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lsu03
03-11-2008, 09:15 PM
for those of you who use these types of trucks, what engine do you have and it is really an advantage to have such a small of a truck mpg wise?

Smith Lawn & Landscaping
03-11-2008, 09:22 PM
as of right now i run a 4runner with a v6 3.0 it pulls my 5x10 loaded with my z and w/b fine. I am however upgrading to a truck soon.. Only time i have problems is when im goin up hill or steep inclines..

lawnbandit
03-11-2008, 09:35 PM
I have a dodge neon! great MPG just can't get the car to move with the trailer?:cry::gmctruck:

Valk
03-12-2008, 12:44 AM
Just one of the costs of doing business:


10 mpg requires 10 gallons to go 100 miles = $30 or ~$300/1000 miles

15 mpg requires 6.67 gallons to go 100 miles = $20 or ~$200/1000 miles

20 mpg requires 5 gallons to go 100 miles = $15 or ~$150/1000miles

25 mpg requires 4 gallons to go 100 miles = $12 or ~$120/1000 miles


Darn...that's sobering.

lsu03
03-12-2008, 05:29 PM
thanks. i am looking for a decently used ranger with a 4cyl and extended cab. not that easy to find though...

AI Inc
03-12-2008, 05:31 PM
I have an 08 2wd ranger 2.3 we use for service. Took it to pick up machine parts today. It used 1/4 of a tank that costs $40 to fill to get there and back.When ive gone there in the past in a f 350 it cost 1/3 of a tank that costs $90 to fill.
Do the math.

Turf Commando
03-12-2008, 06:58 PM
Bumped into a guy driving a HUGE Dodge, V8 I think..? Anyways he claims it gets 15 MPG without towing.
I'm glad, I have a little ranger, saves me money when gas keeps peaking record highs.
I've never done the MPH figures, but saying over 20 MPG sounds about right for it being a V6 3.0...Joe

CT18fireman
03-12-2008, 10:58 PM
I have a 550 PSD Dump, 92 Toyota 4x4 4cyl and Tacoma V6

The Tacoma is my personal truck, used for customer visits, occassionally tows a trailer, runs to get supplies etc, backup snowplowing etc.

The 550 is mainly used for our excavations, walkways & retaining walls, deliveries etc. Its tows the skid steer and in the fall holds the leaf box. It is used to plow roads and businesses in the Winter. Best I have gotten on it is 12mpg on the highway usually its under 10

The 92 is my moneymaker. It has a dumping flatbed and airsprings so I can put 3-4 yards of mulch in it and drive right to the beds for mulching. It tows a 16 ft trailer with a 61 inch ZTR and 48 inch WB plus trimmers, blowers etc all summer long. Now all my lawns are within 5 miles of my shop so most of the time it moves less then one mile from job to job. All towing is on backroads, we never really get out of 3rd gear. I see no need for a big truck doing this. I am legal towing, have brakes on the trailer and it is a lot easier to maneuver and back into drives then a fullsize dump. In the winter it plows driveways and holds a 6ft Spreader. It consistently gets 18-20mpg regardless of what it is hauling, plowing or towing.

lsu03
03-12-2008, 11:23 PM
what would a ranger with a 4.0 4x4 make w/ and w/o a trailer?

cgaengineer
03-12-2008, 11:44 PM
I have 2 Tacomas, they are not great on gas but they sure do run a long time without any problems. I pull a 6x12 landscape trailer and it pulls it find unless its a long hill. I have also towed a Dingo with harley rake and a 325 gallon water container (Not both at same time) filled to the top and it did fine with that and it even stopped!

I would say the mileage is about 15-16 mph on our Tacoma 4x4's with 3.4L but they are also lifted 3" and both have heavy ARB bumpers and BFG/Goodyear MTR tires.

lsu03
03-13-2008, 07:53 PM
how do toyota tacoma prerunners with 4cyls do?

moose203
03-13-2008, 08:26 PM
I have a 550 PSD Dump, 92 Toyota 4x4 4cyl and Tacoma V6

The Tacoma is my personal truck, used for customer visits, occassionally tows a trailer, runs to get supplies etc, backup snowplowing etc.

The 550 is mainly used for our excavations, walkways & retaining walls, deliveries etc. Its tows the skid steer and in the fall holds the leaf box. It is used to plow roads and businesses in the Winter. Best I have gotten on it is 12mpg on the highway usually its under 10

The 92 is my moneymaker. It has a dumping flatbed and airsprings so I can put 3-4 yards of mulch in it and drive right to the beds for mulching. It tows a 16 ft trailer with a 61 inch ZTR and 48 inch WB plus trimmers, blowers etc all summer long. Now all my lawns are within 5 miles of my shop so most of the time it moves less then one mile from job to job. All towing is on backroads, we never really get out of 3rd gear. I see no need for a big truck doing this. I am legal towing, have brakes on the trailer and it is a lot easier to maneuver and back into drives then a fullsize dump. In the winter it plows driveways and holds a 6ft Spreader. It consistently gets 18-20mpg regardless of what it is hauling, plowing or towing.

are you saying you can put 4 yards of mulch in a mid size toyota truck?

