day having enough money to purchase a new truck and what your preference would be if you had that opportunity.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I was just curious who makes the best truck. Best engine, best on-board accessories, with the best resale value. I noticed nobody has mentioned Peterbilt, International, or Freightliner yet. This is not a discussion to become an owner operator vs a company driver. This is simply a what if scenario based on the possibility of one day having enough money to purchase a new truck and what your preference would be if you had that opportunity.

From the research i have done since getting into this mack, I would have to say Mack has the best after treatment because they do not use egr.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I must say it would be a Western Star hands down.

TxsGent's Comment
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Nikola 1 !!!

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