gas is eating me up

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by newmoonfarm, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. newmoonfarm

    newmoonfarm LawnSite Member
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    i am getting ready to purchase a new truck. i haul appx 1000 lbs of equipment max. most of my customers are residential, i do build some small garden features so i haul limited amounts of material probably about the same weight.
    we live in a rural area so i drive about 50 miles per day round trip, to a medium sized town, up to 100 mi total.
    what do you guys think would be a good, dependable, economical truck?
    the more i look the more i think i can't do much better than a small v-8 chevy motor, or an f-150.
    any ideas.
    i have to have enough room for 3 guys most jobs.
    thanks for any input.
     
  2. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    I would consider a F-150 with a 4.2 V6. My dad has this engine in his truck and I have used it to pull my trailer with two ZTRs and some misc. stuff on it a few times. I can confidently say it pulls my trailer almost as well as my F-250 with a 5.8 V8.
     
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    I would look into a Titan or a Tundra if you are looking for an V8...both have the capacity for 1/2 ton and can tow a few thousand pounds. Both do better on gas mileage than there american counterparts...plus in my opinion they are more reliable...okay I'm ready to get shouted at for recommending a "non-american" truck...even though the Tundra is assembled in the US...
     
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,573

    4 door Tacoma...........

    I believe all Toyota trucks are assembled here....
    Derek
     
  5. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,924

    I need to get a tune-up, figured my Tacoma was gettting about 15mpg pulling my trailer.....i would think it would be doing better???
     
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    15mpg pulling a trailer and a v-8, is it a 4wd and if it doesnt have lock out hubs I would think 15 is pretty good
     
  7. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    I have a Tundra reg. cab with the new V6 and it pulls my equipment fine. The 2 ztr alone are 2450 pounds not counting everything else. I have been getting consistent mileage of 15 pulling trailor, all in town, heavy stop and go with AC on. My older Tundra with the V8 did dang good to get 11!
     
  8. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,924

    Tacoma, V6////4 wheel drive/////I guess it could be worse, my father in law has a 1995 Ford 150, it has a straight 6 and standard, 26K miles, I might sell the Toy and try to buy his truck.
     
  9. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,102

    Full size Dodge Ram 3/4 ton Cummins diesel, auto trans, 4x4 18 mpg empty, 15 mpg pulling 18' enclosed ( when I drive it ) about 11 when others drive it
     

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