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How many drive small pickups

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by moneyman, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. moneyman

    moneyman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    How many of use small pickup trucks to tow your trailer or just use the bed to haul equipment around.

    I have a 4cyl nissan frontier that gets about 20 mpg with a traielr loaded with 1000 lbs.
    I can get 25mpg without a trailer. Im sure the bigger LCOs like the bigger trucks but im part time so going slower does not bother me. Plus at 20 mpg with a loaded 5x8 trailer is a bonus in my eyes.

    Anyone else out there.
  2. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    Yeah, I use one because I have to. I use a 92 Mitsubishi 4 cyl. I have a 6.5 x 12 trailer with an extended gate on the back and it can really slow me down. The trailer only has a wb, trim mower, backpack blower, backpack sprayer, and 3 trimmer tools with all the racks to hold this stuff. The truck really gets a workout. The timing belt is the only thing I really worry about. I used my cousins ranger 6 cyl one time and it pulled it just fine. I love to have a big ford with a diesel and a stake dump bed.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Most landscape trailers are light, Under 5000#. So I don't believe you need a big truck to pull it. If you trailer is truly 1000# than you may be alright, but I would check that out A 5x8 is 4-500# a WB is 4-500#, throw in a few extras and you are over 1000#. A Z by itself is 12-1300# so be carfull.
    You should have at least a 6cyl. with an auto. with a 5000# tow rating. If the trailer is over 1000# than you need to have brakes on it. Most people here have a much bigger truck than they need because it is their only ride so it has to be multi purpose. A 1/2 ton, base model 6cyl. auto is what most would need but what fun would that be on weekends. NO 2 tons of mulch in the back either.
    As far as your set-up, I think you are at the limit. Brakes being the most important factor.
    But what do I know--I drive an 8.1-3500.
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    96' Toyota 4Runner (V6) pulling a 6x10 with a 21" Lawnboy, 36" Toro Proline, and a 61" Stander, plus trimmers, blowers, etc. pulls fine. But I will replace it with a full size Diesel when the time comes. I am Part-time also.

  5. LittleOranges

    LittleOranges LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    1993 Jeep Cherokee. Hunter green. Excellent condtion. Pulls trailer better than my 96 Dodge Dakota. Especillay when it's wet! The Jeep has a 4.0 litre engine.
  6. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Personal opinion and experience has me sticking with a full size for my operation but I grew into it. I started with a 6X10 trailer and a 85 Jeep Cherokee Chief, 4 cyl. What was I thinkin? I didn't know better but learned quick. Went to a 91 Chev S10 w/4.3l 6 cyl. Then I upgraded the trailer to a 6.6 x 14 because the business grew. The S 10 would not pull it faster than 55MPH unless I had a tailwind. That is the truth. I was a hazard on the highways but got decent mileage. The tranny was straining on that one and we traded up for the 98 Chev Z-71 1/2 ton. Now that works real well except when I go to get fertilizer. A pallet weighs 2000Lbs and the 1/2 ton squats a bit. I just can't see a 3/4 yet because they ride so hard but eventually I know I'll have to get one.

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  7. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    WOW!!! That is squating a bit in the back. I used a 1/2 ton gmc 4x4 for 8 years and it did ok, but realy sucked the gas. I traded up to a 3/4 ton dodge, and it is amazing in the difference when pilling the trailer, and especially, when stopping. It handles better also. And it doesn,t have that bad of a ride empty, actually it rides pretty good.
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    I use a GMC s-15 and a 6x12 trailer, get about 15- 17 mpg. This combo has worked for many years for me but it is a load on the truck, I have purchased a full size 2wd Chevy and Im in the process of getting it ready to put in service
  9. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    I run a full size, but my daughter runs a 72 Mazda ( yes, 1972, first year they were imported) pick-up, and tows a 71 6x10 trailer. Works great, and back then, the trucks were built to haul tons. This little truck hauls more than my full size truck, that I drive.
  10. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,232

    Not all larger trucks ride harsh. I have a 75 CHEVY 1 TON that weighs 6500 and rides excellent, even on dirt roads.

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