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jkilov
08-20-2010, 06:38 PM
I'm thinking of downsizing my truck again to lower operating costs. I have went from a 7.3 powerstroke to a 5.4 gasser and thinking of going even further as there are rarely times when I need all that power.

Do any of you guys use 4 or 6 cylinder trucks to pull 4,000-5,000lbs and if so tell me you experience.

SchnabelLawnCare
08-20-2010, 09:09 PM
S10 v6 is rated for 5000-6000 towing. 4 cylinders get 2000-3000 at best.
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DoetschOutdoor
08-21-2010, 12:36 PM
Ummmmm, not a smart idea. My 02 s-10 would lug my small enclosed around, 2 mowers and tools at about 3200lbs and would get at BEST 9mpg around town. Put your foot into it at one single stoplight and your mileage will drop to 8mpg for the week. Tighten up your route or raise your costs but I cant believe that you would think about pulling 5k around town with a small truck like that.

mnglocker
08-21-2010, 12:53 PM
I cant believe that you would think about pulling 5k around town with a small truck like that.

What about stopping or sterring 5k around with a toy truck?

unkownfl
08-21-2010, 01:45 PM
I had three 1/2 ton v6 trucks for my lawn setup. 2 were 4.2 f150s and one 00 4.3 silverado. The silverado got the best mileage with it being around 12-13 pulling 4k. I now have a 4.6 3v f150 that gets around 12 with the same trailer. All city driving with a 4k 6x12 vnose enclosed trailer. I wouldn't go to a 4 bagger because the transmission is to small atleast with a v6 you'll get the same trans that comes on the v8

MICHELLE'SCLEANINGSERVICE
08-21-2010, 10:51 PM
I use a Daihatsu Delta 2.8L diesel And get around 11Ks per L. Has a cap of 4t and works all day every day and doesn't complain. Tows a 6.5m Tandam axle trailer of around 2.5t.

jkilov
08-22-2010, 01:39 PM
I don't consider it problematic. Many V6 trucks have a 5500 lbs towing capability so 4000lbs should work ok.

The mileage you guys posted is surreal. I get about 13mpg towing with my 5.4 and this gasser was never considered efficient. With a half laden trailer and some out of town driving this goes up to max. 16mpg.

Ozz
08-22-2010, 07:58 PM
No... You can never have too much power. Ever. If given the choice as to wether I'd have a Pete 348 or an S10 to tow three mowers and trimmers, along with blowers and trailer, I'd pick the 348 and a big step down.

grass catcher
08-22-2010, 11:18 PM
I don't consider it problematic. Many V6 trucks have a 5500 lbs towing capability so 4000lbs should work ok.

The mileage you guys posted is surreal. I get about 13mpg towing with my 5.4 and this gasser was never considered efficient. With a half laden trailer and some out of town driving this goes up to max. 16mpg.

I bought a 2006 f150 v6 4.2l w/5sp man getting 12.5 to 13 pulling 6x12 open utility tandom axle 3 toro 21 s and 36 in gra wb
always seems like I have to put my foot in it 11 mpg w jd717 w/bagger
f 250 diesel gets 12 feel like I wasted my money to save 35 cents a gal

DoetschOutdoor
08-23-2010, 11:12 AM
I had three 1/2 ton v6 trucks for my lawn setup. 2 were 4.2 f150s and one 00 4.3 silverado. The silverado got the best mileage with it being around 12-13 pulling 4k. I now have a 4.6 3v f150 that gets around 12 with the same trailer. All city driving with a 4k 6x12 vnose enclosed trailer. I wouldn't go to a 4 bagger because the transmission is to small atleast with a v6 you'll get the same trans that comes on the v8

OOOOO come on unknownfl, I read all your posts about trucks and have learned quite a bit from ya just reading posts on here but no way were you getting 12-13 mpg pulling 4k with a 4.3. Being in a silverado makes that number even more unrealistic. My Zr2 S-10 with 31" tires and the 4.3 would get MAYBE 9mpg on a whole tank all week long pulling around my 3500-4k lbs I had. My dad has a 4.6 like you mentioned and mileage is same as yours around 12 pulling my trailer a few times.

lowendrider
09-10-2010, 10:19 AM
Wow...I think 4-5000 is alot for a small truck. Maybe a big cube six (4.0 or larger would be ok) could handle it but when you get to that size 6 you're not going to get much better economy that a V8. I can tell you this, I had a 2003 ford ranger with the 3.0 V6 and 5spd. The truck had good power not pulling anything but when I loaded up my yamaha rhino, dry weight 1049lb on a 5x8 trailer it was really labored. Inclines on the interstate required a downshift or 2...just my 2cents

jkilov
09-10-2010, 04:25 PM
Well thanks for the replies, 5000 lbs would be maximum but I mostly get around with 3500 lbs and it just feels like there's an unneeded reserve in the truck.

My biggest concern going the small truck route was that it would need new trannys every few years, so I guess I'll just keep it at that.

lawnboy dan
09-11-2010, 09:05 PM
12.5 mpg pulling 3500 lbs with ac on from my v6 tundra

PROPERTYLAWNSERVICELLC
09-20-2010, 05:51 PM
I have a Dodge Dakota V6 auto cc 4x2 it weighs in around 4500.
I get, if I am gentle 25+mpg heavy towing 16ft trailer 10+mpg .
I have hauled in the bed 2500+ pounds.
I have had the gvw@ 12,ooo pounds do think I need a bigger truck?

360ci
09-23-2010, 09:08 PM
I'm thinking of downsizing my truck again to lower operating costs. I have went from a 7.3 powerstroke to a 5.4 gasser and thinking of going even further as there are rarely times when I need all that power.

Do any of you guys use 4 or 6 cylinder trucks to pull 4,000-5,000lbs and if so tell me you experience.

The diesel was overkill. I'd stick with the 5.4L. You have it, it works, and should you need extra capacity for anything, it's there. Another thing to consider is hitch weight, The F series can handle 800lbs or so on the hitch, making it versatile for lighter trailers like yours.

Going with a mid-size V6 truck for instance will limit hitch weight to about 400-500lbs, and then you'll have to pack your trailers more carefully to stay within the proper weight range of the axle. 4cyl are for retired folks who like to do weekly home depot runs and want good mileage for carting their light lumber and paint cans around - stay away from those if you plan to tow regularly.

I have a 5.9L Dodge Durango R/T that I had bought years ago for an old travel trailer. I sold it off and my utility trailer with full weight of whatever is in the 3500lb range. However, I don't have brakes on it (single axle), so the larger brakes that the Durango has comes in handy when going through hills and traffic. A smaller truck would specify trailer brakes over 2K weight, or less due to the less powerful brakes. I hold onto it and it's 14mpg (average city/highway driving with some towing), because it seats 7, I can take it on the trails, it's a great winter vehicle when I visit family in northern Ontario and it still runs fantastic even considering that it has been abused! Besides, resale isn't that great so I'll lose more than I'd ever get back for the sake of a few mpg.