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newmoonfarm
03-28-2005, 09:05 PM
i am getting ready to purchase a new truck. i haul appx 1000 lbs of equipment max. most of my customers are residential, i do build some small garden features so i haul limited amounts of material probably about the same weight.
we live in a rural area so i drive about 50 miles per day round trip, to a medium sized town, up to 100 mi total.
what do you guys think would be a good, dependable, economical truck?
the more i look the more i think i can't do much better than a small v-8 chevy motor, or an f-150.
any ideas.
i have to have enough room for 3 guys most jobs.
thanks for any input.

procut
03-28-2005, 09:09 PM
I would consider a F-150 with a 4.2 V6. My dad has this engine in his truck and I have used it to pull my trailer with two ZTRs and some misc. stuff on it a few times. I can confidently say it pulls my trailer almost as well as my F-250 with a 5.8 V8.

LB1234
03-28-2005, 09:40 PM
I would look into a Titan or a Tundra if you are looking for an V8...both have the capacity for 1/2 ton and can tow a few thousand pounds. Both do better on gas mileage than there american counterparts...plus in my opinion they are more reliable...okay I'm ready to get shouted at for recommending a "non-american" truck...even though the Tundra is assembled in the US...

LawnScapers of Dayton
03-28-2005, 09:48 PM
4 door Tacoma...........

I believe all Toyota trucks are assembled here....
Derek

Toy2
03-28-2005, 09:50 PM
I need to get a tune-up, figured my Tacoma was gettting about 15mpg pulling my trailer.....i would think it would be doing better???

grass_cuttin_fool
03-28-2005, 10:08 PM
I need to get a tune-up, figured my Tacoma was gettting about 15mpg pulling my trailer.....i would think it would be doing better???
15mpg pulling a trailer and a v-8, is it a 4wd and if it doesnt have lock out hubs I would think 15 is pretty good

QualityLawnCare4u
03-28-2005, 10:21 PM
I have a Tundra reg. cab with the new V6 and it pulls my equipment fine. The 2 ztr alone are 2450 pounds not counting everything else. I have been getting consistent mileage of 15 pulling trailor, all in town, heavy stop and go with AC on. My older Tundra with the V8 did dang good to get 11!

Toy2
03-28-2005, 10:24 PM
Tacoma, V6////4 wheel drive/////I guess it could be worse, my father in law has a 1995 Ford 150, it has a straight 6 and standard, 26K miles, I might sell the Toy and try to buy his truck.

Metro Lawn
03-29-2005, 01:18 AM
Full size Dodge Ram 3/4 ton Cummins diesel, auto trans, 4x4 18 mpg empty, 15 mpg pulling 18' enclosed ( when I drive it ) about 11 when others drive it