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Compton
05-06-2006, 04:46 PM
I'm just starting, and I'm looking for a decent truck.

I'm wondering, what type of truck do you own, and how is it working out?

I'm looking for decent gas milage, good-looking, fair pricing, and overall built. (No problems often.)
Thanks.

rustyb265
05-06-2006, 05:04 PM
I own a 2004 Dodge Ram1500 Quad cab. I only use it to pull my 6X14 trailer that has all my equiplent on it. I try not to use the truck to carry equipment or debris to keep it nice. Very happy with it though. No problems so far and I am up to 20000 miles. It was great this winter in the snow too. Good luck.

CBramble
05-06-2006, 05:31 PM
I own a 2004 Dodge Ram1500 Quad cab. I only use it to pull my 6X14 trailer that has all my equiplent on it. I try not to use the truck to carry equipment or debris to keep it nice. Very happy with it though. No problems so far and I am up to 20000 miles. It was great this winter in the snow too. Good luck.

If that truck is a automatic, let me know how its running when you hit 60,000 + miles. I wouldn't touch a dodge with a 10 ft pole.

Newbie07
05-06-2006, 05:40 PM
Hey, I've got a 2002 regular cab Z71. 83,500 miles and counting. Runs awesome with very minimal work. I love my truck, chevy claims to be the longest lasting truck on the road. As far as performance there is no lack of horsepower. Ive got the 5.3, bout 300 horse with true dual Flo Pro exhaust. Gas mileage is prety bad though (bout 14 mpg) but lots of power. Does awesome in the mud and hauling which is what you will need. A loaded 6x10 trailer is nothing. cant even feel it even with out the tow/haul engaged. Hope that helps. My dad has quad cab Z71 2005 and the technology, engine transmission, is nearly identical.

Travis

Green Grass
05-06-2006, 10:13 PM
I have a 2003 F250 Diesel the truck has 52,000 miles and it runs perfect nothing wrong with it.

Freddy_Kruger
05-06-2006, 10:37 PM
I got a GMC sierra 1992 for lawn care. It looks nice but it sucks gas like crazy. I would opt for a more modern truck not neccessarily smaller but better technology. Supposedly they are better on gas however, I only pay $35 bucks a month for commercial insurance on my truck.

Green Grass and More
05-07-2006, 12:58 AM
I own a 1999 Ford f-250 superduty and I love it. It's not the greatest when it comes to gas, (14-16mpg highway) but I haven't had to replace or repair anything on it. All I do is change the oil and keep it full with gas. I have roughly 127,000 miles on it so far. It has all the options I want and enough power to tow or carry anything I want. Good all around truck.


Josh

cwlawley
05-07-2006, 01:50 AM
Main truck is a Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Hauls my 6*12 enclosed trailer no problem. Costs about 10g's less than half of those mentioned in this thread too.

E&MLandscapeServices
05-07-2006, 01:52 AM
2006 Chevy Avalanche... 3 weeks old and about 1750 miles on it. Gas mileage? Ummm, yeah... we needn't discuss that. My 95 Silverado probably gets better gas mileage. :dancing:

SWD
05-07-2006, 11:03 AM
I run three trucks and four different trailers at any given time.
The trucks are all GVW 10K+ and fuel economy runs from @10mpg towing to @18 unloaded.
My favorite truck is the newest, a 2005 F350 quad cab and chassis with the V-10 and 6spd. I had a stake body dump bed installed - overall, my best vehicle.
I'm ordering one more, a '06 F250 quad cab 4x4, in about four months to replace my '97 powerstroke with 185K miles. This truck will have the 5.4 and the 6spd - same interior and color as the '05.
The XL interior is great, remove the seat covers and just rinse out the truck.
Manual crank windows, am/fm radio, air and that's it.
I'm attempting to find a decent vinyl lettering printer to install my design on the trucks. The problem is I run my trucks 6 days a week and no printer will work on sunday.

