Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-13-2004, 11:47 PM
Petr51488's Avatar
Petr51488 Petr51488 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: NJ
Posts: 2,353
Ford Explorer Sport Trac?

I was looking into buying a ford explorer sport trac.. are they any good? i know they just came out with them, but maby some of you will know. I would like it to haul my new 6x12 enclosed trailer. Thanks!
__________________
2008 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab Long Bed Duramax
2008 GMC 2500HD Regular Cab Long Bed 6.0
1998 Chevy Silverado 1500
Haulmark 6x12 Enclosed trailer
Bri-Mar 6x12,7x14 Dump Trailers
18hp Billy Goat Leaf Loader
Classen 5.5 Honda Power Rake
Stihl FS100RX, FS110 Trimmers
Stihl HL100K, HS81T Hedge Trimmers
4 BR600 Blowers
Stihl 029 Chainsaw
Honda 3 HRC216HXA Mowers
5 HS520A Snowblowers, 1 hs928was
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-13-2004, 11:50 PM
MudslinginFX4's Avatar
MudslinginFX4 MudslinginFX4 is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,170
i think it will haul a 6X12 trailer fine but if you plan on ever expanding I would go with a F-150. Gas won't be much more and neither will the truck.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-14-2004, 12:51 AM
chris28's Avatar
chris28 chris28 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 31
Sport Trac

I had a 2001 Sport Trac for just over a year. I just traded it in last week for a F-350. I purchased a 6 x 16 open trailer, and the V6 in the sport trac couldnt handle it. I pulled the trailer 1 day for mowing...then traded it in the same week. Gas mileage was not very good either. I would highly recommend getting a V8. Plus, a pickup truck with full size bed is better for business in case you deliver mulch, etc...
Just my opinion...hope it helps.

Chris28
__________________
American Lawn Enforcement

Ford F-350, Toro 60" ZTR, Scag 52" w/b w/velke, Bunton 48" w/b, Shindaiwa Trimmer,
Red Max Blower, 6X16 open trailer
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-14-2004, 10:20 AM
rookiemower's Avatar
rookiemower rookiemower is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: chicago suburbs
Posts: 766
i have a ford explorer the GAS MILEAGE SUCKS! i have a 6x12 also and i can suck alot of gas when it is hitched up. the 4.0 liter engine is a gas guzzling pig. the thing that worries me is the abuse the tranny takes also you'll go through brakes more if you don't have trailor brakes. dont get the sport trac! i regret not buying a truck every day!
__________________
Gravely 36" belt drive Pro-G
Echo SRM 210SB Multi-tool
Sthil FS 80
Redmax EB-7001
6x12 trailer
Echo PB 200 Handheld Blower
7hp Toro Snow Commander
5hp Briggs pump
Tanaka 26" Hedge trimmers
Kee Bed Edger
Honda Tiller
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-14-2004, 12:14 PM
Petr51488's Avatar
Petr51488 Petr51488 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: NJ
Posts: 2,353
Hey guys, thanks for the post. I guess maby i shouln't get it. I wanted to get a 4 door pick up that i can use every day.. any suggestions?
__________________
2008 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab Long Bed Duramax
2008 GMC 2500HD Regular Cab Long Bed 6.0
1998 Chevy Silverado 1500
Haulmark 6x12 Enclosed trailer
Bri-Mar 6x12,7x14 Dump Trailers
18hp Billy Goat Leaf Loader
Classen 5.5 Honda Power Rake
Stihl FS100RX, FS110 Trimmers
Stihl HL100K, HS81T Hedge Trimmers
4 BR600 Blowers
Stihl 029 Chainsaw
Honda 3 HRC216HXA Mowers
5 HS520A Snowblowers, 1 hs928was
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-14-2004, 01:23 PM
MudslinginFX4's Avatar
MudslinginFX4 MudslinginFX4 is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,170
Get a ford f150 crew cab, still has 4 doors just like the sport track but much bigger. You can get 2 different size V8's in there, the 4.6 or the 5.4. The 4.6 is now the most common seller but I perfer the bigger one, the 5.4. I've never had any troubles with my f-150's and one (1993) is getting ready to hit 300,000 miles.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-14-2004, 10:44 PM
chris28's Avatar
chris28 chris28 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 31
I agree with ECM Lawn--F150 or bigger. Buy a used one, alot out there. Extended cab with fold out doors for backseat passengers. Full size bed if possible. I just got a 2001 F-350 with 5.4 motor. Pulls the trailer like it was nothing. Gas mileage is not much worse than sport trac and I now have alot more room.
Good luck.
__________________
American Lawn Enforcement

Ford F-350, Toro 60" ZTR, Scag 52" w/b w/velke, Bunton 48" w/b, Shindaiwa Trimmer,
Red Max Blower, 6X16 open trailer
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-03-2004, 10:39 AM
Potchkins's Avatar
Potchkins Potchkins is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Camden,AR
Posts: 572
I have a 1-ton Dodge dually 5 spd 4wd... I wouldn't trade it for anything! I can pull anything from a 16' trailer loaded with my equipment to a 30' gooseneck loaded with a 50 hp Ford tractor, and it runs on diesel so gas mileage is great. My suggestion is to purchase at least a 3/4 ton truck. Trust me... you'll thank me later.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-07-2004, 08:52 AM
TrapperJohn's Avatar
TrapperJohn TrapperJohn is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 70
If you are going to be towing a load, definitely get the big truck. They're a lot more stable, and fuel usage will be about the same.

I have a Ford Ranger, which is essentially the same as the sport trac, with the same 4.0 V6, and the mileage with no load is nothing to brag about. Nice little truck, easy to park, very reliable, but not much when it comes to towing. Glad I kept my old F150.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-03-2004, 02:25 PM
GTLC's Avatar
GTLC GTLC is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 702
I have a '99 Explorer and I get about 15 mpg towing a trailer with my 4.0 liter V6. If I had a chance to get something else, it would have to be the new Ford F-150.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:17 PM.

Page generated in 0.09570 seconds with 7 queries