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N&CLandscaping
01-10-2007, 08:29 PM
Anyone on here run a dodge for their companies? New or Old say a 1996? any pics maybe? I found a 1996 Dodge Reg cab 1500 Sport for cheap money and I want another truck. Anyone got one? How well does it tow a trailer? anything would be helpful
Thanks

Mike's Yard Services
01-11-2007, 05:42 AM
My 1500 2wd does an awesome job.... with 5x10 loaded with both the Z and 21 LB and all other misc stuff in bed and on trailer. Mike

Frosty_03
01-11-2007, 11:13 AM
I am on my second dodge 1500 the first was a 1996 2WD and was just the most dependable truck it had 175,000 when I let it go and it was running strong. I bought the new 1500 AWD / 4x4 hemi and it is the best truck I have ever had lots of power and rides great. Here are a couple of picture of both. Towing was and is no problem. I always used the Tow/Haul switch around town.

GravelyGuy
01-11-2007, 04:20 PM
I would stay away from Dodges BEFORE the year 2000. After that you should be just as good as any. JMO

IRRITECH
01-11-2007, 04:55 PM
Hate to say it guys but Consumer Reports rates the F150 as a better truck than both the Dodge and Chevy.

tjsquickcuts
01-11-2007, 04:59 PM
I run a 2006 5.7 liter V-8 aka HEMI.....I pull a 6.5 X 16 with it, and it pulls great, but I will be honest, it drinks gas....I get about 11 miles to the gallon....But I have pulled 5 yds or mulch plus some other things without a problem. I have the Texas Ranch addition....My gift from my wife.....But Next truck will be a 3500 Diesel.....I am growing and work is requiring bigger and heavier equipment...

RedMax Man
01-11-2007, 06:08 PM
N&C, I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 with the 5.2L Magnum V8. It towed my 6x12 landscape trailer fully loaded no problem. Now my dad has it and pulls his 8.5x18 enclosed trailer. It does well even cruising down the highway at 65-70mph. The truck has never been beaten so its in nice shape and only has a little over 50K on it. We haven't had to do any major work like a rebuilt tranny, just regular maintenance. Great truck IMO.

tjsquickcuts
01-11-2007, 07:14 PM
Here is a quick snap of my Hemi...

Accu-cut Lawn Care
01-11-2007, 07:49 PM
Hate to say it guys but Consumer Reports rates the F150 as a better truck than both the Dodge and Chevy.

Consumer Reports also ranked the earliest Ford Focus the best choice and now they are falling apart. Don't always believe what you read!

Lawn Enforcer
01-12-2007, 08:09 PM
My uncle has a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd long box. He didn't maintain it very well, didn't know how to load a trailer, and beat the crap out of it, and it took everything he threw at it. 175,000 miles later, and it still runs and drives nicely. The only thing he did to it was upgrade the rear suspension, which it wouldn't have needed to do if he wouldn't put all the weight on the tounge.

N&CLandscaping
01-12-2007, 08:57 PM
Would it be able to tow a 18' Enclosed Pace Trailer? GVWR 7000 LBS, cargo weight 3900 lbs Twin Axle. W/two large mowers and all other hand tools etc...?????

N&CLandscaping
01-12-2007, 08:59 PM
and I forgot to add this, but how many yards of mulch or loam would I be able to put in the bed? its 6'

All-Pro LawnCare
01-12-2007, 09:31 PM
I had 04 with the hemi and it ate me alive in gas. It will pull like a horse for a 1/2 ton gas motor, but make sure you aren't far from the pumps. I have since upgraded to a 2500 diesel.

Potchkins
01-13-2007, 06:49 PM
Hate to say it guys but Consumer Reports rates the F150 as a better truck than both the Dodge and Chevy.

Consumer Reports also ranked the earliest Ford Focus the best choice and now they are falling apart. Don't always believe what you read!

i learned along time ago not to listen to Consumer Reports.

zargoon
01-18-2007, 01:00 AM
I had a 97' Dodge 1500 (same motor options as 96' I believe), it towed fine with the 360/5.8L engine. My father inlaw had the same truck with the 318/5.2L and it was just way under powered. The 318 had to work way to hard to get up to speed. I would not wany to try and pull an 18' enclosed with the smaller Dodge motor from that year.

We know have a 2005 Dodge 1500 4x4 with the HEMI and it makes unbelieveable power and tows like a dream. I will agree that it drinks gas like nothing I've ever owned before. Next truck will be a Dodge with the Cummins Turbo Diesel.

Sean

Lynden-Jeff
01-18-2007, 02:07 PM
Hey,

Run a 98 Dodge ram ext cab short box. GREAT truck. Here's a pic:

http://www.lyndenlawncare.com/portfolio/carlisle5.jpg

Also I belive the 360 is 5.9, which is what im running and I'm positive it doesn't have any issues with 16 ft landscaper with a ZT-219, 48 inch hydro wb and a 32 inch wb.

Cheers
Jeff

N&CLandscaping
01-18-2007, 02:18 PM
Thanks for all the info guys :) one more question, will it tow a Bobcat? A S185??

Potchkins
01-18-2007, 03:52 PM
Anyone on here run a dodge for their companies? New or Old say a 1996? any pics maybe? I found a 1996 Dodge Reg cab 1500 Sport for cheap money and I want another truck. Anyone got one? How well does it tow a trailer? anything would be helpful
Thanks

Thanks for all the info guys :) one more question, will it tow a Bobcat? A S185??

that's probably pushing the envelope i'd go with a 2500

S185 SSL
Operating Weight: 6220 lbs (2821 kg)

Shopkeeper
01-18-2007, 07:27 PM
that's probably pushing the envelope i'd go with a 2500

S185 SSL
Operating Weight: 6220 lbs (2821 kg)

Listen to this guy. If you're pushing the limits of your 1500 why not get a 2500? It will do everything better AND it will give you ROOM TO GROW. If you ever want to pull anything heavier than what your 1500 can do you'll have to upgrade anyways so you might as well get the bigger truck if you're already pushing the limit.

Just my .02