View Full Version : What Truck is everyone using?

04-27-2006, 02:47 AM
Hello All,

At the end of this year, I'm looking at upgrading my truck. I am only 15, and have a chevy s-10 4x2. I want to know what you all drive, and the size of the trailer is pulls.

Also are oyu happy with it?

Also make suggestions for me, not over 20,000, and newer. I will be towing a 6x12 trailer.

04-27-2006, 03:08 AM
well i have a 2001 4x4 ford f-150 supercrew lariat, not much of a work truck but i use it to haul everything I have and use my old 1985 ranger for all the junk.....i pull a homeade trailer i built in shop class which is about 16ft long and weighs a lot, not for sure on the exact weight but it gets the job done easily...this truck i got for only 18,000 with 58,000miles.....

04-27-2006, 03:50 AM
What truck is everyone using?

Everyone's using a Dodge. Duh! Get with the program!


Richard Martin
04-27-2006, 04:27 AM
Everyone's using a Dodge. Duh! Get with the program!


Yeah, right:hammerhead:

Don't listen to Jim, He's just mad because he bought a Dodge.

1995 F-150 5.0 with auto. It pulls a 7X16 tandem axle trailer.

Recommended truck is a F-250 work truck.

04-27-2006, 06:24 AM
I have an 02 F250 plain white worktruck with 5.4 and auto. Wishing I had a smaller more fuel efficient truck. All my running is local, loaded with equipment in bed with aluminum topper, Im getting around 11 mpg.
Anyone know what a 4 cylinder nissan might get with a small trailer and equipment......maybe 1500 pounds?

04-27-2006, 06:48 AM
Hello All,

At the end of this year, I'm looking at upgrading my truck. I am only 15, and have a chevy s-10 4x2. I want to know what you all drive, and the size of the trailer is pulls.

Also are oyu happy with it?

Also make suggestions for me, not over 20,000, and newer. I will be towing a 6x12 trailer.

Just got a 2003 Ford F250 Superduty Lariat with the 6.0 Turbo diesel. I love the power. Tows an 18 foot landscape trailer.

My only advice on buying another truck, shop around. When you are all ready to buy a truck, wait a minute. walk away if only for an hour or two, but preferably over night, and think about. Talk it over with a parent, friend, trusted person (not your car salesman). Then if it's still a decent deal and it's the truck you want, then go for it.

Good luck to ya.

04-27-2006, 07:08 AM
F-350 PSD's

04-27-2006, 07:13 AM
V6 S-10. I like gas efficiency since my work area is fairly wide.


04-27-2006, 07:15 AM
We have both Dodge and Ford

Richie K


04-27-2006, 09:16 AM
98 GMC 2500 with a 8 foot fisher plow with 84K on the clock. After looking for a few months i got this thruck for $10,800 manual window, ac, new paint job, 5.7 350 no push button 4x4. I lovin this truck its a beast. Look around there are good and bad in every truck due your homework know what the truck is worth before you buy it. BTW use the s10 as long as you can if you are not getting into plowing.

04-27-2006, 10:55 AM
The first mistake you put in there was "NEWER"... I did it that way when I started too. In 2003 I bought an '02 Dodge half ton. Power was great and looked awesome. But I had payments and a scratched up truck by the end of the season. So I sold that, got a smaller SUV with my wife and went out to a local farmers house and found a 1985 ford f250 with a 460 and a hay bed on it. Mounted some beefy cylinders on it, built some aluminum bed sides, stripped the interior for easy cleaning and painted it in shop. I will post pics as soon as I finish my newest trailer. Now I have a dumping truck with collapsable 3.5ft sides that can pull mowers, tractors, and anything else I want to pull with it. Plus did I mention it dumps.. :weightlifter: :clapping:
I live in a town with a population of 10,000 and have a pretty tight route each day, so even though it likes it's gas, a $60 fill up on monday lasts till next monday. I mow 34 accounts/ week. I'm only 23 and know the urge to have new and shiny, but trust me on this. It's going to get beat up. Why not get something that you can't hurt??????:confused:

04-27-2006, 11:25 AM
My good truck is a 1993 Chevy 1500 Z71 4x4. I love this truck. Has about 141k miles on it and still runs mint. I use it for light plowing and my daily driver. There is not a drop of rust on it and no noticeable scratches. Doesn't burn a drop of oil. Get pretty decent gas mileage as well. I just love this truck. My work/play truck is a 1987 Dodge Ram 4x4 lifted and so on. Just bought it recently, so there is that first month or two of when everything goes wrong. i have replaced a lot of things and a day doesn'r go by when there is not something wrong with it, but that is what you get with cheaper older trucks. It is a fun around town toy but get 6 to 10 MPG at best and is a bear to drive on the highway. My suggestion to you is to get a decent later 90s Chevy half ton 4x4 and run it until it dies while saving up your money. Then buy a nice 1 ton diesel!:weightlifter:

04-27-2006, 01:10 PM
what he said

04-27-2006, 01:10 PM
Thanks Guys,

The trucks I'm looking into is

1. Ford Ranger Fx4 Level 2 (Would buy brand new) A-plan price(Good Deal)
2. Ford F-250 (1995/6 to 2002) Either 5.4 liter or the V10
3. Chevy K1500 (98-2002)

What'd you all think

By the way, I'll be hauling a 6x12 big tex landscaping trailer (The one with 4 foot mesh sides)

04-27-2006, 01:16 PM
I have the same truck it pulls good runs good and has plenty of power for ahat you want find one used in good shape and you wont be sorry, matter of fact i was looking at one the other day 93 z71 with 60000 miles on it,loaded cd,air,power windows,tinted windows,new tires,didnt burn or leak oil,clean truck 7000. Then the other was the same year model pretty basic, some scratches,good rubber,beefed up engine with a mild cam,decent inside, 6500.00 it was a work truck for sure but thats still a good deal(it was a part truck for freightliner) so the general maintaince was probaly done.

04-27-2006, 02:26 PM
stuffdeer: If you are looking just to get a smaller truck with 4wd, then a Ranger is a pretty good bet. They are for the most part reliable and being new, you can maintain it correctly. Sometimes a new small truck can be better than a used 1 ton. I had a basic 1995 Ranger 2wd and beat the heck out of the thing. I got it for free because it wasn't running. I bought a new batter and an alternator. with a little love the thing was back up and running. Being free, I didn't really worry about beating it up. I used it as a farm truck and played around with it in the wood behind my house. Before I sold it, my friends and I were jumping it two feet off the ground. It never missed a beat. It is a strong light duty truck and I don't even really like Fords!

J&R Landscaping
04-27-2006, 02:55 PM
I've been looking into a GMC 2500HD. Very nice trucks. I test drove one that had a Western MVP plow and it drove like it was on a rail. It seemed to have a stiffer front end than the ford f250's. I am currently running an 88 f150 with a heavy duty 5 speed manual and the 4.9 straight 6.

04-27-2006, 03:01 PM
for your loads, I'd be using my VW diesel pickup. I frequently tow a trailer and large garden tractor with it, and still get over 40 MPG (50 empty, errands - estimating...) besides, you get can a hot water tank (appleseed processor) and venture to your local chinese resturant and get free oil to make $0.70/gal bio-diesel !:clapping: Careful shopping could get you a truck, trailer and biodiesel processor for under $1000, leaving extra capital for 'working' machines. (though you may need to take a 'road-trip' to get a rust free VW - 'Caddy'.)

otherwise, I would get a mid 80's diesel 4x4 Izuzu or Ram 50 (mitsubishi), or... if adventurous, as I was at your age... do a winter project, and swap in a small cummins 4 cyl diesel (from a bread truck) into a 4x4 durango / f150 or similar. I suppose you could get in the high 20's with that, but... I get 20 with my 93 dodge cummins 1T 4x4 dually, ($5000) and no bother swapping.

If you want simple, and gas, then get a 'grandpa's' early '90's F-150 6 Cyl, with Fuel injection. They are very dependable and robust, but not too economical - 17-18mpg (have driven several over 300k miles) 1/2 tons will save you money on brakes and tires, and will adequately carry 'lawn-care' equip

Keep your capital expenses low on 'service' vehicles, put your $$ into tools that can save YOU time, and avail 'niche' markets. Bank enough profits to grow and sustain business (stay away from needing employees if possible) then get invested in profit generating 'passive' income. (something that works for you, while you sleep, or go to beach) (Max your Roth IRA while young)


04-27-2006, 06:27 PM
One 2006 F250 SD pickup and One 2006 F350 SD with a 12 ft dump box.:usflag:

04-27-2006, 06:46 PM
i have a 1996 s10 v6 and last summer it pulled a 14ft trailer with two zeros and a wb...but now i pull a 6x10 and will be pullin a 6x12 in the next couple of weeks...i think its great plus when not working im not always filling up with gas...and i plow with it....but i might be looking into the fx4 ranger or the f150 come fall with a blizzard or snoway plow on it.....