SWD
05-07-2006, 11:07 AM
Oh, purchase the heaviest suspension truck you can afford.
An SUV/half ton truck isn't equipped for extended towing.
The problem is accelerated wear on the entire vehicle - really nails you on resel value as a mechanic can/should spot the signs of use.
Also, use a good quality seat cover. I shampoo the seats once a month and the seat covers are removed and washed once every two weeks. This process greatly helps on odor control in the trucks.
Make sure you have an oversized trans cooler if running an auto, although I prefer a manual. Overall easier on the vehicle when towing.

wski4fun
05-07-2006, 11:11 AM
In my opinion if you aren't going to plow, get a cab over. Otherwise I think fords are the best. Opt for the 350 rather then the 250. Although dodges look nice I don't like thier reliability. Chevys are good too, but for plowing I would stick with the ford. If comfort is more important go with the chevy. Whatever you get make sure you have enough power and payload. If you plow get the low gears for the rear end and a limited slip. Deisel also if you can afford it.

dtelawncare
05-07-2006, 11:38 AM
I run an 05 Tundra. So far it has been great overall. Has plenty of power, I average about 15 mpg. It never gets used without it pulling or hauling something. It has the V8 with towing package which includes the trans cooler. Only thing I dislike is the 05 and 06 Tundra has rear drum brakes. 07 model will be disc all the way around. I have loved the truck, but I have started to look for a 3/4 ton to replace it. I want to take my bisiness a little different direction and will need the bigger truck to haul larger equip.

Freddy_Kruger
05-07-2006, 07:03 PM
I run three trucks and four different trailers at any given time.
The trucks are all GVW 10K+ and fuel economy runs from @10mpg towing to @18 unloaded.
My favorite truck is the newest, a 2005 F350 quad cab and chassis with the V-10 and 6spd. I had a stake body dump bed installed - overall, my best vehicle.
I'm ordering one more, a '06 F250 quad cab 4x4, in about four months to replace my '97 powerstroke with 185K miles. This truck will have the 5.4 and the 6spd - same interior and color as the '05.
The XL interior is great, remove the seat covers and just rinse out the truck.
Manual crank windows, am/fm radio, air and that's it.
I'm attempting to find a decent vinyl lettering printer to install my design on the trucks. The problem is I run my trucks 6 days a week and no printer will work on sunday.
Listen, my decal guy said if I wanted I could put the decals on myself it was very easy. Mind you my decals were straight lettering and digits, my phone number for instance is almost 5 ft long on the box, but I watched HIM put them on because I was a hesitant. IT turns out they are already laid out on a stickey sheet and they just eye them up with out tools... rub out any air and pull off the stickey sheet leaving the letters on. It was very fast and efficient and actually look great.
I'm considering buying a decal cutter.... maybe maybe not.

rfed32
05-07-2006, 07:08 PM
96 s10 use it for everything...pull a 6x10 everyday a 6x12 and a 6x14 sometimes...but love it...plus gets good gas mile.age

rustyb265
05-07-2006, 08:04 PM
CBramble,

Dont buy one then. I like mine. I assume you are talking about the past tranny problem that every other ignorant person still remembers. The tranny's are all new and much stronger now. New Dodges really hold up.

CBramble
05-07-2006, 08:24 PM
CBramble,

Dont buy one then. I like mine. I assume you are talking about the past tranny problem that every other ignorant person still remembers. The tranny's are all new and much stronger now. New Dodges really hold up.

I have no intention of buying one. Got me a Chevy. Has 141,00 miles on her and still running good...:clapping:

ADVANCED LAWNCARE LLC.
05-07-2006, 09:24 PM
My dad has a 2002 Dodge ram 1500 quad cab with nearley 200,000 miles. Not one problem.

lawnrangeralaska
05-08-2006, 12:09 AM
newer trucks are better, but the chevys seems to be the better older truck if you have to go that route.

Brianslawn
05-08-2006, 01:36 AM
97 ford ranger 2.3l 5sp
94 chevy s-10 ext cab 5.7l auto
95 chevy 1500 5.7l auto
90 chevy 1500 5.7l auto 4x4 (selling)
91 chevy 2500 6.2dsl auto 4x4 (scrapping)
06 Ford F-550 crew 6.0 psd 6sp 4x4 (8'x12' dump bed)

topsites
05-08-2006, 02:41 AM
1986 D-250 carbureted 318ci automatic with 130k miles, bare basic truck, the horn, heat and wipers work far as accessories.
You can turn the radio knobs and push the buttons for your amusement, and it has an aftermarket dashboard fan for keeping things cool when it sits in the sun, also a most excellent 2-45 air conditioning system... Oh and watch for the hole in the floor.
Most recently the PRND21 needle broke, also to clean the windshield you first spray it with windex, then activate the wipers.
About once / year you need to treat the windshield with Rain-X because after prolonged rain, the wipers stop working.

