medium truck

  • 600.00 Rs.
  • Published date: August 7, 2016
    • Mauli Jagran, Amguri, Assam, India

our primary considerations are type and size of load, operating environment and annual mileage/years in service. Driver skill-sets come into play as well. Be prepared to give detailed answers, as they will dictate the cab style, body type, engine, transmission and fuel type.

“A good salesman will get a great understanding of the customer’s application, not just sell him something on the lot,” says Larry Savage, a marketing manager for Ford Commercial Trucks.

Medium-duty trucks start at $60,000 (and go up quickly from there) for a new cab, chassis and body. The good news is you’ll make that up in lifecycle cost. Medium duties start old age at 500,000 miles; most last a lot longer.

Paying for Payload
The first question the dealer will ask is “what are you hauling, and how much?”

The type of load determines body type. The weight of the load helps clarify horsepower needs and type of cab and chassis. Payload weight is determined by GVWR, or the weight of the base vehicle plus occupants, cargo, additional equipment and tongue weight (if trailering). Payload capacity equals GVWR minus curb weight (the weight of the unloaded truck).

Payload capacity and towing numbers assume no options such as a liftgate, snowplow or hitch. The maximum payload weight available goes down by the weight of these items. Choosing a four-wheel drive option will also lower your available payload.

Really large loads — over 20,000 lbs — require a tandem axle, found on high-end medium duties and Class 8 tractor-trailers.

Don’t let your head spin with calculations. Through vehicle specification software, the dealer will help you estimate payload weights right down to the cubic foot on anything from dry gravel to sorghum syrup to live sheep.

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