04-27-2006, 07:07 PM
Starting out, I pulled a 6x8 trailer with a new 1985 Ford Ranger, 2wd, manual, 4 cyl, totally stripped (but with the optional AM only radio!). Best vehicle I have ever owned. Never failed me. The only thing I did to it was to add helper springs, so I could overload it easier. Put 110,000 trouble free miles on it, with the original clutch. Sold it to get money for a down payment on a 1987 F-350 dump truck (used). The F-350 has been great (still use it today), but I regretted selling the Ranger 10 minutes after I saw it drive off. The guy who bought it spent the next 5 years towing a trailer up to Vermont with it. He put another 60,000+ miles on it. Every time he saw me he told me how great a truck it was. :cry:

Sorry about that! Anyway, a full size half ton pickup works great for towing mowing equipment. If you are going to be using a small pickup, you might want to consider getting electric brakes for the trailer, if you are thinking of multiple 48" walkbehind mowers, or a ZTR. With the small trucks, I am always worried more about braking, than "pulling power". As you progress, and need to pull your camper, boat, etc along with the landscape trailer, then you will be looking at a diesel F-250!

K&L Landscaping
04-27-2006, 08:45 PM
I think I can tell you what not to get. That would be a '06 Ford F-250 Super Duty with auto. trans. and a PSD. Mine is currently in the shop for the second time and it has under 1,500 miles on it. Worst equipment purchase I have ever made!!!

04-27-2006, 10:10 PM
I run a Chevy 3/4 ton HD, reg cab/ long box. Kinda wish I had an ext cab but long box with a tool box, theres is enough room for trimmers. Its got the 6.0 gas, so milage is the best. It pulls our 16 ft trailer with 2 mowers and a 12ft dump trailer.
Next month, Im ordering a new Duramax, reg cab/long box.

04-27-2006, 10:24 PM
My first truck was a 1985 Toyota. The 14' trailer was a bit much for it and I ended up buying a 1979 F150 4x4 two years later. It was more trouble that it was worth. The original owner had gotten all the use out of that one. It fouled plugs every few thousand miles, got about 4-5mpg with the trailer, and basically required some kind of work on it at least once a week. I used it for three years though.

In 1995 I bought a 95 F150 with 19k miles on it. It was practically new. At 230k miles I put a lower mileage 302 in it and a rebuilt 5 speed. I used it for about another year and a half after that. I could keep up with the maintenance on that one and served me well for 9 years. I retired it in 2004 and bought a CC 4x4 F350 XL with a V10. It has been flawless. Well, warranty did have to pay for a battery in it. It has 42k miles now and other than a few scratches, it is pretty much the same truck I bought. It gets about double the mileage that the 1979 F150 did and probably weighs 3k pound more.

04-27-2006, 10:50 PM
youre 15 and own a truck? and pulling a trailer commercially? laws must be a bit different up there. you got to be 21 here to pull commercially. and 16 to have drivers license.

go with the ranger for that size trailer. do you need 4wd?

04-27-2006, 11:16 PM

Sorry, I should of been more Specific.

I can NOT drive legally until December.

I was just looking at truck solutions. I talked it over with my dad today, he said he'd cosign on a loan or anything, but explained to me, my little truck right now will pull a 6x12 just fine, So as is, I'm looking at keeping this little monster for now.

Thanks, Everyone, keep um' coming.

04-27-2006, 11:46 PM
When I was doing maintenance, I always felt a 1/2 ton truck was the smallest I would go. I had an '82 GMC 1500 with the 6.2 liter crap diesel, upgraded to my '00 GMC 2500 with the 6.0 liter Vortec. Both trucks towed my 6X10 mowing trailer pretty well. I've hauled our skid steer and mini excavator with my 2500 quite a bit so if you're doing ANY amount of landscape installs, a 3/4 ton is a bare minimum. Currently we're getting our 312CL hauled by our partner in the excavation divsion but in 2 years I'm shooting for a Mack or Peterbilt 12 yard quad axle dump. We'll also be upgrading one of our 2 pickups in the next year or so with a 1 ton dually 12 foot flatbed.