Gets ~15mpg loaded but I got a real light foot on the throttle.
Accelerates nicely from 15 to 20mph or so when going downhill with backwind.

PMLAWN
05-08-2006, 12:31 PM
Many will get a truck that makes them feel good or even make up for "short" comings. Your best bet is to buy a truck that makes your wallet happy. If all your doing is cutting grass, a small 1/2 ton truck with a 6 cyl is all you need. It will easily pull any 6x12 trailer which is what most have anyway. Not sure if you noticed but gas is over $3.00 again. If you are doing big properties where you need 3-4 mowers at once, maybe a 3/4 ton with diesel but 2x4 for sure, no frills.
Ford guys will dispute this but they break down.
Chevy guys will dispute this but they break down.
Dodge guys will dispute this but they break down.
And most of the time they all work well.
Get the cheapest truck you can buy, and the cheapest to operate. (and I am not saying buy junk- I would buy new- just a cheap one)

Chicksdme2
05-08-2006, 12:48 PM
yea I have a 95' silverado 1500 with about 160000 on it. This is my 4th year pullin with it and have yet to have a single problem. I pull a 12 foot open single axle. While it may lack just a bit in the power department, it gets the job done easily. Never a single problem, but I change the oil every 2500 and keep everything in good shape.

03silvers
05-08-2006, 01:54 PM
99 jeep cherokee....pulls a 6x14 no problem...brakes arent the best with a heavy load but i also get 17mpg :)

SWD
05-08-2006, 07:49 PM
Listen, my decal guy said if I wanted I could put the decals on myself it was very easy. Mind you my decals were straight lettering and digits, my phone number for instance is almost 5 ft long on the box, but I watched HIM put them on because I was a hesitant. IT turns out they are already laid out on a stickey sheet and they just eye them up with out tools... rub out any air and pull off the stickey sheet leaving the letters on. It was very fast and efficient and actually look great.
I'm considering buying a decal cutter.... maybe maybe not.

Unfortunately, my decals consist of a large logo background with ancilliary information superimposed. I really don't want to try this as a DIY thing.
I have noticed, that since moving south, the professionalism/quality I took for granted was definately not in evidence around where I'm at now.:(

lowballer17
05-08-2006, 07:57 PM
2003 Jeep Wrangler
2.4 liter 4 banger, 5 speed, 4:10 gears

Horsepower Lawns
05-08-2006, 08:29 PM
01 Ford F150 Lightning 82K miles.
And yes, I do race it.:dancing:
http://www.horsepowerlawns.com/gallery

jlohouston
05-08-2006, 10:20 PM
I have a 1995 Z71 - At 170,000 had the motor re-built and the transmission rebuilt..... I pull a 5X10 w/ no problem..

CHEVY

eight1seven
05-09-2006, 12:13 AM
i have a 1993 chevy short bed v8 (auto)not the best in gas but alot of power i replaced the motor when it hit 257k it was still in working condition it was time/ so ther u go think about it?

topsites
05-09-2006, 12:51 AM
yea I have a 95' silverado 1500 with about 160000 on it. This is my 4th year pullin with it and have yet to have a single problem. I pull a 12 foot open single axle. While it may lack just a bit in the power department, it gets the job done easily. Never a single problem, but I change the oil every 2500 and keep everything in good shape.

Man... For many years I have heard the 1/2 ton develops transmission problems when hauling heavy loads. It isn't everyday, but there are times I load up to 4 thousand pounds on my trailer for a combined weight of around 5k, add to that the stuff in the bed of the truck (with the toolbox and the truckbox) and suddenly the truck has to pull close to 6 thousand pounds over empty.

There are also times I tow my car with it, on a dolly I can take a disabled vehicle of mine to any mechanic and drop it off for repair, saves me the tow truck fee and also I don't need a ride...

