If you are planning on setting up a trucking business soon, one of the many things that you will have to think about is what make and model of trucks you are going to consider.
Regardless of whether you plan on starting up as a truck dealer or you are going to provide cargo transportation services, the one thing that you will need to check out is what the best trucks are that you should be buying or selling.
Here is an opinion of the best examples of trucks in different classes, depending on what your trucking requirements are:
Best full-size pickup truck: Ford F-Series
A firm favorite with many Americans, the Ford F-Series full-size pickup truck has been sold in the United States for over 65 years now and is in its twelfth generation.
The latest generation made its debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, and is available in a choice of five different V8 engines, and two V6 options (one of which is an EcoBoost engine). The Ford F-Series is currently the best-selling full-size pickup truck in the United States.
Best tow truck: Ford F-450
Part of the Ford Super Duty line of medium duty commercial trucks is the Ford F-450. Currently in its third generation, the Ford F-450 is available with a 6.7-litre PowerStroke turbo-diesel V8 engine connected to a six-speed TorqShift automatic transmission.
With a permanent four-wheel drive system with dual rear wheels, it is a popular choice for those in the towing industry looking for reliable “wrecker” tow trucks.
Best flatbed truck: International DuraStar 4300
The best flatbed or “rollback” truck that you can buy is the International DuraStar 4300. It comes in a choice of wheelbases from 128 inches to 254 inches, and it is powered by an International DT466 motor.
This truck is available with either hydraulic or air brakes, and the engine can be mated to either a 6 or 7-speed Fuller manual transmission, or an Allison automatic transmission.
Best semi-trailer truck: Volvo VNL 780
If you want a reliable and dependable semi-trailer truck, then you should be setting your sights on the Volvo VNL 780. Featuring a spacious 77-inch high-roof sleeper, it is the obvious choice for professional drivers that demand a comfortable, fuel-efficient semi-trailer truck.
The I-Shift automated manual transmission ensures that only the most efficient gears are selected, offering you an excellent balance between performance and fuel economy.
Best heavy hauler: Peterbilt 579
When it comes to heavy haulage, there can only be one clear winner here, and that is the Peterbilt 579! If a car dealer were having a conversation with a truck dealer about the most comfortable and luxurious heavy hauler, they would definitely recommend this model!
Boasting an intelligent “smartnav” system and enough facilities to make you think you were sleeping in a hotel room, the Peterbilt 579 also comes with a choice of two engines (a Paccar MX and a Cummins ISX15) which can be mated to a manual or automated transmission.
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