04-28-2006, 12:26 AM
I've got an '06 F-350 PSD SuperCab Lariat Dually. Whew, what a mouthful! Anyways, I love the truck, but I don't recommend one if you are just starting out, it ran around $40,000 out the door A-Plan, stickered at about $47,000. It pulls like nobody's business, I have an 8.5x20' enclosed car hauler on it currently for my business and you'd never know it was there.

That being said, I'd stick with the S-10 if it will do the job and you're not doing snowplowing. This is completely off-topic, but until you are 18, I would stay away from snowplowing because of the liability involved and your inability to sign a legal contract.

Back to the truck, when I started I pulled a 7x16 Haulmark Kodiak LS with a 4.0L Ranger 4x4. She wasn't the fastest thing going, but she got the job done. Trailer weighed about 4,200 lbs. It was quite a load, but what are you gonna do?

Another thing to remember, unless you are plowing, trucks make you zero money. If all you do is pull a trailer, an F-350 won't make you a dime more than a Ranger will. Only thing the big truck will do is dig into your bank account quicker.

As far as big trucks go, 90% of 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are used to tow, and tow big stuff. Furthermore, 80% are used for heavy hauling (big payloads). This means that the vast majority of these trucks are beat on and beat on good, so I would definitely recommend buying on of these trucks new if that is your chosen direction.http://www.oakhurstgrounds.com/DSC02309.jpg

04-28-2006, 12:27 AM
I use 1996 - 1999, ford, F250, PSD, ext. cab, long bed pickups. I buy them used from a big fleet, with about 225,000+ miles on them. Run them a couple of years, and sell them for what I paid, or more. I will not use anything smaller than a 3/4 ton.

04-28-2006, 01:54 AM
I've got a 2005 Chevy 2500hd 2wd long bed regular cab with a Maxidump insert. I bought toward the end of the GM employee discount promo last fall, and with the insert, tax, license out the door it was around $25K. It's got the 6.0 gas and has great power. I pull either a 6x12 enclosed for maintenance or a 7x16 tandem flatbed for equipment and it pulls either one just fine.

04-28-2006, 02:46 AM

Sorry, I should of been more Specific.

I can NOT drive legally until December.

I was just looking at truck solutions. I talked it over with my dad today, he said he'd cosign on a loan or anything, but explained to me, my little truck right now will pull a 6x12 just fine, So as is, I'm looking at keeping this little monster for now.

Thanks, Everyone, keep um' coming.

good luck!

my 2.3l ranger will pull 6x12 with 2 walkers and once had 3 walkers on that trailer for short move. now i mainly use my other lil pick-up truck... http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=142866&page=3

the guys drive these cheap chevys i got here. ive had best luck with fords, but i sure know a lot about working on chevys for some reason.

04-28-2006, 10:01 AM
Vehicle # 1 1996 Chevrolet K2500 Extended cab long bed. 4 wheel drive
Vehicle #2 1979 Ford F150. 300 6 cylinder. Flatbed 4 wheel drive.

Jacob's Yardworks LLC
04-28-2006, 11:24 AM
1996 Chevy 2500 5.7 V8 4x4
1995 Chevy 1500 4.3 V6 2x4
The 2500 will pull our 20ft enclosed, 14ft dump and 12ft open trailers great. The 1500 will pull them all too but not as good. Looking to get a newer Duramax though.

04-28-2006, 06:59 PM
1995 f-250 4x4 7.3 psd auto (landscape trailer, other small stuff, snowplowing)

1985 International w/ 53' cherokee flatbed, DT 466, 13spd (farm truck)
it pulls, but not fast.
I wish I had a little pickup for running around, but they cost money too......

04-28-2006, 09:10 PM
Look at the first generation, 94-96/97ish PSD's. I have a 96 F250 that I bought a year ago with about 145K, 4x4 5 speed, extended cab XLT for $9500. I can find quite a few in those similar specs around here for that, and I don't think there are very many people who will say the 7.3 PSD isnt a good truck. I've put almost 30k on mine, had to replace a cam sensor, which i think everyone w/ the 7.3 has to at some time, a starter, and needing glow plugs. I have several friends with these first generation trucks that are crowding 300K, no major engine problems, just things like injectors and glow plugs. Try to find a F350 if you can though, b/c they have the solid front axle and won't need rebuilt every 6 years. Good luck with your search.