Even with the D-250 3/4 ton the transmission suffers, I have to take it real easy on the gas or it develops a handfull of shavings inside the pan between trans-fluid changes. But I can also tell the 3/4 ton is geared more like a real truck, it has more torque.

My friend used to replace a clutch on a 1/2 ton manual every 3-4, maybe 6 months in between and it was gone, everytime.

So, you guys with the 1/2 ton can pull as much as you want and never have a problem?

J&R Landscaping
05-09-2006, 08:01 AM
The f150 that I have has a heavy duty manual tranny out of an f250. 1st gear is a granny gear so it is great for getting going with a heavy load! The truck has the 4.9 straight 6 and runs pretty good. has 130k and still going, but the clutch is throw out bearing is kinda noisey (but its the ORIGINAL CLUTCH). When it goes, I'll replace it and keep on trucking!

I am looking at 1 of the new Dodge Ram 3500 cab & chasis for 2007. I can't wait for the dealers to get them in!

howardsells2000
05-10-2006, 10:38 PM
I have a 2004 Ford F-150, 2wd with the 4.6 V8 automatic. I love it. It pulls my 5X12 single axle trailer with all my mowers and equipment and the trucks bed is usually full of tools or supplies. I bought the truck new, before I got into this business full time. If I had to do it over I would have bought a 4wd. So I could plow with it this winter. Now I will either buy an older 4wd or just stick to snow blowing sidewalks and driveways.

If I do buy an older 4wd, it will be 3/4 ton or 1 ton. It doesn't really matter to me if it's a Chevy, Dodge or Ford but I do like Fords the best. I think they are all good trucks as long as they are taken care of.

topsites
05-10-2006, 10:46 PM
The only thing I like about the Dodge is the side-benefit of a low-compression engine means since you have no power anyway, if you take it real easy on the gas, you get really nice fuel mileage.

I just recorded 15.3 mpg with the 6x12 and the usual load (which isn't much because I only carry what I need and I do all the same kind of work all day), but man, I didn't even get to step on it once, thou I did just a little but only one time and it wasn't but maybe 1/4 way down the pedal... I think my top speed the entire week was somewhere between 50-55, thou I might've pegged 60 once, not sure lol.

Still, 300+ miles on a tank of fuel, that was just tough.

On a side note, the whole town probably about faints now when they see me up the road, they're probably like Oh NOOOO, I am NOT behind THAT SLOW MOVING *&^% TRUCK **AGAIN!!***

jbone
05-11-2006, 01:44 AM
Ive got a 1994 Chevy 2500 reg cab long bed. 230,000 miles. Runs perfect, Its actually decent on gas. I guess it all depends on the trucks gearing. It holds a lot and hauls without any problems.

POPO4995
07-21-2006, 06:52 PM
2004 Ford F-250 SuperCab Shortbox 6.0L Powerstroke.......flawless engine. (Atleast mine!) I can push, pull, or drag anything you want. Mileage.....15MPG pulling my 7x18 lawn trailer around. 57,000 miles and counting....

lawnboy dan
07-21-2006, 09:28 PM
2003 toyota tundra long bed v6 -good on gas -enough power to get the job done and ultra reliable-perfect lawnservice truck

Birdhunter1
07-21-2006, 10:23 PM
I have an '06 F-150 4wd supercab with a 5.4 and I love it, it replaced an '04 F-150 4wd reg. cab with the 4.6. Honestly the 4.6 will handle any trailer full of mowers but when I traded I wanted a supercab and the 5.4 for pulling my tractor and equipment around. This is alot of truck for a trailer full of mowing equipment but i don't ever complain about it.
In the past I've worked out of a '95 Ranger 4wd 4cyl 5spd. long bed and I will say that truck had more balls than I thought it would. I loved that truck and used the heck out of it.
Then my first truck was an '83 F-250 4wd 300 I-6 and a 4spd., cheap, tough, dependable, etc.

I've always had Ford's since my dad is a Ford Salesman and I've never had a bad one.

topsites
07-21-2006, 11:12 PM
1986 Dodge D-250 Ram, cost $1,400 3 years ago and gets 15 mpg.

But then I'm pretty light on the throttle and run high performance spark and air supplies...
I still don't understand how anyone with a lesser rated truck doesn't suffer transmission problems...