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Any small trucks, need 2 cents!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by proenterprises, Apr 19, 2003.

  1. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    I know a couple of you guys run small trucks. ie; s10, 150, tacoma.....

    I am not sure what to get, I want to be sensible but not undershoot. I am thinking about starting with maybe a 6x12 open trailer. I will need to carry a z and a wb. Trimmers on the rack, blowers in the trucks bed along with tools. Is a 150, (v8) enough to do this. I think I have seen some with a setup similar.

    Please advise, I dont want to look like the dumbass in that earlier post with the enclosed and the front tires in the air!

    Thanks fellas, :D
  2. Dan1944

    Dan1944 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    I have been running a 96 S10 /w 4.3 liter V6 auto for 2 years now with the same set up you are describing. I change oil at 3000 Miles and have trans serviced every year. When I am pulling a load I use Drive instead of Overdrive. No problems with motor or trans. Just my experience.
  3. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    Figure out the weight you want to tow, and check the "official" weight ratings of the vehicles. You shouldn't have any problem at all with an F-150, might be getting close to weight capacity of a small truck, but I still wouldn't think you'd have any problems.

    I have towed a 16' trailer with three wbs on it using a '93 Ranger V6, but I wouldn't recommend that on a regular basis.
  4. Dan1944

    Dan1944 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    I forgot to mention that I have an Aux Transmission oil cooler, that has been on the truck since new.
  5. fox

    fox LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 57

    assuming your not removing snow. small trucks are a good option, buy Toyota if you can. dependability is the most important thing.
  6. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    i will be plowing snow, not removing it
  7. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 954

    heres one of my f250 LD 4.6 hauls fine plows good.i tow a skid steer with it

  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    Thats really a F200, a cross breed between a 150 and a 250. It had a short, 2 year production I beleive if I'm not mistaken and really it is just a F150 with the axles from an F250 to make it look beefier, but same frame and body and transmission etc. as an F150 truck. Not putting it down but it's not really an F250, they just called it that (stupid marketing technique). I'm sure it's a great truck, because it's "Built Ford Tough!"
  9. Lawn Specialties

    Lawn Specialties LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    Although I would suggest staying away from mini trucks if you can a full size half ton would be plenty for what your pulling. I've always had half tons and have never had any problems. Don't forget a full size truck has a way bigger bed.
  10. thartz

    thartz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 486

    I'm glad you asked this.I have a 1 ton dually that is killing me on gas! I saw one of our big boys in town is switching to 1/2 tons to tow the type of setup you are talking about.He told me they are doing good so I may get a 1/2 ton to use as a"chase vehicle" running a 1 ton with just 2 wb's is overkill.May get a 3/4 if price is close.

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