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Gmc Jimmy? Tough enough?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lildog132, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. lildog132

    lildog132 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    Im looking into buying this 92' JMC Jimmy 6 cylinders, 4WD, and i was wondering if that's strong enough, and will last puling a 5 X 8 trailor with a 36" WB and 21"? Or should i go with a pick up like a Ford F-150?
     
  2. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    A big truck can get small quick. I say the smallest truck to get would be a 3/4 ton. I use a f-350 and would never go smaller.

    But I guess a 1/2 ton would pull a 5x8 trailer. The question now is how long can you use a small trailer like that. I say you will out grow it with-end 6 mo's.
     
  3. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    If it is the 4.3L, the Jimmy will be fine for what you are pulling right now. I had 3 Blazers and pulled 20'-25' boats with no problem. But, you will probably soon outgrow the capacity of the SUV and need a pick-up soon.
     
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    KDJ, keep in mind LilDog132 is 16, probably still in High School and will use this as a personal truck as well. @ 16 i don't think he'll be landing any HUGE jobs that might require him to haul rock, dirt or large quantities of mulch.

    LilDog132, to answer your question, yes a jimmy will haul it fine assuming the engine is in good running condition. However as KDJ pointed out (indirectly), SUV's are limited in their capacity for getting work done efficiently.
     
  5. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 509

    I have one ('97) and tried to do the same thing. It is not good if you are putting a ZTR on the trailer. Couple W/B's would be fine, other than that good luck. Motor is gr8, tranny, ehhh....
     
  6. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    The Jimmy with a 4.3 should do fine if you are gonna pull a 5x8. MY 2002 Silverado 4.3 pulls a 48" W/B, push mower, blower, and weed eater on a 6.6x10 and it does just fine. I am sure that it being a 5 speed helps out quite a bit. If you do get this Jimmy, make sure you use DRIVE (D), rather than OVERDRIVE (OD) when pulling. I will give you more pulling power, and it will especially save your transmission and the rest of the drivetrain. Best of luck.
     
  7. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Posts: 466

    I use a 93 Jimmy 4x4. Pulling a 6x12 open trailer with a 54" ZTR. It pulls fine. Of course you aren't going to have the power to just pull out in front of anyone like you can w/ a pickup, but it will work.
     
  8. Dstosh

    Dstosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 716

    I use a 94 Jimmy 4.3 and if you are serious about this landscaping bit then i sugesst you go with a pickup...its a pain in the but to have to bungy every hand tool to the trailer instead of throwing it in the bed of the truck. In Ny you can't have a gas container on your trailer and so this means that I have to put it in the back seat of the truck..This gets old quick and stinks up the truck pretty good...I would strongly recomend against it if you are serious..
     
  9. holew

    holew LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I have a 96 chevy blazer, 5x10 trailer, and all the fixins to haul and NO PROBLEM!!!!
     
  10. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    That tranny is weak if its an auto. As already stated don't use overdrive---that will kill it quicker
     

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