CT18fireman
03-13-2008, 09:30 PM
I have heaped 4 yards of Cedar in it. About 2500lbs. Its got a dumping flatbed 6.5ft long, 5.5ft wide and I have 4ft tall sides. Usually I put 3 yards of dyed in although my supplier always loads me heavy so it is more like 3.5 yards.

I don't have a pic of it in summer trim but here is one without the plow taken as we got it ready for snow. The spreader weighs 500lbs and it has about a 1/2 yard loaded in the picture. As you can see it is sitting pretty good. I will get a picture of it loaded this spring.

buttaluv
03-14-2008, 10:30 AM
CT18...LOVE THAT YOTA! that is what I need!

KS_Grasscutter
03-14-2008, 10:41 AM
what would a ranger with a 4.0 4x4 make w/ and w/o a trailer?


Without: 16.5 highway, 14 or so in town. With a loaded 12' trailer, about 12 or so I think. Been a while since I have pulled a trailer with mine.

MTR999
03-14-2008, 12:50 PM
We have 2 trucks, '95 F150 with 300-6, 5spd with 104k, and '94 Ranger 2.3, 4bangers 5spd with 199k. We have been using ranger to pull a 5x8 trailer with Gravely 152 and all rack stuff for a while (2yrs)now since gas price is killing everybody. If you pull total trailer and load less than 2k, like we do, 2.3L is one great engine, we average 23-25mpg, running about 340-350 miles on a 14 gal tank of gas. Now we use F150 for mulch and landscpe job, also 16ft boat.
Trying to put the ranger to 230 k before next timing belt and water pump!
Old Ford rules, cheap and forever....( 2 trucks with $47 insurance can't beat that)

MTR999
03-14-2008, 12:52 PM
We have 2 trucks, '95 F150 with 300-6, 5spd with 104k, and '94 Ranger 2.3, 4bangers 5spd with 199k. We have been using ranger to pull a 5x8 trailer with Gravely 152 and all rack stuff for a while (2yrs)now since gas price is killing everybody. If you pull total trailer and load less than 2k, like we do, 2.3L is one great engine, we average 23-25mpg, running about 340-350 miles on a 14 gal tank of gas. Now we use F150 for mulch and landscpe job, also 16ft boat.
Trying to put the ranger to 230 k before next timing belt and water pump!
Old Ford rules, cheap and forever....( 2 trucks with $47 insurance can't beat that)
FYI, Diesel is @ $3.80/gal in our town so, those powerstroke are out of question!

MTR999
03-14-2008, 01:03 PM
here is the Ranger!

JohnsonLawn
03-14-2008, 01:03 PM
My 92 K3500 Dump has a 454ci V8. Now that thing is AWESOME on fuel, especially when plowing. Can you say 5 MPG!!!:dizzy:

PlatinumLandCon
03-14-2008, 01:40 PM
I would say the mileage is about 15-16 mph on our Tacoma 4x4's with 3.4L but they are also lifted 3" and both have heavy ARB bumpers and BFG/Goodyear MTR tires.

Why all the extras? Just for the sake of it (as in, its a toy)?

cgaengineer
03-14-2008, 02:04 PM
Why all the extras? Just for the sake of it (as in, its a toy)?


Because when you hit a deer with the front end of a Tacoma or any other newer truck its totaled! The lift is because it looks good and provides a firmer ride which I like, and better handling. I can also run taller tires, and unlike most people I do take my trucks off road.

Both of my trucks are daily drivers, my wife drives the 2004 Double Cab TRD 4x4, and I drive a 2004 Extended Cab TRD 4x4 both equipped with grill saving ARB's and Old Man Emu spring and struts and mine with a 9000 pound Warn winch.

Here is a pic of my old Tacoma (1999 model equipped with a TRD Supercharger) http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/cgaengineer/Tacoma.jpg

Here at my fathers company (Where I work full time) we have a fleet of 4x4 Yotas...oil, brakes and tires...thats it.

LindblomRJ
03-14-2008, 07:31 PM
Without: 16.5 highway, 14 or so in town. With a loaded 12' trailer, about 12 or so I think. Been a while since I have pulled a trailer with mine.

That is not far off of what my 3/4 ton pickup makes for mileage.

here is the Ranger!

The ranger is sharp looking.