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I've always been one who is watching various makes of vehicles(cars/trucks) on the road.

Interestingly, here in San Jose, CA(Silicon Valley), I've been noticeing a lot of newer tow trucks that are Dodge Ram 5500's with the Cummins diesel.

I was at a McDonalds the other day, and saw a Dodge Ram tow truck parked in the lot and the driver was taking a lunch break. I walked over and asked him how he liked his tow truck. He was ecstatic! Said the 6.7 Cummins had been great, and he was so very, glad the company had given up on another brand that they used for years. The other brand spent much time in the shop, but their 08 5500 Cummins powered tow trucks with the Aisin 6 speed Automatic and power take-off had been very reliable, and less prone to needing fixes as the prior makes had.

Anyway, I don't know if this is a nationwide trend going with 4500-5500 Ram diesels for tow trucks or is just something that's happening here on the "left coast"?

What's your observations across the USA and even Canada?


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Here in the oil patch of Alberta, it has been my observation, that large companies hold no loyalty to any particular brand and will buy from whomever gives them the best price - and that is usually Ford. Not always but usually. However, work trucks owned by private individuals are split nearly evenly between Ford and Dodge. You will occasionally see a GM pulling a flat deck trailer or carrying a welding rig but they are rare. Just my observation.


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i've notice the same thing here in massachusetts. its seems that all the towing companies are using dodge trucks.

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I never see Dodge tow trucks around here. Of the pickup type cab/chassis based tow trucks, they're almost all Fords, mostly F450's.


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I don't see many of the Dodge medium duties around in VA. I really want one bad to haul my truck camper. I would finally not be overloaded! I'll keep saving my money. I've researched the trucks a lot online and looked at them at the dealer. They are very nice and have lots of advantages over the Fords.

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Many of the utility companies here are going to Ram 4500/5500 trucks with service bodies. I am even seeing tow companies with flat bed hauler bodies around.


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eightballsidepocket wrote:

I've always been one who is watching various makes of vehicles(cars/trucks) on the road.

Interestingly, here in San Jose, CA(Silicon Valley), I've been noticeing a lot of newer tow trucks that are Dodge Ram 5500's with the Cummins diesel.

I was at a McDonalds the other day, and saw a Dodge Ram tow truck parked in the lot and the driver was taking a lunch break. I walked over and asked him how he liked his tow truck. He was ecstatic! Said the 6.7 Cummins had been great, and he was so very, glad the company had given up on another brand that they used for years. The other brand spent much time in the shop, but their 08 5500 Cummins powered tow trucks with the Aisin 6 speed Automatic and power take-off had been very reliable, and less prone to needing fixes as the prior makes had.

Anyway, I don't know if this is a nationwide trend going with 4500-5500 Ram diesels for tow trucks or is just something that's happening here on the "left coast"?

What's your observations across the USA and even Canada?


I've seen 'em here in Florida as tow trucks and "repo wagons". They are also starting to show up as a chassis/cab offering with ambulance builders, and bucket trucks for the local cable company and electric utility. I suspect between Ford's history with the 6.0 Powerstroke and the Ram 4500/5500 is less expensive than Navistar or Freightliner chassis cab, Chrysler may be well positioned to grab a larger slice of what has been others' "pie".

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SoCalDesertRider wrote:

I never see Dodge tow trucks around here. Of the pickup type cab/chassis based tow trucks, they're almost all Fords, mostly F450's.


That's because Dodge didn't offer anything heavier than the Ram 3500 util recently--most companies want something heavier than that. I have seen several Ram 4500 and 5500 wreckers lately, and a few older Ram 3500's.


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Jarlaxle wrote:

SoCalDesertRider wrote:

I never see Dodge tow trucks around here. Of the pickup type cab/chassis based tow trucks, they're almost all Fords, mostly F450's.


That's because Dodge didn't offer anything heavier than the Ram 3500 util recently--most companies want something heavier than that. I have seen several Ram 4500 and 5500 wreckers lately, and a few older Ram 3500's.
Yes, 2007 was the first year for the Dodge/Sterling/Ram 3500/4500/5500 cab/chassis trucks.

It's been 4 years now that they've been out and I thought by now I would be seeing plenty of them in all applicable commercial vocations, but I just don't see them at all. Ford has all those markets wrapped up tightly by the F350/450/550 around here. Even more surprising is the Dodge is cheaper than the Ford and they still buy Ford.

If I was buying a class 3/4/5 cab/chassis truck for myself and my welding business, it would be the Dodge/Cummins, rather than the Ford.

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